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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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almost lost it: free lesson

So I am coming down the interstate doing about 80 or so in a 75 on a soft left turn. Suddenly, the steering gets wicked stiff. I lean over the side of the bike and notice that my front tire pressure is rapidly decreasing. I muscle her over to the median. Down to about 45 or so now, the handlebars start trying to go in to a tank slapper. I tell myself over and over and over, and (did I say over enough?) over soft hands, ease on the rear brake. As I tried to ease my weight back and continue with the soft hands drag the rear chant, she slowed down to about 10 miles per hour and leveled out. Quite the bitch to try and steer, but somehow I made it safely to a gas station and called in for a pickup. Once at the gas station, I realized that I had run over a nail. Guess who's getting new tires! Damn those nails in the road, but thank God for 12 years of riding under my belt. Honestly, that was the first time I have ever blown a tire while riding.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 01:21 PM
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Re: almost lost it: free lesson

Wow, mate, sounds like a serious a**e-pucker moment!

Glad you were able to put your expertise to good use and make a safe "landing".




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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah. I might be able to take a dump by Friday. I was kind of surprised that I kept myself together, but somehow I got through there.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 01:55 PM
 
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I'm glad everything turned out alright. Sucks having to get a new tire before it's worn out though, ya?
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 02:11 PM
 
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Goes to show how experience pays off. How many newbies would have freaked and slammed on the brakes?

But, they all want that brand new RR and they'll take it "easy".
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Goes to show how experience pays off. How many newbies would have freaked and slammed on the brakes?...
I see your point but, to be fair, a newb on a 250 would still likely panic and do the same thing,




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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Out of instinct to slow down, I almost grabbed the front brake. The hardest part was trying to control the bars when they started shaking. I ended up straining my bicep and shoulder a bit. As for the tire, yeah, I only had about 800 miles on it, so that kind of sucks.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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I think that most of all, I am extremely glad that I came out of it with no scratches or dents to myself or my bike and am able to share this experience so maybe someone else can learn from it without having any severe consequences.
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good going. something we can all use as a reminder/lesson.

glad everything came out safe for you.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 08:35 PM
 
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Is not experience an amazing thing when it ccomes to situations line the one you just had? I would have probably done the same thing.
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