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The title may be a little Cheesy but it has a reason behind it.
This thread is to tell us of any spills,wrecks or any type of mishaps concerning riding a motorcycle. I have had 4 in my life, 3 were minor, the last one almost killed me and left me with permanent injuries. I hung up riding bikes for about 40 years.

The first (minor) wreck was due to a woman switching lanes on me and taking a right hand turn in my lane. She quickly switched lanes when she discovered she was where she needed to turn and she slammed on her brakes to make the turn. I slammed into the back of her and was flipped over the handlebars. My helmet hit the top of her station wagon where the rear window meets the roof of the car. It cracked my helmet wide open and bent the forks of my Yamaha almost back to the frame. After some choice words I rode it home and had a horribly stiff neck for about a week.
Ok who's next?

I'll continue with my other mishaps after a few of your stories have been told.
 

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This thread has had about 60 views and no one has a Mishap story of any kind?

Ok, here is another minor accident. Maybe this one will get the ball rolling.

I crested a hill and looked ahead and saw a Texaco Tanker sitting at the red light about 500 yards away.When I approached the intersection I saw a huge puddle all over the road but I had no where to go except through it. The puddle wound up being gas that had leaked from the trucks supply lines.
My bikes rear tire almost completely swapped ends. When the bike got sideways it flipped right out from under me and I went scooting down the road on my azz.
The machine wasn't hurt at all but the back of my jeans were gone. I picked up the bike and road home. When trying to remove my pants I discovered my azz had scabbed over and the pants were now adhered to my flesh. About 30 minutes in a warm bath tub and I soaked them off. To this day I still have a shinny cellulite looking area on both cheeks of my butt.:)
 

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OK here goes. Three years ago I was in Panama City Beach riding along when this lady next to me decides to switch into my lane. I had no choice but to put down a brand new bike less than 2,000 miles because if she had hit me I would been nocked into on coming traffic. I had a broken noise, three broken ribs, broken toe, and bruised kidney, and trieded to wipe my face off on the road. Police were one black back and two witness stop to tell the officer what had happened. She claimed she didn't see me. I was on red bike and right next to her. She had no insurance and no money. She was ticked but cop would no arrest as she had kids in car.
 

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In over 40 years of riding I don't have any horror stories to tell. I've only dumped a motorcycle once and that was at slow speed messing around on my first motorcycle (a Yamaha 70) and it was all my fault.

Since then I've developed so many habits to avoid any accidents that I can't even think of them all. For example never ride next to anyone and always expect a person in the lane next to you to change lanes and try and kill you. Always pay attention to anything that has even a remote chance of moving (including rocks alongside the road). Never follow anything closely. Don't speed, ever. The list is almost endless and it's so ingrained in my riding that I don't even think about it.

Perhaps the best way to look at is to "Assume everyone and everything it out to kill you" when riding and ride accordingly.
 

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In India if you are not alert and have your wits about you on the road, you are dead. We unfortunately have no road sense, traffic discipline, no courtesy for other road users and ninety percent people using the road have never had formal driving training. Sad but true!
Anyway, to share my experience, I crashed into a cow on the highway at 120 kmph(around 80 mph) and have lived to tell the tale. The stupid animal ran in front of from nowhere and I had no option but to slam into it broadside. I flew over it to land on the Tarmac, slid and rolled for over 20 meters with most of the skin from my hip, right thigh and back sticking to the road. Fortunately no broken bones. My bike was a 350 cc Yamaha which broke into two and the cow died. Spent five days in the hospital.
 

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Never been in a motorcycle accident, thank God. The one thing that I would add to the conversation is that often it isn't your driving you should be worried about, it's every other driver on the road.
 

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I got in a bike accident when I was 5 and got pretty bad road rash. They had to scrub the gravel out of my wounds at the clinic. That's the closest I want to get to a motorcycle accident.
 

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In India if you are not alert and have your wits about you on the road, you are dead. We unfortunately have no road sense, traffic discipline, no courtesy for other road users and ninety percent people using the road have never had formal driving training. Sad but true!
Anyway, to share my experience, I crashed into a cow on the highway at 120 kmph(around 80 mph) and have lived to tell the tale. The stupid animal ran in front of from nowhere and I had no option but to slam into it broadside. I flew over it to land on the Tarmac, slid and rolled for over 20 meters with most of the skin from my hip, right thigh and back sticking to the road. Fortunately no broken bones. My bike was a 350 cc Yamaha which broke into two and the cow died. Spent five days in the hospital.
There is more than one video like this on YouTube:

 

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I've had one accident. I lived in the Midwest, motorcycle and walking were my primary means of transportation. I rode everyday there wasn't snow on the road (ground: yes, road: no). It's about 36F the morning I'm heading to work. As I'm coming up on my favorite section of road (a downhill 3 S curve) I exit the main road and go into my turn. I must have hit some black ice or frozen fog, because I lowsided at about forty miles an hour. I slid/tumbled between thirty to forty feet and the bike went another thirty beyond that, until it stopped itself on a curb. My tumbling/body geometry was that of a drunken drillbit. I slid feet first, spinning along an axis that went from the top of my head through my feet.

I hopped up after landing, pulled the bike up (broken clutch perch, turn signal, mirror and rashed up) and finished riding to work. I was wearing gear (which allowed me to hop back up) and had the hips of an arthritic old man for about a month after that.
 

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Ok, I have a mishap story. About 36 years ago when I was young and dumb. I just drove 7 hours from Texas to Arkansas to my grandmothers house hauling my Yamaha 125 MX in the bed of a 74 Ranchero. As soon as I pulled up to the house, I immediately unloaded my bike. Crank it up and drove to end of her gravel driveway to the hwy she lived off on. I putted through the ditch and into yard heading back towards the house on the left side of driveway in 1st gear. Oh and did I mention I wasn't wearing a helmet. When I drove by a bird feeder, I didn't see the steel cloths line wire that was attached to the feeder and the the other end to a tree. The wire caught me right across the mouth Immediately being removed from the bike to the ground. I sheared the right front top tooth and left a burn mark from my mouth to the edge of my right ear. I was there for a week with my injury. When I returned home, I sold the bike to my brother and riding gear. I only started riding again in 2011. I wear a helmet 99 percent of the time now. I avoid putting through anyone's yard without a helmet on.
 

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I've been riding for sixty years & have had only two accidents. (A few scrapes & bumps but only two that are worth mention.) They both occured when I was sitting still waiting for a traffic light to change. You really are safer splitting lanes & sitting BETWEEN cars. I don't even like to go all the way to the front as you then have to take off quickly & run the risk of being hit by someone running a red light.
 

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Ride safe!

I think this is a great thread. No matter how good we are on the roads, there are many factors beyond ones control which can be responsible for a crash and serious injury if not Death itself. This thread reminds us all to be careful and take biking seriously. My compliments to the initiator and hope more of us participate not to swap stories for bragging rights but to remind ourselves of the need to be careful. Happy and safe riding Guys!:)
 

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Looks like we finally got the ball rolling so I'll tell you a horrendous story. This is one of two very bad accidents I've had.

Hadn't been back from Nam but about 2 years and I was in to off road riding. I also rode my 175 Yamaha to school,.....all through the year.
I was going to a friends house one afternoon, beautiful summer day and not a care in the world, life was good. That all changed in a microsecond.

Traveling East bound a truck (westbound) turned in front of me. I had absolutely no where to go and no time to get there even if I did. The wreck was from out of no where. I saw it coming (in a flash)and had absolutely no alternative except to jump off my machine and hopefully clear the hood of the truck. I leaped from the pegs of my bike and hit the windshield. My motorcycle hit the right front quarter panel of the truck and my right leg was caught between the two.
When all the spinning and tumbling stopped I was laying there in the road impaled with the left handlebar stuck in my left armpit.
A pedestrian ran over and cut off my machine and lifted me off the handlebar and laid me on my back.
I looked down and my right leg took a 90 degree turn at the knee. I tried to straighten it out but nothing worked. I saw a stream of blood running down the street and followed it back to the point of origination. My left side had bones exposed. "Oh my gosh, I'm hurt, hurt bad !" I felt no pain at this point and was trying to regroup at what had just happened.
People were gathering around and gawking at me.
It just so happened the wreck was right in front of Baptist Hospital. The emergency room was right around back about 150 feet away. I told myself, "OK buddy you've had a bad wreck, just stay calm and don't go into shock, you'll be in the emergency room in a few minutes and all will be OK."

A nurse had appeared kneeling at my side and was wiping the blood from my face. She lifted my head and chest and cradled it in her lap and in doing so one of the broken ribs punctured my lung. I started gasping for air and about that time a tidal wave of pain rushed up my right leg and hit me square in the head. I blacked out. I came back to consciousness in the same position and no ambulance was there yet. "Where's the friggin ambulance?" "Will someone please take me around to the back of this hospital to the emergency room!".
Not a soul would touch me, not even the doctors that had appeared during by brief period of being unconscious. Finally an ambulance appeared and lifted me to a gurney, I blacked out again. I finally got to the emergency room after waiting over 20 minutes on an ambulance (it's a wonder I didn't die waiting on it).
My clothes were cut off me and I had a good look at the whole picture. I wasn't pretty. A nice stiff shot of morphine and I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit a couple days later. I had undergone several surgeries to save my leg. After a few days in ICU I kinda came around to brief periods of consciousness and started looking around me and counted 6 victims in the same area with me. It was a spooky looking place with all the oscilloscopes and beepers going off and IV bags hanging everywhere with all these tubes going in out of people..... and many of them were in me.

Anyway,.......I survived. I still have 9 pins in my right leg and it's about 2 inches shorter than my left leg. My right foot is turned 45 degrees farther to the right. I was in a half body cast for 100 days and pretty much had to learn to walk all over again. I had broken every bone in my right leg and 4 ribs. Punctured my lung, busted my spleen and fractured my back. I was a mess.
After leaving ICU and being in a room I inquired about the others that were in the ICU with me at that time. I discovered that of the 7 people that were in the ICU (including me) 6 were motorcycle wreck victims and 1 was a gun shot wound.
I quit riding motorcycles.

BUT......I started riding ATV's. Now there is another disaster story to be told!
 

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Great thread and it is important information for new and experienced riders alike. My story was a very close shave. I was riding along a fairly quiet street and eased off the throttle when i saw this guy in a 4WD not looking in my direction. He kept rolling through the stop sign with his eyes fixed in the other direction. Stopping for me would have meant hitting him on the passenger side. As i was an inexperience rider, i think it was survival instincts kicked in and i just hit the throttle speeding up and somehow going around his front end. I doubt he even saw me until i was directly in front of him. I stopped just up the road and had to get off the bike and sit on a kerb because i couldn't stop shaking. Took me 45 minutes to get the courage to get back on and go home. Still cant approach a cross road without slowing down. Something about that unmistakable sound a harley makes is going to make me feel a little safer on the roads i think.
 

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Good story, at least you didn't get wiped out.
Being on a bike you learn to observe everything while being so vulnerable out in the open


Absolutely true which is why you have to always ride expecting the unexpected like some idiot not seeing you and turning in front of you. With experience eventually you gain the ability to constantly update what you would do as the situation changes. For example with an on-coming vehicle would you brake and possible swerve to go behind it or accellerate to go in front of it or whatever. It is a dynamic situation that changes as the distance closes and with experience you gain the knowledge of what the best possible evasive action you can take.


What is unforgiveable, and what really gets an inexperienced rider into trouble, is the failure to observe, recognize and constantly update your reactive actions related to the potential threat.


In the motorcycle rider safety course they teach you to make eye contact but even that worries me. I'm still not sure that they see me even then and I'm always prepared for them doing something very stupid like trying to kill me. It has become second nature so it's not something I even think about nor does it in anyway detract from my riding experience. It's just something I do and it's worked for many years (knock on wood).
 

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In sixty years I have had two accidents. (Not counting minor scrapes & bruises.) In both cases I was sitting still waiting for a traffic light to change. That's cheating!


I had to literally lift a leg once while stopped in the left turn lane to prevent a car from clipping me. It was that close and I had no where to go. Now I don't sit on the left side of the lane while waiting to turn left so that the car in front provides "blocking" for me. Sort of like riding behind and to the right of a car to keep idiots from turning left into you. They'd hit the car first.
 
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