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Old 07-24-2007, 02:13 PM   #1
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See article SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation -- Watergate figure Jeb Magruder hospitalized after car crash in Ohio.

I was the rider he hit. I was in the 2nd lane from the right on Rt 315 where it is a 4 lane highway. I was going about 60 mph and concentrating on the merging traffic ahead of me. I felt a tremendous push from behind and the bike rolled on to its right side. I hit the pavement with my helmet and right arm. Somehow he didn't run me over. When if finally stopped tumbling I was in the middle of the highway and managed to get up and run to the shoulder. The guy didn't stop, but plowed into a truck two exits later. According to witnesses he was going 80-90 and just cut across three lanes of traffic as he hit me. The EMS guys told me later that after he was extracted from the car he was unaware he hit a motorcycle. I have some bad bruises and road rash where the gear wore through, but nothing broke. I owe my life to an Arai helmet, armored Cortech jacket, First Gear gloves, and Oxtar boots. I wish I had my Aerostitch on or other motorcycle pants. Khakis don't cut it.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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Wow! It sounds like you got lucky.

60 on the highway.
You got hit by a car.
You stop tumbling and ended in the middle of the highway.

And you only got some bruises?! That's some good gear you got (and some mighty fine luck). I would have thought at least a broken ankle or wrist.

Did the jack@ss have insurance? I'm kind of thinking the bike might be declared "totaled". So what happens now?

New bike?

Good to hear you were able to walk away with only some bruising.

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Old 07-24-2007, 02:36 PM   #3
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I think I used up all my luck, won't be going to Vegas any time soon.

My bike was BMW R1200GS with only 2500 mi on the odometer. I haven't seen it yet. It will get towed from the impound lot to the dealer later today or tomorrow. The guy has insurance (more good luck) but I don't know what will happen or how long it will all take to get this sorted out. The driver is still in the hospital. I need to see a physical therapist for my neck wrist and knee, but nothing broke.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:45 PM   #4
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Hey, at least you got clipped by someone famous!!

No really glad you got away with bumps and bruises, good gear saves the day once again. I had a similar experiance 2 years ago, I got sideswiped in a multicar freeway pile up caused by some young assholes street racing in a Civic. After doing the tumbles and sliding for a few dozen yards I got up and walked away with a sore back, a totaled bike and a shredded JR Ballistic 4.0 jacket. We both really lucked out bud, no getting around it.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:56 PM   #5
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..you be one lucky son-of-a-gun. Hope you didn't use it all up. Like a cat's 9 lives.

My luck ran out in December of last year, when some a hole in an SUV tried to make me a into hood ornament.

I didn't fare so well.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:23 PM   #6
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Glad you survived! And three words for ya: Leather, leather, leather!! Perforated if you must.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:36 PM   #7
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Sorry to hear you got hurt. I hope you recover well.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:37 PM   #8
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You are right. There really isn't a substitute that is as good. Just hard to commute to work in.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:49 PM   #9
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True. I used an Aerostich suit when I needed that sort of commute protection. Perhaps you could consider something similar. Khaki doesn't cut it.
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Old 07-24-2007, 04:38 PM   #10
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I own one, but it wasn't doing me any good in the closet. I also own an Alpinstar leather suit for the track. I guess it was just such a nice warm day I wanted to be comfortable. I'd gladly trade a little sweat for less road rash right now. Again, another lesson learned.

I am also glad I didn't use an open face helmet looking at the chin bar.
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