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Sep 28th 2017, 06:01 PM   #1
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Mother Fucker!!

Short story: some piece of shit decided not to use signals or brake in a decent amount of time and I fell over. Bastard didn't even bother to see if I was okay.

Long story: I decided to go for a ride after work since this looks like about the last nice day for weeks. Went out to Enumclaw, stopped to look over the Green River Gorge Bridge, wandered back toward Issaquah with the plan being to get a beer and head home. About two miles from Issaquah, I'm coming around a corner behind a car, slow to 35-40 through whatever pissant "town" is there with the big gravel lot full of earth-movers, take my eyes off the bastard for a split-second, and it registers that something in the road is NOT MOVING. My lane was completely blocked, and the shoulder is gravel. Grabbed the clutch and brakes and then had the fleeting thought to swerve and quickly dismissed it, because my back wheel was off the ground and about half sideways. Stopped sideways on one wheel before hitting the son of a bitch, but couldn't catch it completely when the rear came back down. Didn't have time to think or even really move because there was too much momentum. Smoothly set it down on the left side and walked over to scream through my helmet at the shit heap that some waste of oxygen that should have been neutered at birth set upon our roads. In that time, some bearded dude stopped his pickup behind me and came over to check on me as the walking evidence for eugenics pulled away. Two other people stopped to check on me after I pulled into the gravel lot to stop shaking and swearing. Luckily, I really did manage to soften the drop as much as possible, and only got a new scrape on the fairing and a tweaked mirror. My left hamstring is screaming as I write this at Rogue though.

Edited by HalcyonSon on Sep 28th 2017 at 06:06 PM
Sep 28th 2017, 06:30 PM   #2
 MarvTravis's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  Kawasaki ZX-14
Hmmm. Let's see... rider was planning to stop for alcohol and then continue riding. Then rider didn't notice the vehicle ahead of him had stopped, because the rider was looking at earth-moving equipment in a gravel lot. Rider tried to stop, but dropped his bike in the roadway, and then blames the driver in the vehicle ahead of him. Sounds reasonable to me...
Sep 28th 2017, 07:02 PM   #3
 HalcyonSon's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Renton

Quote:
Originally Posted by MarvTravis
Hmmm. Let's see... rider was planning to stop for alcohol and then continue riding. Then rider didn't notice the vehicle ahead of him had stopped, because the rider was looking at earth-moving equipment in a gravel lot. Rider tried to stop, but dropped his bike in the roadway, and then blames the driver in the vehicle ahead of him. Sounds reasonable to me...
Like you've never stopped for A beer as an excuse to look around a new restaurant or been distracted and of course NO ONE EVER stops short around you. I'm sorry you're some kind of riding god and I'm some pitiful plebe that's out squiddding around with half a season on a liter bike under my belt so I can dick wag. Kiss my sore ass if I chose to vent for a moment.
Sep 28th 2017, 08:02 PM   #4
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

When you calm down, you'll come to the conclusion that you made a mistake. It's hard to blame the driver for that.

I nearly rear ended a car in Hood River once. It stopped for no apparent reason, the pavement was covered with gravel debris (from winter road clean up), but in the end, I wasn't paying attention at a critical moment. It was my fault. Fortunately, I stopped with very little room to spare. Scared the doodoo out of myself, but it was my fault.
Sep 28th 2017, 09:00 PM   #5
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
take my eyes off the bastard for a split-second...
And here is your second mistake, not his. Everyone makes mistakes, but only the immature blame others for their mistakes.

What was your first? As was pointed out, you stopped for a beer. Even one beer can slow your reaction time.
Sep 28th 2017, 09:24 PM   #6
 chadams66's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...Suzuki GS 450t
Quote:
Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
Like you've never stopped for A beer as an excuse to..
I have never personally stopped for a beer for any reason while riding...from what I've heard..it's not your best move...

have I taken my eyes off of the traffic in front of me and gotten a surprize? yeah..it's never "fun"...lol
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Sep 29th 2017, 03:50 AM   #7
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
I feel bad for your bike.
Increase your following distance.
Sep 29th 2017, 05:41 AM   #8
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  The spunk-soaked wanksock formerly known as Portland

  R1200ST, CB350
I just assume the driver in front of me is flicking boogers out the window, and the result is I keep a safe following distance pretty much automatically.

More seriously, years of commuting by bike in the rain and not particularly liking dirty street water thrown up by tires sprayed on my bike, jacket and face shield has had the side effect of training me to keep a safe following distance. It also cuts down on stone dings in the headlight cover and windshield.
Sep 29th 2017, 05:50 AM   #9
 Red Label Moto's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  all of them
Quote:
Originally Posted by HalcyonSon
...I'm sorry you're some kind of riding god...

Marv is in fact a riding god. Not "some kind" of one. He is one.

Why would you or anyone apologize for that?

Sorry you crashed op. Sounds like you've learned from your mistake and paid a small price for the education. Some folks might look at this as a victory.
Sep 29th 2017, 07:13 AM   #10
 
  Jan 2016
  Woodland, WA

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Originally Posted by Red Label Moto

Sounds like you've learned from your mistake and paid a small price for the education..
Doesn't sound to me like he learned from his mistake as he doesn't think he made one.
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Sep 29th 2017, 08:06 AM   #11
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
this is the entire fucking internet right here in this thread.

you opine some bad luck and others choose to lecture you.

this is the way it works now. this is just the reality of our new "connections".

there is a tv show - Halt and Catch Fire. Pretty good stuff. In one episode a dude named Ryan kills himself. His suicide note, written in 1993, was prophetic beyond words.

"Most of all, beware of each other..."


This should be required viewing -
Sep 29th 2017, 09:32 AM   #12
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sentinel
you opine some bad luck and others choose to lecture you.
He didn't just "opine some bad luck", he blamed someone else for his own mistake. On top of making a mistake by not keeping a safe distance, or paying attention, or not drinking before riding, he decided to do this: "walked over to scream through my helmet at the shit heap that some waste of oxygen that should have been neutered at birth set upon our roads..."

This is what he is being lectured on, not his making of a mistake, but of his complete lack of taking ownership for it and trying to make out as if it's completely someone else's fault.
Sep 29th 2017, 10:10 AM   #13
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Dragon
Quote:
Originally Posted by VeritasImageryNW
... he is being lectured on...
Sep 29th 2017, 10:13 AM   #14
 1shinysideup's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

  600RR
haven't seen one of these threads in a while, where's the popcorn??
Sep 29th 2017, 10:27 AM   #15
 FeralRdr's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Originally Posted by 1shinysideup
haven't seen one of these threads in a while, where's the popcorn??
Beans hasn't gotten around to putting that smiley back on the site.

Have a beer instead, at least it's actually food.
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