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Alright, well I am retarded. I dumped my first bike. The good news is that I did expect that I would dump this bike as it is my first bike. I found that I really need gloves too. Here's the situation.


I'm making a left hand turn on a road. I see a car coming the opposite direction. I figured that I could make the turn in time. The car was going a lot faster than I expected and being the retard I am I twisted the throttle more to go faster. That had me end up in some gravel and from that moment I realized I was going to fall.

Lessons I've learned. Don't hit the throttle hard when turning like I did. Buy and wear gloves. Jackets help lots.

Stuff that's broken. The bike is an 84 Kawasaki GPZ 550. I broke my foot peg, my mirror and scraped up my front fairing. All in all not too bad.

Ohh yeah and the bright side to all of this, I have no fear of falling over on a bike now. Not saying I'd like to do it again though.
 

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First off glad to hear you are OK. As for the bike it can be fixed. Look on Ebay for parts. Skin is nice to have isn't it;) Gloves are cool. Just picking on ya. Hope you get back on two wheels soon.
 

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To you & other such IDIOTS like you------

-------may I welcome you to this SPECIAL Club ------ we are the slow learners. LOL
All kidding aside, I am pleased that you made it through WITHOUT a major injury & the bike is not that bad.
Sometimes it takes time for things to sink in & make sense to us, but what the 'ell that is part of m/cing be it in how you handled the bike to what you wear when riding FOR so many of us have made the same mistakes. FORTUNATELY there was no such thing a computers let alone m/bs like this one, so I was able to keep these errors to myself. It takes GUTS to admit your foolish doings & I compliment you for not only that, BUT for the fact of admitting error in handeling of the bike, riding gear, etc.
 

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just to say i fear falling ,i have done it . it hurts .it is embarassing when you do something stupid. and least of all you could end up DEAD. get some lessons ! brains are for more than holding your helmet on . not to rag but that shit hurts. cages hitting you at 40 mph can be deadly it happened to me .but i think i got lucky because i had some bmx free style skills that i reacted on that kept me from getting squashed. after that crash i sought out msf courses.
 

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Sorry to hear of your dumping. Yes it happens to all bikers at sometime or another. For the lucky ones it happens on an older bike that they havent invested a whole lot of $$$ on. But the best part of this situation, asdide from walking away is that you do learn alot about what you can do and what you cant do. Those last few seconds before you hit the ground usually stay in your mind for a long time.

Get yourself some proper riding gear. Gloves are important. But also get a good jacket, pants and boots. You can usually tell a newer rider when they pull up on a nice bike with a nice helmet and a pair of street shoes. (I admit that I was there once before and I also have the road rash scars from the lack of proper pants too.

Make sure you learn from your mistakes. Get the gear...! Btw... there is nothing better then getting a set of leather and having them break-in perfectly for your personal fit.

Miguel:)
 

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They say...

...there are two kinds of riders.

You've just become one of the second kind. Welcome to the club.


(P.S. A healthy fear of falling may not be all that bad of a thing to have. I know I'm pretty scared of it; that, and the front bumpers of cars. :eek: )
 

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I was a lucky entry into this esteemed club this weekend. 2 years of riding and this was my first unplanned dismount. Took a turn too hot at Putnam Park, atleast too hot for me, target fixated, and left the track on two wheels. Luckily, it had been raining for several days, so the ground was a swamp. Held it up until i hit a rut and lost it. Was thrown off. In the end, i came into the pits looking like a dirtbike rider, had one swelling lump on the shin from hitting the tank, and not a scratch on the bike. After i polished her this afternoon, she was perfect again. Considering myself very lucky. Funny part is, i survived the soaking wet track during the morning, against the betting odds as i found out later, only to lose it on a dry track. Oh, well. lesson learned. And i am signed up for the next track day in May. yes!!
 

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Most of us know it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when. Now that you got it out of your way enjoy the cheap lesson you learned the hard way & follow the advice the others have given you.
Remember RUBBER SIDE DOWN:D
 

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I agree with the idea "it is a matter of when..". :D Hence the jacket, gloves and helmet atleast whereever i go. The track day was incredible; I think i learned more that one afternoon about the potential of my bike then i did in 2 years of street riding. And as it always goes, the more you learn, the more you realize you have yet to learn. Now recommending track days to anyone with a "go-fast wrist". It was humbling seeing just how fast some of the other guys were. I missed my gsx-r600. lol.
 

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hey im really glad that u didnt hurt u bike that much ohhh yere u too (jokes) i know im not older enough to get my ls yet but its not that long before i can i already have my bike honda nsr 150 i wanted to get the nsr250 but i cant because its not learner leagle so thats a bummer but i really dont wanna drop it because its so beautifuland i dont wanna hurt it and knowing me i will prob. will drop it because i really havnt rode much before

heres my baby and me and dohan
 

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Ricerun01 said:
I agree with the idea "it is a matter of when..". :D Hence the jacket, gloves and helmet atleast whereever i go. The track day was incredible; I think i learned more that one afternoon about the potential of my bike then i did in 2 years of street riding. And as it always goes, the more you learn, the more you realize you have yet to learn. Now recommending track days to anyone with a "go-fast wrist". It was humbling seeing just how fast some of the other guys were. I missed my gsx-r600. lol.
Right on brother, (good grief I'm dating myself) Even if the helmet law was repealed tomorrow I would stay geared up. I've spent way too much time healing from injuries made worse by not having the right gear on when I hit the ground.
 

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You could have been killed :mad:

Umm but that fact that you weren't means God doesn't want you yet...so it's OK to step up to that R1 :D



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the learning curve

I dumped my first bike several times. Happens to everyone as far as I know. If you can survive your initiation into street biking you're in for a lot of fun. Dont give up! And dont do that again. But you dont need me to tell you that.
 
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