Originally Posted by blob2004
<snip> To be honest, i had quite a bit of space between me and that lexus (about another bike + half a bike's length)
Don't sweat the bike because any machine is fixable / replaceable. Just order a new front fender (it will come painted) and pop it on. Definitely take it to the dealer for a thorough inspection and explain the new rattling noise you discovered. My guess is it's the fender, but ya' never know so have it looked at.
Regarding the above statement about following closely - a 1.5 bike's length allows you almost zero reaction time. That's only about 8'-9', unless I'm reading that wrong. Rule of thumb at any speed is a full 4-second count to the vehicle in front of you.
I'm not lecturing, ya I'm a new rider (on the street anyway) but going through the MSF program I've been studying these tips & stats obsessively lately.
I'm glad you're ok, someone was watching over you for sure. Be safe-