Join Date: May 2016
Year/Make/Model: 03 Vulcan 1600 Classic
Prepare for the unexpected
I couldn't think of a better place to put this, so here goes. The best safety advice I could give is to prepare for the unexpected. People are so wrapped up in themselves that they are not paying attention to their surroundings. Even worse, it seems some people have the attitude "the bike will be worse off that I will so they will do what they have to in order to avoid me." I reached this conclusion after about a dozen near misses with people that either made eye contact with me, then cut me off anyway, or passed me, knew I was there, then cut me off almost clipping me in the process. It pisses me off when people just have no regard for other people's lives.
My buddy was in a nasty hit and run in October that he didnt walk away from, and the azzhole left him on the side of the road to die, 200 yards from his house. He wasn't wearing a helmet, and his face bounced off the curb, hit a rock, and landed in a tree. His head was split open, he completely lost his nose, upper lip, most of his teeth, has damage to his palate and gums, bit off the tip of his tongue, had a broken jaw and leg, shattered wrist, 2 collapsed lungs and a blocked airway. If they found him a couple of minutes later we would have been burrying him. They had to put 7 steel plates in hus head, and are currently trying to rebuild his nose. He has been through about 10 surgeries so far, and has quite a few to go, and is not out of the woods yet as he is having kidney issues due to the amount of meds he has been on. They haven't found the other driver even though they had footage of the impact due to someone's security camera. Im sure they aren't even looking anymore. Granted, there were things my buddy could have done differently, but what kind of person are you to leave someone to die on the side of the road?
People just don't care about us guys on bikes, and the burden falls on us to protect ourselves. Please be safe out there!!!