I haven't been out on the Thunderbird for a decent spin over the last few weeks due to a combination of working away and shitty weather. Today I decided I would take the wife up to Hervey's Range Heritage Tea Rooms for brekkie and to clear the phlegm out of the bike. On our way back for a spot of shopping I was going straight through a roundabout when a young bloke in a Mitsubishi Lancer failed to give way. I saw him coming through in my peripheral vision and attempted to accelerate away. He clipped us on the left hand exhaust about 30cm from the end of the pipe. Thankfully my wife's leg wasn't struck and I managed to stay upright (heavy bike helps there!) The number plate plastic mount on the rear is smashed and there is a dent and scratches to the pipe which is bent in towards the rear wheel. The other driver's number plate left its paint on the exhaust so I consider ourselves very very lucky. I think the sheer acceleration off the bike helped avoid a more substantial impact but ultimately it comes down to luck. My insurer can do the money chasing from him. I did ring him to offer him the opportunity to just pay for the damage instead of going through insurers (he is a young guy of about 1 but he put his dad on the phone who wanted more than one quote (there is only one Triumph dealer within a 450mk radius) and that if it's only a scratch it shouldn't cost too much. He showed complete disregard that myself and my wife could have been killed. As I don't know this young bloke and he vacillated on the opportunity for a clean insurance record, I didn't think that the money for privately organised repairs would be freely forthcoming. I didn't like the boy's dad's attitude either considering I was very calm and reasonable with the young bloke that hit me, so a claim to my insurer was promptly made. My confidence on the bike has taken a bit of a hit but I had to ride back to pick up my registration label from the road a couple of hours later so I'll keep at it and be alright after a few more rides.