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Offline Watermat

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Another WD down
« on: September 23, 2007, 09:15:50 pm »
Took the road this morning from Somerset West to Stellenbosch (R44) and opposite the Blaauwklippen turn-off I used one of my nine lives - have about 3 to go!

In front of me in the right lane this d**s was travelling in his Golf. I was doing about 80km/h and the next moment he decided to stop in the right lane! (no braking lights of course!) With no time to swerve or even hard braking (wet road) I hit the Golf dead center on the bumper and went flying over the handlebar and screen. Luckily for me the other traffic came to a halt and some motorist came to my rescue to help me pick up my bike. The handlebar was bend and some plastic damage. Thank goodness for the H&B crashbars which took most of the impact of the cylinder head when the bike landed. O yes, I'll be replacing the front rim too.

The d**s in the Golf just drove off and after a quick inspection to see if the bike was still in running condition, I gave chase. The adrenallin was pumping big time now and after about 10 minutes I managed to find the pig. We had a good verbal exchange of words.

Long story short, we went to the SAPD in Stellenbosch to report the accident and I learned that this guy was a learner driver (driving alone with a toddler on the passenger seat) and his learner's license was at his office (had no form of id on him)

I'm very lucky to escape this one, had all the ATTGAT on and walked away with only a few bruises.

I now have to park the bike under a blanket, cause if my other half finds out about my close shave she's not going to be happy. Can't wait for the BM dealer to open on Tuesday.

Funny thing is ...... I watched the YouTube video of the superbike hitting the van for about ten times the other day and now the same happened to me!







 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2007, 09:31:23 pm »
Glad you are o.k boet, should have given the oke a snot klap!
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007, 10:08:42 pm »
Glad you are OK.

I did the same thing about 7years ago on  Boxing day , except did not "Hit" the car, my R1100R had such good front brakes, and when this youngster with 3 more in the car (guess no license) stoped in the right lane in the road, I was behind him with a friend who had never pillioned.
I hit the brakes so hard that the bike did a serious Stoppie, shooting us both over the screen, I landed on the roof and bounced onto the ground and Felicity ended up next to me, bike on its side with just the head light bezel with 2 little dents, and the headlight glass cracked in half.
The youngster and one friend got out, asked if I was OK, and drove straight off, as hedrove off, I notice a MOERSE dent in the Golfs roof where I had landed, they never saw it.
Felicity took about 6 hours to start crying from the shock.

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2007, 10:27:16 pm »
Glad to hear that no serious done to body and bike. F%^&^king idiot, hope he pays for all the bike damage. Thankfully for the toddlers sake you were'nt a big truck travellig behind the golf. Could have been a different story that
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2007, 08:17:03 am »
Pleased to hear you weren't hurt -  you should lay a charge against that po*phol for leaving the scene of an accident! Were you wearing full ATGATT?
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2007, 08:34:42 am »
Were you wearing full ATGATT?

Jebo!

All the ATTGAT I could afford

Even a BM rainsuit  ;D
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2007, 10:27:38 am »
Do you know what is really good about this thread, its when the WD who went down can still write about it and tell us himself. Man good to hear you ok, sorry about the bike though.
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2007, 10:45:02 am »
glad to hear you walked away from it mate!
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2007, 12:20:10 pm »
I cannot believe (like with Lawrence's off a while ago as well) that people just decide to ditch responsibility and leave the scene.

Like I said before, to be stupid in traffic and put someone in harm's way is bad enough, but I can understand that sh*t happens. To be a coward and drive off to not face the music you created is downright criminal.

I am also pleased to hear that you are fine.


 
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2007, 12:42:36 pm »
Goed om te weet jy's ok... watie-ou-matie ;)
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2007, 01:05:16 pm »
 :o :ohectic bru glad all the damage is repairable
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2007, 02:13:30 pm »
Glad you're ok.

Just a quick question, when a car hits the car in front of it, it's virtually always the rear cars fault. I'm assuming it'll be the same story with the bike I'm afraid, but I wonder how the unlicensed aspect will affect things?
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2007, 02:19:46 pm »
Unlicensed guy will be the guilty party ito of law, irrespective of who caused the accident. That's how I have it anyway.

Glad you are OK WM.  :wink:

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2007, 04:28:44 pm »
I wondered about that - but if the car was parked in the fast lane without brake lights or hazards I don't know ...
02/02/12 - RIP Glen - the Arrow of Elliot and the little man with the big heart that truly was larger than life.

You have touched us and left us better for having known you - even if it was only briefly.

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2007, 04:41:41 pm »
Glad to hear you are OK Watermat. :o ;)

I cannot f*****ing believe the guy just drove off. >:D

You should have bliksem'd him simpel. ;D

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2007, 06:21:15 pm »
Unlicensed guy will be the guilty party ito of law, irrespective of who caused the accident.



Nope

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2007, 08:00:18 pm »
Unlicensed guy will be the guilty party ito of law, irrespective of who caused the accident.



Nope

Ok. :mrgreen:
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Re: Another WD down
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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2007, 09:05:42 am »
Glad to hear you are all right. With that road being as busy as it is, very lucky to have no-one else hit you from behind.
 

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Re: Another WD down
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2007, 10:38:10 am »
What is it with these people who just drive off from a scene like this?

Seriously, if they don't care whether we're dead or alive, then I think equal force should be applied.

Glad to hear you're OK.

I think with all these cases happening, it's about time we start lobbying for our rights as road users. Just let Zille or one of these b/crats ignore the symptoms at the risk of losing votes, we'll soon see an about-turn.

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