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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-26-2009, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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So I was on my ride to work today and I ended up dumping my bike at 25 mph because of idiots on cell phones..I've got some rash, any luckly the only things messed up on my bike are the headlight, dent/scratch on tank and the rear bracket cover. I will have some pics posted tomorrow. Be safe Guys.
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The main thing is that you're still here to tell us about it. Glad your OK. Damn idiots on their cell phones!

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yeah man..she ran a red light..but it could been worse..safe to say shes paying a pretty penny for that one.. i just want my bike and arm back to normal lol
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I am glad your safe....cell phones should have laws against not using them..EVERYWHERE

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Yeah. Here in georgia it is the law that you can't drive and be on one but like I said that woman I'm sure got a nice little ticket for it. And seeing what it can cause hopefully will open her eyes. Just glad it wasn't worse. Scary feeling.
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Curious, was she on the headset or pressing the phone to the side of her head? WA State has law that you have to have an approved headset to be on phone. Do not know why peeps do not buy a headset, I wear one!! Ugh! Idiots.

Glad you are ok, I know the bumps and bruises do not help (I have had my share) but at least you are moving and breathing,ya??
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So sorry to her this, Brad. I went through a similar situation myself earlier this summer. Guy either blew through a stop sign or just didn't stop long enough... pulls out in front of me into the intersection. I was only doing 25 (if that, maybe 20) and I hit my brakes and laid it down to avoid hitting his car. (This, BTW was NOT on my 900 but my previous 750 bike). Anyway, a few scrapes, some bruised ribs, but all better after a few weeks. I was glad I had all my gear on.

Made me wonder if I did the wrong thing too, in my reaction. In the MSF classes, it is stressed that you always stop in a straight line. Maybe I braked while trying to swerve, therefore tipping the bike down. If I had done just one or the other, braking or swerving, maybe I would not have dropped the bike.

But no matter now... we're glad you're okay and here to tell us about it. Most of my "close ones" have been some nimrod in the next lane swerving towards me while inattentively yapping on the phone. Sheesh! Hope you get your 900 fixed... SOON!

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I just saw a report on tv where they did a study and found it makes no difference if the person on the cell phone is physically holding the phone or not, the act of talking on the phone is the distraction.
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I just saw a report on tv where they did a study and found it makes no difference if the person on the cell phone is physically holding the phone or not, the act of talking on the phone is the distraction.
Calipornia passed a "hands-free" law a couple years ago. It pretty much gets ignored, though they will write you up for it. I saw the same report. It's gotten really bad here. Used to be when someone was driving slow and irratic, they were either of Asian desent or older than dirt. Now it's anyone on a cell phone. The really scary ones are the people who weave in and out of traiffic while speeding and talking on a cell phone.
A couple of months ago, my wife and I were driving to IHOP for the Wed. Senior BOGO special when I pulled up next to a young lady who had a cigarette in one hand and a cell in the other while driving. I don't know why, but she seemed really pissed off when I told her how talented she was to be able to drive, smoke and talk on the phone all at the same time without having an accident. I guess some folks just can't take a compliment...

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Glad you're ok!! Bike parts can be replaced....

IMHO, cellphones and driving don't mix, hands-free or not.

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