Below is a letter from Touratech customer Bob Lewalski.
I had a 2015 R1200GS that was fully outfitted (with minor exceptions) with Touratech Gear. Crash Bars, Headlamp protection and Zega Pro panniers. I was beginning a 3 day trip in Texas and just hours into the ride, found myself on a country road turning a bend and was stopped by a semi truck just standing parked on my side of a two lane blacktop.
I paused about 50 feet behind the truck and waited for him to move on. After about a minute or two as I glanced up I saw him drift back as if to put the truck in gear and move ahead. I was very wrong on that assumption. I watched and to my surprise he gave the rig gas and in reverse was quickly moving my way.
For a second I was like a deer in the headlights. After putting my GS into gear, I attempted to go around him, beeping my horn but missed the escape by inches. His Mansfield bar smashed my front wheel and down I went underneath the trailer. He still kept coming! Then miraculously the truck stopped, me underneath as both the bike and me had been pushed back about 15 feet after the collision.