Leaving dinner on saturday night, heading home, I was lane-sharing by passing some slow moving vehicles (5-10 mph)on the right. A person in this line of cars then decides he needs to park his car as I am passing him and knocks me and my bike over on the side. Fortunately I had no injuries besides a minor scrape on my leg.
The bike of course didn't fair quite as well. Broken left lower fairing, major scrapes on the right lower fairing, bent rear brake pedal.
Luckily the guy in the car behind my 'assailant' gave me his business card and basicly said he would be available to back me up for insurance matters, ie the guy didn't really look to see if it was clear.
I was going about 15 to 20 mph at the time.
Some other aggravating matters - the passenger of the car that hit me felt a need to make various statements - 'You had to be going at least 35 mph since you are on a motorcycle. ' I guess she must be an X-Man and can tell a person's speed from behind without even seeing them. The driver also had to inform me that it is not legal to to pass him on the right. I did not feel a need to start any arguments with this person. He has since contacted me to offer me the option of paying for his damages and not involve insurance since he assumed I am at fault. I informed him that in California, Lane sharing is legal. he did not have anything to say except 'Oh.' .
Anyway, it is up to the insurance companies to slug it out now.
Just wanted to get it off my chest.