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Crash, replace bike - and add Clearwater Sevina LEDs

Posted By Frank Florio #129302, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

I was in an accident and totaled my brand new 2019 R 1250 GSA on the way back from the rally in Nashville, Tenn., last year. When the property claim was settled and I got my check, I immediately purchased my brand new 2020 R 1250 GSA! Somewhere in the process of planning to buy the new bike I heard Muriel Farrington's voice telling me how the installation of auxiliary lighting up front essentially eliminated for her the hazard of not being seen. I knew I wanted additional lighting, so I decided on the ClearWater Sevina lighting system. When installed, I placed the amber lens on.

My buddy Carlos and I took a night ride in northeast New Jersey a few weeks ago and were amazed how far in front of us these lights provide visibility! We played a bit with the positioning of the left and right side to maximize visibility. When I rode behind Carlos, I stayed a good 3 to 4 seconds back and he claims these lights significantly improved his visibility also.

Muriel has the Darla lights with yellow (she calls them lime green). Here's what she told me: "It is amazing that many vehicles don't even pull out, even when they have plenty of time; others start to pull out and stop. The only times anyone did pull out (twice), I had just made a left hand turn onto the street the cars were in the process of pulling into the traffic lane. I can see why they would not have seen an oncoming vehicle. Funny story: I was on an interstate and a car pulled into my lane. It wasn't a dangerous move, but given the lack of traffic, it was impolite. I cranked up the intensity on the lights while in back of him. He exited the interstate, and at that point I saw he was a Statie! He went on his way." I love the lights so much I had my dealer put a set on my other bike.

I was riding in New Holland, Pennsylvania, on Main Street heading east. Traffic was heavy and a car turned left from the west direction to enter the McDonalds I was practically passing. Zero way to avoid the impact. The ABS brakes got me down to probably 10-15 MPH from about 20-25. The bike hit the rear of her front fender (passenger side) just before that space between the fender and front passenger door.

Upon impact I flew off, landed on her windshield, slid off her hood and landed on the street. By the time I stood up to take inventory of myself, the driver who hit me approached me and she was a complete disaster, just wrecked emotionally. She apologized and repeated a few times she just didn't see me. I put my arm around her shoulders and told her I was OK for the most part, this was only an accident and we will get through this.

As I was calming her down I noticed kids in her car, so I asked her if they were OK. She said they are OK but scared. I suggested we talk to them; I hobbled over to the car and assured them I'm OK, minor injury but will heal and please understand this was an accident, unfortunate but that's all it is. I told them I'm not mad at them, I'm not mad at their mom, and I'm not mad at their car and then asked them not to worry about seeing me take off in an ambulance. I told them I promised my wife if this ever happened I would take the ambulance to the hospital even if I felt either I didn't need to or didn't want to.

As the mom and I walked away from calming her children she said, "I can't believe how composed and wonderful your being under the circumstance, you're being so kind." I turned to her and responded with, "would you like to return this kindness?" She said, "Absolutely, what can I do?" I told her to be honest with the responding officer and her insurance company because this is 100% her fault and I don't want to have to chase the truth once I leave the scene in the arriving ambulance. She did just that!

Once I was lying on the gurney, the EMS folks wouldn't let me off when I announced I needed to get my stuff off the bike. They were like, don't worry about that now, when you're released you can catch up with your stuff then. I said no way, I live over 300 miles away, and by the time the hospital releases me, the tow yard will be closed and this just wont work for me, so I'm getting up. EMS said once you're on the gurney we can't let you up.

Another EMT came along just as I was talking about this issue and she said not to worry; since I was so nice to the driver and her children she would go back to the bike to gather all my stuff for me! EMS took me to Lancaster Trauma Center. The first thing the trauma doc said was "Take great care of Frank, this is the guy who took care of the mom and her children as his first priority at the accident scene."

I fractured my pelvis (right rami pubis bone fracture). The hospital said if I was ambulatory within a few hours they would release me, so after a few hours my buddy Carlos met me there and drove me to his place in New Jersey. You had to see me walking out of the hospital with two wheelchairs, both with my stuff from the bike and me hobbling and pushing one and an orderly pushing the other. My friend couldn't believe his eyes! I spoke with responding police officer the next day and the dispatcher who answered my call recognized my name and said, "Hey, you're the accident who was so nice to the driver and her kids, you're solid in our book. What can we do?" She put me through immediately to the responding officer who was out in the field and not supposed to take such a call, but since he knew how I handled the accident scene he took my call and told me the official report will be clear she's 100% at fault and she will get a citation. Her insurance company took 100% liability and sent me the check, so I'm whole on the bike.

It sure paid me big time to maintain my composure and show empathy toward the at fault driver in this accident. Each responding resource (Police, EMS, Hospital) took extra care of me as a result since the news spread so quickly about my disposition during all this accident chaos. And the coolest thing? A brand new bike with ClearWater Sevinas!

Clearwater Sevina LED lights, MSRP US$1,049-1,114.

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Gene Merritt says...
Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Sorry for your accident, glad you're okay, great story, well written, and I enjoyed reading it...but this is not a review of the Clearwater lights. I don't think this belongs in "Member Tested: Real Reviews From Real Riders...maybe this could be moved to "Rider to Rider" letters to the editor."
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Oscar Torres says...
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020
If the ClearWater lights are connected to the HEXezXCAN, you can control the lights with the "WonderWheel". You hold the wheel to the left for about 4 seconds and you can brighten or dim the lights. If you push the turn signal button for about 4 seconds, the lights are turned off completely. Push the button for another 4 seconds and the lights will be turned on.
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Frank J. Florio says...
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Gene - after reading this I think you have a good point. Thanks for the input. If I do another review - I'll stick to the review only.
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Frank J. Florio says...
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Oscar - thanks........I also heard from Gray Buckley. Ironically the day after this posted I realized they didn't dim due to my not following ClearWater instructions properly. Working great as designed.
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Wes Fleming says...
Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Gene, I chose to place this post in Member Tested, not Frank. I decided the story about why he chose the Sevinas was interesting and appropriate to Member Tested.
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Maurice O' Neill says...
Posted Thursday, June 18, 2020
An enjoyable read. Calmness after a fall is always the best policy. Glad everything work out for you.
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