Join Date: May 2003
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, FL USA 33418
I’ve had my fair share of crashes, and learned something from all of them… One that sticks out in my head reading this is my first one. This may sound obvious but for all the new guys out there buying there first used bike, make sure you look (inspect) your bike before you go ride…
I had had my first bike for a couple of hour (yes hours!!!) and had been riding it the whole time. Bought it used from a friend, 68’ Yamaha enduro, a dirt bike but street legal where I lived. I was finally riding home after about 5-6 hours cruising and was going a little fast but not out of my experience and pulled into my driveway at about 50mph (easy turn, 110ft of driveway) and hit the brakes… but there was no brakes!!! I had a very small amount of rear brake but there was nothing up front… So I started downshifting… I hit the fence at the rear of the drive way at an estimated 35-35mph, went over the bars and the fence without my superman cape and hit a tree. NO GEAR and a USED helmet! I was VERY, VERY lucky and only broke my arm in three places. My Mom watched the whole thing and STILL to this day (16 years later) gives me crap about riding.
After the accident, my father and I went thru the wreckage. I had blown the engine downshifting, the front brake lines had a very small, barely leaking hole just above the caliper and the rear brake was metal to metal. Upon talking to my friend that sold me the bike, he had noticed a little bit of oil on the floor of the shed it was in but knew it leaked a little bit. I went over to the shed a few days later and found it was not oil but brake fluid.
Since then I do a walk around before EVERY ride! Even on the 250 when it only had 5 miles on it (and found a leak, by the way)
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Last edited by Gottico; 05-27-2004 at 10:07 PM.