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Rear-ended in Manhattan

I commute in NYC every day, riding from Brooklyn to Manhattan. On Monday morning I had just come over the Brooklyn Bridge and was in front of City Hall in Manhattan. I was in a left lane turning left at an intersection, occupying the right third of my lane. The light turned from green to yellow, I was not going to make it, so I applied brakes and slowed to a stop as the first vehicle in the turn-lane. My bike was angled slightly to the left in anticipation of the upcoming turn. Maybe 1/3 of a second after I got both feet down I was hit from behind by a minivan at relatively low speed, less than 10 mph, but probably more than 5. At the low speed, it was less of an impact, more like a very hard shove. The right side of his bumper hit the left rear of my bike, pushing me forward and to the right. I knew I was getting hit, and was able to quickly step through the crash and keep my footing as the bike went down. A pedestrian quickly helped me right the bike, and I motioned to the driver to pull over. Luckily, there were several police officers close by, as there's a station at that corner, so I had no trouble getting a police report started.

Damage: Left rear blinker is snapped. Deep scratches on the exhaust, heat shields, and right mirror. Rear brake pedal is tweaked, front brake lever needs replacement, throttle grip is pretty chewed up.

Injuries: None. Could have been worse, rear-endings don't usually have happy endings.

So, thought I'd share my accident, be safe out there!
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I commute in NYC every day, riding from Brooklyn to Manhattan. On Monday morning I had just come over the Brooklyn Bridge and was in front of City Hall in Manhattan. I was in a left lane turning left at an intersection, occupying the right third of my lane. The light turned from green to yellow, I was not going to make it, so I applied brakes and slowed to a stop as the first vehicle in the turn-lane. My bike was angled slightly to the left in anticipation of the upcoming turn. Maybe 1/3 of a second after I got both feet down I was hit from behind by a minivan at relatively low speed, less than 10 mph, but probably more than 5. At the low speed, it was less of an impact, more like a very hard shove. The right side of his bumper hit the left rear of my bike, pushing me forward and to the right. I knew I was getting hit, and was able to quickly step through the crash and keep my footing as the bike went down. A pedestrian quickly helped me right the bike, and I motioned to the driver to pull over. Luckily, there were several police officers close by, as there's a station at that corner, so I had no trouble getting a police report started.

Damage: Left rear blinker is snapped. Deep scratches on the exhaust, heat shields, and right mirror. Rear brake pedal is tweaked, front brake lever needs replacement, throttle grip is pretty chewed up.

Injuries: None. Could have been worse, rear-endings don't usually have happy endings.

So, thought I'd share my accident, be safe out there!
It's sad actually that you got hit and for no fault of yours, but happy to note you got away unscathed. Take care buddy. Ride safe.
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That's unfortunate, it sucks that has to happen. Did you manage to take pictures of the accident? It's what I always do after getting into an accident.
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HDGuy, I did get pictures, and I'm waiting for the police report that should also document the damage. If all goes well, I'll be able to replace the parts that would have been replaced soon anyway, and it'll be out of the other guy's pocket instead of mine. Wouldn't mind replacing the stock exhaust with a Vance & Hines, ****, it's probably cheaper than the HD pipe.
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Hopefully you'll be able to do that, great opportunity to mod your bike as you clearly know.
What other exhaust systems have you looked at?
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HDGuy, I did get pictures, and I'm waiting for the police report that should also document the damage. If all goes well, I'll be able to replace the parts that would have been replaced soon anyway, and it'll be out of the other guy's pocket instead of mine. Wouldn't mind replacing the stock exhaust with a Vance & Hines, ****, it's probably cheaper than the HD pipe.


I'd just include the V&H's exhaust in the total cost of repairs for the insurance claim against the other driver. The insurance company is unlikely to challenge the cost of repairs as it is an insignificant cost for an insurance company.




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yikes! Texting guaranteed, how do you miss something that blatent in front of you at such a low speed? Its the only explanation. In a mini van? FOR SUREEE.
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Look out dude, HD might void your warranty... that crash sounds like an unauthorized "modification."
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yikes! Texting guaranteed, how do you miss something that blatent in front of you at such a low speed? Its the only explanation. In a mini van? FOR SUREEE.
No I disagree... it is a MINIVAN driver! That is the reason. I have never trusted minivan drivers. Mostly women but men are just as bad. They are VERY poor drivers. If I saw one in my rearview mirror I would have run the light. Okay maybe not but would have been looking for an exit strategy.
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I commute in NYC every day, riding from Brooklyn to Manhattan. On Monday morning I had just come over the Brooklyn Bridge and was in front of City Hall in Manhattan. I was in a left lane turning left at an intersection, occupying the right third of my lane. The light turned from green to yellow, I was not going to make it, so I applied brakes and slowed to a stop as the first vehicle in the turn-lane. My bike was angled slightly to the left in anticipation of the upcoming turn. Maybe 1/3 of a second after I got both feet down I was hit from behind by a minivan at relatively low speed, less than 10 mph, but probably more than 5. At the low speed, it was less of an impact, more like a very hard shove. The right side of his bumper hit the left rear of my bike, pushing me forward and to the right. I knew I was getting hit, and was able to quickly step through the crash and keep my footing as the bike went down. A pedestrian quickly helped me right the bike, and I motioned to the driver to pull over. Luckily, there were several police officers close by, as there's a station at that corner, so I had no trouble getting a police report started.

Damage: Left rear blinker is snapped. Deep scratches on the exhaust, heat shields, and right mirror. Rear brake pedal is tweaked, front brake lever needs replacement, throttle grip is pretty chewed up.

Injuries: None. Could have been worse, rear-endings don't usually have happy endings.

So, thought I'd share my accident, be safe out there!
Sorry that you were in an accident but very happy to hear that there is no injuries to you. I would be madder than a frog in hot grease. If they did not see you going that slow then they were not looking up by more likely at a down at a darn phone in their hands.

I was out riding the other day, on my way back to the house when this car decide, she should be in front of me, I made a mental note of my escape path and decided there really wasnt one, so I laid on my horn, it was so funny because I dont think this driver knew that bikes come with horns.. I think I scared the piss out of her to the point that she completely stop in traffic.

Be safe out there guys!!!
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