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post #1 of 16 Old 08-09-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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WOW. Reality check

Riding home from work today, It was Raining really hard… I was in all of my gear and living it. I was dry and worm. I was doing around 45-50 mph. All of a sudden the car in front of me Stopped… I still am not sure why. I hit the brakes and had no response. NO slowing down at all…. The next thing I know the bike slid and I high centered and that was it… in a second I was on my back Skidding down the road at 45 mph…. I remember sliding and saying in my head
“You F$%& idiot, What are you doing? Now your in it, I don’t know what we are going to hit but this is going to really hurt, you stupid ass”
I slid about 50 feet and stopped under the cars back bumper. I don’t think I ever hit it. My bike skidded off the road on the right side….
I was unhurt …. It must have not looked good. The people in the cars that stopped where REALLY Freaked out…. Freaked out enough that I checked myself over to more times. If they are that freaked out I must be a mess…… Nope I was fine. The tops of my feet are sore and my elbows are black and blue…. A little road rash on the right side of my bike, my rain gear did surprisingly well but is toast, and my Back pack is toast also……
All in All I was lucky …. But I was being cocky and a stupid ass… I was going far to fast and I was way to close to the car in front of me….. Thanks goodness for my leathers.
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-09-2011, 09:18 PM
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Glad you're OK, bud. Sometimes wake up calls like that are good. Not "good" know what i mean. Take some advil and be careful, brother.

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post #3 of 16 Old 08-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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Glad you were ok.

Thanks for the wake up call.

Sometimes we get a little too comfortable.

Main thing is that you are ok and might have learned something..

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-09-2011, 10:24 PM
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Whew! Close call indeed! I've noticed that on the KLR before as well, the pads seem to have a hard time grabbing onto the wet disc. My car with 4 wheel disc is the same way, gotta drag em a bit to dry them out before the corners. Glad to hear you and the horse are ok.

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post #5 of 16 Old 08-09-2011, 10:28 PM
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A very similiar event occured in my area this weekend, two riders rear ended a vehicle that had slowed for a vehicle turning on a state highway. Unfortunately one of the riders expired while being transported. We have to be defensive and aware at all times. Glad you faired well out of this one!

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Glad to hear you're okay, Crazy Jake.

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post #7 of 16 Old 08-10-2011, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Over the years, I have had all kinds of wrecks.. Coming up short on a jump. Miss reading angle of the wet log. Flipping over backwards. YADA YADA YADA.. yet with all of them I kind of expected it…… This one got me. It was all over before I knew it even started. We need to be on the edge and paying attention ALWAYS….. and always have the gear on.
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-10-2011, 11:00 AM
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Damn brotha! Glad you're ok.

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Glad to see that you're OK, just goes to show that a pinch of nervous can be a good thing.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-18-2011, 01:12 AM
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Glad your OK. You sure got me to thinking.
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