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Could have been a lot worse...

My son picked up his bike at the dealer yesterday after having new tires installed, and laid it down on the way home. I’m sure it was a combination of cool temps and new tires.
The good news is he is OK. He had some very minor bleeding in his brain and a hairline fracture of his right wrist. He said the bike isn’t hurt too awful bad. They kept him over night in the hospital for observation. They did several CT scans of his head to make sure there wasn’t any bad injury to his brain. He is now home, as he puts it, with a cast on his wrist and a bump on the head.
He doesn’t remember much about the accident. When he woke up, he was in the hospital talking to a cop. The cop, who was a real mench, gave him a ticket for failure to control. What is surprising, the cop is a biker. What a putz.
Good thing was he had a good full face helmet on and a leather riding jacket with sewn in Kevlar panels.
Thankfully, he is home and in good spirits. His wife has hinted she would like him to sell the bike, but I don’t think that is going to happen.

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Thank goodness he is alright. Yea, the cop was a putz....

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Any wreck you walk away from is a good one.

Glad he's relatively OK, thank God he had a helmet on.

Here's hoping for a quick recovery.

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Praying for a quick recovery.

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Glad you son is OK, very fortunate. As parents we are always quick to defend our children - but let's not throw the police officer under the bus just yet. I'm going to say what many here may not want to as an outside observer.

Don't know your son's level of experience or even the type of bike here but it's riding 101 that you don't ride hard or aggressive on new tires, break them in first. But the cop, as a rider, knows this and also may have the benefit of crash scene experience and possible witness statements that would lead him to the conclusion that your son just might have not been riding in a safe manner, thus causing the crash.

Maybe he's trying to save your son's life by being hard on him.

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Very relieved to hear your son wasn't badly injured. Here's to owning the gear and wearing it!

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I hear what you're saying. My son is 40 years old and has been riding for 2-3 years. He has taken all the safety courses. He is a very responsible rider and I highly doubt he was doing anything stupid-that's just not him. I think the biggest factor was the new tires and the low temp. He had just picked up the bike from the service shop after having the tires installed and was on his way home. I don't want to "throw the cop under the bus", but a lot of times they just have to write somebody up to kind of justify their job.
I do appreciate the well wishes. Thanks. We're just glad he's OK.
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I would agree the cop evaluated the scene, road conditions and possible witness statements and concluded the rider needed a ticket. Maybe the ticket will get his attention. Glad he is not hurt more than he is.

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I'm very glad that you came out of the situation with as little damage as he did.

Heal up fast and get back on the bike
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I agree, maybe the cop was trying to get his attention, but I'm going to advise him to take it to court and plead not guilty. That's how sure I am he didn't deserve the ticket. Maybe I'm just defending my son, but that's the way I feel about it. If I thought for a minute he was likely riding stupidly, I wouldn't say this.
Thank God he wasn't hurt any more than he was.

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