SteveHebert Posted May 2, 2006 Share Posted May 2, 2006 First off let's just say that with all things considered, I am doing quite well. Okay, now for the story: My daughter Krista had a school project yesterday that delt with life in the 80's. She is in a class called American Studies where history and english (literature) is combined. The kids do these projects often. This weekend we assembled a large indoor diplay which included a 12' replica of the Berlin wall and my 1981 R100RS. I went back to pick up the bike last night and was on my way home when a young lady approached rapidly from the right. She was on a connecting side road. I was in the right land of a four lane boulevard with a median and had just been passed on the left by a SUV. I saw that she had no intention of stopping and swerved hard to the left to avoid the un-avoidable. She not only ran the stop sign, but had intended to pull across the boulevard and cross the median as well. I grabbed all the brake that the RS had, but let's face it, they are nothing compared to the modern era machines. I think that I skid a few feet, or she did. I heard the screach as I braced for impact. I hit the right front fender of the car and let go of the bars to get ready for the flying lesson I was about to embark on. I flew up and over the handle bars and torn the windscreen from the RS. I think I ended up 15' or so from the impact sight as I hit the pavement and rolled a few times. I laid there for a second and just could not believe that it had happened that fast. I felt okay and then heard a car buzz by me and saw lights approaching. I was on the back hill side of a very slightly raised RR track crossing. At the vintage rally I attended two weeks ago, I attended a seminar on accident scene management and I immediately recalled the first thing to do when approaching a scene. It was prevent further injury. In this case as well as many others, it was to get off the road surface if possible. I got up and felt my left knee in quite a bit of pain, but I could hobble to the side of the road. The girl who hit me was out of the car and screaming/crying "I just hit a guy on a motorcycle! Oh my God". She kept repeating herself and I yelled that I was okay but had to lay down. I then looked over at the bike which was in the middle of the median and decided to go over and turn off the gas petcocks and ignition. The bike was not running at that point but gas and oil was on the road surface. As I hobbled back to the side of the road I had a set of headlights come right up to me. It was my lovely wife Suz'anne. We had just departed company at the place where I picked up the bike and she had a funny feeling to come my way. I am glad that she was one minute behind me and did not witness the incident. A mother and her daughter saw the entire thing and gave a statement. The girl admitted fault and gave all her info to the police. Okay, now for me. I was put in an ambulance and taken to the ER. I ended up with a large 2" cut vertically on the knee. It was open about 1/2" and about 1/2" deep. It was very clean. I had x-rays, but nothing bad was dicovered there. I ended up with a bunch of stitches, internal and external and will have to stay off of it for a few days, or at least not bend it. The Doc says that I will be out of work for 10 days or so. Of course all I can think about is the work at the house that I have to do. I guess that can wait and I can lay here and think about how things could have ended up. I was number three for the day with M/C accidents at the ER. The first guy did not survive. The second guy was all torn up with broken bones and long deep cuts. Lessons learned here are: 1. It can happen to anyone. After reading the article about Larry Grodski (sp), I realized that we are all an incident waiting to happen. Jeff Burns post the other day was a chilly reminder as well and I am so happy that they escaped impact. 2. Practice emergency handling and take riding classes. Riding Smart is an excellent way to spend a weekend working on those skills. 3. Wear all the gear, all the time. If I had my riding pants on, I would not be laying here typing this. I believe that my knee tore the windshield off the bike and caused the cut. Knee pads would have saved that from occuring. I did not hit my head, but I ended up with a few very small scratches on the helmet. The BMW club jacket held up very well from a 40mph impact and roll. That clothing is well worth the money. My mesh First Gear would not have held up so well. 4. No ride is "just a short ride." I don't treat any flight that way and I will no longer treat any ride regardless of distance that way again. Okay, the bike is trashed but I have not seen it. I know the fairing is toast and the head was torn open. I will look at it today and see if it is salvageable. I will get the police report and start the ball rolling on the claim thing. I will keep everyone informed. Be safe and ride defensively!!!! They are trying to kill us! Link to comment
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