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Yeah I do have uninsured motorist, I'm kind of lucky, I'm a licensed Insurance Rep, so I protected myself. I was hit by a uninsured motorist when I was 16 too. Insurance company has been cool with me so far, they stated that since I had full lane control, (Solid White Line) and she came over into my lane, a motorcycle has to protect it's self diffrently then a car might. Sometimes that involves dumping the bike to protect yourself from being hit. Also since the bike never left my lane, I think that's helping me also. They haven't told me what percentages they're assigning each of us, I'm hoping they give her 100% at fault. But I wont know for a while. When I do I'll let you guys know. More then likely because they're was no contact I'll get some type of % but I did what I had to do. Got the estimate of repairs yesterday $1700.00 for the bike and $420.00 for the gear I had on. They said the bike could be more, they wont know the exact amount until they really start repairing the bike. I doubt if it will be fixed before I go on vacation.

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The only thing I have to say is thank god for the MSF training course, it probably saved my life!!
Just out of curiosity, which part of the MSF course are you referring to...I too took it this weekend, but aside from swerving and quick-stopping, I can't think of anything in the course that would've helped me in your situation. I'm not trying to be a smart-a$$.....I'm just wondering which part of it you feel helped you most in that scenario.

I promise I was awake the entire class!
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The reason I think the class helped me so much is due to the fact that I knew ahead of time how far it takes me to stop. When I was taking the class I had already been riding for a little while so it wasn't the basic's of swearving and stopping that helped me. But more of the distance. When she started to come in my lane I knew immediatly that I wasnt going to be able to stop, she blocked my only escape route(So swearving was out of the question or so I believe) So I slowed as best I could and bailed. Now that I look back on it, I'm still questioning myself if I could have done something diffrently. I'm sure there is, I don't have that much experience on a bike, YET!! (This lady isn't gunna keep me from having a blast) But the only thing I can think of now is that I could have swearved, and prayed she didn't come over more. I might have had enough room on the right hand side of her for both of us to occupy that one lane, or maybe I would have been able to pass her if I would have accellearted a bit, but I dunno. You only get a 10th of a second to make a decision. Knowing my luck there would have been gravel or something on the side of the road to make sure I went down if I would have done that. But knowing how far it takes for me to stop. Really helped me. To me, that was the one part of training that they didnt spend enough time on. You should have one FULL day of nothing but breaking from an accelearted position. 15-20 MPH to full stop. When I took the test I stopped from 18MPH in 15 feet. Doesn't seem very quick, but the avg person stops it in 18 feet. So I was pretty happy with how quickly I could stop.

Also we had 4 people who had NEVER rode before, and everyone kind of got to learn a little bit from their mistakes. They are all okay, but one lady locked the front breaks, and "high sided" off the left side of the bike. She was a little scared of that front break for the rest of the class.

Also the MSF instructers I had were very helpful in making sure that I understood what I was doing correctly, and what I was doing wrong. They helped us understand what the bike does in diffrent situations. It also helped because I really got to practice all the things that it takes to be a good rider. Breaking as quickly as you can. Stopping in a turn. What to do if you lock up your rear break, or your front break. I dunno... I just think that the practicing of those skills, gave me a snowballs chance in hell to react in a way that was safe. Sure the bike went down. But I wasn't under the bike when it stopped, and the car wasn't on top of me either. If in the end I dumpped the bike, and I didn't need to. I still consider it a win, because the "what if" could have been alot worse then the "what happened''. I hope this helps explain why I think it saved my life. I guess in the end... we'll never know, but the skills I learned in the class, allowed me to react quickly and rationaly. I didn't go locking up the front breaks. or skidding off the road because of the class. Or at least that's what I feel...
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I had a hard time staying awake for the drinking section, I don't drink (anymore) so I kinda got bored during that section. Which is funny because on the written exam I missed one of the questions about drinking. LOL =) Maybe thats why I laid it down. I didn't have enough to drink. I only weigh 140 pounds and I'm 6 foot tall, last time I drank (which was a LONG time ago) I got so drunk that when my wife was driving me home, I wanted to call 911 because I thought everyone else was driving drunk, and that is bad... "Hello is this 911?.?.?. yeah um.. everyones drunk come arrest 'em.. /hic" Liquid courage is BAD for me.
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I had a hard time staying awake for the drinking section, I don't drink (anymore) so I kinda got bored during that section. Which is funny because on the written exam I missed one of the questions about drinking. LOL =) Maybe thats why I laid it down. I didn't have enough to drink. I only weigh 140 pounds and I'm 6 foot tall, last time I drank (which was a LONG time ago) I got so drunk that when my wife was driving me home, I wanted to call 911 because I thought everyone else was driving drunk, and that is bad... "Hello is this 911?.?.?. yeah um.. everyones drunk come arrest 'em.. /hic" Liquid courage is BAD for me.
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"I'm sorry, I didn't see you" is just an excuse(& a poor one) for inattentive driving. In other words the cage driver just zoned out. I know this because several years ago I drove a school bus for a couple of years and got hit three time. Twice I was stopped dropping kids off in a school zone. "I'm so sorry, I didn't see you" is what I heard every time. My response was, "Then you must be blind! I have a bus load of kids in a BIG YELLOW School Bus with all sorts of FLASHING lights on it and Great big STOP sign sticking way out there and you didn't see it?!?!"
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