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Old 09-02-2012, 12:04 AM   #41
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I Ride: '97 Ducati 748, '99 Aprilia rs250 (track)
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32nd July 1980 at 5:39 PM. I still remember that moment when it was snowing and I was riding my 2001 ZX12R from Ellensburg to MILLCREEK. Right when I was near snoqualmie pass on I-90, a brand new 2012 Busa pulled up right next to me, revved his engine, I downshifted, left him in the dust. 5 minutes later the busa guy got pissed off cuz his $14k bike lost so he eventually pulled up right next to me again and kicked my bike and I crashed!
Any how, prey tell were you riding an '01 bike with a new Busa back on a ficticious day of July, 32 years ago?

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:14 AM   #42
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From: T-Town

I Ride: 2006 LTR450/1982 XJ 650/ 1978 CB400
I crashed on the way home from spending time with my mom on her 61st birthday. To make it even worse it happened less than a quarter mile from my house.

WORST DAY EVER.

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:35 AM   #43
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Joined: Mar 2009
From: Beaverton, Oregon

I Ride: 04 Honda CBR 600RR
crashed into our garbage cans pulling into my driveway thus dumping bike i had taken a good amount of valium the night before....i think that didnt help

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:44 AM   #44
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From: spokane, wa

I Ride: 2013 Gasgas 300xc w/lic plate + 1985 RZ350 + 2010 YZ250F +
Try mushrooms next time

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:31 AM   #45
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From: the Hill Country

I Ride: for escapism
A year ago today was my last one...made every mistake you could possibly make. Not enough sleep, no breakfast, dehydrated, new track, new (to me bike)...road raged on the track, pushed too hard and lowsided...skidded across the track, ripped the entire right side of my bike off, busted my ankle, and a mild concussion from my teeth clacking together on impact.

Very expensive lesson learned.

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #46
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From: Seattle, WA

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Road rage on the track? Care to explain?

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:53 AM   #47
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From: Tri-Cities
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I Ride: '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A
First crash on this bike was back in 05, 4 months after I bought it new.. Riding solo to Lewiston via Rattlesnake grade. So much for my shiny new bike! My fault. Just glad I crashed on the uphill side of the road.. pic is at Field springs park where I was cleaning out my shorts..


Second was in 08 at a Sullivan track day in Spokane. Again, my fault. Bad line, ham-fisted on the exit of T7. Only took me an hour or so and I was back out on the track..

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #48
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From: Olympia
Blog Entries: 1

I Ride: In tull fuck at 35 mph
I've never been down.

I do go down though

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #49
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From: the Hill Country

I Ride: for escapism
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Road rage on the track? Care to explain?
I had dropped down a level because of the new track/new bike thing. But at that level passing is only allowed on the straights in the morning, so because of the lack of sleep, food, water, etc. I got pissed off at the people parking in the corners and dragging on the straights...thus my poor judgement, and subsequent crash.

If I had prepared better, I would have remained patient, familiarized myself w/ the track and bike in the morning and started passing in the afternoon.

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:59 AM   #50
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From: Hood River, Oregon

I Ride: forever slow ^_^
When i was in highschool i had two crashes. I was, in my stupidity, trying to drag my knee on a curvy road on a gs550 w/ mismatched old and over-inflated bi-plies. front just slid out at 35mph. got up un-hurt and picked my bike up, straighted my clip-on as best i could and rode on. Learnt the value of having full gear (spent more on gear than i did on that bike)

Other time, I was racin...i mean going at an utterly legal pace with my friend on some back roads, no turn signals, he just swipes in front of me to pull over and I ninja flip over his bike as soon as impact, he stayed up. Broke my wrist. No road rash atleast. More my fault than his actually, when he turned i just so happened to glance down at my tach, looked up and had no time to do anything except brake and pray. Lesson learnt, NEVER take your eyes off the road when your riding in sport mode. After that Id normally tape my gauges if i went on spirited rides.

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #51
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I had dropped down a level because of the new track/new bike thing. But at that level passing is only allowed on the straights in the morning, so because of the lack of sleep, food, water, etc. I got pissed off at the people parking in the corners and dragging on the straights...thus my poor judgement, and subsequent crash.

If I had prepared better, I would have remained patient, familiarized myself w/ the track and bike in the morning and started passing in the afternoon.
Ah, I get it now. Thanks for clarifying.


Ill add my to this at some point, currently high on pain killers and nursing broken parts though.

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:42 PM   #52
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From: Anywhere I can get to on my bike

I Ride: 2000 GSX-R 750
Hwy 7. 2009. August.

Hotter than hell. Hadn't been out on a bike in about 10 years, cause I looped one when I was in the army. Had been putting around town for a few weeks, and saw a group ride for hwy 7. Decided to join. Went into a set of turns just before the "U" turn that has the bridge in the middle. Wasn't riding outside my skill or anything, just came in too hot (doing about 25.) made it through the first turn, and as I set up for the second I was too hot and couldn't make it. I paniced and did everything that I SHOULDN'T have done. I grabbed a handful of break, looked at the gravel/drop off thinking "please don't let me hit that" and froze in the seat. Dumped the bike, and totalled it. Spent 9 days in the hospital with a concussion, fluid leaking into my shoulder, a blown out knee and torn miniscus, and a cracked vertebrae. It was a interesting day, and quite a learning experience.

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Old 09-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #53
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Joined: Sep 2008
From: where they don't have lawns.

I Ride: on the storm.
Really glad you're okay.
Also, I like your thread titles so far.

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Old 09-02-2012, 02:01 PM   #54
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From: Vancouver, WA

I Ride: '82 Yamaha XJ1100J
None recently KOW, but a few when I was younger.
High school, first bike, '78 GS550. Went around a rising 90 degree corner and couldn't really see the road in front of me due to the hill climbing into the corner...and it had gravel...down I went. Minor bumps and bruises to me and the bike thankfully as being young and dumb I was wearing jeans, and a tee shirt...did have a helmet though. Had a big bread truck stop in the middle of the road in front of me and then proceed to back up over that bike (I jumped off). Didn't ruin it, but it was never that same even though the guy paid for everything.
A few years later I went down twice in two weeks on my '84 Nighthawk 650...the first time on some S-curves on the way to my apartment, someone had mowed the grass and blew it all out in the road. My roommate made it through, but I didn't. Broke the headlight and turn signals and put a whopper of a Raspberry on my right elbow. Again, jeans and tee...and the helmet.
Two weeks later I got very drunk and decided it was time to go home. Tested the front brakes (they worked great) and dumped it again. Tore the scab off that Raspberry....my roommate found be passed out on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood and figured I was dead.
Sorry, no pics...no digital cameras back then.
Road that bike and a couple others for a few more years with no incidents (just tickets). Got married, kids,etc and stopped ridding for a while.
Bought another bike a few years ago and I don't see ever not having one until I just can't do it any more. Now I'm pretty much ATGATT, full leathers, boots, gloves, and of course a helmet. Just have too much to lose and I'm not so fond of hospitals any more. Mainly ride for recreation, not as much for transportation, although I've managed to put at least 10K a year on the old beast. No tickets or crashes as of yet (KOW), but a whole ton of fun miles with good people...

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Old 09-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #55
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From: Portland

I Ride: 2002 HD XL883 - mine since '01,
From your Speeding ticket tread, I guess you were following your HUSBAND - which is great. Slightly OT - I have seen Women in pretty much every so called ‘extreme’ sport get extremely hurt or even killed - due to the ‘girlfirend effect’. The girlfriend is at risk when she starts to follow a guy - eager to show off, he wants to help her, thinks it is safe - but she is the one who dies.

I don’t think women are any less capable than men at riding a motorcycle - the trouble starts when you mixing emotion with a life or death sport.

taking a hard statistic - female skydivers die at twice the rate of men - the girlfriend affect - a local skygod takes a girl further and faster into the sport than a young man would be graduated.

As a Yoga teacher, I’ve seen so many scumbag bedshitting fucktards sleep with their students - this is wrong. The student is caught up in the power and the emotion of the work - they are finding deep releases - this should never be taken advantage of.

Also I think this highlights the false sense of security ATGATT can provide - In rugby or boxing that first hit, breaking the seal, you feel great - can’t get hurt. With ATGATT - one may have no lesson- one may feel invincible - you see rossi highsiding at 160 - fuck yeah - I got magic leathers.

I AM GLAD YOU ARE OK!! and I AM GLAD YOU HAD GEAR ON !! -

Even if it was the gravel’s fault it is unhealthy to think you could have not done better in the situation and even if the leathers saved you it is foolish to think they will in the future.

“[...]Why not talk about it?”
A celebration of failure diminishes us all, it is an embarrassment to motorcycling and discredits our sport. Never let them see you sweat - do it better - you are better.

If this was a cooking forum posting “I burnt toast!” is at best useless -since there are broader social and political implication to our sport - it is in fact harmful.

You’re super lucky to have a Husband and not a boyfriend you won’t be talking to in a few years taking you around, Not that love and teaching riding can’t mix - I saw a VERY(!) good rider leading around a green kawi 250(behind his Diavel)- with a limited reading of these forums I guess that is Ducati Don - and his Beautiful gal. It’s not that he so fast on the track that made him impressive leading this lady - it was that he CARED about her from what I could see.

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #56
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From: Portland, Or

I Ride: 08 FJR 1300, 08 WR250X, 06 FZ WTF is that?
I started riding the end of 2008 and was down the following 3 times with in ~6 mo. 10k miles.
I've only been down once since then a couple of years ago, and that was getting hit by an SUV turning accross my lane in front of me. No where for me to go. 100% his fault and luckily it was only at 15mph.

1st
bike bad me good

2nd
Todays lesson - Tire pressure

3rd
Today’s lesson – Tar Snakes and 3rd times a charm or 3 strikes you’re out?

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Old 09-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #57
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From: Everett, WA

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You guys sure crash a lot. I've never crashed a street bike. I don't count my first bike, first day, never ridden, about 5 mph on a gravel driveway.

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Old 09-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #58
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From: Maryland

I Ride: on and off road
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Were those in dc?
No, the first one was on SE 12th & Hawthorne on my way to PSU. The 2nd one was on BZ-Glennwood HWY in WA, on a Carson/Cougar ride. The 3rd one was at Hagg Lake on a pre-TNC ride.

Miraculously, I haven't been ran over by a car here in the D.C. area, where the worst drivers in all of the world live.

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Old 09-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #59
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From: Spokane,WA

I Ride: 1985 R80, and others
First, and only, wreck was in the fall of 1983, San Diego. Was doing laundry and drinking all night, heading back to base I lowsided turning on to Harbor Drive.

I was only going approximately 40mph according to the accident report. Speed limit through there was 35. My body slid into a fire hydrant. I had compound fractures on both legs.

Was out of commission for 3 months. One at Balboa Naval Hospital, one on med leave in town, and last was 30 days annual leave to Spokane. I was lucky I wasn't court-martialed, they defiantly frowned on things like that.

That was the last time I ever operated a motorcycle under the influence.

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Old 09-02-2012, 07:43 PM   #60
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Unfortunately we all go down.... maybe there are a few lucky exceptions, I haven't met them yet.

Why not share our experiences, pics, and maybe even chuckle a bit


My recent experience:
Yesterday I rode up to cougar and ended up hugging some hairpin corners on Yale Bridge Rd., past the one lane bridge, before Lewis River Rd.
actually ended up eating gravel in the bushes.



Basically its a 15mph corner, I was foolishly going 30 into it and then I spotted gravel after i was leaning into the corner. Ended up just sliding into the ditch. Luckily I bought leather pants two days ago broke em in lol



Walked away from that with just some sore muscles. Got up and rode the rest of the day. It was actually quite epic... besides the minimal damage my bike sustained.



the boys loved cleaning my bike up.. couldn't peal them away. Had to make her look semi decent.

So WATCH OUT FOR THOSE CORNERS!!!
Dont go too fast, there's quite a bit of gravel up there
Oh and you post me here? FB IS NOT ENOUGH! AGHH.
It was pretty bad, Gravel everywhere sadly.
I sadly was too far ahead of her - I sorry.

Don't forget your maintenance Miss A.

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