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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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girl down...my gear saved my life.

Hey ladies,
Well everyone said it would happen and unfortunately it did...I went down...hard. I was merging onto the freeway, the guy in left lane I was trying to merge into gave me to ok to get in front of him. I was all clear in front, then a guy in white SUV cut through 2 lanes, gets right in front of me and slams on his brakes. To avoid ending up in the trunk of his SUV, I had no choice but to dump the bike to the right onto the shoulder and out of oncoming traffic. Luckily I was only in second going about 35mph and I had all my gear on which saved a lot of skin from road rash. I was wearing a textile Joe Rocket Atomic 4.0 jacket, Icon gloves and helmet, and my leather knee high boots I got at DSW. The jacket saved my back and arms because when I fell, I tumbled and slid a good 15 feet and I rolled onto my back because of the back plate in the jacket. I did get some road rash on my stomach when I initially hit the pavement but nothing major, just really uncomfortable and itchy now as it heals. The jacket has a small hole in the arm but it's still wearable and you can barely tell anything happened. My gloves held up ok, but I was trying to stop myself from sliding into traffic so they got tore up, I needed new ones anyway. Remarkably, my helmet wasn't scratched at all but my ChatterBox broke off the side and I'm missing the clip but it still works! When I fell off the bike, my right knee hit the foot peg and created a rather large hole so I was forced by the EMTs and my boyfriend to go to the hospital. I had to get 12 stitches in it the right and 5 stitches in the left.

It was such a surreal experience, because I remember everything and I still can't believe it happened. I'm lucky I was fully geared up and my bike didn't slide into traffic causing more of an accident. I'm just dealing with the aches and pains of healing now.

My poor bike needs some work because when the guy cut me off and I fell, my bike got lodged under his bumper and he dragged it almost 100 yards, and the no, the guy never stopped which is crazy to me. Since the guy that was initially letting me merge saw the whole thing he stopped to help and gave the police his statement. The police classified it as a hit and run, so there's really nothing I can do. I know I want to ride again, but I'm still a little shaken up by it and I haven't even gone to look at my bike in the garage because I'm afraid I might breakdown. From what my boyfriend said, the frame sliders did their job and saved a lot of the bike but I do need new front fairings (right and left), right foot pegs, a crankcase cover and frame sliders. My bike is all black so I'm hoping it wont be that difficult to find some used fairings. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to get aftermarket parts? I'm not going to make an insurance claim because my deductible is $1k and it should cost less to fix.

Thanks and ride safe,
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-14-2012, 03:43 PM
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Damn
Glad you're OK and you were wearing your gear! Get well soon.
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Definitely glad to read you are OK. The bike is replaceable...but I understand that it will cause heartache looking at her.

From what you wrote, this experience is etched inside you forever. Make the decision that's best for you with regards to riding.


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I'm glad to hear that you are OK for the most part. That's quite a few stitches. Good luck with getting all back together.
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Damn glad you're here telling your own story!! Sounds like the human damage was pretty minimal, which is always good. Replace the gear that needs replacing, and please get some motorcycle-specific boots. As soon as I saw "boots from DSW" I thought "oh man I hope her ankles/feet aren't FUBAR".

It's completely OK to be shaken up and have some mental cobwebs to deal with after a crash, especially when it's classified a hit and run! Worry about getting yourself fixed up first, then start on the bike. You'll know when it's time to fire up again
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Glad you got off pretty well, sounds like you were lucky. Like Grrl said, you can always get another bike, skin & bones, not so much. I'm wondering how you got rash on your stomach though?
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

it's good that you're ok, but invest in some riding pants. knee + shin armor may have prevented the trip to the er. you are worth far more than any piece of gear could ever be so it should be a no brainer to protect with everything that's available to you.

for others reading this, try to take the time to talk to your insurance companies and drop your deductible. You'll be surprised how CHEAP it is to lower your deductible. My girlfriend's car was in a hit and run ($10,000 in damages the fucking bastard) and she ate her $1k deductible out of no fault of her own. Later we call her ins to find that it would cost her an additional $50/year to reduce her deductible to $250 (or something ridiculous like that...)

edit: for better reference, i recently dropped my own deductible (for comprehensive) from $1k to $250. for an enormous $15 more per year. what a huge fucking difference.



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^^Good call on the deductable.


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Should have a quick recovery !! Good for wearing your gear !!! 12 stitches is nothing! I had over 100 in my left leg when I crashed
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Glad youre ok for the most part and you had your gear on. About the bike fairings, you can buy some used ones that are scratched up and paint them black until you get enough money for the new ones. Since theyre pretty expensive, thats whet i would do and ride a ghetto bike for a while.

Hope you feel better soon.
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 09:39 AM
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Im glad your ok. This is a great story for new riders. Please wear your gear. It will help you to see another day. Case in point right here. Glad you can tell your story!!!
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Re: girl down...my gear saved my life.

Thank you everyone for the well wishes and all the great advice! I'm definitely going to invest in better gear and look into changing my deductible. Ride safe, ride for life.
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