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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs down My bike lies down and takes a nap in the middle of a curve

All of this is copied and pasted from my post in another board.

July 9th.

Came around the curve and realized I was too hot. Started easing on the brake but that stood it up. So I let off the brake and started leaning harder. I started easing off the throttle. Caused the back to wobble.

So finally I started slowly rolling on the gas and just cranked it over (this is an uphill right hander).

The peg dragged till it couldn't drag anymore and then it happened. My X-metal pipe started dragging. I think it was about a milisecond later that the tire come up off the ground and the bike and I parted ways instantly.

I slid on my back and somehow rolled over and slid into the trees. A group of three trees hit me and the back and stopped me. I sat there for a second totally in denial and unable to believe what just happened. I've gone two years riding hard without ever going down. Chalk one up to the pavement gods.

I heard the guy that had been riding behind me up the hill aways yelling about whether I was ok. I couldn't say anything. I jumped up and ran out of the woods looking for my bike. I looked down and saw my mirror lieing on the ground. Then I realized my bike was gone.

SHIT!! I yelled. I ran to the tree line and looked down over the embankment and there laid my baby. VERY battered.

Hop, skip, and jump forwards and we were on the way back with his truck. Come over the hill and there were the flashing red and blues. A local had come through and seen the skidmarks. Not being able to find a body he called the police. Luckily a good friend of mine was on duty and she took the report.

We got the bike home and looked over the damage.

THE BIKE: Side and front fairing has no piece untouched (headlight is okay though). Front fender torn off. ZG Double Bubble busted into about 6 pieces. right mirror busted off. Right clipon is hanging off by wires and cables. Right peg and the bracket is gone. Rear cowl is busted. Corbin seat is torn down the side (but in the vinyl side panels so possibly fixable. X-metal can is badly scuffed on the ends of the can. The Carbon Fiber looks ok but this happened right at dark so until daytime I won't know the extent.

ME: Scraped up back. Third degree burns on right upper arm. BAD road rash on the right lower arm. Pretty busted up right knee. Over all I came out great considering what the bike went through. That and what stopped me. I went from pretty good speed to zero awfully quick when I hit those trees. God was with me I believe.

ANYwho, if anyone has any used plastics (yellow and black) for sale let me know. I'm not going to turn the bike into insurance unless I find that the frame is screwed.

If any good came out of this I convinced the guy with me that he needs to start wearing a helmet

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Update:

Well, last night was a long restless night. Hurt too bad to sleep well and replayed the incident about 10,000 times in my head.

My arm and knee are sore as hell this morning. Can't hardly move my arm actually and it makes putting it up on the desk to type a bitch.

Discovered two other sore spots I didn't know about. The left front of my neck feels pulled and the "smurf off" finger on my left hand. No idea how the finger happened but when I went into the trees and slammed to a stop I remember making a loud HUFF!! as I hit. I think maybe it jarred my neck then.

Went out to look at the bike today. Could cry. Luckily I don't think any of the major mechanicals are screwed. I'll have to have the frame checked and the forks examined. One of the guys from the F4 mailing list responded that he had all the plastic I'd need but wanted to know what color I had. Hopefully he has a yellow and black that he races and has stock plastic for.

Well, thanks for the concern guys. And to those of you that ride. If I hadn't had my helmet on I'd probably be without a right ear and some scalp and maybe worse. WEAR YOUR FRIGGIN HELMET.

Side note, had I not decided it was too hot to wear my Ballistic jacket the only injury I'd have recieved would be to my knee.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 10:30 AM
 
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Hang in there Chris, Keep those rash wounds dressed and clean. Its a burden but eventually they will heal. The better you take care of them the less scarring they will leave.

Good luck on the bike and I'm sure we are ALL glad you had your helmet on.
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post #3 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 10:33 AM
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I've read a lot of your posts. I was quite surprised to see the pictures of your road rash.
You don't come off to be a moron ? So what gives ? Are you ?

If it's too hot to wear you jacket, it's too hot to ride man. going to the store is not what I mean. Getting over your head in corners is.
 
post #4 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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I've read a lot of your posts. I was quite surprised to see the pictures of your road rash.
You don't come off to be a moron ? So what gives ? Are you ?

If it's too hot to wear you jacket, it's too hot to ride man. going to the store is not what I mean. Getting over your head in corners is.
Hey man. I deserve the title of moron on this one. When I went out for this ride I did not intend to ride hard. Its been awhile since I've been out on 66 and there was a straight right up to the curve. I just bumped it up to about 75 and was starting to back off when I realized which curve I was in. Most of the curves (with only a few exceptions) are wide sweepers that you could run at 80 to 90. So I figured that 50mph (what my target speed was) would be easy since the speed limit is 55 on this highway.

Problem was that once I was INTO the curve and realized it was the Gypsie's it was too late. I am not one to "get crazy" very often and never without my gear. I don't do wheelies or any other stunts for that matter. This particular ride seemed ill fated from the git go and I just didn't listen to that little voice in my head which I usually do.

I was just planning to head on home and pack it up for the evening when this happened.

Sucks a big one seeing as I was planning on selling the bike in a couple of months (had just started discussing this with the wife about 4 days before) and go buy a decent priced sport-touring bike.

Not sure what my plans are at the moment.
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Tell the truth, you were riding with your "Riding gear is for chumps " friend and you wanted to be cool ! Kidding.

lesson learned I guess. I'm assuming you won't make the same mistake again ?
post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 10:49 AM
 
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WHAT'S YOUR MAJOR MALFUNCTION, PRIVATE PYLE?!!


Sorry, just had to!
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post #7 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-11-2001, 11:31 AM
 
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Sorry to hear about that. I would seriously consider the insurance claim if I were you. After reading your description I have a couple of observations. If it was a 55 road you should be able to navigate it at 50mph without all that drama, FWIW I think the on/off throttle maneuver caused your wreck. Matter of fact I bet you would have been better off just holding a steady throttle and railing through on your original line.
I'm not being critical here I know there have been plenty of times when I myself have had that "too fast" feeling. Learning whats really too fast as compared to what seems to fast is a big part of becoming a better rider.
Did you have any specific event that made you feel like your pace was too hot or was it just a general feeling?
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If it was a 55 road you should be able to navigate it at 50mph without all that drama, FWIW I think the on/off throttle maneuver caused your wreck. Matter of fact I bet you would have been better off just holding a steady throttle and railing through on your original line.
I'm not being critical here I know there have been plenty of times when I myself have had that "too fast" feeling. Learning whats really too fast as compared to what seems to fast is a big part of becoming a better rider.
Did you have any specific event that made you feel like your pace was too hot or was it just a general feeling?
I'll take these in order.

The highway itself is a 55 as its considered a highway. The curve itself is a 15 mph curve with the sign stolen. I managed to head into it at a speed I won't mention. Slowed to 65 or 70. The guy following says 75 cuz he was running 65 and I was leaving him. The bike was still stable after the throttle on/off. It just wasn't until the pipe touched down that things went to hell. Holding the original "Line" wouldn't work because its a switchback in a narrow section of road. The too fast "feeling" didn't come into account simply because it was indeed TOO fast.
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Sorry to read about this Chris, heal fast and get a new bike ASAP!

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H-Man...I can feel your pain...

I wadded my new FZ1 on July 4th, got into a switchback corner and "blam"...sun directly in my eyes, face shield gooped up with bug guts...well, the road went left and I went straight...

Bike is pretty close to totalled, State Farm is taking care of this one for me...

Injuries: Minor dirt rash on the left forearm where my Leathers pulled up...bruise the size of Michigan on my right hip...slight bruise to ego...

I second the recommendation to: Always wear your gear...
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