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post #1 of 8 Old 07-30-2013, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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KLR tough as nails....crash pic



A guy here in our ozark rider group got hit from behind by a 16 year old who was texting while driving. He has a broken tail bone and some lower back soreness. Gonna be on crutches for a while. KLR took it like a champ. Probably saved his life with the seat height.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-30-2013, 10:50 PM
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GWS rider, i hope he gets back on a bike as soon as he can
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-31-2013, 05:41 AM
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Glad he is doing pretty good, hope he is able to get back on a bike again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

on the issue of 16 years old, driving and texting, just goes to show that maybe they have not developed the skills for good judgement at that age and should not be driving such a 5000lb weapon. The kid probably had the "it won't happen to me" frame of mind.

I will be leaving my bike in gear when stopped in traffic and watching the mirrors.


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I will be leaving my bike in gear when stopped in traffic and watching the mirrors.
That has been my way of stopping for a while now. Always look for the way out and watch the rear view until I am sure the fellow behind me is aware and making the stop. Good to hear that the results were not worse, it is a wake up call for sure, the traffic surely is changing. Used to be the drunk driver was all we had to worry about.

The other day I pulled up beside a car and saw a young girl texting as we came to a stop at an intersection, I tapped her window with my boot and gave her a wagging finger. She was pretty surprised and embarrassed and by the speed she put the phone away was well aware that what she was doing was wrong.

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That has been my way of stopping for a while now. Always look for the way out and watch the rear view until I am sure the fellow behind me is aware and making the stop.
definitely good advice, has saved my butt several times over the years.


OP, Hope your buddy recovers fast

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First of all, glad to hear the guy's injuries weren't worse and I hope he recovers well.

Am I interpreting this photo correctly? Did the vehicle's bumper wedge the back of this guy's KLR down into the ground and hold it there upright? Was he thrown off the bike?

Doesn't seem to be your typical "bike and rider go shooting forward" rear-ender.



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Doesn't seem to be your typical "bike and rider go shooting forward" rear-ender.
just the right height vehicle to fit between the top of the rear tire and below the seat...anything smaller would have hit the tyre and a jacked-up vehicle may have gone over the seat....the person may be just lucky, even though he may not feel like it know or over the next few months....
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Yes, the bumper wedged between the seat and tire. The bike never went down. Not sure what damage there was to the bike,but it did a number to the car. I don't know this guy personally, he is part of the same Facebook group I am. He just bought that bike from my neighbor about three months ago.

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