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Yup, I did it again.

The best guess as to what happened is a combination of cold rubber, cold tarmac, and nearly new tires. Personally I have no idea what happened and witnesses don't seem to have any answers either.

This is what I saw:

After bench racing for an hour or so down at Cascade Moto Classics I decided to leave. They were closing pretty soon anyway, and I was hungry. Anyway, to get out of the dealership you have to exit onto a four lane road with lots of traffic and turn left.

I saw a hole in the traffic and actually quite slowly entered the flow of cars. Once I was moving and straightened out (about 50 feet) I gave it a good handful of throttle to get up to the speed of the traffic coming up behind me.

I probably was doing between 40 and 50 MPH.

The next thing I know is the bike falls out from under me and I see a succession of images, sky-tarmac-sky-tarmac-sky-tarmac. About the third roll I had sense enough to cross my arms over my chest and tuck up my knees. Evidence shows that I rolled and/or skidded over 75 feet. Poor speedy slid about double that and came up to rest against a curve bleeding oil. I quickly got up and moved out of traffic.

I am not injured except for sore muscles and two small bruises. WEAR YOU GEAR, FOR BUDDHA'S SAKE! It worked for me. My gloves are a total loss, as is my helmet (duh). My jacket now has "character" but is otherwise in pretty good shape. My pants have a small tear just superior to the knee armor. I think my backpack saved me from any spinal injuries. It now has "character" too. :-D

The bike? I don't want to talk about it. Just look at the pictures below.







From this experience I have learned a few things;

1) I am never riding again without every stitch of armor I posses.

2) Cascade Moto Classics are the nicest people you could hope to deal with. Within a minute Bob the sales manager and Scott (a local rider hanging out just like me) came running up to help. They picked up my bike, rolled it back to the shop, and were incredibly nice and understanding about it. I can't thank them enough. Scott even gave me a ride home, which is about a 80 mile round trip.

Once I reached the shop I got very nice hugs from (In order) Owners daughter Tara, Parts girl Liz, and Owner Janice. This was as good for the pain as the Ibuprofen I swallowed instantly. When owner Kelly returned he instantly came to help, and gave me information about people to contact for repairs and etc. Now you see why I've been dealing with them for over 10 years. They've always taken care of me.

3) Axio Hard Packs Rock! My laptop is undamaged, and my digital camera was still in good shape. The bag itself is probably in better shape than my helmet, although the stickers are somewhat worse for wear. Excellent product.

4) I'm pretty feaking lucky. Perhaps Motorcycles aren't the best choice for a hobby for me, but I'm not stopping. After all, Glory lasts forever, wounds heal, and chicks dig scars. Do you realize how much sympathy I'm going to get in my massage class for this? :cool:

5) Good Chinese food is a pretty good substitute for Vicodin.

Anyway, that's the story. I'm really not sure about the end of it, although I know it'll hurt more tomorrow.

And finally, this is one of my Favorite classmates.
 

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Glad your OK. I think your bike has enough character now :-D . Must of hit a patch of oil or something while accelerating to go down in a straight line. Take it easy, you may feel alright now but you'll be sore tommorrow.
 

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you dog...take care...i hope you are ok..take it easy for the next few days, as things can manifest a few days after the swelling goes down....I'm glad that u are ok though...heal fast ...good luck with speedy....
 

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Ouch!!!
looks nasty glad to hear you come out of it ok though..
look out for those sore bits that will come out to get ya in the next few days.. loads of ice on anything that looks like it might swell..
take care
Jen
 

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Bugger Crash, that's really bad news. Glad you're ok and the advice about being sore tomorrow is spot on.

If you're up for it (i.e. only muscle sore no bad tendon/ligament damage), go for some (i.e. 3 or 4) 10-15min walks spread throughout the day. It will help work out the aches and pains with gentle exercise and minimise the time you'll carry the aches for.

Hope the repairs are not too extensive in time or $$$.

Good luck
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Crash!

Glad you are ok! It could have been worse if you went down on the freeway with tons of cages and away from the folks at Cascade Moto.

The Lord had an angel watching over you big time :wink:

I agree, you need to gear up period. Read any website forum and all the people who go down say the same thing - "wear the best gear and wear it all the time" Gear is cheap compared to hospital bills and loss of skin.
 

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That sucks big time. Hope you have no lasting damage.

Did you not have any sliders on speedy?
 

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Good to hear your are in good shape. And nice write up, by the way.

The bike looks easily fixable.

Cold performance tires, especially new ones, are slick at temps below 40*F.

May your bangs and bruises heal quickly.

[ This message was edited by: Devious2XS on 2007-01-28 07:08 ]
 

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Glad you're okay, man. I understand massage comment...I go every two weeks...been doing it for years...don't know how I would do without it...can't do less than 1.5 hours. Am ordering my axio now - thanks for the tip. And am enjoying the slide show - very nice! Get well, and ride on.
 

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Glad ya are ok crash. I agree, wear your gear. What type of pants do you have. Just wonderin cause i just bought the icon hooloigan jeans, wonderin if they are enough.

Also just ordered sliders and am looking into a pack like that. Rest up. get back on.

Your classmate is sexy as hell.
 

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On 2007-01-28 07:15, itchin wrote:
Just wonderin cause i just bought the icon hooloigan jeans, wonderin if they are enough.

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I saw someone go down wearing those Icon jeans, they disintegrated. :(
 

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Ouch. Glad to hear you didn't hurt yourself worse than that.

The bike looks bad. Is it insured? New cans and rear fairing not too cheap. I wish you would have had crash protectors on the bike. But I guess so do you.. :( :)
 

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Fuuuuuck......

Sorry 'bout your bike. Glad to hear you managed to walk away, though.
I'm still dreading my first. At least I'll have a seasoned crash veteran to talk to. :razz:
 

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hmmmm...front fork damage at the axle. Rear swing arm damage and at the rear cush drive area damage. Maybe those axle sliders could help. hmmm.
I always wondered if those axle sliders would actually make contact in a slide. Appears so.
Get well dude and make her pretty again.
 

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Groooooooaaaaaannnn. Every muscle in my body hurts.

At least the shakes have stopped. Doing pretty well, all things considered. Just the general soreness that I expected the morning after. Thanks everybody for the usual kind comments. You all go on the list!

I have an odd metabolism that doesn't react to narcotics. I mean literally, no reaction and no reduction in pain. NSAIDS do work, however. Ibuprofen is a miracle drug. Yes Ruscook, I will be up and walking as much as possible today. That's always good advice.

I was wearing Triumph's Sport Jeans, which I wouldn't have bought had they not fit me better than anything else I tried (and I tried everything short of a custom suit)

My leathers are in fairly good shape, except for the gloves. The tear in the jeans is only about 1 inch long and should be repairable.


Itchin, I wouldn't be caught dead riding in any kind of non-leather and armor equipment now. My opinion that.

Unfortunately the bike is not insured. With the ridiculous prices I was quoted for full coverage I decided to chance it. Now I'm regretting that decision. Same deal for the frame sliders. I was going to put a set on, but just never got around to it. Wheel sliders probably would have saved much of the worst of the damage, and the CRG case sliders would have saved the alternator cover.

Here's the good news: From the last crash I still have a new-in-box alternator cover! Plus gasket! Once again, as busy as I've been I never got around to putting the thing on. See? I can find the good things about any situation. Heck, I didn't even have the custom paint job done yet!

In looking at the pictures the damage doesn't seem to be as bad as I remember. Still, the thing may never be more than a Rat after this. I don't know if I can put a lot of effort into the thing and have this happen again. And it probably will. Thus my name. :hammer:

Thanks again everybody. I'll be back in the saddle as soon as practical.
 

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Crash - What brand and material of gloves did you have? How did the seams hold up? I tend to like goat and Kangaroo skin over others.

Hope you heal up, and get feeling better soon.
 

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Yeah. It could have been worse.

I learned the need for crash protectors the hard way too. It happened in August, but I haven't ordered the sliders until recently :-D Lazy bastard I am. Lucky too for not dropping the bike again :)
 
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