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How many crashes in how many years?

#1 Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:47 pm

I'm just curious about the experiences of people on the forums.

Just for some vague rules, please specify if the crash/es were on dirt.


Anyway, I've been riding for seven years and crashed once in late 2010. Freeway, maybe 80-90kph, slipped on a wet metal bridge expansion joint, no injuries - fortunately. How about you?
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#2 Unread post by Gummiente » Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:38 am

One crash in 31 years (so far, knock on wood), it happened over in Germany on pavement at night. Had a car turn right unexpectedly as I was overtaking it and got knocked off the bike into a hedge. Was only in my second year of riding then and had I known then what I know now, it never would have happened.
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#3 Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:32 am

A couple years back I wrecked a honda civic with my XB12ss, in the end it was my fault. The Civic hit the car in front of him no brake lights nothing and I couldn't react in time and BLAMO I hit it from behind, hard enough to rip the trunk off, I hit the roof so hard I blew out all the windows and just crumpled it up. I was geared up and sittin with the Angels on that one, no injuries THANK GOD.But thats the only good one I had a couple tip overs and forget to put the footdowners in the younger wilder days. Thank GOD I have been pretty lucky so far.
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#4 Unread post by GS_in_CO » Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:49 am

None so far on pavement in 34 years (though I'm not up to 6 figure motorcycle mileage).

Fallen over at a dead stop in the dirt a time or two and arced off a sandy trail near Moab because an XL185 isn't much good in sand.
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#5 Unread post by Wrider » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:21 pm

Crashed twice now. Once on a mountain pass and tore up my knee pretty bad. Once I lost the front end in some sand turning into my neighborhood at about 10 MPH. Been riding about 7 years now.
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#6 Unread post by dirt dobber » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:22 pm

once, making a left u-turn going up a hill with a side road on my new HD Sportster i guess i hit front brake? inexperience on that. i fell off, stayed on hands & feet But i was brused from right hip alway down to spranged ankle. i had on wal-mart boots, if i'da had my motorcycle boots on i don't believe it would have spranged it. bike laid down as flat as a pan cake. engine guard saved gear shifter. broke bottom braket left side of windshield. some gas run out around filler cap. scary
i took that top box off (weighed 19lb.) was put on day before. a guy in a suv saw me help stand bike up, rode it home didn't ride for 5 day. 1500$ xrays & doc. just bruised.
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#7 Unread post by fzrbiker » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:29 pm

3 crash in 10 years of riding. Third crash was the worst, high side and head first, knock out for about 2 min broke my shoulder.

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#8 Unread post by gsJack » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:10 am

I was turning around in a wide driveway on my CB400T first bike the first month I was riding and touched the front brake and bike went down, I'd call that a learning experience not a crash. lol About 15 -20 years ago I hit the throttle on my powerful CM400A Hondamatic in a turn and low sided in the gravel that was there and had a very sore hip for a few days, nothing broken.

About 10 years ago was what I'd call my first and only accident when I was clipped in the rear by a kid in a pickup while turning off a highway onto a side road. I high sided across the road landing my 230# on my left shoulder and have a broken clavical that has never healed as a reminder. I was 70 yo then and figure that if I had already gone 20 years and about 300k miles by then my odds were good for another 20 and was riding again in 2 weeks.

I've ridden 29 years and 400k miles so far.................

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#9 Unread post by storysunfolding » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:39 pm

Approximately 480,000 safe street miles. Over 164,000 on the V-strom. Just put 1,000 on over the weekend.

Crashed twice on the track, the first one just a big slide. On the second I got clipped by another bike and slammed back into my bike. Just bruises but they hurt like crazy for weeks.

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#10 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:14 pm

One crash in 9 years. Car suddenly backed out of a driveway at quick pace to back across three lanes going the wrong way. He backed out right in front of me causing bent handlebars, gear damage, and other assorted damage.

I lost a year and half from work and ended up having to change jobs.
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#11 Unread post by High_Side » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:47 pm

In 27 street years I have had only one crash - but it was a good one. The aged saddlebags that I was using in 1998 (likely had close to 100K Km on them) had a strap break and entered the rear wheel of my bike and it ceased to turn immediately. This wouldn't have been so bad had I not been doing 170km / hr and passing an 18 wheeler at the time (170km / hr with soft saddlebags? Yes - I had it coming).

The dirt bike years had a crash on just about every outing.....

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#12 Unread post by Gummiente » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:14 am

High_Side wrote:The dirt bike years had a crash on just about every outing.....
Well, with a name like "High Side"...
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#13 Unread post by faded sun » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:06 pm

1 crash in my first year on the street, first month actually. Following too close and too fast, guy slowed and when I pulled left to pass turned left with no brakes or signal lights. None since then. Lots of defensive driving moments along the way though and prayers of thanks for the sharp brakes on a motorcycle. 32 years on the street.

In all those years only one cager has actually tried to hurt (or at least seriously scare ) me while riding.

A few falls while dirt biking, but those are sort of expected, neh?
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#14 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:17 pm

faded sun wrote:1 crash in my first year on the street, first month actually. Following too close and too fast, guy slowed and when I pulled left to pass turned left with no brakes or signal lights. None since then. Lots of defensive driving moments along the way though and prayers of thanks for the sharp brakes on a motorcycle. 32 years on the street.

In all those years only one cager has actually tried to hurt (or at least seriously scare ) me while riding.

A few falls while dirt biking, but those are sort of expected, neh?
Good track record.

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#15 Unread post by a_hippie » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:29 pm

I had many crashes on dirt bikes and street bikes I was riding as if they were dirt bikes--poor kids ride what they can find! I crashed a few times jumping rivers/streams trying to show off. All before I turned into a teenager! All this was in the big wide open spaces of Montana.

After serving in the navy, I returned to an out-of-work world in the northwest. Finally decided to try my luck in California (Sacramento) and on day two, decided to ride down to employment office--the temps were hot so I took off my helmet since road speed was all 25MPH. A few blocks later a woman ran a red light and totalled me and my bike! That was 1985.

Since then, I take it easier. I don't ride without helmet or gear. I know my body ain't going to bounce back the way it did so many years ago! :)

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#16 Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:34 am

Hi a_hippie....your bike is in remarkably good condition for 1985. Did you restore it to look like new?
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#17 Unread post by a_hippie » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:39 am

blues2cruise wrote:Hi a_hippie....your bike is in remarkably good condition for 1985. Did you restore it to look like new?
I took that picture shortly after I bought it in 2008. It now hows another 50,000 miles and 6 years of age. I wish it still looked so nice, but . . . :)

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#18 Unread post by Keyoke » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:56 pm

Had a couple on dirt when I first started (12/13 years old ish). Since riding on the road, 3 actual accidents - pleased to say none of them my fault (1 car turning directly in front of me, 1 stopping immediately ahead in the snow and the last one was a police car that hit me from behind while undertaking me in a bus lane (I was pulling over for him at the time).

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#19 Unread post by ddavitt » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:07 am

3 in 30 years ,
1. was entirely my fault , was daydreaming about how wonderful a day it was , and a turn I'd taken 1000 times snuck up on me , laid bike down and went between the steel posts , lucky me. Circa 1979

2. Little Old Lady pulled out in front of me on a mainstreet road , had to lay it down or eat bumper . Circa 1981

3. Car stopped dead cold on a frontage road in front of me . I was doing 60+ Ate some gravel , fully geared , bruised , lucky me July 2013 . Skid marks lasted 4 months as I still travel that road daily for work .

Riding dirt bikes , I had too many to count , mostly soft landings ,if you call thornbushes "Soft" :shock:

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#20 Unread post by momule » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:38 am

Crashing isn't mandatory and I don't believe that everyone always crashes eventually. I have over 40 years riding with no moving crashes. I have forgotten to put my foot down on occassion though....damn embarressing...but not a crash.
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