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Cracked a vertebra in the neck but things could have been much worse. The back armor and helmet did their jobs very well.
Don't go cheap for gear, it pays in spades to go the best. St.
Not sure about the bike, still waiting to get it to my friend's airhead shop to have the insurance guy look at it and determine if it is totaled. St.
I am kind of disappointed I just checked with Aerostich and they said they don't make my size jacket anymore. That is sad. St.
Vice President, Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners
2022 BMW Friend Of the Marque
Long Island, New York
Clothing sizes are a pain in the butt sometimes because I have a size 54 Vanson jacket and there is no way I can wear it.
So most likely I will be going back to Aerostich for a new one or send the cut up one in to see if they can repair it. St.
Just as we were concluding our quick stop we heard a few bikes coming upon us from ahead and I looked up to see a boxer engine in the lead, as it approached I could see that it was modern GS being followed by another GS bike. The lead rider waved, then recognized the looks of my vintage BMW and began slowing to stop. In my mind I assumed he either wanted to chat about my bike, or perhaps was just concerned about two potentially stranded motorcyclists. At any rate the second rider did not realize that the first had stopped and to our shock came barreling down upon him, squealing brakes, last moment swerve and they clipped panniers and so very narrowly missed a full on rear-end collision at approximately 25-30MPH. I was stunned momentarily and the impact sent the first rider ahead and off the road into a small ditch at the right and the second rider somehow kept his bike up and came to a stop about 50 yards down the road.
It all happened so fast and we were all relieved to find that everyone was unhurt, and even the bikes barely showed a scratch. I helped push the first rider's GS up and out of the ditch and after a quick chat, they were on their way. I don't know what became of them or how much finger pointing ensued. Once they left, we got back on the road and made our way safely home. I have since rebuilt my friend's front brake caliper to resolve this dragging issue but a similar nagging issue has remained. Were we at fault? Did we distract these two riders and almost potentially cause a catastrophic accident? What could we have done differently?
Even though this road was very rural and not frequently used by many, our timing was potentially perfect to cause a bad accident. In the future, I think if at all possible I will try to find a place to pull off the road that gets my bike further from view and further from causing a potential distraction. I share this story because like you, this lead rider may have found himself seriously hurt or worse simply because he was concerned for a potentially stranded fellow rider. Your impulse to be polite and wave sent you hurtling through the air, miraculously avoiding serious injury but resulting in significant damage to your motorcycle. It is unfortunate when we pay a price for being polite but the moral of the story is avoid distractions and always be aware of your surroundings. When you're riding in a group always give the rider behind you plenty of time to stop and increasing the riding gap is also probably a good idea.
In your case, perhaps the two fellows were just too close to each other. When I ride with someone I tell them stay well back, and I will look for your headlight in the mirror, don't get on top of me. LOL, I don't do well in group rides because I like a LOT of space around me. I am sure as heck not going to chat with my buddy on his bike while riding so I don't have to be close enough to yell anything. When we get home or to the destination, then, get close.
Anyway, I learned, keep my eyes on the path, and get back to practicing evasive maneuvers. Thank God I am walking and talking, it could have been much worse. Always Thank God for what you have good. St.