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Well what can I say, I’m totally gutted of my new bike.
I was riding through my home town in Exeter, Devon, the roads were totally clear conditions were dry and absolutely perfect for riding. Whilst riding through the industrial estate, I noticed a jaguar parked up on my side of the road about 100 meters away, as I approached to around 20 meters I noticed the indicator go on ready to pull out. I’m thinking to myself she’s seen me, i‘m now around 10/15 meters away and yup you got it she starts pulling off. I’m now virtually beside her, then the dozy cow decided to do a u turn right in front of me. I’ve anchored up and tried to turn with her as much as possible. I made contact with the b pillar area of the drivers door, firstly with the front left fork and then the wheel turned into the car. In the process of this I’ve been thrown over the side and squashed between the bike & car as it followed its route along the drivers door.
Im really p——d off with this, I bought the bike end of 2020 new & have only just covered 800 miles.

I’m now off work with a broken thumb & ligament damage, impact injury with ligament damage to my shoulder & a very bruised pair blue balls. It looks like I’m going to be off work for some months while I repair.
The most annoying part is the fact there’s a bloody roundabout 50 meters down the road, I could of avoided her if she just pulled straight off and not doing a u turn.
Insurance company collecting the bike this week, to inspect for repairs if worth it, my big concern now is, if the forks are ok and they repair panels & headlight and other bits n pieces damaged. What’s the chances of having any stress fractures not visible to the naked eye and at a later date I’m riding down the motorway, and something breaks. I could be totally screwed at a faster speed.
This has been my 1st accident on a bigger bike in 32 years and never had to claim for repairs, so it’s all a new game to me. Any advice greatly appciated.

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That sucks, Mark !
Well, you are still alive to tell the tale. Some don't.
32 years is a long time in the motorbike world.
I went 40 years and had a blind freddy do a point blank U turn too, 5 years back.
Two broken bones in the left wrist, broken outside ligament in the little finger, and 6 months of rehab on the hand. Only 40% of the right hand's pulling in power on the clutch lever now.
The 2016 VFR1200F had only 200 km on the clock. Insurance fixed it, and I got it back from the repairers, 7 months later. I couldn't ride it for months anyway due to swelling in the hand.
Even now, I come prepared to stop even if I can see their eyeballs. They just get fixated on their vision in their mindseye, not the real world.
It took me years to have any trust in motorists, and that's stretching it.

I think your bike is destined to be written off as an unrepairable wreck, as it's too far broken now and the labour cost would be more than the parts.
Sorry Mate, and hopefully heal fast.(y)

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Glad you're mostly ok too. U turns seem to be an issue here as well.

I try and ride more towards the side of the car so if they do look in the mirror they can see me but also have my thumb over the horn and have no issues giving a friendly double-honk as I approach. That may have made no difference in your case but I always try and learn something from these events.

Heal quickly.
 
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That lady / insurance needs to be buying you a new bike.
And glad you are mostly ok.
And then some IMO. And like the rest have already said Mark, sure glad you are with us to tell the tell!!! Don't know about you guys and where you ride, but here in my area of Kentucky, the greater Lexington area. They have gone plum nuts, and no longer seem to care who's around them or what. Since the pandemic I've had more close calls in the pass year and half., than I have in my riding career of 39 years. It seems like they stopped caring? I don't know, but I try real hard to stay out of the city, and ride out in the country, where I mostly have to deal with deer and smaller animals. LOL I've even taken one deer out, and I crashed, and had one bounce off me last year, and didn't crash. Not to mention the black bear I goosed in the great smoky mountains, while in the Deals Gap 11 miles stretch, at night!! That was interesting for sure!!

And I'm with you on your thinking Gixxus Lou, my hopes also, and it might give me that second I need to get out of "their" way!!
 
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Glad you're still with us, Mark, and are able to remind us to stay vigilant.

Don't know about you guys and where you ride, but here in my area of Kentucky, the greater Lexington area. They have gone plum nuts, and no longer seem to care who's around them or what. Since the pandemic I've had more close calls in the pass year and half., than I have in my riding career of 39 years.
Same here in northern Virginia - which has always been a $hitshow - the pandemic has exponentially increased erratic behavior on the road. I'm actually considering riding only dirt for a while, or maybe sticking to the track until all this blows over. But will it?
 

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I think we've had more people who've previously taken public transit buy used cars to stay away from crowds. The transit ridership #'s and the congestion on the roads prove that out.

And I'd say that most of those people were on transit because they weren't comfortable driving or lacked the skills required.

Covid hits and they're afraid to be crammed in with a bunch of others on a bus or subway and bam! the roads are now full of people who are new drivers and are unfamiliar with the roads.

That and the fact that if you miss a turn, Google Maps, etc is always telling you to do a U-turn when if you had half a brain you'd go up to the next street, etc and do it more safely.

And don't get me started on the driving "schools" ... it's morons teaching morons bad habits. Those need proper regulation big time!!
 

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I think we've had more people who've previously taken public transit buy used cars to stay away from crowds. The transit ridership #'s and the congestion on the roads prove that out.

And I'd say that most of those people were on transit because they weren't comfortable driving or lacked the skills required.

Covid hits and they're afraid to be crammed in with a bunch of others on a bus or subway and bam! the roads are now full of people who are new drivers and are unfamiliar with the roads.

That and the fact that if you miss a turn, Google Maps, etc is always telling you to do a U-turn when if you had half a brain you'd go up to the next street, etc and do it more safely.

And don't get me started on the driving "schools" ... it's morons teaching morons bad habits. Those need proper regulation big time!!
Amen to that.
 

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Sorry for your bad luck Sparky, the only consolation I can offer is that it's not just you.
Last Sunday I was out riding in Wales, narrow country lane right hand bend, car coming towards me ran wide, his wing mirror hit my right hand. Luckily I managed to stay on but now have two broken finger bones, my arm in plaster and am not going to be riding for a few weeks. Only damage to my new bike was the front brake lever. Sh*t happens! :(
Best of luck with your recovery. (y)
Note, not wanting to Hi-Jack your thread, my apologies in advance.
 

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Thank you all for your kind replies, it really sucks as I had so many plans over the coming months, getting out riding. I know I’ve been very lucky, would of hated to think of this at a higher speed.
Driving standards have definitely gone down hill over the last 5/10 years, it’s about time the trainers & tests became a lot harder, and more proactive training towards other motorists/people & motorcycles using the roads.
slower & slower, that’s bad after 5 years and still not got full fitness back, I hope I don’t take that long, I use my hands for work as I’m an industrial electrician where I'm quite often working overhead, so could cause me some problems.
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I sure hope so, as I don’t want the bike back after this.
Gixxus Lou
your certainly right there, definitely more traffic on the roads now, not wanting to use public transport
Dekker
sorry to hear that, there’s certainly some nutters driving around the country lanes, we have loads of problems near to where I live. Hope the fingers mend soon. 👍.

I will keep you all updated regarding damage/ write off or not, I will certainly be fighting to not have it back, no matter what.
All the best to you all & more importantly stay safe out there, as there’s some idiots on the road. But thanks again for the morale support.

Mark
 

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Sorry for your bad luck Sparky, the only consolation I can offer is that it's not just you.
Last Sunday I was out riding in Wales, narrow country lane right hand bend, car coming towards me ran wide, his wing mirror hit my right hand. Luckily I managed to stay on but now have two broken finger bones, my arm in plaster and am not going to be riding for a few weeks. Only damage to my new bike was the front brake lever. Sh*t happens! :(
Best of luck with your recovery. (y)
Note, not wanting to Hi-Jack your thread, my apologies in advance.
All I can say is that I hope your young body heals quickly. 😁
 

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Been a lot of extra crazy here in Florida also. Glad you made it thru with just minor injuries and hope you mend quickly.
 

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All I can say is that I hope your young body heals quickly. 😁
Checkup visit to hospital on Monday morning. Most damage is to my pinky where it joins the hand and it's next door neighbor. I'll soon be right, not. :rolleyes:
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Hi Dekker,
Sorry to see you injuries are quite significant. :cry:
My 2015 injury was similar to yours and I was in treatment for 5 months. On the last visit to the Hosp Hand Clinic, the Consultant (I'll use the UK term, we call it Specialist) told me I also had two broken bones which had mended in perfect alignment by themselves. Goodness knows how many trainee Doc's stared at the X Rays and saw nothing unusual.
No wonder my wrist ached for long time. I had no cast, just bandages.

I was also told early on that the swelling HAS to be treated because after a month it starts the process of the joints becoming arthritic, no matter your age. The plasma liquid drain's back into the healthycells leaving the dross behind like sand between the cartilage of the joints.
I was sent to the burns ward, and they sewed up a compression glove for the hand, and for 3 months I had to bind it 24/7 with rubber compression tape.
Eventually it went down by itself, and I am now left with a stiffness in the knuckle joints of both hands as the brain gets a bit confused interpreting the signals.Could be old age too.

Another thing he told me that was interesting is that the little finger (my main obvious injury) the nerve also controls the next two finger and another nerve does the thumb and index (pointer) finger.
When grasping something, say a clutch lever) the little finger applies pressure first before the adjacent two, and if the little finger is weak, those two become weak as the little finger is the Master.

He said if you unfortunately have to decide if have to lose your little finger or the thumb, lose the thumb. He quoted Carpenters being unable to operate a hammer when they cut off a little finger and needing to find a new job in life. That's why I have 40% in the clutch hand c/- to the go fast hand. Anyone's less dominant hand as normally 80% grip strength of the right if your right handed and vice versa.
Needless to say I now look for bike that has a light clutch lever pull in. DCT is pretty rare around here out than Afrika Twin's.

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Sorry to hear all the stories. Had an off in my first year (2010) where some silly cow pulled out in front of me in the wet, I locked up front brake (no ABS and hardly any experience), one written off 6 month old Z750.

Had another scare yesterday in the dry. Coming up to some traffic lights (on green) on a dual carriageway, with a filter lane on the right for turning right. I was in the 2nd of the 2 normal lanes. A Fiat 500 (!) went from the left lane, right across my lane and into the right-filter-lane with an token indicator (blinker) with zero notice (i.e. indicator went on as he was moving). If I wasn't shattered after a rare day in the office, I would have been going a little bit faster and have been cleaned out by him.

I turned my head to the right after missing him, ready to give him a not-very-nice-gesture, and he was pissing about on his phone. Furious to say the least.....

Apols in advance for highjacking! Didn't think it was worth it's own thread. Is there a general ranting thread?
 
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