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Old 06-22-2012, 11:59 AM
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thank you all. left side of body took the hit. i saw it coming and put all the know how i had into trying to avoid contact---just not enough distance time to pull it off. did make it from the driver door back to rear corner area though.....one long ass jeep

elbow has been reset 4x now and still may need surgery-will know in couple weeks. wrist and thumb will heal no problems i think. left hip and leg are what concern me right now---just doesn't feel right. asked drs several times while in hospital but they said just fractured pelvis.

did a forward up and over off the bike after impact and remember seeing road, bike/road just traveled up and then beautiful blue sky before landing on my back on pavement. put the right hand out to see if sliding and wasn't so tried to stand up to see bike but couldn't and realized left side was injured.

a man came to my side and we recapped what had happened--differently as he was driver of jeep. everyone was ok most importantly and said it wasn't important that both ends of the scene needed to be secured, traffic could be diverted along shoulder of road and that someone really needed to go turn my bike off! kinda shut down after that to get sense of my status. knew exactly what emts were doing from courses taken so that helped.

crews that helped were excellent, some riders themselves, and when time seems to be dragging...good conversation is priceless!

sucks having one hand... but it is my right one and being a righty thats good hard to hang on kiwi when peeling it peeling hard boiled eggs was a breeze in comparison lol. believe me I'm having a lot of laughs dealing with this so no putty. pt person coming...better go face the challenges of putting britches on

again thanks peeps...the glass is half full because i drank the first half....cheers
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:13 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear of your injuries, De... but I am glad to see that you're in good spirits and optimistic about your experience and recovery. I hope that surgery isn't required, but do whatever it takes to get well and back on two wheels, lady... Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery...
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:25 PM
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elbow has been reset 4x now and still may need surgery-will know in couple weeks. wrist and thumb will heal no problems i think. left hip and leg are what concern me right now---just doesn't feel right. asked drs several times while in hospital but they said just fractured pelvis.
Damn, strike my "not too beaten up" comment. From your first report I didn't think you'd "gotten it" quite so badly.

You continue to show perseverance through adversity and that you are one tough cookie! You go girl!

As you already know, we'll be in your corner cheering for ya.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:39 PM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Great talking with you over the past 2 days, De. You are a pro at understatement my dear friend, so the extent of some of your injuries escaped me during our first phone call.

Please remember what I said about hiring a bevy of handsome hunks to do your bidding for you. Hey, you could expand on the body parts that need attention and actually ENJOY your recovery!! (send photos though...!!)

Please post an update when you know more about your body & bike injuries.
See you in a week, Sweets!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 01:03 PM
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Dee, I have been away for a few days and had no idea till a little bird told me what had happened.
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are with you on your journey. Another mountain to climb in this world called life.You are not alone

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Dee, I have been away for a few days and had no idea till a little bird told me what had happened.
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Probably the same little bird that made me aware of it!

I just got off of the phone talking with De and she is laughing and in great spirits. Knowing her, I wouldn't have expected anything else!

Just like everyone told me....the good part is that it wasn't any worse and we are able to talk to her.
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More good thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery coming your way De!
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Went down only a couple of times - fortunately no physical injuries, but my ego is still having nightmares

AHR 2010 screw-up:

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and, somewhere in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado:

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De! Our thoughts and speedy recovery prayers are being sent your way faster than JamesTexas on a beer run!

Now, what can we do to help you out? Is there anything at all that we can do for you?

Love you, sweetheart!
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again thanks peeps...the glass is half full because i drank the first half....cheers

Good for you and the second half will be better .
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De, I'm not a doctor but I'll take a look! Wow, that's some kind of messed up. I'm glad you're still kicking (figuratively). Like I always say, when life serves you lemons, throw that shit out and go straight to the tequila! Take care of yourself.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:38 AM
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I missed this too De,got a heads up myself. So sorry ya got to go through this.
Hope you get well soon.
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OK 4x I can call "down" on the road - the others involve girls and were much more fun...

1. Wet wooden Bailey Bridge in the dark - I had no idea it was wood, I knew it was wet and raining... as I got on the bridge, the back end started to come around and seemed like it was about to pass the front - then I came off the bridge and hit pavement. The 1999 R1100RT went down on the left side, threw me over the road and then the bike flipped over onto the right side and smashed that too. It had a hole in the valve cover spewing hot oil on my leg on the way home and did thousands in damages to tupperware, levers, birdcage, both mirror pods etc. A car full of people drove by looking but didn`t stop, I picked it up myself. Bruised ankle.

2. Wet (again) got cut off a bit by a juicy Subaru Rally thingy, ducked a bit right to miss the car and caught the streetcar rails, down on the right side, mashed the mirror pod, more scratches etc. I got help from two ladies who watched and offered to help me pick it up. Bruised pride. 1999 R1100RT

3. Gravel road right after the town laid down about 6" deep gravel, really smooth to take care of potholes in April - I had no idea it was that deep, I had it pinned for quite a while but after I topped out in 2nd gear, the front end tucked and I hit the road. Ruptured spleen, broken ribs, collapsed lung, left clavicle and shoulder blade. 5 weeks for me to get back out of hospital - 8 months putting the bike back together. 1999 R1100RT

4. I was driving very calmly through a parking lot and a cube van backed up fast - right over me and knocked me off the 2002 K1200RS. Scratched tupperware and front brake lever - no damage to me. The axxhole asked me: didn't you see me backing up? I asked him - will you pick up my bike axxhole? A bunch of folks standing there gawking, smoking cigarettes, not offering any help.

Yikes!
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Add one more to the'down' count. I went out for a little ride this morning and hit a deer. I've got few scrapes, bruises, and a couple broken ribs. Bambi is dead and the bike is totaled, but my gear did its job.
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I've been down twice in about 20 mph driving... once for rubbernecking and catching an edge of the shoulder.... (found out how important a good helmet was with that one) and a small buck off at a stoplight that caught me unprepared....Locked up the rear wheel of my 900 Kaw. and then, released it before coming to a complete stop... No real damage, just a sore ankle.... Now my new to me RS is another story, I seem to have trouble holding it up while stopped, for some reason. I'm glad I didn't pay a lot of money for her, cause I am definitely working through a learning curve with holding her up. Lost her twice trying to figure out how to use the center stand, once when she rolled backwards off the side kickstand, and once (just the other day) while walking her around my jeep parked in the garage to the empty stall next to her.... Almost becoming a joke for me for when the next drop will come......
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Add one more to the'down' count. I went out for a little ride this morning and hit a deer. I've got few scrapes, bruises, and a couple broken ribs. Bambi is dead and the bike is totaled, but my gear did its job.

Damn Boyd, hope things treat you well. Never great to hear this.
We wish you the best, maybe some pain pills
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Add one more to the'down' count. I went out for a little ride this morning and hit a deer. I've got few scrapes, bruises, and a couple broken ribs. Bambi is dead and the bike is totaled, but my gear did its job.

Boyd glad your ok and you will be in our prayers for a speedy recovery. Let Meg and i know if you guys need anything.

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Damn it Boyd!! What have we told you about trying to pick up strangers on your bike??
Chasing the deer around those mountains is a game best done in a 4-wheeler.

I'm REALLY glad you're posting this up and we aren't hearing it from your bride!
You've got just a bit less than 4 months to heal those ribs before the AHR.
I do hope you heal well & QUICKLY!!
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OK 4x I can call "down" on the road - the others involve girls and were much more fun...

1. Wet wooden Bailey Bridge in the dark - I had no idea it was wood, I knew it was wet and raining... as I got on the bridge, the back end started to come around and seemed like it was about to pass the front - then I came off the bridge and hit pavement. The 1999 R1100RT went down on the left side, threw me over the road and then the bike flipped over onto the right side and smashed that too. It had a hole in the valve cover spewing hot oil on my leg on the way home and did thousands in damages to tupperware, levers, birdcage, both mirror pods etc. A car full of people drove by looking but didn`t stop, I picked it up myself. Bruised ankle.

2. Wet (again) got cut off a bit by a juicy Subaru Rally thingy, ducked a bit right to miss the car and caught the streetcar rails, down on the right side, mashed the mirror pod, more scratches etc. I got help from two ladies who watched and offered to help me pick it up. Bruised pride. 1999 R1100RT

3. Gravel road right after the town laid down about 6" deep gravel, really smooth to take care of potholes in April - I had no idea it was that deep, I had it pinned for quite a while but after I topped out in 2nd gear, the front end tucked and I hit the road. Ruptured spleen, broken ribs, collapsed lung, left clavicle and shoulder blade. 5 weeks for me to get back out of hospital - 8 months putting the bike back together. 1999 R1100RT

4. I was driving very calmly through a parking lot and a cube van backed up fast - right over me and knocked me off the 2002 K1200RS. Scratched tupperware and front brake lever - no damage to me. The axxhole asked me: didn't you see me backing up? I asked him - will you pick up my bike axxhole? A bunch of folks standing there gawking, smoking cigarettes, not offering any help.

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Add one more to the'down' count. I went out for a little ride this morning and hit a deer. I've got few scrapes, bruises, and a couple broken ribs. Bambi is dead and the bike is totaled, but my gear did its job.
Damn it Boyd. Sorry to hear about the encounter with Bambi. Deer are my #1 fear out there. Yes cagers are stupid, but at least I can usually see them coming.

Hell well bud!
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Holy crap, Boyd... I'm really sorry to hear that, but happy that you weren't more seriously injured. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!! Was it the new Concourse??
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Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! I've replayed yesterday over and over, trying to figure out what I could have done differently. I could have worn my heavier gear, but it's 100 degrees here and I was wearing summer gear that is lighter and thinner. I could have been going slower, or I could have been going faster. I could have pushed the bike to the right instead of to the left. I decided that, if you're gonna ride, you need to be ready to accept the fact that some things are going to happen that are out of your control.
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Holy crap, Boyd... I'm really sorry to hear that, but happy that you weren't more seriously injured. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!! Was it the new Concourse??

Yes. And the deer wasn't wearing a helmet either...

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Boyd, damn sorry to hear about this. (Thanks to Muddy1 for the heads up.) Yeah, I'd say the bike and the deer are both toast.

Sorry about your ribs. I went down twice in 2011, neither time very fast at all, and both times I either broke or dislocated ribs. The dislocation was actually more painful. But neither way was any fun at all. Take some drugs and get comfortable for a couple of days. It'll get better.
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Boyd, damn sorry to hear about this. (Thanks to Muddy1 for the heads up.) Yeah, I'd say the bike and the deer are both toast.

Sorry about your ribs. I went down twice in 2011, neither time very fast at all, and both times I either broke or dislocated ribs. The dislocation was actually more painful. But neither way was any fun at all. Take some drugs and get comfortable for a couple of days. It'll get better.

Rob, the ONLY reason I contacted others about Boyd's crash was to pressure him to
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2) strap that deer to the tow truck to bring home & make deer jerky for the AHR.

A few broken ribs and a new bike to replace the one he had buyer's remorse over...small price to pay for some kick-ass jerky! Boyd, we really appreciate the great lengths you go to in order to feed us at the AHR!
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Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! I've replayed yesterday over and over, trying to figure out what I could have done differently. I could have worn my heavier gear, but it's 100 degrees here and I was wearing summer gear that is lighter and thinner. I could have been going slower, or I could have been going faster. I could have pushed the bike to the right instead of to the left. I decided that, if you're gonna ride, you need to be ready to accept the fact that some things are going to happen that are out of your control.

Boyd,

I am so sorry to read about this, but I am glad that you are still around to post about it! Don't beat yourself up about what you could have done different. Yes, sometimes you learn from an accident and become a better rider due to them. However, it is what it is and you can't go back in time and, sometimes accidents are simply just accidents and there isn't anything you can learn from them.

I am with Matt....deer are my number one concern as they are so unpredictable and have taken the lives of many riders. I still recall the Texas Highway Patrol that pulled Nash and myself over talking about Larry Grodsky being killed by a deer the night before just a few miles from where we were. Larry was a top rated motorcycle safety expert who was riding from the West Coast returning home from a MSF meeting that Rider Magazine paid him to attend. How ironic that he went that way. It just goes to show you that know matter how good you are and how well you are prepared, when it is your time, there isn't anything you can do about it.

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Thanks for the well-wishes, guys! I've replayed yesterday over and over, trying to figure out what I could have done differently. I could have worn my heavier gear, but it's 100 degrees here and I was wearing summer gear that is lighter and thinner. I could have been going slower, or I could have been going faster. I could have pushed the bike to the right instead of to the left. I decided that, if you're gonna ride, you need to be ready to accept the fact that some things are going to happen that are out of your control.

I for one, am glad to hear that there wasn't a helicopter ride involved. You sound good in spite of the injuries. Just stay on the meds and obey your nurse.
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sorry to be reading this boyd. understand about the rewind/replay and we will never know anything different than what was with regards to actions taken and outcome. sending you well wishes for a fast recovery
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Boyd, I'm not a doctor but I drink like one. If you want, I will check you thoroughly for any further injuries. I do have some anesthetic that helps with the pain and memory of my exam if you are interested.

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Wow, I missed this post. I was on the phone with James and he told me you had hit a deer on a early morning ride. I'm guessing you're pretty sore and the bike looks like it's toast, but glad to see you're still around to talk about it.
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De and I have decided the accident quota is filled for the year.
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Sorry to hear about the accidents recently. De and Boyd, please heal soon.


I freekin' hate deer, they scare the crap out of me. We all need to kill more deer, those forest rats have no natural predators anymore and they've gotten completely out of control. How many more bikers (and car drivers) will be injured and killed before we start seriously thinning the herds?


Be safe out there ya'll....
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I freekin' hate deer, they scare the crap out of me. We all need to kill more deer, those forest rats have no natural predators anymore and they've gotten completely out of control. How many more bikers (and car drivers) will be injured and killed before we start seriously thinning the herds?

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thank you all. left side of body took the hit. i saw it coming and put all the know how i had into trying to avoid contact---just not enough distance time to pull it off. did make it from the driver door back to rear corner area though.....one long ass jeep

Sweetheart, I'm so sad! What a bad year for you I saw that you had an accident, but did not when, where, or how. The good news is that my left hand and arm works and your right hand and arm works. Maybe, we can do things for each other?

It's starting to look like it is time for the first I-BMW RR. (Rehab Rally) We can throw all of our mixed pain and muscle relaxer meds in one bowl and chase a hand full with beers and scotch.

I nominate Pat's house as ground zero.
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Sweetheart, I'm so sad! What a bad year for you I saw that you had an accident, but did not when, where, or how. The good news is that my left hand and arm works and your right hand and arm works. Maybe, we can do things for each other?

It's starting to look like it is time for the first I-BMW RR. (Rehab Rally) We can throw all of our mixed pain and muscle relaxer meds in one bowl and chase a hand full with beers and scotch.

I nominate Pat's house as ground zero.

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De and I have decided the accident quota is filled for the year.
Bout time someone took the right decision!
Too bad some had to get hurt to get there though...
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It's starting to look like it is time for the first I-BMW RR. (Rehab Rally) We can throw all of our mixed pain and muscle relaxer meds in one bowl and chase a hand full with beers and scotch.

I nominate Pat's house as ground zero.
Great idea & Funny as hell, Richie!
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It's starting to look like it is time for the first I-BMW RR. (Rehab Rally) We can throw all of our mixed pain and muscle relaxer meds in one bowl and chase a hand full with beers and scotch.
Uh....how much of an injury will it take to get in on that one? Will a tipover do it?
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Uh....how much of an injury will it take to get in on that one? Will a tipover do it?
A broken fingernail will get you in. IF, you have hard core meds for it. But, don't expect to win any of the door prizes. Catagories are: biggest scar, Most scars (I win!), best scar area (Pat's a shoe in for this one), and worse shaved area hair grow back.
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Uh....how much of an injury will it take to get in on that one? Will a tipover do it?
Well of course! How else would richie get to come?

Btw, since I haven't gone down on this bike... Does one 30 years ago count? That tequila and pills would be awesome right now! And I am just 8-9 hours from Pat's!
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2-3 seems right if we adopt the forward momentum definition of "been down"..

Maybe there should be a poll about how many stupid tip-overs you've had?
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How about "the single scar that's been used the greatest number of times"? Randy might be giving me some competition in that area. Or Tim?

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Boyd you need to choose a different method for customizing your motorcycles!!

Glad you were not more seriously hurt.

I agree with the earlier post about this being entirely enough incidents to meet quota for the year.

Have you decided on the next bike? Another Connie?

Hope to see you in the fall.

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To those with recent offs, heal well and quick. Sorry to hear it.

Been riding for 30 years this year with multiple six figures of miles. Went down in 1997 on a Harley (owned a Beemer at the time too) on I95 leaving Providence at the time. Rode my bike to work as it was my last day, so I could wear some motorcycle clothes and not care how I looked at work.

Was in flowing traffic that occassionally got herky jerky down to a crawl with merging madness where some lanes move, some come to almost a stop. I was in lane that was moving and a car change lanes right in front of me to get into same lane as it was moving quicker. Since there was no way I could stop in time with that hulk of heavy iron, I tried splitting lanes while on the brakes as the other lane to my left wasn't moving either. Combo of brakes (both front and rear) and dramatic lane change got bike into a slide and rear of bike caught Honda that cut me off. Down I went at maybe 35-45 mph. Bike ended up bending Honda's wheel/suspension it had that much mass behind it. Handlebar bent, shifter bent, lots of chrome rash. Was wearing Harley jeans with Kevlar fabric, Vanson heavy jacket, helmet, gloves. Hurt like hell. Burns on my arm from road abrasion through jacket (had on short sleeve T Shirt underneath, and heavy bruising in a few hours on my testes, arse, left upper leg. Vanson replaced the abraded sleeve on jacket, jeans did tear a bit. Was declared not at fault by insurance review hearing as I had appealled it. Honda had to be towed, I rode the 50 miles home, refused hospital admission as I didn't want to go to Pawtucket Hospital.

Lesson learned, expect the unexpected always. Had no need to be shaving minutes off my commute and should have expected car drivers who were in a rush as well. Just glad no one else ran me over on a four lane highway. Having all the lanes of traffic moving at a relative crawl was a blessing. I am also a firm believer in ATTGAT, even in 90+ degree weather. If too hot, I avoid stop and go situations for any long durations, and take the cage instead. That said, I have had lots of close calls, some would have been due to some occasional aggressiveness and only luck was on my side. Now only ride bikes with ABS for anything serious. Drivers with cell phones are a plague to all of us, and deer or bears are my worst fear. Rode with a friend who had a deer run into the side of him in front of me actually. Kept it up somehow, deer died on the spot.
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I told my story once about going down on my bikes, but I won't do it again because it seems that it was lost because i-bmw went down more times than I did on my bikes.
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about 4 years ago went down when the right side auxiliary light came loose from it's mounting and jammed in between the brake rotor and disc.
front when locked up and down to the pavement we went.
caused some minor damage to that side of the bike.
small bruise on my right knee.

bottom line; failure due to pilot error.
the light was not mounted tight enough after recent adjustment.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:49 PM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Within 10 minutes of beginning my very first ride on a "whizzer" at the age of 12' I was on my way to the emergency room to treat a broken arm. It was one of those ". . .how does thing turn?" moment!

During the 60+ years since then, two minor get-offs . . . Both on Harleys

1) A tip over in a Costco parking lot

2) I improperly navigated a 1.5" lip on a driveway apron. This time my boot was caught under the frame and I had to wait until someone to come along a give me a hand.

Neither involved injury . . but we need an "embarrassed" emoticon!

But . . .it's best we don't list the close calls, eh?

Ride safe,

Papa
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:08 PM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

No falls per se but 3 scares as a result if:
1) Showing off
2) Trying to keep up with someone (who follows his own rules)
3) Ran a red light that I did not see, #2 again!

Now, I ride alone.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:00 AM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

my moron moment happened on some highway in Vermont (you VT people probably know where it is follow story and you will get it.) we were off on a mancation that included me, my father-in-law (MKEM) and family friend dave. early in the morning just ripping along when over the communicator MKEM says, "did you see the gorilla?" my response was "WTF? Gorilla?" thought i heard him wrong. Mike says bank a U and lets go back. Sure enough there was a big wooden gorilla holding a VW bug in the air. we pull into the little access area next to the, what i can only suspect was a car repair garage, mike and dave infront of the drive way me right before the drive way.

The commence with the snapping of pictures and then looking at the map and pointing. They point left, so i assume we are going to be going left and continue onto the next kick ass road in that beautiful state. they take off, i look right to double check for cars and i open the throttle. I turn my head left only to see the side of dave's bike apparently making a U turn

I pick the bike up straight and slam the ABS. (keep in mind the is a u turn to the left on an on camber right hand turn) I then think "I can make this U turn" NOPE all 600+ pounds of my k12rs were already leaning right. Pull in clutch, hold break, right before hitting ground hit kill switch, Do a nifty john woo somersault across the highway, run back hit the Push To Talk on communicator, yell help, and commence with picking up said 600+ bike that is laying sideways on a bit of a down hill while avoiding cars passing me.

I get the bike in the air and complete the rest of that u turn that i failed to make the first time. check the bike, two minor scratches, slightly bent foot brake (great road modification i must say, love where it is bent to now!), and had to re-seat the right side bag. Check my pride.... what pride? my pride kept going down the road where i should've gone vs. trying to make that U turn.

in the end it was more of a lay down vs. a crash but was on the bike then was not.

This was a total noob mistake and WILL NOT be made again.

Steps to avoiding this for future use:
1. Use the communicator to talk to the navigator before assuming where you are going
2. If you fail to do #1 when you find yourself in this situation just go around and turn further down the road!
3. if you don't do #2 when on an on camber turn and having to hit the ABS don't pick the bike up straight to the road, pick it up straight to the sky (you get what i mean)

in closing, since this was my first time off a bike.... ever... my confidence was shot but thanks to mike and the beautiful winding mountain roads of VT, we found a great set of twisties and mike proceeded to pick up the pace. By the end of that road my new nickname was tippy and i wasn't bothered by the laydown any more.

p.s. scratches have been buffed out since. left them as a reminder for about a year before removing them.

Friends don't let friends allow their bikes to take a nap in the middle of highways... and if they do, proceed to laugh at the owner of napping bike
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Old 10-14-2012, 11:53 AM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Lost my brakes last time at high altitude. Other times people dont see you.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:08 PM
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Re: How many times have you been down? - Lifetime on the street

Been on the street 25 years. Went down first time earlier this year. Riding in hills of NC, coming around a blind 90d left. I'm already leaned over and pressing on the inside handle bars to get more lean out of her. As I'm coming around the turn, there's gravel on the inside third of the lane. I feel the front slip a little and the rear washes out.

What I learned;

1) Don't go in blind at speed.

2) Don't be so aggressive with the inside press, keep the bike upright more to maintain a larger contact patch.

3) Should have stayed in the outside third (late apex) and I may have at least seen the gravel or avoided it entirely.

4) You don't bounce as well at 55 as you do at 25.

In the end, I had a minor ankle injury from having the bike on my ankle as we skated along the pavement but was ATTGAT and never suffered a scratch.

It's been 6 months since the spill and I still get nervous about executing turns that I used to take without thought. It's a mind game.
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