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So, I decided to ride to the gym yesterday. One advantage of my recent change to ATGATT is that I can just slip my riding pants on over my gym clothes and off I go. I got to the gym and did my thing. Little did I know that there is a key setting past the lock that lets you turn the lights on...so, I drained my battery. Easy fix, got a jump and was on my way home. Pulled up behind a car stopped at a stop light...dead center in the lane. I am used to riding in Cali where we could pull up to the front between the cars. I always explained to people that it was a safety thing...people have a tendency to run into bikes at stoplights. I normally sit near the white line specifically so that a car coming up too fast has somewhere to go. This time I didn't. And it bit me. I was sitting, clutch in, front brake on, waiting, and BOOM. I was rear ended by a 90 year old woman on 02. I was cursing at her until I realized that she was too old to even realize that she was still on the gas. Luckily, she rode up my back tire and got wedged between the tire and the tail so that her tires were off the ground. I told her to turn the car off. She pushed me into the car in front of me, but there wasn't more than a scuff.

I was able to ride home, doing hand signals to turn cause my rear blinkers are busted, but I don't think there was any other damage. I will have the shop do a full run down to check the frame, forks, and swing arm. Didn't even scuff my sliders when we turned it sideways to get it off the car.

I think i did slightly bend the shift lever and possible scuff the brake lever.

I think one of my spool bolts was also slightly bent.

Time to upgrade my brake light, signal, and rear fender

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Anything else I should have the shop look for?
 

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Lucky bastard :cool:
Me as a daily commuter that is one of my main concerns.. they simple don't think and therefor see motorcycles.
 

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WOW, that could have been much-MUCH worse. Glad you are ok!
This is why I hate riding in town.
Most people are way too distracted/incompetent behind the wheel.
 

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Ever notice how Walgreens has concrete posts and bumpers in front of the parking spots next to their buildings? It's because old people were crashing thru their buildings 5-6 times per year. Someday, the Govt will do something about people driving who shouldn't still be driving. It's hard to take their keys away, but someday and older driver will run into a Senator or Congressman and then SHTF.
 

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Whoa, that looks like a very weird accident- with the car wedged in like that!
Glad you are okay- that was a lucky escape from something that could have been much worse!
Yeah, I think senior citizens need to be tested for road worthiness more often- while we always have to look out for other idiots on the road.
 

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Yikes! Amazing it could be that bad but not worse. I have sympathy for the elderly not wanting to give up their license but I hope she never drives again.

Besides your list check the rear wheel for true, roundness. Do you have a swing arm stand? you can do it yourself, wheel off the ground, zip or tape something that almost touches the outer edge of the rim, turn wheel by hand to see if the gap varies. Check both sides. If it has been bent isn't bad since you haven't noticed it yet, it can be repaired, but I'd say send it to a specialist.
 

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Ever notice how Walgreens has concrete posts and bumpers in front of the parking spots next to their buildings? It's because old people were crashing thru their buildings 5-6 times per year. Someday, the Govt will do something about people driving who shouldn't still be driving. It's hard to take their keys away, but someday and older driver will run into a Senator or Congressman and then SHTF.
I hear ya and kinda agree, but when its us someday (hopefully), I doubt you will want them to take your keys and make you dependant on someone to get around. Its all about freedome I understand that may not be the safest way though.
 

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My bet is your rear subframe is twisted

Hope you got her insurance

Good that you weren't hurt!
 
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Ouch! Man, very glad to see you are okay.
Yeah... that could have been a whole lot nastier.
Thanks for sharing the account/pictures.
 

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I hear ya and kinda agree, but when its us someday (hopefully), I doubt you will want them to take your keys and make you dependant on someone to get around. Its all about freedome I understand that may not be the safest way though.
Nothing quite like using modern medicine to keep those alive who would otherwise be dead, and then letting them have control of 1.5+ ton metal, fast moving contraptions.

I definitely don't want my safety, or that of the people I care about to be at risk because someone thinks that driving is a birthright.
 

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Bummer man, sorry that happened. It brings up an often overlooked subject. Taking the keys away from people who are too old to function safely.

I got lucky, and both of my parents "hung up the keys" on their own as they neared 80. With many, it becomes a fight. Sadly, if you can muddle through a vision test every 5 years at the DMV, they turn you lose despite any other shortcomings such as reduced motor skills or cognitive function.

The one tool the police have (that I used) is shutting the barn door after the horse is gone. That is, you can issue a recommendation for reexamination. This means a road test, not just an eye exam. However, this action is usually taken after an accident. It's possible to issue them based on observed driving, but I'll be honest. That doesn't happen very much.

A young gal was killed on her bike near my house last year when an elderly lady driving in the opposite direction turned left right in front of her.

I know there are a lot of members on here close to my age, so I'll assume there are a bunch with aging parents. It's something to think about. Luckily, this one resulted in only bent metal which can be fixed.
 
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