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    Default I went down yesterday...

    Not on the GS, I was on the sportster. Car pulled right out in front of me. I was doing about 25 mph. I grabbed the brake and the car just kept coming. I swerved a bit to the left and the front tire hit the paint stripe. That's when I lost traction and went down. When I started the slide, the driver finally stopped. Thankfully, I never made contact with the car. The bike slid out ahead of me and I rolled sideways a couple revolutions. I've got some rash on my left knee and elbow. A jammed finger, sore shoulders, a sore rib, and a sore ankle. Overall, pretty minor injuries. The bike has fairly minor injuries too.

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    Sorry to hear about your get off....glad you are ok and the car didn't hit you...I feel your pain.

    Take care and rest up.
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    Oof, glad you’re Ok. You were lucky. Take care out there friends.

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    They pull out even with eye contact. Back in the 80s Volvo did such a good job convincing buyers that they were safe there was an epidemic of Volvos pulling out. For a time you could buy Volvo repellent in an aerosol can. It got so bad that RoSpa got involved to help bikers. Leaflets were sent out in magazines with strange advice which has never left me.
    Brake, stay straight and upright, balls of feet on pegs, unhook thumbs from bars, just before impact jump as high as you can and take your chances with your gear on the far side.
    Since that time I'd say that average vehicle height has increased a foot and the average riding position dropped a few inches.
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    "YOU WERE LUCKY????? I see lucky in a total different prospective. Lucky is to ride along with no problems & nothing to hinder you. Glad it wasn't worse. Good luck.
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    Man, lots of folks going down this past few weeks. Glad you are okay. Heal up and get that Sporty back on the road.
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    I've heard professional drivers say take a witness with you. As it stands right now it would seem that you just went down on your own. You probably have to pay for the damage to your bike. If you had bumped the car that pulled in front of you they would be responsible. It's not fair but I'm pretty sure that's how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli69 View Post
    I've heard professional drivers say take a witness with you. As it stands right now it would seem that you just went down on your own. You probably have to pay for the damage to your bike. If you had bumped the car that pulled in front of you they would be responsible. It's not fair but I'm pretty sure that's how it goes.
    Yeah< i was thinking the same thing...did the person driving the car stop?
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    Glad you got away with only minor harm. Take care.

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    Having an accident at any speed stinks.
    As many of us know even falling over from a standstill can cause a lot of damage to us and the bike.

    Sorry to hear about your spill, Drew.
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