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Old 11-27-2018, 03:39 AM
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It's my turn

Crashed my beloved KTM 1290 SAS into a friend's GSA when he had a blackout and I was trying to save him.

Thursday it will be 3 weeks and I am sitting with 2 broken arms as a result from the impact at somewhere between 50-60 km/h.

In short, me and another friend saw he was not driving safely ( ie on the other side of the road) and I closed the safety distance with him to take him off the bike. We were in a 2 lane road and he was on the inside lane and I in the second lane. Before I could stop him riding, he crashed into a Tuk-Tuk (small delivery scooter). He shot out left and his bike to the right into my lane and no way to avoid it. The impact broke 3 bones in my arms and hands. He went home after a checkup.

I had full ATTGATT (my BMW Ralley) suit on and it prevented further injuries. I have 2 light scratches on my knee and right arm due to the sliding over the tar where the impact protectors moved away.

What are the lessons to be learned. ?

1. Keep 100 m distances between bikes at a absolute minimum. It give you time to avoid and stop in a crash.
2. Never ride with somebody who had a brain operation. The first thing it destroys is depth perception and they should not ride.
3. Always check and be careful when you are riding with a diabetic. I did. He said he was fine and had just tested himself before we took off. He was not fine but did not know that!

What alerted us was that he was veering into upcoming traffic and almost crashed 2 times before if it was not for us blowing out tooters to alert him. I was about 10 m from him and I did see the Tuk-Tuk. I immediately closed the throttle down to give him ample space to pass the Tuk-Tuk. When he crashed, I had opened the distance to about 20 M and at 50-60 km/h it was not enough to avoid his bike.

His bike is written off and I am sure my bike will be too.

At least 3 months before I get back on a bike. and it could be 6 months to get the strength back.
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So very sorry to hear about your crash Hein. What a terrible situation you were in. I hope you heal quickly and completely.
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Sounds like you are a good friend and a great rider!
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Sorry to hear of your accident my friend, although your email let me know previously. Very happy it wasn't worse and that you'll be up and around before too long. Heal up quickly!
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Sorry to hear that. Heal quickly.
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Wow talking about " taking one for the team"!! Really sorry to read this and thankful for you this didn't turn out really bad.
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"I felt badly that I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet." Makes you appreciate things slightly more. Good story. Thanks.

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Hein

Glad to hear that you're still with us albeit a bit bruised and battered.

The point you make about keeping good distances apart when riding in a group is well made and also the one about the fitness of those you are riding with.

When my friend Gary died during our 2015 BBOT tour we had been on to him for months about getting himself bike fit. He just nodded off after a long days riding and drifted into a barrier on a motorway. It was pure luck that my other two friends who were riding with him were far enough ahead that he didn't take one or more of them out with him.

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