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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-15-2008, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Got Rear-ended today

I received a 1986 VN750 from my brother. It is in excellent shape. So I took a Motorcycle safety course got my license with the dmv. Today was my first day that I rode into work about 12 miles. At the light to leave my neighborhood I got rear ended by a cadilac. He was right behind me and when the light turned green he hit the gas. I did not even have a chance to move. His bumper locked under my fender but I was able to get it off. He sustained more damage than I did. It just bent my license plate. But it is going to the shop for a checkup just to make sure everything is okay. He said he was running late for his Dr's appt. I rode on into work with no problems and made it home okay.
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You are one lucky chief!! People amaze me. WTF was that guy thinking. Glad you are ok.

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Originally Posted by chiefht View Post
So I took a Motorcycle safety course got my license with the dmv. Today was my first day that I rode into work about 12 miles. At the light to leave my neighborhood I got rear ended by a cadilac.
That's a rough start! Hopefully, all the bad stuff is now behind you!


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That sux, dude. Glad the damage wasn't any worse, that you're OK, and that the bike doesn't seem to be any worse for the incident.

I used to think Houston traffic and drivers were bad. After 20 years of driving a bus in, around, and thru Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, I've come to the conclusion that the Austin area is the absolute pits as far as drivers are concerned.


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some one was looking out for you.
I have my internship with the county sheriff Department. the deputy showed me pics of a rear ending car vs. motorcycle. it took 3 hours to remove the bike from the car... the guys wasn't in too great of shape...
glad to

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Really good to here the mighty Vulcan gave the worst of it to the caddy!! And glad you're OK too.

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Oh man, I would have been spending a few days in jail after that one. I mean REALLY that guy had to have seen you sense he didnt rear end you when he approached the light. So he thinks he can just use you like a speed bump and plow over you once it turned green? I would have pulled him out of his car and gone Jet Li on his ass and givin him a real reason to make a doc appointment. I am happy to hear youre ok and the bike is going to still be useable but WTF? People are such Bravo Delta's (Big Dummy's).


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My guess is the damage to the caddy is on the left front in front of the driver and a dent in the dash where the cell phone hit ....
Very glad to hear you came out on top!!!
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glad you and the bike are ok!!!
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Man-o-man, what poor drivers some cagers make. I'm glad you weren't hurt. And I hope the other driver is paying for your check-up at the shop.

I'm always concerned when a car stops behind me right on my butt. If someone bumps him from behind he gets a small dent, but he will knock into me and I could get seriously hurt. It's my habit to look back and motion them to stay put, as I inch forward a bit. Occasionally someone will creep closer as I inch forward. That's when I tend to loose some patience and point directly at them and mouth out "Back Off!" I almost got into a fight the other day with two guys in a pick-up after they crept up on me twice at a busy intersection. Once we got to the next light I pulled right next to them and wagged my finger at them (not the middle one this time!) and they just kept looking forward, afraid of a confrontation. I know that may not have been very Christian of me, but these people need to know how dangerous that is.


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