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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before…


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

A bloke parks his bike 1.5m (5 feet) behind a car, an SUV,  in a quiet street.

The rider dismounts and checks to see that there is ample room for the driver of the car to get out if they need to. He notices that there is a similar distance ahead of the car.

The car is maybe 4.3m (14 feet) long, so the rider deduces that should the driver wish to get out, it would be a mere formality with no special maneuvering required.

The rider leaves his machine in the belief that it will be safe for the short time he is away.

Alas, he was mistaken.


Can someone explain to me how the driver of a car with so much room fore and aft, and a reversing camera with proximity sensors, still manage to reverse into a motorcycle and knock it over?

Fortunately, the driver remained at the scene and provided full details for insurance purposes.

Damage bill: Just shy of $4000 AU



18 responses

  1. I’d say a phenomenon akin to target fixation was at work here.


    March 25, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    • Hmm maybe. The driver admitted they weren’t paying attention and was gasbaging with the passenger when they ran over it.


      March 25, 2015 at 10:38 AM

  2. Apparently there is rampant stupidity everywhere! I’m angry for you sir.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 25, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    • Thank you. Although it was/ is more bewilderment rather than anger. I mean its a bit bigger than a pocket bike isn’t it?


      March 25, 2015 at 12:35 PM

      • Exactly! They say “Ride as though you’re invisible” apparently that also applies to parking.

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        March 25, 2015 at 12:41 PM

  3. Many cagers claim an inability to spot bikes in motion. Now there are those who can’t even see a bike at rest?!…

    So, did you warn the driver that his “oops” would be the subject of your next blog post? Maybe you should forward to him these reactions of exasperation.


    March 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    • No I didn’t.

      I think the insurance quote gave them enough of a fright 🙂

      Their words at the time were “Oh there’s only a few scratches, shouldn’t take much to fix. I pointed out that this may be the case for a motor car, but on a bike not so much. The muffler alone was $1050 on the quote.


      March 25, 2015 at 12:33 PM

  4. Bloody hell!

    Makes you wonder how they get through the day when they are obviously lacking observation skills.

    At least they stopped to exchange info. I know if we are parked close to someone even in the car and are worried if they will ding the car we’ll take a picture of their license plate just in case. That is usually just close quarters in city parking, which we try to avoid.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 26, 2015 at 1:16 AM

    • I sort of do the same when I pull up because I have a helmet cam on when I ride.


      March 26, 2015 at 6:46 AM

  5. Bob

    I have no words for stupidity. Sorry that happened.

    Liked by 1 person

    March 26, 2015 at 6:43 AM

  6. Oh noooo. Brings tears to my eyes seeing your bike on its side 😦


    March 27, 2015 at 7:24 PM

  7. Unbelievable…I’m so sorry and angry for you!!! I guess the fact that the driver remained at the scene AND actually had insurance softens the blow a bit. Is the bike rideable as-is? Maybe it’s different in Australia, but around here it can sometimes take months to get replacement parts 😦


    March 28, 2015 at 3:14 AM

    • Yes, its rideable but the bars feel wonky and i can’t take The Pillion because one of the foot rest brackets is cracked

      I was told parts wer going to take between 2 and 8 week to arrive.


      March 28, 2015 at 7:48 AM

  8. The most amazing part of the post is, “Fortunately, the driver remained at the scene and provided full details for insurance purposes.”
    Around here the driver would of been long gone. I’ve been knocked over twice while parked and haven’t even gotten a note left behind.

    Why so long on the parts?


    March 30, 2015 at 4:59 AM

    • No idea why the parts take so long to arrive, maybe they have to make them 🙂


      March 30, 2015 at 7:10 AM

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  10. Unbelievable on many different levels….! You have my heartfelt sympathy, interesting how cagers are just as stupid the world over! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    April 8, 2015 at 6:34 AM

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