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Old 09-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #61
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I Ride: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14
I don't have photos... but I hit a Deer at about 70MPH, which was 10 years ago. I walked away from it, well limped. The good Lord watches over me! Killed the Deer, hit its tail end. The force of my arms actually bent the bars, my body slid a long way and thankfully I was on a straight away and slid down the middle of the road and not into a fence, telephone pole, or other obstacles. I still have some road rash scars as proof!

I guess I should mention I have crashed twice, the second time I was racing 1/4 mile at Spokane Raceway park with my Yamaha FZ1. Went down on the way back from a successful run... in the dark not realizing there was a turn in road back to the starting line area! That FZ1 as luck would have it, that was the same bike I hit the Deer on, so not long after I had repaired most of the damage I had done from hitting the Deer I crashed it once again! I also walked or limped away from that accident as well, I dont know that I can honestly say that I have learned my lesson yet after all that, I still like to ride!

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Old 09-02-2012, 09:58 PM   #62
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Everybody should have some dirt bike riding experience before they ever straddle a street bike
I agree 100% with that, I have ridden lots of dirt bike, but... its no guarantee

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Old 09-02-2012, 10:24 PM   #63
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From: Mukilteo
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I Ride: As much as I can on a GS500f
Cold tires dont grip
Two low sides in two years. Both on cold, but decent, out of season days. Both on low speed sharp left turns.

First low side slide got interupted by the curb. It went abruptly and violently into a high side face plant in the muddy grass. Hurt my ego more than anything else. Slight damage to the lower right fairing.

Second low side, I just got too agressive with the throttle pulling out of the curve. Back end just went away. I was sliding across the road on my side, watching sparks fly from my bike as it slid up and off the road. Sparks were from the center stand pedal, which was ground down to about half of what it was. Handle bars all askew, a few scraps on the upper left fairing. Good thing I dont have turn signals and mirrors hanging out there to rip the body work to shreds. As for myself, jacket worked well, left elbow armor worn down a bit. I had on jeans, sweats and long-joohns, yet still lost a bit of flesh from my left knee.

I have leearned to tame my spirit a bit, until the tires have had adequate time to warm up.

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Old 09-02-2012, 11:25 PM   #64
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I Ride: '06 FZ1, '99 R1, '80 Suz GS450S
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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.
When I lived in DC a long time ago, I was driving my new Scirocco past the Smithsonian when a courier on a yellow BMW motorcycle launched from the driveway into my rear quarter panel as I was passing him. He said he hadn't even seen my car; he was looking beyond it down the avenue. Further, it was his first day as a motorcycle courier. Not a good beginning.

Fortunately, his insurance paid big and I ended up with not only a repaired car, but a front air dam.

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Old 09-03-2012, 12:09 AM   #65
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I Ride: 01GSXR750, 06GSXR750 ,88GSXR1100 & project in boxes
Pretty much all of the crashes I've had in the past be it on the street or track I have gotten up and walked away with at most some abrasions . The Bikes faired about the same .

May 1st 2011 coming back from a ride traveling on Beavercreek rd outside of Oregon city at about 35mph , I had a Ford f-150 traveling towards me and suddenly turn right in front of me onto Unger rd . I had a bright Orange reflective vest on and full gear with body armor . I remember seeing the the body line of the cab and bed about 2ft infront of me and I may have said OH FUCK !

I woke up in the middle of the road and couldn't move and honestly I didn't remember going for a ride that day and thought I was still in bed having a dream . I yelled out whats going on a few times and someone came up and said that I had a BAD motorcycle accident and to just stay still that help was on it's way . I asked that they please get me out of the road but they replied that they had blocked off all traffic .

I heard the cop car arrive and he seemed to be asking the others about me and then he asked my name and address and I gave him that . Then the firetruck and paramedics came . I could hear them dragging alot of gear out and then they placed a stretcher next to me . I was face down so they had to flip me over . That really freakin hurt . They cut all of my gear and clothes off of me and poked me with a needle with something for the pain . My right arm hurt , my leg really hurt . They told me I was going to get a life flight ride . I just tried to stay concious and focused on living .

The end result was a shattered right forearm that took 2 plates and 13 screws to put back together ( think "chickletts " ) , Knee surgery to replace my LCL ,Acl , reattatch my popliteus tendon and clean up the miniscus . Broken left thumb ( Benett frac ) that had 3 pins in it , 10 stitches in my chin . My main Aorta took a " stretch " and was close to popping which would have had me just bleeding out . Head trauma with short term memory issues .

So 100k in medical bills a totaled motorcycle and I'm just now getting around to riding a motorcycle again . Caselaw on here was my Attorney for all of this and did me a great job and was a huge help . I'm happy to be alive and feel my gear did it's job But I really don't want to have to go through that again .

By the way , the guy that turned in front of me was found at fault and cited for failure to yeild and he only had the Min insureance coverage . Thankfully I had my own medical Ins and my Progressive policy had a 50K underinsured add on . I seriously don't know how people risk riding a motorcycle with no insureance let alone the right protective gear but thats their risk . Be safe out there

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:59 AM   #66
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I Ride: Harley
Don't trust anti-lock brakes. One broken shoulder. Straight line maximum braking and the front end locked. BMW said was not possible. But they fixed the bike, and I paid no out of pocket medical.

Pay attention to yourself. Don't ride hard when you are tired or distracted. Totaled bike and 7 months off work, too much damage to list.

Look where you are going is good, but don't forget to look down once in a while. I didn't realize the roads in this little eastern wa town were so deeply rutted approaching the light, and I went to make a quick u-turn, framed out the Harley, and as I spun into a low side low speed 180, my boot was pulled off the floorboard and I caught my heel under the saddlebag. That hurt as bad as anything I had done before, and for a long time.

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Old 09-03-2012, 04:04 PM   #67
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I Ride: 2007 Ninja 650R
April 2012 - 2nd time on the bike, and just got half of my gear (was waiting on the rest from the UK), so I was wearing my helmet, jacket and gloves, with jeans and shoes. I had just got done changing the oil, lubing the chain, charging the battery and all that, so I was all excited. Threw my gear on (first time with the gear on the bike), sat on the bike, started her up, 2 of my good buddies were standing there while one was taking a couple pics, and I let the clutch out too fast (total retarded newbie move), resulting in the bike moving forward with too much throttle and my body staying in place. I held onto the bike for a good 100ft and pulled in the clutch and hit the brakes, but for some reason it didn't seem like the bike was slowing down (it all happened so fast), and eventually bucked me off. I did a barrel roll and jumped back up in my feet and yelled "YEAH!" like a dumb ass.

End result was some right side fairing scuffage, sheared off frame slider, bent rear brake pedal, and some scuffing on my elbow armor and shoulder armor of my jacket, along with some scuffing on the palm armor of one of my gloves. I also had a scraped knee even though my jeans never ripped, and I don't know how, but my left pinky got bent and started to swell, and for a couple months I couldn't make a complete fist, but it's now fine, but will sometimes hurt. This was all at maybe 10-12mph! So after a shot of whiskey and a 10 minute break, I was back on the bike! Now I'm constantly reminded when I get on her since the right fairing is still scuffed up. After that, I said screw this and immediately signed up for the MSF course.

I did drop my bike on my first group ride too (July 2012), but it wasn't moving. I pulled off to the side of the road to figure where I was and thought I had the kick stand down, but I didn't, and the bike fell over, but no damage was done, just a couple gravel chips on the frame slider.

Glad to hear that you were wearing gear and that your bike is in reletively good shape! I know all about breaking in my gear, and it looks like you do too! Ride safe girl.

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Old 09-03-2012, 04:45 PM   #68
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I have been down so many times that I have lost count, and memory of most of them. One time was just plain funny: December of 1975 I returned from the Philippines and bought a Honda 750 'F' model. Took my dad for a ride from Wilsonville through Newberg, back when it was a two light town. He built me a bitch bar (please, it was the '70's) for the bike and was on the back when I accelerated from the light. Nothing showy or fast but with 250 extra lbs on the back, the front end popped right up, dad fell back, flattening the new bar flush with the fender/road and just sliding him flat onto the road. No injury but too funny for words. He got back on, rode back home and built a new bar out of 3/4" cold rolled steel. I rode on to Georgia, next duty station, but he went and bought a K model for himself.

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Old 09-03-2012, 06:30 PM   #69
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I Ride: Honda............Ducati?
[QUOTE=Irikumi;2842797]I don't have photos... but I hit a Deer at about 70MPH, which was 10 years ago. I walked away from it, well limped. The good Lord watches over me! Killed the Deer, hit its tail end. The force of my arms actually bent the bars, my body slid a long way and thankfully I was on a straight away and slid down the middle of the road and not into a fence, telephone pole, or other obstacles. I still have some road rash scars as proof!

Basically this, Deer @ 70 also was lucky it was a straight road I stayed on the road, the bike didn't. Sheesh feels like yesterday, but 3 years ago almost to the date 9-2-09, still feel it everyday, I didn't walk away so much as rolled of the road then carried off in a medic van. I had angles with me for sure. Last time before that I was sandwiched between cars on the freeway being hit from behind that was 13 years ago. what a effn mess no wonder it took 3 years before I was back on a bike, like wise this time, But?????? have 100s of thousands on a bike, both these where unexpected, all though I'd rather win the lottery. It's the only reason I can get back on all though it does play with your head.




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Old 09-03-2012, 06:39 PM   #70
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I Ride: 05 KTM450SMR, 04 YZF250 and one bad ass Truck hehe
Been down a few times but I will simply say in 98 was my worst. In a wash down in SoCal following some bikees and I was about 6th back of 15 and from what I was told one of the guys went up on top of the wash as he couldn't see very well and when I was coming around the corner 6th gear pinned (on a 98 rm 125) a rock fell from the ridge and took out my front end and down I went with out any warning and I rag dolled with the bike going end over end.

Yep.. Heli came in and took me out and in a coma from Feb to April, broken back, shattered Pelvis, Broken jaw, snapped left femur, hell whole left leg was messed up so lets just say I was screwed up shall we hehe. I still to this day have no memory of the crash except one and that was being in a Helicopter and that's it. Still have memory issues from this lil fall down go boom incident hehe.

yes this Helmet saved my life well that and the Life Flight people


Wait what were we just talking about ??

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Old 09-03-2012, 07:20 PM   #71
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I Ride: 2010 Triumph Street Triple
Newer rider...7400 miles crash free. Learning to wheelie next weekend and work on cornering skills so that should change I'll be fully suited up and just finished putting the last of my sliders on my bike! Wish me luck!

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:48 PM   #72
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Newer rider...7400 miles crash free. Learning to wheelie next weekend and work on cornering skills so that should change I'll be fully suited up and just finished putting the last of my sliders on my bike! Wish me luck!
Forget wheelieing and get your basic skills and work to build on them. What this thread doesn't have is people posting that were taken away from us and explaining what they did wrong.

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Old 09-04-2012, 10:38 AM   #73
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been down a few times but i will simply say in 98 was my worst. In a wash down in socal following some bikees and i was about 6th back of 15 and from what i was told one of the guys went up on top of the wash as he couldn't see very well and when i was coming around the corner 6th gear pinned (on a 98 rm 125) a rock fell from the ridge and took out my front end and down i went with out any warning and i rag dolled with the bike going end over end.

Yep.. Heli came in and took me out and in a coma from feb to april, broken back, shattered pelvis, broken jaw, snapped left femur, hell whole left leg was messed up so lets just say i was screwed up shall we hehe. I still to this day have no memory of the crash except one and that was being in a helicopter and that's it. Still have memory issues from this lil fall down go boom incident hehe.

Wait what were we just talking about ?? Crackup:
wow!

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:36 AM   #74
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[...]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.
If we don't talk about our mistakes and learn from them, we are bound to repeat them. We can learn from our own mistakes and others. speaking about it is in no way embarrassing or harmful. All it can do is help us realize what we can do better next time.

and husbands don't usually feel the need to show off. he would never put me in danger by pushing me past my abilities. I was in front of him.

What I could have done better:
Not come into the turn so hot
see gravel, straighten and brake
look through the turn and scope out the road before its too late

Some awesome posts on this thread! glad you are all alive and well. The important thing is to learn! Ride safe

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:46 AM   #75
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I was straddling my bike in a parking lot and then almost as if in slow motion, we just started to tip and down we went.

I was more embarrassed that it happened in front of bar that had people standing outside..

That was the first time going down on my bike and hopefully the last.

And no, Debi.... dirtbike riding doesn't count (for me)! [edit]

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:49 AM   #76
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Been down a few times but I will simply say in 98 was my worst. ... Heli came in and took me out and in a coma from Feb to April, broken back, shattered Pelvis, Broken jaw, snapped left femur, hell whole left leg was messed up so lets just say I was screwed up shall we hehe.
I've heard many of your stories. How have I not heard this one? Or do you keep forgetting to tell me?

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:51 AM   #77
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I Ride: Lived to tell about it..
This rope yanked me off by the neck at 80 mph. Pulled the wood post up into my helmet>neck.


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Old 09-04-2012, 11:53 AM   #78
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This rope yanked me off by the neck at 80 mph. Pulled the wood post up into my helmet>neck.

Were you not able to see the road closed signs and red flag?

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:53 AM   #79
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I Ride: 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
1. San Diego circa 1981. 1st bike - '74 Harley Davidson XL175. Went around a suburban corner too close to the curb and YAY some a-hole had dumped something that looked like unused oil in the street and the gutter. Cooking oil, maybe. Didn't see it until too late. Down hard and fast onto the sidewalk and then bounced back into the street. Foot peg ripped a big hole in my left kneecap. Bike was rugged and mostly okay save some scratches. Rode it to the hospital bleeding.

2. NE Ohio circa 1986. 3rd bike - '77 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans. Too fast in a hard corner. Couldn't save it, just stood up and got on both brakes hard (it had the integrated braking so I slowed way down, way fast). Into a deep ditch and over the handlebars doing summersaults in some lawn. Helmet saved me for sure. Saw stars for a good 20 minutes. Broke a turn signal and dented the tank pretty bad. Rode it home slowly.

3. Vancouver last July. 4th bike - current one. Going the speed limit, guy in front of me decides he's turning into Lacamas Pellet & Feed NOW! No turn signal, just slammed on his brakes. I had time to stop (barely) and almost was stopped when I heard the tires behind me in a skid. Didn't even think about it, just got off the road. Damn good thing I did, too. It was that or be the meat in a cager sandwich. About a 3 inch drop from pavement to very narrow shoulder so no way out but the ditch. Was almost stopped anyway, bike just kind of laid down right there. Broken turn signal and scratched exhaust heat shield. Rode it home pissed off.

4. Hopefully not but ATGATT just in case.

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Old 09-04-2012, 11:57 AM   #80
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Basically this, Deer @ 70 also was lucky it was a straight road I stayed on the road, the bike didn't. Sheesh feels like yesterday, but 3 years ago almost to the date 9-2-09
Has it been that long already? Saw a nice VFR the other night. Thought of you.

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