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Analyzing My Lowside Crash

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    Yesterday, I went for a ride down Cotter Rd. The weather was fine and road is dry as it can possible be.
    Was doing decent speed (Not OverSpeeding) at the first few minutes of my ride, then I was approaching a hard turn.
    Reduced my speed to 80kph from 106kph and held the throttle as I enter the turn. (Yes, i did check my spedo before I enter that turn).
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    Body position is well prepared before the turn. Carving it nice and smooth.
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    Then I saw this car approaching me really fast, I ignored the car and kept my balance/position and throttle control.
    But then I noticed that he was going wide on the turn and he is eating half of my lane and I can hear his tires screeching over my engine.
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    I then realize that he's gonna hit me head on with his bumper and quickly put the bike upright. Had no choice but to take the bike off road and wish for luck.
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    Wheels went off-road and I manage to stir it for few seconds then realized that the bike is going downhill really fast and the brakes isn't really helping much.
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    Then I went down hip first, and I was sliding on my right side.
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    Took me few seconds to realize what happened. Car driver didn't come back for me. Checked myself for any serious injuries. Went up and checked my bike.
    It has fallen down the ditch that I won't be able to pick it up.
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    Sat there few minutes and a good Samaritan pulled over and offer help.
    I examined the evidence of what really happen and took few photos of it.
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    That particular corner is really strange. Many many people have gone over it. We were driving the other way once many years ago and saw a bike go over where you did. Also see the flowers, a woman was killed there in a people mover her husband was driving. There is really something wrong with the camber anyway. The advisory sign says 40. What speed were you doing?
     
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    Glad to hear you're OK; it could have been lights out..

    Bloody car should have stopped to see if you were alright.
     
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    That last pic. Was that where the car locked up before running wide?

    If so um youve come out of it reasonably well and id be doing everything to track down that car.
     
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    That's very unlucky mate, at least you're alright.
     
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    Disappointing that the car didn't stop mate :( At least you came out of it relatively okay though. As annoying as it is, at least bikes can be fixed.
     
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    I agree with the above posters. All things considered, you've done well to come out in one piece and avoid a far more serious accident. There are so many idiots that drive that road it's a wonder more road users aren't killed out there. I've had people cross wide in to my lane a few times without so much as an attempt to slow down. Every time it makes me want to chase them down and beat some intelligence into them.

    Get onto the insurance company ASAP. They should cover this no problems.
     
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    Any description of the car?
     
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    Lucky it wasn't any worse, thats gotta be the worst corner out that way and usually has a nice line of gravel on the edges and through the middle. You did damn well to come away with what you did, and as for the twit in the cage - This is a great reason to have the camera recording when going out for a spin, i really should use mine more often...
     
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    I always do 80> on that turn, I did that turn plenty of times before. Smooth throttle is best.

    If they were riding bikes as well, they probably went down to check if I'm ok. Because 2 guys on a car who stopped to helped me also rides a bike back then.

    Yes. The tire marks are fresh as it can be and that's the screeching sound I heard over my engine noise.

    Even the tower told me that from the looks of the place, it could have been worse. I'm still happy and can't wait to hop back on the saddle.

    Called the insurance company on site, although it's really hard to get a reception up there.

    As far as I can remember, It is a white car with a red P plates on it.

    I have a GoPro Hero 2 but I wasn't able to take it out with me on that ride. Will be buying Ghost Drift for my helmet and will keep it running every single time.
     
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    You've done well to avoid being a hood ornament.
     
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    I rode through when you were taking photos (08 Cb400 and an 80's CB1100). I did not realize you had put it down or i would have stopped to try help. Normally i always have my GoPro on out there but the one time it was out of battery... otherwise i might have had film of them heading the other way.
     
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    I would really hate being a hood ornament. Heaps of riders goes down every single day. I had luck on my side that day.



    Ahh yea, I remember seeing two bikes at the same time. I already picked the bike up and made it look like I was just parking at the side of the road. Was taking pictures and calling my Insurance Company. It was about 20-30 Minutes in the accident. I don't think you managed to capture a footage of the car responsible for my low side. The bike looks intact from a distance. Fairings are scratched thanks to Frame Sliders, although it was completely obliterated when I saw it.
     
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    You had more than luck.
    You were using a line that gave you a buffer against unknown idiots occupying half of your lane around a blind corner, and took it at a speed that gave you some buffer to take action to get out of the way.
    If the off road surface didn't drop down so sharply you probably would have stayed upright too.
     
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    What he said - take some credit for good choices
     
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    Well done keeping it up through the corner and coming out with no serious damage done to yourself. Could have been so much worse. As others have said, take credit for dealing with the shitty hand dealt to you!

    What time did this happen? I wonder if anyone else was riding out there with a camera rolling & may have ridden past the car..
     
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    It happened around 12:10pm - 12:20pm. It didn't went through my mind to ask incoming cagers if they have a camera on board. Next time I will take note of that.
     
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    Hopefully there won't be a next time! :)
     
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    I hope so. And I hope my experience will be able to help other riders on such unfortunate events.
    Keep riding safe guys.
     
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    Sounds like smart riding kept you safe there mate, if you'd taken the approach that driver did and taken the racing line, you'd be long gone. Whoever that was should be ashamed, idiots never look at anything past the dashboard. Great to hear you aren't too shaken by the whole experience either :) I hope the insurance gets you back out there soon!
     
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