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    Default Me down - Beyers Naude Cresta

    First things first; I'm ok
    Bike, not so much

    I was travelling South East on Beyers Naude past Windsor West at about 18:00. It was dark but the road is well lit. Traffic was fairly heavy but moving at the speed limit. It was clear for a good 100m or so ahead of me, a handful of cars & taxis a safe distance behind me.
    A lady in an A4 was coming the other way on Beyers, wanting to turn right into Alice Lane. She didn't really stop initially, rolling slowly into my right lane. I backed off the throttle and watched her, with which she stopped. I saw the nose of the car dip slightly and she was stationary, so I thought she was going to wait for me to pass.

    Then she floored it. I tried swerving to my right to go behind her while braking hard. Thanks to ABS the bike remained upright and under control, but I couldn't swerve sharply enough and hit the car right at its back left wheel. My off-road habits made me stand up at the last second, so I cleared the bike and did a classic superman, tumbling to a stop on the other side of the car.

    I think when I tumbled my legs went over me so I've pulled/sprained/strained all sorts of ligaments etc in my groin. That's my only injury though. My Nolan X-Lite X551 helmet did its job, as did the (very basic) shoulder, elbow and knee pads in my Tourmaster Transition II jacket and Klim Dakar pants. The carbon fibre knuckles on my very lightweight Alpinestars SMX-2 AC gloves proved their worth too, with one of them clearly taking a very heavy knock with zero damage to my hand. My W2 adventure boots show no sign of distress.

    The bike has the classic front end impact damage; front wheel, forks, headlight etc all smashed up.

    I asked the lady and she said she just didn't see me coming. She said she saw lots of lights heading towards her (taxis behind me) but thought she had time to turn. I was travelling faster than the vehicles behind me so I think I understand how she misjudged the gap.
    I had my low beam on; no spots, no high beam, but also no orange light, which I honestly do think would have saved the day in this case.

    Legally speaking it was her fault. I had right of way and she turned in front of me.
    That said I'm making peace with the "accidents happen" element of this and can understand why it happened. The major lesson I take away from this are to take cognisance of what kind of view other road users have of me. How visable I am against what's behind me is more important than outright visability...and yes, my next bike will definitely have an orange light.

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    Sheesh! Minimal damage to you, that's the important part

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    Hey Bud,
    Glad you are okay, not to badly banged up...
    Sorry about your bike, never nice to see your ride in pieces
    One little thing I agree about the colour light but... if you're in the day the light is okay, but during the night the light isn't as bright, I've found my spots are low and are yellow and are very effective for splitting and on coming traffic.
    hope you get a replacement soon and back on the road
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    Very happy to hear that you're alright. ATGATT FTW!!!

    Just for interest's sake:
    I got myself a rear facing camera for my bike. This was the first night that I used it, and I made my orange headlight cover that weekend after seeing the footage.

    Skip to 1:48


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    Think you mean 2:48,
    Very cool, pity you no in jozi or me there would enjoy having a ride with you
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    Actually did mean 1:48, but you're right. 2:48 shows the same

    Agreed. A ride would've been in order

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgigglz View Post
    I asked the lady and she said she just didn't see me coming. She said she saw lots of lights heading towards her (taxis behind me) but thought she had time to turn. I was travelling faster than the vehicles behind me so I think I understand how she misjudged the gap.
    I had my low beam on; no spots, no high beam, but also no orange light, which I honestly do think would have saved the day in this case.

    Legally speaking it was her fault. I had right of way and she turned in front of me.
    That said I'm making peace with the "accidents happen" element of this and can understand why it happened. The major lesson I take away from this are to take cognisance of what kind of view other road users have of me. How visable I am against what's behind me is more important than outright visability...and yes, my next bike will definitely have an orange light.
    Geez, glad you are OK. That could have easily ended quite nasty.

    For that reason I fitted a yellow cover on the headlight which works great to be seen, but despite fitting a nightbreaker globe, you don't have good visual light. For that reason I fitted two 1000Lum spots. Now I get people flashing me, but hey, now they can see me in a sea of lights at night... And yet you still get people taking a chance an claim "they didn't see you".

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    Sorry about you prang, giggles. Glad you're OK.
    Ride so you can ride again tomorrow.
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    Geez Hamish, Glad YOU are OK!
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    Sorry about this - however, as much as it is nice of you to place yourself in "her shoes" as such, the reality is she really was not awake.

    ThnAir rides with a coloured headlight cover but says at night it is useless as it reflects back to the instrumentation panel and as such blinds him. He never rides with it on at nights, he says it is just too dangerous as it puts him at risk.

    Hope your recovery as is swift and the new bike hunting is a pleasure.
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    Glad you're ok dude!

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    Glad you are OK!
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    glad you're ok. Being a Honda don't be surprised if the insurance scraps it.
    Saw the Tweet about the accident

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    Glad you OK dude. Sorry about the bike

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    Eina!

    Glad you came off okay.
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    Glad you came out all good man. Hope the insurance process is going smoothly and the bruises are healed and the ligaments are less strained

    Sometimes its worth it to also flash high beams then say thanks as you go by

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    Sorry to hear of your off. Happy shopping for new wheels.

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    Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'm healing up nicely and will be on the roads again soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jadd View Post
    glad you're ok. Being a Honda don't be surprised if the insurance scraps it.
    Saw the Tweet about the accident
    Yup, R63000 list of parts on a bike worth R40k...

    Who tweeted?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamgigglz View Post
    Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'm healing up nicely and will be on the roads again soon.



    Yup, R63000 list of parts on a bike worth R40k...

    Who tweeted?

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    Gigglz so is the bike sold as parts? Got your hands on a Katoom yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silvrav View Post
    Gigglz so is the bike sold as parts? Got your hands on a Katoom yet?
    Hey.

    I'm selling the bike as a whole; don't have the time to strip it for parts. I've had quite a few enquiries but nothing solid yet. I'm going to have to drop the price.
    I'm also going to be checking out bike hospital to see if I can get it back on the road and sell it for a bit more.

    Still keen on a katoom but a 690 is looking more likely than a 990 at this point. I don't do long trips anyway so I think the 690 will be awesome.

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