Hey SAGEKILLER, HAMMER, GIXXERSIXXER and ROGUE RIDER, I was going to email you guys, but I figured if I post this here, others can take from it what they may....
Joe, my neighbor/friend with the 748 and I were washing our bikes yesterday. After washing the bikes we generally blow them off with the shop vac, wipe with towel, ride down street and back and wipe again right. Anyway, he had washed the Duc and hopped on to ride it down the street and back. -Generally he goofs off on our street and all the neighbors have told him that he should take it easy (our neighborhood is a group of pretty cool, close folks who, for the majority, are into bikes
) So its not that
big of a deal when he acts goofy, but still, squid is squid and in reality nobody wants that on our block.
SO Anyway, he is going back and forth poppin little wheelies for the amusement of my son and I
and has recently been trying to prefect shifting into second.... Well on his second pass, I see that it looks like he is coming down the road too fast and think to myself that he will not be able to bring it up since the 748 is a guttless wonder
. Well it comes up, he shifts I guess and then it stands straight up! of course the bike looses its balance at that angle right. Well LUCKILY he brings it back down without flipping it but its too late, the bike is out of control. The bike low sides thankfully instead of high sides and he manages to climb up onto the bike!!!! ~~visualize now that he is in T-shirt, shorts and shoes ~Thats it~. When he stops sliding about 150' down the road
, I go running up to him and he nearly goes into shock, I get him to lay in the grass while I get asprin and lotsa water for him since the only injuries are 3 finger tips and both palms!!! CAN YOU SAY LUCKY SOB!!!
I got the bike up and it still ran fine, mostly cosmetic damage, clip-on, shifter peg etc. and all plastic on the left side including tank, both mirrors since he knocked one off climbing onto the bike. Im guessing at about $7000 but we'll see when Ducati gets their estimate!!
We already know the gas tank alone is $2000
. I think he will ride again, but his wife is due in December and she is none to happy right now, so we'll see...
So, there ya go. I guess the moral is this:
If you keep pushing your riding in search of the limit, you will eventually find it.