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Close calls, tell me yours

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I ride an 08 GSXR 750 and bought it brand new. A few months after I got it I was out on a late night island ride with a pretty big group of riders, about 30 or so and all on sportbikes. We had a general set of rules for these rides such as no stunting in formation and whatnot, but it being a casual Friday night group, there were always newcomers, which meant we didnt know anything about them. Well i was riding in the second row and we were all two wide on this road that weant along a cliff with ocean on the bottom. Its an awesome ride,...usually, but not this night. I saw in my mirrors the guy's lights behind me goin up and down, he was riding wheelies. I looked back at the road in front of me and then noticed headlights on the hills to my left! I looked back in my mirrors just in time to see sparks and a beautiful yellow GSXR sliding up behind me,...FAST! I braced for impact and soon was riding an indo right towards the cliff! The back had slammed into my rear tire and flipped me up! I was able to wrestle my bike back down just in time before i was fish food and to see the guy go sliding down the road passing me! I came to a quick stop, removed my pearls from up where they dont belong, and made a B-line to the fallen rider and his bike. I had every intention of hurting this guy but the road had done enough to him, and his bike so i let it be. We collected ourselves up and continued the ride and left that dumb guy to his bike and the tow truck.
Any body else have a similar story? Love to hear it.
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Whew ! some @$$ puckering stories there .

In 2007 I was on my way to work at 04:00 on my 2000 Kawasaki W650, a lovely little bike that does what a 1967 Triumph Bonneville was supposed to do but with out any of the down sides .

I stopped for a red light and woke up in a meat wagon, I looked up and saw the Styrofoam ceiling and truck reverse light doing interior light duty and knew I was in a bad way so I didn't move my head / arms, I did carefully make sure all ten fingers followed by ten toes worked O.K., I now have a metal plate and eight screws in my neck and a shattered L1 vertebrae, the gypsy cab that hit me going 50 + MPH was an ex cop car (Full size Ford Panther) so the horizontal part of the push bar shattered that one vertebrae but some how didn't even bruise the discs above nor below it so I'm still walking albeit with a cane and I now sleep in a recliner .

It tool about a year to convalesce, mostly in a wheel chair, I was very glad I'm not a fool who takes off every bit of sick time the instant it's earned as I went through 23 years worth of it and was on reduced pay by the time I was able to work again .

During my wheel chair time I was looking at the then new Ural Solo sT and my Sweet asked was I going to buy a new Motocycle when I couldn't yet walk, thought about that for three days and ordered it, took me another whole year before I could go pick it up .

I'm still riding and like most older riders have other crash stories and way too many learly got hit stories .

Don't quit, keep riding ! .
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? Some one said sad face, I'm not sad, I love riding and have been doing so for over 50 years .

America and Guatemala when I lived there in the mid 1970's, I bought and rebuilt a 1937 Harley-Davidson EL (61" engine) Knucklehead and rode it to El Salvador and back .

Fun if exciting times .

I rode with the Victor McLaglen stunt & drill team for a few years before I stopped riding Harleys .
I don't know but having skated across both I hope it never occurs again ! .

I see so many Motos riding in the middle of their lanes, right where all the dripped oil and screws, etc. collect .
You mean mixed ? the horror .
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Ouch .

No worries about adding to an older thread .
Thank you Sir ;

I'll take that as a compliment .

I too have a few stories, some I'd not believe had I not been there, I don't have good story telling skills sad to say .
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Sadly, I'm not able to forget how fast I never was.......

I also can't seem to forget how much faster and better a ride my son is than I ever was =8-^ .
I once foolishly picked up a drunk hitch hiker ~ I wasn't going fast (or so I thought at 18) but when I hit second gear pulling away from the curb I nearly lost him .
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