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GregKhougaz

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Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« on: April 10, 2018, 01:32:16 PM »

Most begrudgingly, I hereby claim that I am tougher than a Harley-Davidson.   :coolblue:  Thank God this was not worse. Last Thursday, April 5, I was heading to the gym for my workout. I was southbound on Veteran Ave. at approximately 25 miles per hour in the number two lane,.  A young lady in an Acura in the southbound number one lane decided to abruptly turn right into a driveway (for the Federal Building) just in front of me. I saw it coming and braked immediately but still, could not stop in time.  The impact  occurred at about 10-15 miles an hour.

I am bruised and battered but not broken. I declined to go to the hospital but of course, the pain got much worse over the next couple of days. My left foot and right hand are swollen and black and my ribs on the left side were in agony but now seem to be at least tolerable. Nothing seems to be broken. From experience, I know that bruised ribs are painful and for a long time. The bottom line is that you simply don't bounce as well at 60 as you did at 30 years of age. Damn! Ice is my new best friend.

The dealer finalized the repair estimate this morning at $16,676! The insurance company has already told me they will pay it as well as any later discovered damages and waive my deductible. Replacement parts include the inner and outer front fairings, left lower fairing, handlebar, left front fork, front and rear crash bars, left floorboard and left rear bag, etc. I'll be very surprised if the front wheel is not bent.

At the scene, when I was finally able to get up and survey the situation, I asked the driver if she was alright. Her response was,  "I shouldn't say anything to you." Later, she was at least kind enough to offer me a bottle of water. Police and CHP conducted what seemed to be a very thorough investigation. One of the CHP officers kindly drove me home. She was very nice... but married.   

See reply number 40 for an update on my condition. Turns out I am broken.

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2018, 01:33:01 PM »

The even wimpier car:
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 01:42:45 PM »

Glad you were not hurt worse, heal up soon!  Takes more time for us "seasoned" riders.  As Bruce Willis said in that movie "Sorry baby, I had to crash that Honda."  No comment on the driver other than to say, it's a sorrier world than we once had when people can't even apologize for fear of whatever.  Hope the bike gets fixed by the time you feel like riding.  Maybe try that wider shield from Freedom on it?
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2018, 01:54:04 PM »

bummer.  sorry to hear that, but glad that it wasn't worse than it was.  looking forward to seeing the blue beast back on the road.
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2018, 01:56:14 PM »

Hope you and the bike get fixed fast....
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 01:58:13 PM »

 Glad you are okay, i hope you heal soon.  :drink:

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2018, 02:17:42 PM »

Glad everything is shaking out. Distracted driving will be the death of motorcycles it seems. I have been riding on the street since 16, I'm now 50. I tell anyone that asks me if they should learn to ride, that it is not worth it. I can't give it up, but its a different world for people trying to learn.
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2018, 02:25:55 PM »

Sorry to hear Greg, praise God you are still good. Can you say custom

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2018, 03:11:31 PM »

Sorry for your pain, Greg. Hope you and the bike get to feeling better soon.

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2018, 03:14:53 PM »

Tougher than a Harley....I'll say AMEN to that.  Wow, Greg.  Glad you are only bruised and banged a bit.  Old blue looks a bit worse for wear but glad the insurance company is working in your favor.  That angel on your shoulder/back seat done good fer ya.

Keeping it real asking about the relationship status of the CHP officer...got a smile out of that one.

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2018, 04:14:25 PM »

Glad to read that you indeed are tougher than a H-D but then that was never a question for me.  Pleased to read that you will recover and I am certain your excellent riding skills delivered the best outcome considering the circumstances.

God Speed On The Healing!

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2018, 06:58:56 PM »

Her comments makes me think she's got priors....   :nixweiss:

I hope you've got an accident injury attorney....there are lots of them right there in LA?
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2018, 07:14:57 PM »

Ouch, glad you aren't hurt worse. Strange about her answer.
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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2018, 07:46:12 PM »

Damn!!!! Sorry to read/hear this... heal fast and fully.

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Re: Are You Tougher Than A Harley-Davidson?
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2018, 08:25:16 PM »

Gregg:

Sorry for your injuries and the damage to your beloved Harley. As they say there are plenty more bikes but only one of you.

PLEASE listen to JC and get an attorney. These things have a way of getting twisted around and suddenly you are at fault.

Hopefully she was given a ticket to confirm who was officially at fault. 


Best wishes for a rapid recovery.

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