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Laid bike down when dogs ran into highway

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Late easter sunday, I was taking a nice midnight ride through Birmingham. I was about to take the exit home but decided that since it was such a nice night that I would put a few more miles under my belt. Anyways, two and a half miles later, as I was passing one of the most affluent neighborhoods in town, three yellow labs came bolting down a hill and straight into oncoming traffic. anyways, I locked up the rear tire and began skidding and then put more and more pressure on the front. The timing was perfect. I was on a collision course. I finally locked up the front brake, flipped, and was tossed onto the pavement. Luckily it wasnt concrete because i would be covered in road rash. The surface was mostly smooth quartz aggregate so i made it through with little road rash. After i quit tumbling, I jumped up as fast as I could because i was in the middle lane of Highway 280 and there were cars all around when this happened. I tried to run out of traffic by my leg buckled underneath me. luckily the people who witnessed the whole thing stopped and gave statements and took care of me until the emt's arrived.
The emt's looked me over, loaded me onto the ambulance and took me to the hospital. Ive got a couple of broken ribs and my knee is messed up. Had an MRI yesterday but havent received the results yet. I'm hoping its not too bad because i can already feel my knee getting better. i'm able to put more weight on it than on sunday without it buckling to the inside. I've just been really depressed since this all happened. I keep asking myself my i didn't take the exit to go to my house and why i just wanted to keep going. The whole scenario puts a bad taste in my mouth. Cant describe it
Unfortunately, my bike has a salvage title and I could only get Liability for it. I drove to the tow yard today and when i pulled up, the bike looked great, UNTIL I SAW THE OTHER SIDE. gas tank is dented in something fierce. One of the two brand new Carbon Two Bros pipes is destroyed, left handlebar and controls are destroyed along with blinkers, and all plastics. headlights are okay from what i can tell. I figure that I'll just take off the messed up muffler and weld a plug onto the connection point and run just one pipe. I'm pretty sure that will work. We'll see
Since I'm going to be out of work for a few weeks and recovering for a few months, I figure that I can rebuild the bike myself. It would be a good chance for me to get fully acquainted with it. I already ordered fully adjustable pedals that i paid 200 for. They are billet aluminum and are comparable to products twice their price. The brand is TECHg. type the name in on ebay if interested.


Sorry for the long thread. :/

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I have a list of parts that I will be purchasing in the next few weeks or months. If you have any of them and want to part with them, I may be able to purchase a few this week and if not in the near future.

Here's the list of needed parts

The parts I need are listed below, if any of you have them in stock and feel like selling them, I would be truly happy.

1. Gas Tank of any color scheme
2. Left controls and handlebar and grips
3. upper fairing bracket... the metal bracket that the mirrors mount to surrounding the speedo and odometer
4. new headlamps possibly
5. blinkers - already have
6. Full set of plastics - buying from ebay
7. windscreen
8. screws to attach plastics
9. Rearview mirrors... May buy on ebay.
10. I need the two knobby screws that are right behind the riders butt on either side of the plastic rear plastic that are used to attach it to the frame. They appear to be used to attach a rear bag on top of the rear seat if taking a road trip. I only need one of those.

Will post pictures of my bike tomorrow after i pick it up from tow yard. If you know of cheap used salvage parts, please let me know. Thanks again guys. -Chef Luis A. Pernia
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found the owners of dogs but they refuse to speak with me or my insurance company. Cops won't investigate either. I'm pretty sure they would not admit to having their dogs off leash anyways. I dont blame them either. This could end up costing the dog's owners a descent amount of cash, especially if i have to have surgery on my acl.
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That really sucks man. The owner of the dogs should man up and take responsibility for his/her pets. You said that there were witnesses, did they see the dogs? If so, you definitely want to get that into the police accident report. Good luck with the rebuild and recovery.
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yeah, all of the witnesses saw the dogs. I drove through the neighborhood that they came out of and pulled into the first driveway, the house whos yard the dogs came bolting out of. Thats where i found them, wearing electric dog callars. Owners wont man up, though, and just said that their dogs cannot get off the property. I said "what about during a power outage?" and thats when she asked me to leave.
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May be worth checking into the owners legal liability.......maybe that will get their attention.
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May be worth checking into the owners legal liability.......maybe that will get their attention.
Yea for sure. It's different everywhere but owners are usually responsible for their pets. Check your local laws or consult a lawyer, that'll usually get the attention of the owner really fast and they'll be cooperating with you in no time.
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Electric fences don't mean a dog won't get "out". It means a dog is strongly discouraged to get near it. If the collar wasn't on there wouldn't be the shock to remind the dog that it shouldn't be going over it. And depending on the breed of dog it could be strongly discouraged in favor of a real fence. Depending on how focused the dog is on what it wants, electric fences are worthless.

I only say this because I work with a local greyhound group, and electric fences for greyhounds are worthless. A sighthound that has prey in focus doesn't care about a split second shock as it tears after something it thinks is interesting.

If you have witnesses that saw the dogs come out, go after it. Get it in the police report. Obviously that "electric fence" isn't doing it's job well enough to prevent the dogs from something they want.
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I have a list of parts that I will be purchasing in the next few weeks or months. If you have any of them and want to part with them, I may be able to purchase a few this week and if not in the near future.

Here's the list of needed parts

The parts I need are listed below, if any of you have them in stock and feel like selling them, I would be truly happy.

1. Gas Tank of any color scheme
2. Left controls and handlebar and grips
3. upper fairing bracket... the metal bracket that the mirrors mount to surrounding the speedo and odometer
4. new headlamps possibly
5. blinkers - already have
6. Full set of plastics - buying from ebay
7. windscreen
8. screws to attach plastics
9. Rearview mirrors... May buy on ebay.
10. I need the two knobby screws that are right behind the riders butt on either side of the plastic rear plastic that are used to attach it to the frame. They appear to be used to attach a rear bag on top of the rear seat if taking a road trip. I only need one of those.

Will post pictures of my bike tomorrow after i pick it up from tow yard. If you know of cheap used salvage parts, please let me know. Thanks again guys. -Chef Luis A. Pernia
For Item 10. Unless you really want to keep the Frankenstein bolts, you can use the same ones that secure the front portion of the rear cowl.
They're also the same as the single front bolt that secures the upper cowl.
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Man that does really suck, but glad you made it ok.
I agree with everyone else, lawyer up and hold the dog owners responsible.

I have an upper that's tweaked and it is semi usable. Next time I'm out at the shop I'll see how bad it is.

Also there is a member on here or Zilla that made a jig to straighten the upper stay.

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