Near misses and crashes

I’ve been thinking about how many times I’ve crashed or almost got in a crash.
Now I’ll share these “near death” experiences with you guys and gals.

First time
The first time I almost got into a crash was on ye olde LEM LX-3 Sport kids MX bike.
I was trying to reach top speed on a wide open field, which I eventually did, but in the process of trying to reach the top speed on the bike, there was a hard cardboard tube in the middle of where I was riding.
I rode over it with my shot suspension, and got into a small tankslapper at about 65km/h.
I’ve read about tankslappers that it’s extremely hard to get out of a tankslapper at speeds, but luckely I didn’t lock up any wheels because of drum brakes.

The orange moped
I got the most near misses and crashes on my orange moped, the XMotos XB-33 50W, mostly because I rode in the big city.

  • Got in a tankslapper at about 50km/h on a bike lane with wet leaves. It’s a miracle that I didn’t slip.
  • Almost crashed by braking on a tramway at a crosswalk.
  • Crashed by slipping off a tramway on a rainy day, no serious damage.
  • Crashed by slipping on a muddy path, no serious damage.
  • Rode into a ditch while offroading and slipping, because I was using street tires, also no serious damage.

Damage on the XF650
When I got my bike, the Suzuki Freewind XF650, I had some mishaps.

  • Lowsided when leaning too much on a roundabout, because the sidestand hits the ground before the footpegs do. Damage: broken off bar weight, bent gear lever, shaved off side stand.
  • Almost hit a car that pulled out of a parking space without looking in his mirrors, I was hitting my rear brake so hard it was skidding.
  • Crashed into a guy that didn’t see me (or saw me, but said “F*ck it”). His bumper and wiper fluid reservoir were unrepairable, my bike had nothing but a bent gear lever.
  • Almost crashed into a car that made an illegal U-turn (link to vid)
  • Moron behind the wheel of a pick up truck that overtakes a vehicle and oversees me. (link to vid)

Work isn’t safe either
And at work, I ride a delivery scooter, which gives the ability to get hit by every other road user, here are some near misses and crashes.

  • Almost got hit by a car that thought I was far enough.
  • Slipped on some gravel by pulling the wrong brake handle.
  • Almost got hit by a truck that didn’t see me.
  • Cut off by an antisocial idiot.
  • Slipped and broke my wrist because of bad weather.

Well, I had my share of near misses and crashes, but I hope it stays with this list or near misses.
Anyways, have a good day.

 

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3 thoughts on “Near misses and crashes”

  1. Hello CDA441. Worst of the worsten are those who suddenly ‘ghost up’ on your own driveway. I had it already 4 times on the hand. On 24.000km time. Especially in the dark I think that they think that I am a bicycle. But the ‘little light’ comes quickly closer at them. Comes for them also as a surprise I guess. Driving zélf not too fast and full of attention helps. Experiance Matters also. I drove 15 years taxi before I climbed on a moto. I see them coming. I know how to read the street. Although one wowan surprised me onlangs while I was standing in the file before a red light with my koekblik. She was playing with her smart Phone and saw with one eye in the verte the light on green springen from in her Citroën EVASION camionette. So she OVERLOOKED the 20 or so auto’s before her and took off!! Unfortunately I was the last in line and BOENK!! A heart attack was near because one second before she stood nog still after me in my mirror. Because I check my tale. But such a hopeloos wife is impossible to see coming. The assurance payed everything but door dergelijke trutten it becomes for everybody more expensive.

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    1. That’s a lot of flenglish, but i do understand what you’re saying 🙂 Getting rear ended with your car is never fun, but be happy it didn’t happen when you were on your bike. Luckely lanesplitting in traffic jams is legal, which also removes the risk of getting rear ended on your bike. 🙂

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      1. Ja maar. Wat er deze week weer gebeurde. In Oostmalle ofzo. Drie rijstroken (altijd fout!) Eentje om rechtsaf te slaan naar de autostrade ofzo. De andere ‘rechtdoor rij’ staat voor het rode licht aan te schuiven. Een andere die vanuit de andere richting kwam wilde linksaf het winkelcentrum opdraaien. Eentje deed teken zo van ‘ik laat je door’. Kwam daar net die motorrijder aan met z’n Yamaha 125cc… Als ik het goed bekijk STOND er een witte streep. Vriendelijk zijn is ook niet altijd alles…

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