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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-24-2016, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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And another one bites the dust

Well it finally happen. Was in high 2 or low 3, can't really recall, try to slow for a hair pin turn and the front tire washed out in some sand on the white line. All in all everything came out better than expected. Lil road rash below the hip, and sore shoulder, but good leather saved the rest of me for the 15' or so slide. Was able to ride home and in to work this am. Got some tweaking to do tho. Well enough talk now the photos
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-24-2016, 10:40 AM
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I'm glad you are alright with just a few booboo's. Bike from what can be seen doesn't look to bad. Don't do that again.
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Glad you are able to tell us about it. The bike can be repaired
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Happy you got to walk away from it. One more reason for ATGATT.
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you broke one of the main rules, never brake in a turn just lean the bike and your body hang off if necessary with everything you got, it will lose clearance before it loses grip, if it lowsides because the frame hit braking wouldn't have saved you anyway. the only time braking saves you is before the turn never in it.

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Wow man, glad your ok. As others said, bike can be fixed. That's why ya gotta be ready all the time, and constantly checking road conditions. Roads are pretty raunchy around here too with all the ash and salt still covering most of them. Had the beast out couple days ago to blow the dust off it. When I twisted the throttle in front of the house, she went sideways in the ash. Tightened the ole sphincter a little. Rain today should wash away a lot of the ash I hope. Good luck in yer recovery of both you and yer bike.
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Glad your alright. I saw a really bad crack in your fairing. I hope you can get your bike in good shape again without to many costs.
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Thanks guys. The fairing is toast and the bag is scraped up but salvageable. Gonna take it to a couple shops for some repair quotes this week to deside if I turn it into insurance or just bite the bullet and slowly do the repairs over the summer. I'll straiten out the shifter and pull the fairing and continue using as a commuter till I figure it out.

Yea the funny thing is i take a canyon to work n back everyday and handle similar corners, but I was close to the white line and didn't wanna hit it due to the lose gravel but sure enough that front brake took me right into it. Lesson learned, glad my first is done with. ?
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if you choose to fix it, instead of fixing it back the way it used to be, you can use this opportunity to rad it out a bit. do something crazy/inventive with it.
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Thanks for sharing, Vrider06. I'm sure you're feeling pretty crappy right about now, but you really gave me something to think about.

Up here, salt and sand from the DOT trucks is my #1 fear during the winter, and I've had several damn close calls myself. They throw that crap like confetti at a wedding and it piles up in giant terrifying swaths just about everyplace except on the usual cager tire lines, to the point where I gotta use the eyeball glue and granny it around any corner I haven't personally reconned in the past day or so. Not much fun, to be honest, but scary enough to remind me that nothing (and I mean NOTHING) on the roads these days is designed with the safety of motorcyclists in mind.

I'm glad you're okay and I'm sorry about your V-star. Bikes can be fixed, bad injuries or death last forever, so count yourself lucky, as messed up as that is to think about right now. "Any one you can walk away from", as they say. Don't think of it as "biting the dust", per se; think of it as a lucky reminder from the Reaper that he's got all our numbers and he's paying attention every microsecond that we're in the saddle.
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