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Never been in a motorbike accident? Is that possible?

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by SmellyTofu, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Is there such a thing? How many have been spared the pain of an accident? Please instill some confidence as a newbie that it is possible to not get yourself into trouble.


     
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  2. With respect, you might not be the one to initiate an accident. They can just happen even though you're being cautious and correct in your riding. I believe all that I can do as a rider is just be prepared, be observant, try to anticipate other drivers actions if possible and try not to ride tensed up.
    This is just my opinion as a rider, driver & truck driver on our roads.
     
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  3. it's possible... like winning lotto is possible.

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    or never having anyone damage your car in a shopping center is possible.
     
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  4. It's possible. And touch wood, 6 years and 120,000km in I seem to be doing okay so far. But as Banana Fred says, realistically there will be situations where things are almost entirely out of the rider's control.
     
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  5. Define accident.
     
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  6. Geeezus Smee, "an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance".

    Never had one, says he madly looking for some wood.

    Qualifies : On a bike that is.
     
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  7. I haven't had an accident* on the road and been riding for 5 years (~70000km, 55000km of that being the last 2 years). Thinking ahead, being observant and anticipating idiotic road craft of other road users can keep you upright.

    *had 3 racing accidents in a controlled race track...so doesn't really count towards traffic accidents for everyday commuting.
     
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  8. "you might not be the one to initiate an accident. They can just happen" the first thing I ever learned as an apprentice 40 years ago accidents never just happen ,they are always caused
     
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  9. Just be sure to plan toilet stops in advance and "accidents" on the bike shouldn't be a problem. Though as you get older and join the Ulysses club you may want to consider some sort of absorbent underlayer.
     
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  10. Welcome back JD, havent seen you around for a while.
     
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  11. Totally understand situations are out of our control but with the thread about the number of accidents, I just need some reassurance that these people do exist and that it's not some mythical lochness monster thing.
     
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  12. #12 parker, Jan 11, 2013
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    Not sure if it counts but I was putting the bike up on the center stand, and I made the mistake of trying to do it too quickly while in my 'business' type work shoes on that really smooth concrete, snapped the indicator but other then that I have been driving when someone has collected me by going through a red light. Purchased my GS500F about two weeks later lol.
     
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  13. Yes, it can be done. If you discount a bit of cosmetic damage here or there.
    The only time I've ever actually hurt myself was lifting a carelessly parked bike.
     
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  14. If you're worried about a spill, why are you riding a motorbike?
     
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  15. Remember netrider has the reputation of netcrasher.
    There are a large disproportion of riders with accidents on this site and are relatively new to riding.
    Also search will show up more results.
    So I ask again, define accident in your context, not the dictionary meaning
     
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  16. I've been riding and commuting most days for 2.5 years. Apart from once dropping my first bike in my driveway at 3km/h (I was being considerate to the neighbours and decided to kill the engine while rolling down the drive - didn't realise I put the steering lock on), I have not had an accident.
     
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  17. been riding for about a year done over 12000kms had 2 drops when i been walking the bike around on my driveway (very lose gravel) a few drops in car park on sand and one time dropped it when a dickhead opened his door and hit me in the leg when i was trying to put the bike up on the center stand but never had what i would call a crash
     
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  18. If you worry about crashing it is likely to become a self fulfilling prophecy.

    There are those that have never crashed while moving (I don't like the term accident as it intimates that YOU had no part to play).
     
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  19. Ive never had an incident with another vehicle. Have had an 'off' though...
     
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  20. You ride a bike, you will definitely die in a huge, painful fireball at precisely 69Km/PH
     
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