Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lebanon, MO, USA
My last ride was June 28. Just commuting 100 mile round trip on the Interstate.
June 30 I was in a car accident (my fault) where my car was totaled with my daughter in the car. Airbags blown, minor injury for me alone from the airbag, etc. Everyone basically walked away shaken but unhurt.
Haven't been on any of the bikes since, physically no issue. Mentally is a different matter. The violence of that hit has me thinking about what it would have been like, not if I repeated my role while riding but if the other guy had been on a bike. More specifically if it was me on a bike in the same situation. Would have been a fatality, no question.
I replaced my car with the same model, I know for a fact they can take a hit.
I find myself questioning what I could have done differently, but more importantly taking a hard look if my vision (night, peripheral) and reaction time means I am endangering myself as I age.
If I ride again (I probably will as the memory fades and rationalization & prior fatalistic reasoning are utilized), she will never ride with me again.
1990 851, 2003 999, 2016 1299S, 1985 VF1000R (restoration project)