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HOV crash - June 28, 2019, 09:47 AM

Tuesday morning I had a crash. I was on the 395 HOV lanes a bit north of Seminary, moving with traffic around 70-75. I was in the left lane and there was one of those black bases normally fitted to the bottom of the large striped construction barrels sitting in the lane. It had recently been hit by a car as it was wobbling. With no chance to brake or swerve, I went over in on my Bonneville and the front end folded up quickly, dropping me to the right in short order.

I rolled a lot. Not sure how long, but I remember trying to think if I should rotate myself or extend my arms and legs to keep from rolling over them. Seemed like a long time if I had time to think about these things, but then again I know your brain slows things down. I came to a stop in the right lane and saw a bus go by on the shoulder only a foot or two from me. An SUV in the left lane where I was originally was rear ended as he slammed on his brakes. My bike ended up a few dozen feet up the road.

I was wearing most of the right gear: Arai helmet, Held namib gloves, Alpinestars mesh jacket, Kreiga R25 backpack. I was wearing boots, but not motorcycle boots. Unfortunately my pants had no kevlar or armor, so my right knee took a beating since it was one of the first things to hit. Nothing broken, but there's an ugly hole. I only have a few other scrapes and bruises elsewhere thanks to my gear and the fact that I didn't hit anything but the new pavement.

I feel pretty fortunate all in all. I do own a couple pairs of kevlar lined dress pants, but not enough to wear every day I ride. I think I'll ride again, but if it's not fun anymore, I'll just get out of it.


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June 28, 2019, 12:42 PM

As a person who has recovered from some ugly crashes, give it some time. Commuting on a motorcycles, especially in NOVA, takes the fun out of it. Give yourself some time to heal mentally and physically, and re-evaluate. Be well man. I'm glad you made it.


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June 28, 2019, 07:19 PM

Glad you survived with minor injuries..

Riding around here sucks... heavy police, endless construction , traffic and tons of retards..

The thrill of street riding is gone for me...
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June 29, 2019, 05:34 AM

Glad you are okay. As you probably already know, it could have been worse. You were fortunate.
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June 29, 2019, 07:27 AM

I was never really a true squid on the road, but my pave has definitely been a lot slower since I started doing g track days back in 2015. In this case I was just a boring commuter. I still take the Monkey out on joy rides, but I rarely just go out for fun on another bike. There are just so many advantages to commuting and getting around on a bike to ignore it. Hopefully a switch hasn't been thrown in my head to prevent me from enjoying it.

The doctor said he wants to wait another week before looking into a skin graft. My wound is deep, but not that big. He was surprised they didn't refer me to an orthopedic specialist as well since my knee is also sore. Swelling isn't that bad though, so it's more wait and see.


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HOV crash - June 29, 2019, 07:28 AM

The fact that youre posting this at all is good news. Thankful prayers that youre still with us and well. If I had to commute every day on my bike Id probably feel the same and it would eventually take the fun out of riding. I think that if I was a daily commuter Id probably try to get one of those modern trikes like the slingshot for commute and keep my bike for weekend rides.
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June 29, 2019, 06:13 PM

Glad you made it out well without hitting anything, to be honest. I also take advantage of the 95/395 HOV, which makes commuting a breeze and don't feel comfortable riding without gear, so I use icon field armor knee guards under dress pants. It's a bit of a hassle and you can't wear fit pants (bought 2nd set of dress pants for commuting) but worth it for peace of mind. I have also seen those black bases laying out on the road on various highways.


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June 30, 2019, 08:15 AM

Sorry this happened but very glad you made it out with so little damage.


Be sure to take the time to do what you need to get the best recovery from your injury. I hope you'll still find to good in riding, ya' don't see motorcycles parked outside psychiatrists offices.


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July 1, 2019, 10:14 AM

I am sorry to hear it, never a good news when a fellow rider encounters anything of this nature.


I hope you feel better and recover fast and keep the shiny side up.


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July 1, 2019, 12:07 PM

Beatle - glad to hear you lived to tell the tales of this unfortunate event.
Hang in there and give it sometime to heal. Never make decisions with emotions involved.

I wish you a fast recovery my friend!


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July 2, 2019, 12:37 PM

WOW man sorry to hear that. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Wish you speedy recovery man


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July 4, 2019, 03:31 PM

I'm pretty much off the hard pain meds which is a relief. Healing seems to be picking up speed. I will see the plastic surgeon again tomorrow, but I have a feeling he'll wave me off from anything additional.

I have to say I am less than impressed with Rider insurance. I thought I did some research a while back on these guys to see if they were good or not before switching over to save a few bucks. As for adding or removing bikes from my policy, they have been very nice and accommodating. For making a claim however, it's another story.

They towed the bike to my garage, I suppose so they don't have to pay storage costs at the tow yard where my bike was originally taken from the crash. Not sure where they would have put it had I not had a garage. Maybe the street? I've taken all my own pictures, wrote their report (in ink, since they are too cheap to have a fillable PDF) and now I'll wait to see what they give me. I'm sure they are cutting costs by not having adjusters come out and do this work, but hell, for a company that only sells insurance for motorcycles, I can see that my situation of being injured with pretty limited mobility is not unique.

Here's an album of the crash and my gear (except my bloody pants):

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My boots are not motorcycle gear, just a pair of Indy-style boots from J Crew. The boot leather appears burned in a couple places, though I didn't take pictures of that. My jacket was shredded, but did its job to keep me mostly out of harms way. I'd call it one and done. I still have some minor scrapes along my left elbow and wrist. My Held Namib gloves still look pretty good all-in-all. I am a fan of hard knuckle protection. My right hand has a pretty decent bruise around the pinky and ring knuckles, but is otherwise 100%. It's too bad that Held doesn't seem to have a good replacement.


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July 5, 2019, 10:05 AM

DUDE, glad that you are here telling us about it, but sorry that you went down and are dealing with the pains of it.

I too commute on the bike on that route. Couple of days ago, I saw one of those black star shaped ring, halfway on the right lane (sitting between the emergency lane and the right line), thought to myself, boy that could be ugly. Can't imagine one of those spinning in the middle of the lane, coming at you
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July 5, 2019, 12:48 PM

Followed up with the plastic surgeon this morning. He said I'm healing well, but I'll need a skin graft to maintain mobility. Swelling of my knee is down, but he wants me to get an MRI to ensure everything inside is good before he does the graft. Getting an MRI in a reasonable amount of time is a real chore thanks to insurance getting in the way. Dealing with insurance is about as bad as the injury itself.


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July 5, 2019, 12:59 PM

It's worse. Injuries tend to get better over time. Insurance hurts the same all the way through.


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