Crash Scene 3: Hit and Run
When somebody decides to play a little bump and run it's the motorcycle that always comes out worse for wear. By the time you scoop yourself up and get your bike started the offender could be in the next time zone. If you can gather any immediate info (make/model/color/plate number) and a location, a call to 911 could nab them.
The best-case scenario is that one of your riding partners is able to follow them-at a safe distance-for just enough time to gather the exact license plate number and vehicle description, then pull over and call 911.
The official advice differs from ours: "Get the 911 call put out with as much info as you can provide. Don't chase the car. If they crash and hurt themselves (or someone else) you could be liable!"
Crash Scene 4: Parking Lot
Sportbikes are like magnets...
Sportbikes are like magnets for clueless drivers. Try to find a protected parking space where your ride won't be exposed and vulnerable.
These are the embarrassing situations-the sort of stuff you try to keep a secret from your friends and family. Silly, low speed tip overs are part of the bike ownership experience, and unfortunately there isn't a lot we can do. It's called learning the hard way.
The fluorescent band that's attached to most disc locks is there to remind you to remove the lock before riding off, so use it. It's also a good theft deterrent.
Be aware that new tires have a slimy film that slowly wears off as it's scrubbed in. After fitting new tires give yourself some miles before getting hard on the gas or brakes or you'll be picking your bike up off the ground.
An unfortunate disadvantage that parked bikes have is that they seem to act as a magnet for clumsy drivers who bump and knock them over. The only thing we can do is pick our parking spots wisely; don't squeeze in between two bumpers or park in an open space. Find one partially protected by a parking block, curb or sidewalk.
Falling off or finding your bike on the ground in a parking lot is more of an ego hit than anything criminal. Because of high rates and deductibles, it's usually better not to involve police and simply pay the damage out of pocket.
Have a chat with your riding crew about these various scenarios and how you'll react as a team. If one goes down he doesn't need the entire group to hover over him, but rather help direct traffic, deal with the other motorists involved or even follow a hit and run suspect. There's no shame in talking about crashing-it might just help save your life.