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post #1 of 16 Old 10-16-2006, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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My First Off

Went down for the first time on Saturday. I definitely got away pretty lucky, broken foot. I'm sure everyone out there is familiar with the Big Dig. I was in the Ted Williams tunnel, in traffic as usual, which is one of the main tunnels. Amazing how I go over the accident over and over in my head, trying to remember how it all happened and things I should have or could have done. Damn though, it happens fast. Final thought, I guess maybe I could have dodged left or right, but I was in the middle lane, maybe I would have been side swiped or something worse.

Any hunters out there? Ive missed some opportunities on some big bucks by misstepping in the woods and it seems like I thought about it all winter long, and sometimes until the next season. I know i will think about this for a long time, and make a point to recognize, and predict or anticipate other drivers actions.

So yeah, bike came down on my left foot and smashed it. Its not too too bad, only broke one bone on the inside of my foot. But boy, crutches are the worst.

Most importantly, , bike is not too messed up. Things that are banged up, front signals, bars, and exhaust eat shield. Best part of it, all things I wanted to upgrade this winter.

Anyway, livin and learnin.

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post #2 of 16 Old 10-16-2006, 08:24 PM
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Poopsticks.

Glad the bike is ok. I mean... well yeah.

Feet are overrated anyways, ask dadogs.

Hope you're back up on your foot soon.

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Sorry to hear that! Get caught up in a pileup?? Hope you heal fast!

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Man, that is a real bummer. Having been down twice myself, I know exactly what you are going through (except for the broken foot part).
What kind of gear were you wearing? how did it hold up?

Don't worry about the bike, these things can take a hell of a beating.

Anyways, heal up quick.

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post #5 of 16 Old 10-17-2006, 03:52 AM
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Glad you're "okay", and it must be an omen to mod the bike since the stuff that got damaged is on the list anyway.

I don't know what the "big dig" is. With me it usually involves my hand, underwear and anal vortex.

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The big dig! I met a few guys when I was in San Diego from Boston that worked on that project. Too bad about your bike, I know the feeling all too well.

Hope you heal up quickly.

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post #7 of 16 Old 10-17-2006, 06:18 AM
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What exactly happened????? Glad you're not worse off, heal up brother and get started on those Winter mods!




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I am also curious what type of gear you were wearing and how it held up.........get better soon.

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That sucks, did you get hit??? Let us know.

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post #10 of 16 Old 10-17-2006, 08:08 AM
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Heal up and knock on wood. Don't let the memory fog your senses when you get back out there. All that shiit is just waiting for us everytime we fire the bikes up. Hang in there and relax. Fixing the bike back up will be some good winter therapy.

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I was commuting. I bartend on the weekends, so I had on a pair of sneakers and khakis on the bottom, leather jacket and gloves.

So, as you enter the tunnel heading north it down slopes, and actually I believe it’s the steepest down slope grade of a tunnel in the US, random Big Dig fact. Anyway, I got about two car lengths in front of me; doing like 25-35, there is a good amount of merging at this point from the right hand side. I’m in the middle lane. I have always hated the middle lane, but I needed to get off at the next exit, so there I was. So as I enter the tunnel and we all start braking, the guy to my right sees the room in my lane because I’m leaving a little extra space. Bostonians are ridiculous. The worst sports fans and drivers. So this guy sees his lane, the right lane, slowing more quickly than mine due to an onramp coming in, looks to his right real quick and sees room for a car and just jumps into my lane and then jacks his brakes, because oh yeah, WE'RE IN TRAFFIC!!!! Anyway, my stopping distance went from 20 feet to 10 in a second. I jacked the brakes, realized I wasn’t going to stop. I think the front wheel may have even locked up at the last split second before the minor impact.

Anyway, I turned the front wheel to the right as I hit his rear right while at the same time trying to safely eject myself to the left and avoid being crumpled by the Ford Excursion next to me.

Bike smashed down on my left foot as I tumbled forward and left. Ended up planting my hands and doing one summersault and ending up on my butt looking back into traffic. Hopped up quickly and moved over to the side.

Thats it I guess. Give me some feedback though, anything I should have done better, or could have done differently. Maybe similar experiences. In a car, it would have been a little bumper bump, ya know. on two wheels, its a circus act.

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Dang! Sorry to hear that man! Heal fast - heal well.

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Wow! Glad you didn't get hammered by oncoming traffic!




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"the guy to my right sees the room in my lane because I’m leaving a little extra space. ... So this guy sees his lane, the right lane, slowing more quickly than mine due to an onramp coming in, looks to his right real quick and sees room for a car and just jumps into my lane and then jacks his brakes,"

If the guy was to *your* right, wouldn't he have to turn *left* to get into your lane?

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Sorry to hear that man. Heal quick. Things that might have helped: bring your work shoes in a backpack. Wear your riding boot while you ride. That is what saved my foot in my accident. The asphalt almost tore through the leather on mine completely. Use the horn and your brights. When I am riding alone in the daytime my brights are always on (except when I am behind someone at a stoplight).

Have fun with those winter mods. Sounds like you got the perfect reason to get them.

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post #16 of 16 Old 11-11-2006, 07:36 PM
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I'm glad to hear that overall you're well. I know it doesn't help too much though...Take care of yourself, you'll heal up b/f you know it.

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