What the hell?!!
[ Friday - February 10 ]
What a way to start the new riding year. What was suppose to
be a simple routine commute to work can easily turn into
disaster. In this case, it really wasn't that disasterous and
is ultimately a fender bender. It felt a lot more dramatic
than it really was.
At a three way stop, a driver rear ended me as I was about to make
my left turn. I was in first gear getting ready to throttle
when I was jolted backwards causing me to lurch forward and and tip
over in the middle of the street. Most likely she was looking
left and didn't pay attention to her right.
Riding around with a partially broken clutch was weird.
The luggage rack saved the bike and took 95%+ of the damage.
All in all, every part of the bike did what it was suppose to
do. Initial inspection has the final drive looking normal so I
rode the remaining 1 mile to work.
Once at work I inspected the final drive and the rear wheel again
just to make sure there is no damage. Doesn't hurt to be
overly cautious. Then all of a sudden I noticed this...
Apparently it's been there for a while.
The question is, could this have been prevented on my side?
The answer is yes. I already spotted the driver's bad behavior
at a previous 4-way intersection whe she was behind me. Moral
of the story? Pay attention to your intuition. It will
save you the hassle of having to deal with repairs.
3 weeks for the repair.
Written on: July 6, 2017
Last modified: July 6, 2017