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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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So long...

Well, my faith in other drivers on the road has finally been dashed, and I've lost my nerve. We were leaving on what was to be a five-day trip out to Mount Rushmore on Wednesday, when two hours into the trip an inattentive driver pulled out from a stop sign to cross U.S. 20 outside of Dyersville, Iowa, and ended our trip. His view of the intersection was totally blocked by a turning dumptruck, but he decided to cross a busy highway anyway.

I was able to get rid of some speed, but we t-boned him right about at the driver's door. We are both fine, but the bike is gone. We were wearing helmets, gloves, armored mesh jackets, boots, and jeans...they all did their job. We were treated and released from the emergency room with a couple of cuts and some bruises. We are extremely lucky.

If we had been in my pickup, he would've been dead.

Thanks for everyone of you and the advice and knowledge that you've posted, I've followed your suggestions on so many things for my Voyager, and I sincerely appreciate all of your help. Just did the ignition wire wrap on Tuesday...

Again, thanks, and happy motoring; my bike days are over.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 10:09 AM
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Wow, sorry to hear that happened to you.
Are you saying the Voyager was not fixable or are your bike days over because of the accident?

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Understand your decision Steve. Best wishes to you and your wife.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 10:30 AM
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Very glad to hear you and yours are safe. Sad tho this happened on what was to be a great time on your skoot.
I understand how this can change one's perspective on life and the activities we pursue.
Take care and God Bless.


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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 11:13 AM
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I just want to say that I am so glad you and your wife were for the most part uninjured. For sure we are at a great disadvantage on our bikes. For sure near death experiences can change your life. Been there, done that don't want to do it again. God bless you guys and peace always.

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Glad to hear you came out of that as well as you did! Those left turn drivers worry me a bit every time I'm out on two wheels!
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Telly, so happy you and your wife survived, and I understand your decision. God bless you both.

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Glad it didn't turn out worse.

I'm glad that my faith in other drivers was dashed 30 years ago. That is what helps keeps me safe today.

If it is in your blood, you will return to it. If not, then hopefully you will find an activity that provides the same level of satisfaction that I get from riding.

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Glad you guys are ok. This is the chance we take when enjoying the wonders of a Motorcycle. I hope this never happens to me. My best friend road for 25 years and had the same thing happen to him 3 years ago and has not road since then. I respect his decision.

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I'm glad you both are OK and that you had the skills and gear to walk away from it basically unharmed.Enjoy whatever is next for you.

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