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On the way to work at 4:40 a.m. this morning, a car hit and kicked a light truck tire up in front of me at eye level. It dropped and I did my best to lessen the blow to the bike. One wasted ABS front brake sensor and some bodywork skidmarks along with some new underwear. Too close
 

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wow
you were very very lucky... of course, skill and experience were paramount here as well
glad you are ok
thanks for sharing

let's all be careful
 

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i hate idiots in cages that just drive over shit without any regard to vehicles behind them. i had some ass drive over a truck retread and kicked it up to eye level fortunately the tire went in the opposite of the direction i was going. if that truck tread had hit me i would have went down for sure. time and time again i see cages especially trucks drive over shit without making the slightest effort to avoid debris.
 

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Take it as a reminder to keep some bike lengths between you and the vehicle ahead. If you can't see what is on the road ahead of you, you are too close. Having enough time(distance) to avoid that sort of occurence is important, right?

Glad you survived.
 

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Amazing how the tire crawled around your fork to take out the ABS sensor on the back side. I'd say that doesn't happen very often. Couldn't find the ABS sensor in my catalog so I don't know how much they cost but I bet they're not cheap. Looks like Beemerboneyard has one for $30. http://www.beemerboneyard.com/34522333484.html

What road were you on when it happened?

As for luck, I like to say that luck favors those that are prepared.

Cheers,
Jerry
 

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scuba said:
I'm glad you made it ok, I always leave a couple of car lengths space for safety.
If I remember correctly, recommended distance to vehicle ahead is one car length for each 10 mph. Most of us don't do that, but you might give yourself a little more room at hwy. speeds.
 

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I had good following distance. The car in front of me tried to straddle the tire and go over it. An off road Goodyear Wrangler or something lying in the lane and a Honda Accord. Obviously ground clearence never was a factor with this bonehead. It was 4:40 a.m. in the dark in the carpool lane. I couldn't see the tire. The Honda blocked my view. He sucked that thing under his car and got it up to speed as it migrated back. It flipped out from under his bumper and sprang up to about eye level and tumbling. I was not in a position to clear this 40 pound rubber tumbleweed. I basically picked a glancing intercept point and and carried energy and momentum into the impact point. It went past my leg and under my elbow. I just wanted to get the handlebars past the tire without an instant left or right being executed. Rode the bike today. Bars and fork legs are twisted a bit. Loosen the hardware and realignment should do it. The sensor is $122.00. The whole event was maybe 3 to 5 seconds long. Just one of those things that worked out OK. Thanks all for the replies. You just never know what the next moment in time will bring.
 

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Blkvelvt said:
On the way to work at 4:40 a.m. this morning, a car hit and kicked a light truck tire up in front of me at eye level. It dropped and I did my best to lessen the blow to the bike. One wasted ABS front brake sensor and some bodywork skidmarks along with some new underwear. Too close
It is possible that the sensor was just knocked around a little. Gap might have been changed. The gap is very important.
 

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Bill,

Go look at the picture...it is broken off and dangling. :eek:

Actually, thinking about it, it IS a gap problem! :D

Randy
 

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I was riding my bike to work a number of years back when the car in front of me ran over a snake and flips it up in front of me. I should explain I'm not crazy about snakes, anyway I'm thinking, I hope this snake knows how to ride a bike because if it land on me I'm getting off. Fortunately it missed me and I never got to find out if the snake could ride or not

Charlie
Orlando, FL
 

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Second view. The tire was taller than my front wheel, but lower than my elbow. We sure ride stable bikes. I am going nuts waiting for parts. Two more days. Arrrrrgggghhh!
 

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Bill,

Go look at the picture...it is broken off and dangling. :eek:

Actually, thinking about it, it IS a gap problem! :D

Randy
The gap between the wire and the sensor is too great. :D
 
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