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July 25, 2005, 08:11 PM

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NDC - Crashed my Aprilia Colin Edwards rep last night...

Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 19:24:04 -0500
Last night I got hit on the ILL. expressway on my bike...
I don't know exactly why I feel the need to post this, guess I just
had to tell someone what happened. Also, this is a great chance to praise the equipment I was wearing and in a way thank them for making such great products. There is no better thank you to a safety product company
than walking away from a terrible accident and telling your friends why you did...

Last night at about 9pm ct I was on I94 in chicago on the express lane
feeder ramp South East bound (the expressway splits and has a local
and express ramps) just south of the loop... As always in Chicago there
was road construction ahead and a sign to move over to the right when you fed in...

I was clipping along at approx 70-75 mph (guess, wasn't looking at the
speedo) just a bit faster than traffic around me. At the end of the
feeder I had a nobody in front of me, and 2 cars in the right lane, one with it's rear bumper about even with my front tire and a car in front of him...

I guess the jerk even with me wanted to cut over and pass the car in
front of him so he just slammed his car to the left (no blinker, to move over the guy just cut the wheel hard, dug in his tires and went sideways right in front of me) like i said i was going a little bit faster than traffic...

I grabbed my front brake rather hard (wonderful GP Spec radial mounted
Brembo's we know how hard those things stop...) as I was on the brakes the guys left side of his bumper clipped the rubber of my front tire and
shoved my wheel all the way to the left. POOF... i was flying. Bike lowsided on its left side and I slid for a bit them rolled over and over and over again (i think about 15-20 times... felt like a log rolling down a hill) It was all so slow motion, I had time to think while i was sliding. I went to put my hands out because I know when you roll and flip you do a lot more damage to yourself than when you slide, but i remembered that a good friend of minecrashed at autobahn last month and shattered his wrist doing that so I tucked it in and thought to myself I am not going to move or try to get up till I am certain that I have stopped moving, and make sure i dont get up and walk into the other lane of traffic (still going 60-70mph). I stopped rolling and i saw my bike still sliding as i was stopping...

A guy behind me in a work van and someone else behind him stopped (thank you guys for not running me over, I REALLY appreciated it) they asked me if I was ok... I got up and walked over to them and said surprisingly, yea.. i was...

One of them helped me pick my bike up I moved it to the inside of the
lane (i must have slid 200 ft or so, I was now in the road construction
area so there was a free lane and horses to stand in and put my bike in)... I tried the bike and it started... took off my gear checked myself out and ... aside from some bruising and my knees and left ankle having a bit of road rash (not bad.. more like a bad rug burn..)

The guys who stopped to help couldn't believe I wasn't seriously hurt
or dead... Good gear is a good thing if and when you wear it...

Once they knew I was ok they went ahead and went and I called the ILL
state police... I sat on the side of the road for a full hour.. watched a
bunch of cops pass me... nobody stopped... So i called again, they told me if i was ok to move i should ride somewhere and call them back.. so i road down to the mcdonalds on 51st a few miles south and called.. 4 calls to the.. another 1.5 hours there.. still no trooper (i think/hope they would
have been faster if i hadn't insisted they didnt send an ambulance) ...

I finally went home.. then they sent me to another police station to
wait for the cops again... funny side note.. both the chicago pd and the state trooper said the same thing when i told them what happened "your lucky you didnt fall down" haha... When I told them I did then showed them my helmet, jacket and gloves they told me how very lucky I was...

I know I was lucky, but i think i brought a bit of that luck on myself
by being smart and not riding in a tshirt and sandals

In any case... My final thank you list
*Thank You Mr. Arai, judging by the looks of my helmet, without you I
would be spending a lot of time with a plastic surgeon or a coroner.
Thank You Vanson... My jacket held up better than I could ever
believe... it still looks like new. Barely scratched up except for the Vanson logo, which now looks like it is going really fast as its a bit blurred... (side note..

I am bidding on GP hard armor for that jacket right now.. It came with
the soft foam armor which I never trusted but performed well.. I think if
i had the hard armor in my elbow and shoulders would hurt a lot less or not at all now...)

Thank you Dainese... I had the cheaper "Race" gloves on that I bought
on http://motorace.com as a close out (like.. $150 or $199
marked down to 50$) not the best gloves of their line but they took a
licking and i dont have a mark on my hands or wrists (my watch thanks
them too... it didnt get hurt either)

Thank YOU! guy in the van behind me, I dont know how you managed to
not hit me but I will never forget it. Thank You for not killing me!

Ecko Unlimited... well.. the khakis did better than expected... but...
my knees hurt... need to get some armor in those things eh?... *

Sorry for being so wordy... Self medicated myself with a bit of
Vicodin this AM so I wont shut up...

After all of this I have a track day tomorrow...
Hope I got all this crashing sh*t out of my system...

Thanks for letting me vent guys and gals...
May you all ride safe and please wear your gear, you never know when
you might need it.

Greg
...RIDE SAFE PPL!


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