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Old 01-13-2009, 04:53 PM
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How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

For the purposes of this poll, exclude get-offs on the track and the dirt. Also, if you want, let us know what happened, so we can learn from your mistake(s).
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:57 PM
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This YEAR ?
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

How about a category for those of us that have been riding so many years that we can't remember all of the times we've fallen off. Maybe I'm speaking for myself?

There are two things that go with age, (1) memory, and (2), .... eh, I seem to have forgotten the second.

As for advice - so it shouldn't happen to you, I'd say always pay attention to what you're doing.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:08 PM
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I don't know how I feel about the "so I made mistakes". A few weeks ago I guess I made a mistake which resulted in a laydown. I rode in inclement weather and paid for it on a patch of "black ice". However, the other two times I consider mechanical failure. Old bikes, both of which the front caliper locked up on me; I didn't see those coming, the ice wreck I shouldn't have pushed my luck. As for advice I can only offer that which was given me after the ice wreck; Don't ride when the temp drops below 40. To be honest though, that's hard to do in Indiana, it's cold at least three months of the year.
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Once for me, on my 1.5 month old VFR with just 4750 miles on her. Lessons i learned include:
1-Trust the bike
2-Look to where you want to go, not to where you don't want to go.
3-Don't ride outside your comfort zone and don't try to keep up with others.

I was riding on some backroads, following my room mate (who has a '06 1000rr), i was moving along right at the edge of my comfort zone (which wasn't very high) and i was trying to keep pace with him. Both big mistakes. I crested a small rise, the road dipped back down. The road curved slightly, nothing drastic, it just startled me because i couldn't see it until i crested. I for some reason grabbed some brake just as i crested and the bike got light, this resulted in a very mild tank slapper (which really spooked me). I saw my line drifting to the outside of the curve and i kept looking at the ditch, so i went right into the ditch, down the bike went. I slid across the grass for a bit on my back and got up (thankfully, i had nearly full gear on) with just a sore ankle (i was wearing work boots before i had real boots). The bike was totaled by the insurance company.

Things i could have done to prevent all of this:
1-not try to keep up and push the limits so much
2-not freak out and grab the brakes
3-mild tank slapper? ease off the brakes, maybe even throttle out of it.
4-MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL- I should have looked up the road to where i wanted to go and i would have been fine.

I hope others than learn from my mistakes.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:56 PM
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Just curious on the post count but joined Oct 2003.
Where have you been for 6 years?
Just curious that's all.
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Deer !!! Freakin Deer !!

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Just curious on the post count but joined Oct 2003.
Where have you been for 6 years?
Just curious that's all.
Between, being the world's greatest rider, developing every BMW since 1928 for the factory and race teams, conceiving the original idea of web sites for the internet and twirling in the wind. Who has time to post?
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Between, being the world's greatest rider, developing every BMW since 1928 for the factory and race teams, conceiving the original idea of web sites for the internet and twirling in the wind. Who has time to post?

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Old 01-13-2009, 08:41 PM
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Once for me, on my 1.5 month old VFR with just 4750 miles on her. Lessons i learned include:
1-Trust the bike
2-Look to where you want to go, not to where you don't want to go.
3-Don't ride outside your comfort zone and don't try to keep up with others.

(none), to which I would say:
Number 3 is paramount
4- Don't drink and ride (my K75 get off)
5- Be particularly careful in splotchy sunlight or moving from sun to shade (a K12RS lowside on gravel)
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Not counting track days.. or the bike falling over while not moving... zero in 400,000+ miles
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Not counting track days.. or the bike falling over while not moving... zero in 400,000+ miles



Seriously, I'm impressed Pirate, or would that be Pirate Sir For me and 44 years ridding, it's 3 times or about 1 every 160,000 miles give or take. I hope that'll be all Bad thing is, I don't think I've tried nearly as hard as Pirate. The boy can ride!

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Oh.... You meant riding!

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I was just finishing up getting a tank full of gas. I put my gloves back on and cranked the bike. In my mirrors I could see a woman in a car behind me waiting to pull up to get gas so I put on my right blinker and cut the handlbars to the right to make a 180 degree turn to exit the gas station. As I started to pull away I looked back to the right and saw her front bumper just a few feet from my right leg. I hit the front brake hard to keep from hitting her as she tried to pass me on the right. She hit her brakes and stopped just short of hitting me but since I had hit the front brake hard with the handlebars cut over to the right the bike started to fall over to the right side. I could have caught it but I was on a steep slope that was dropping off on that side. By the time my foot touched the bike was past the point of no return and fell over on me. The woman backed up and left the scene as I was struggling to get the bike off of me. Luckily a bystander helped me get up and pick up the bike. In all of the commotion no one got her tag number.
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Just curious on the post count but joined Oct 2003.
Where have you been for 6 years?
Just curious that's all.
How dare you mock the prowess of one who loves nandi and is far more capable of more mileage and speed than that of the average infidel, non practicing islam awhole.
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How dare you mock the prowess of one who loves nandi and is far more capable of more mileage and speed than that of the average infidel, non practicing islam awhole.
Funny we haven't seen such prowess join us at a rally. Why would an Islam practicing infidel be any faster? (yes, I could post reasons but I am not wanting to send this into jomomma or jokes)
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Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home.
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How dare you mock the prowess of one who loves nandi and is far more capable of more mileage and speed than that of the average infidel, non practicing islam awhole.

Yes sir!
You are the lucky one that I lapped 7 times in 1 -20minute track session. Yes, remember I kept passing you on the outside of every turn. Last session, we were coming down the front straight on the very first lap, you were roughly 135mph, I was 168mph and passed you on the inside of T1. Speed up next time!
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Yes sir!
You are the lucky one that I lapped 7 times in 1 -20minute track session. Yes, remember I kept passing you on the outside of every turn. Last session, we were coming down the front straight on the very first lap, you were roughly 135mph, I was 168mph and passed you on the inside of T1. Speed up next time!
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That is what can be called "getting Pwned"!!!!
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Somewhere a True Believer is training to kill you. He is training with minimal food or water, in austere conditions, training day and night. The only thing clean on him is his weapon and he made his web gear. He doesn't worry about what workout to do - his ruck weighs what it weighs, his runs end when the enemy stops chasing him. This True Believer is not concerned about 'how hard it is;' he knows either he wins or dies. He doesn't go home at 17:00, he is home.
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Number 3 is paramount
4- Don't drink and ride (my K75 get off)
5- Be particularly careful in splotchy sunlight or moving from sun to shade (a K12RS lowside on gravel)
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6 - Never, ever, give up !

Stay really determined in your belief of the above...

7 - Be weary of semis... they're bigger than we are...
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Early in my riding days, 1968, I turned left onto a street that had a burger joint just 30 yards down the new street on the right. A guy came out of the burger joint in front of me. I am sure he looked to his left (where I was coming from) and saw it was clear, then I turned onto his street. Moving along on a panhead Harley. Went down and slide up to his door. He would not get out. The bike and I were okay. Learned a few things since then. Didn't go down when I hit that deer last year. Concentrated on staying on the road. Figured if I let it get to the sholder all was lost. Since it was a Harley maybe it does not count. After that, like Pirate it has been over 400,000 miles with no problems. beech
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Had me a nice one at the age of 16
Driving my Kawa KH100ES and all my money went into gas and party.
The front wheel was worn down to the cord almost. It was fall, the rain was pouring down and assembling in the tracks in the road.
A steep tight 180 and to much speed/throttle.
The front just slipped out.
Passed out doing so and came to due to a screaming trucker.
He thought he had killed me because his rear wheel hit something and he swore I passed between the front wheel and the rear axel.
I was untouched by my Kawa never saw the light of day again.


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Without further explanation: #8 - do not show off...
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Not counting track days.. or the bike falling over while not moving... zero in 400,000+ miles

I am truly impressed. In the last 40+ yearsand over 400k miles, I have probably been down 10-15 times due to sand, ice, oil and other hazards. Twice with the wife on the back and another time forgetting about the trailer i was towing.
I have NEVER had contact with another vehicle, but have had many close calls.

BUT, Jerry, I don't have as many traffic tickets as you !
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3 times:

One pretty bad, high way speed was going to pass next thing I know I am in the hospital.

Two others not sure they count on the GS at low speed, la "Peintura" in the rain and another was soft sand both of these were two up with bags.
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Have had a couple of 0-2mph tip-overs, not sure these count. One on pea gravel and another where the curb and gutter was offset way lower than the tarmac.

#9. Be careful where you put your foot down.

Other than that, nothing big in ~30 years of riding. However, my dual-sport bike I had in the '80's liked to take a "dirt nap" now and then ... off tarmac.

Side note: I am currently re-reading David Hough's books on Proficient Motorcycling ... good stuff and worth the effort/cost!
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...#9. Be careful where you put your foot down.....
# 10 (and this one can be a life saver)

Once you fall, throw the bike away. You don't need it any longer.
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# 10 (and this one can be a life saver)

Once you fall, throw the bike away. You don't need it any longer.

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# 10 (and this one can be a life saver)

Once you fall, throw the bike away. You don't need it any longer.
Well yeah, but how far can you throw one of those things??
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# 10 (and this one can be a life saver)

Once you fall, throw the bike away. You don't need it any longer.
Sometimes it throws you away.... then it chases you.
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Sometimes it throws you away.... then it chases you.

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Sometimes it throws you away.... then it chases you.

Old definitions I've heard for years:

Lowside - you chase the bike into the ditch.

Highside - the bike chases you into the ditch.

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I had my first real wreck last month. I learned the hard way that, in rare cases, extremely low blood sugar while on a medication I was taking can cause seizures. I hadn't really paid much attention to how little I had eaten that day before getting on my bike to head home from my parents. I remember filling my gas tank, and then I was in the hospital about 48 hours later.

According to my Garmin, I took off at 120mph shortly after getting back onto the highway, navigated two fairly hard right turns, and then wrecked about a mile into a straight stretch. My gear, combined with being unconscious before I hit the ground, left me virtually unharmed by the crash.

The biggest lesson from this I've tried to share with the Harley riders (the stereotypical ones) is that you can't just say "I don't need all of that gear, because I don't drive like a maniac". I didn't either (something to which Chilei can attest). But this definitely shows how you can't anticipate everything.

I was wearing Rev'it textile gear (Cayenne Pro jacket and pants), a Shoei Multitec helmet, Rev'it Farenheit gloves, and Oxtar boots. I plan to finally have some pictures of the gear up on my Flickr page soon. Based on the gear, and my injuries, it looks like my left shoulder and the left side of my helmet took most of the initial impact and my arms were just hanging down at my sides. My left glove came off, leaving me with a little bit of road rash before sliding along the road on my back.

Once I'm no longer facing criminal charges as a result of this, I'll give more details about the circumstances of what happened.
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I had my first real wreck last month. I learned the hard way that, in rare cases, extremely low blood sugar while on a medication I was taking can cause seizures. I hadn't really paid much attention to how little I had eaten that day before getting on my bike to head home from my parents. I remember filling my gas tank, and then I was in the hospital about 48 hours later.

According to my Garmin, I took off at 120mph shortly after getting back onto the highway, navigated two fairly hard right turns, and then wrecked about a mile into a straight stretch. My gear, combined with being unconscious before I hit the ground, left me virtually unharmed by the crash.

The biggest lesson from this I've tried to share with the Harley riders (the stereotypical ones) is that you can't just say "I don't need all of that gear, because I don't drive like a maniac". I didn't either (something to which Chilei can attest). But this definitely shows how you can't anticipate everything.

I was wearing Rev'it textile gear (Cayenne Pro jacket and pants), a Shoei Multitec helmet, Rev'it Farenheit gloves, and Oxtar boots. I plan to finally have some pictures of the gear up on my Flickr page soon. Based on the gear, and my injuries, it looks like my left shoulder and the left side of my helmet took most of the initial impact and my arms were just hanging down at my sides. My left glove came off, leaving me with a little bit of road rash before sliding along the road on my back.

Once I'm no longer facing criminal charges as a result of this, I'll give more details about the circumstances of what happened.
Wow... that's quite a story, Brian... glad to hear you made it without serious injury. Why the criminal charges??
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Actually, only once, many years ago on my Honda V-65 Magna. Lucky to walk away from that one but the bike and I recovered. I will say I've dropped the RS twice in my driveway. More than any other bike I've owned (still love it though!).
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I'd love to answer that, but any more details than what I gave, including the reason for any charges, might make it obvious when and where this happened. If I gave more, with my luck, it would turn out that someone involved with the prosecution reads this site, and then something I said might be somehow turned into something that could be used against me in court.

You know how the heresay rules work. Anything you say can be used against you. Nothing you say can be used to help you. Our English legal system is great overall. But that one part always annoyed the hell out of me.

Once I finally have that stuff out of the way, I plan to post an extremely detailed account of what most likely happened, and how the gear fared as a result. I just wanted to post something now so that people that wear some of the same type of gear as I did (higher end textiles, flip-up helmets, etc.) have a little more confidence in the ability of that gear to protect them.
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I'd love to answer that, but any more details than what I gave, including the reason for any charges, might make it obvious when and where this happened. If I gave more, with my luck, it would turn out that someone involved with the prosecution reads this site, and then something I said might be somehow turned into something that could be used against me in court.

You know how the heresay rules work. Anything you say can be used against you. Nothing you say can be used to help you. Our English legal system is great overall. But that one part always annoyed the hell out of me.

Once I finally have that stuff out of the way, I plan to post an extremely detailed account of what most likely happened, and how the gear fared as a result. I just wanted to post something now so that people that wear some of the same type of gear as I did (higher end textiles, flip-up helmets, etc.) have a little more confidence in the ability of that gear to protect them.
Understood... thanks, and good luck...
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Two others not sure they count on the GS ... .

Good idea! If I don't count the GS, German, Italian or Japanese bikes, I've never been down. [knocking on wood]
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Good idea! If I don't count the GS, German, Italian or Japanese bikes, I've never been down. [knocking on wood]

Wait a minute. Do I detect some creative use of language here....
"been DOWN".. OK.. so..if JEFF doesn't have to count his GS flying lesson, I don't have to count mine. And.. and.. "DOWN" there's that word again... so.. technically, my '07 K12S did NOT go down... the tires were always on the ground and I got her stopped after 400+ feet of desert riding.. still in an upright position. So.. THAT one doesn't count either!!
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Dropped my K100LT this morning again on the driveway... no problem, except spilling some gas AND that I had to pick the bike up by myself...
Just put myself in an impossible position, bike started te lean in the direction I could not put a foot down and there it lay. Walked around it, picked it up, waited 30 seconds for the oil to settle, started the bike and went to work. Bike has the mirror attached with some duct-tape anyway - so no harm done, not even to my back!
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Dropped my K100LT this morning again on the driveway...


Again??

Bummer...glad no major damage. But, I thought those things came with a "picker-upper-wench(or is it winch)" thingy.
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Well yeah, but how far can you throw one of those things??

Tim...my guess he can toss you and the bike further than you can toss your cookies
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Tim...my guess he can toss you and the bike further than you can toss your cookies
Maybe... post a photo of you on your GS and I'll see how far I can toss my cookies...
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Does this count?? I used to ride my bike to work each day. I was following a truck that turned out to be one that pumped septic tanks. The truck was leaking fluid on the road. I slowed but the rear end started sliding and I couldn't keep the bike upright (Harley Road King), very slick. I eventually did a slow speed slide (15-20MPH) on the engine guards. True Story. It turned into a real Shitty experience. I went home for new clothes and a shower before again heading off to work.

Other than that one (Not including off road) I haven't been down since I was 15.
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Number 3 is paramount
4- Don't drink and ride (my K75 get off)
5- Be particularly careful in splotchy sunlight or moving from sun to shade (a K12RS lowside on gravel)


MY QUESTION WOULD BE HOW MANY TIMES IN ONE NITE ON THE SAME CHICK???
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MY QUESTION WOULD BE HOW MANY TIMES IN ONE NITE ON THE SAME CHICK???

Where you been you deviate?
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Once ==> Alcohol/Street Racing (one and only one time - 38 years ago)

twice more ==> people who didn't "see me" or my motorcycle.

None of them pleasant experiences but made survivable with full gear.
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Twice in 45+ years. Both times were my fault: I was going too fast on Harleys. Rode both bikes home afterwards with less chrome than before.

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What?! You mean you were going more that 45mph????
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What?! You mean you were going more that 45mph????
That's when you know all those Screaming Eagle high-performance parts were worth the money...
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That's when you know all those Screaming Eagle high-performance parts were worth the money...

Charlie, I cannot tell you how much money I spent trying to outrun other Harley$. If I would have saved that money and invested it, I'd probably have what I have now . Now that the Milwaukee Lead is gone, I've been shocked that there is life over 45, uh, mph, that is.

Enjoy that warm weather out there and post some more of you great pictures sometime. You've been slacking off.

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Too many times for my own good, but I guess it comes with the territory of living in a big city with a population of 8 million. My best efforts were falling off 4 times in one day, but that was riding in the Himalayas on a Royal Enfield in snow. At least the landings were soft.
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Enjoy that warm weather out there and post some more of your great pictures sometime. You've been slacking off.

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Now, if only I had your photographic skills and equipment, Mike...
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Been riding for 34 years.
First low side (right side) was on a right turn (merge) where a large, polished metal plate was taking up the center of the turn. Back tire hit plate, bike hit the ground. I checked over my left shoulder to make sure I was properly merging while sliding.
Second low-side (right side) due to really old, hard front tire on a bike I was flogging mercilessly on a 90 degree right turn. Front tire let go and I got slapped down.
Most recent and hopefully the last...Right clover leaf on a drizzly nasty morning after 8 months no rain. All the collective crap on the road surface combined with first layer of water and turned the road surface into greased owl shit. Less than 20mph and vertical, the front tire let go and - yep, you guessed it; right side low slide.
I sense a pattern here?

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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

1: new rider, noob error. Took a corner too hot on Hwy 1, started to cross the center line, decided to brake and get off the road on the wide shoulder opposite. Shoulder was gravel, didn't *quite* stop in time, ended up going over the berm with the bike and me hanging in the branches of a conveniently placed (and soft!) tree. Towtruck got the bike out, it was only scuffed, we finished the ride. I still have a scar on my leg where a tree branch came through my jeans, my only permanent motorcycle injury. Lesson learned: don't ride over your head on the street. Also, make the turn -- it'll lean a lot more than you think.

2: a few years later, as I'm passing a SUV, a teenager in another SUV jams out of a parking lot to make a beat-the-traffic left turn on El Camino Real (divided, 3 lanes each way.) Only you can't make a left there, so she comes to a screeching halt broadside in my (#1) lane. Curb on my left, wildly braking SUV on my right... I braked as hard as I could and again didn't *quite* stop in time, ended up on her hood. Rode the bike home but insurance company totaled it out. Lesson: avoid teenagers in SUVs. Also, brusing in the groinal area takes a really long time to fade.

3: a few years after that, making a circuit of France before my expat gig ended. About halfway 'round, a tourist on a cell phone in Lorient blows through a stop sign from my left, apparently didn't see me. I brake and swerve right to try to avoid him, and we meet at about a 45 degree angle, fairly low speed. My passenger and I fly over the hood and land in the street, she spends a night in the hospital for observation, soft tissue stuff, I'm fine. This time the bike isn't rideable, gets totaled again due to repair costs, and I get screwed on the repairs because it was a US bike never registered in France and carrying minimal pan-European liability insurance. But my girlfriend gets a juicy settlement due to the hospital visit and a doctor's note, so it's a wash, she buys new gear and I sell the bike for salvage (but with a clean title!) back in the US. We finish the tour in a rented VW Golf. Lesson: avoid French tourists on cell phones, carry better insurance.
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1 time due to a rookie "cold tire" mistake.
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Decker Cnyn Road, in the dark. Made it about 90 degrees around a 120 degree curve. Had to dim my lights for an oncoming car and when i hit the highs again, i saw a mountain in front of me. Remember thinking "if you were a good rider, you could probably make this curve". Hit the mountain, then the road. After finally bringing my slide to a halt, i was surprised that i hadnt broken my neck like i first thought. pushed my self up, and felt my right should slowly drop. broken collar bone, nice road apple.

Really enjoyed the nurse at Los Robles Hospital looking up at me walking in and saying "Motorcycle, huh? Those things will kill you".
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I have been in the habit of leaving the side stand down on my K1200GT while rolling it backward or forward, Rolling backward down a friends steep driveway on day and turning the bike at the end of the drive, rear moving to the left,the stand dug into the brickwork of the drive and neatly flipped the bike over to the right. Couldn't hold. Advise-Don't leave the side stand down when rolling backwards.
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I have been in the habit of leaving the side stand down on my K1200GT while rolling it backward or forward, Rolling backward down a friends steep driveway on day and turning the bike at the end of the drive, rear moving to the left,the stand dug into the brickwork of the drive and neatly flipped the bike over to the right. Couldn't hold. Advise-Don't leave the side stand down when rolling backwards.

Ah yes...and the GT is such a light weight. Easy to hold up in any position!
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