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post #1 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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First (hopefully, last) spill

Yesterday, in my third week of my 85 mile round trip commute I had the tires slip out from under me in a turn. Not the bike's fault, I had decided to take a road I hadn't taken before and halfway into the turn while leaning I realized that the black top suddenly turned to gravel and a bunch of gravel had been scattered on the hard surface. Dropped me like a bad habit. Wearing long pants and a jacket, so just a couple of skinned places on right knee and elbow. Sprained or pulled shoulder and back muscle, but for an out of shape 57 year old I'm very thankful to be able to type today. Also a scratch on the right fairing of the bike, but no other damage. A young man (angel, perhaps) in a pickup truck stopped to check on me as I was sprawled on the road. As I got up he asked, "Are you ok?" I told him I was pretty sure I was going to be. I think I could have gotten the bike up on my own, but he helped me get it up, made sure I knew where I was and I rode the remaining 20 miles or so home. Said a quick "Thanks, Lord" and went on my way before I had time to think to get scared. Of course, my wife and daughter were there for the "I told you so" routine, but I ate dinner, walked the dog, took a shower and was ok until this morning, but I think it's just soreness and stiffness appropriate for my age and condition. However, as it is drizzling a bit of rain this morning I'm letting my blue 08 take a break while I drive the truck. Just to let any other inexperienced riders learn from my story, watch out for the loose rocks on a black top. I've had no other problems on the street and the couple of times I've taken it off the road in dirt, but yesterday's spill was like trying to ride on marbles! It happened so fast I couldn't even get a leg down. Luckily, I was going fairly slowly and was only in 2nd gear I think. Anyone else have this happen, or am I the only klutz out there making my wife's predictions come true?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 10:43 AM
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Road debris is a brutal foe! Unfortunately, there's no way to completely safeguard against it. Glad it wasn't worse!
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 12:13 PM
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I have found that part of riding, just like walking, is falling down. After a while you learn to do it better or to avoid situations where it happens. I've had my share but not on paved surfaces, thank God. There are "tricks" to weighting a bike in a turn on dirt/gravel so that a slip like that is less likely. But in the end it all comes down to ATGATT as you never really know when that next spill is going to come.
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys, I appreciate the advice and kind words. This was definitely educational and not too expensive from an injury standpoint. I fully intend to be back in the saddle after a day or two of healing time. Actually, I think the bike would be more comfortable than squeezing into my Toyota truck, but this morning I was too sore climb on. Feeling better all the time. Thanks again.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 02:38 PM
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WOW glad you are ok Sam. I have had a couple of instances riding the back roads around here where there was some gravel and or dirt wash from driveways out onto the blacktop making it like grease. As much as I love powering around curves at speed, I have come to respect the unknown and pretty much take it slow enjoying the day and view. So far I have been lucky and not done a low or hi side. But you know the saying, it isn't a matter of if you drop one, it is a matter of when. Don't feel bad, my wife wasn't altogether pleased with my getting the bike either, but she knows it is something that I truly have a passion for and she holds her breath everytime I go out, but she sees the smile on my face when I come home and I think that helps her accept it better. Hope some of this chatter makes

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 03:55 PM
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I had the same thing happen to me once but it was a pop can I slid out on not gravel. Luckily All I got was some nasty road rash, the bike got caught on my right leg. There must have had 20 cars drive by and no one even stopped. I thank the good lord every day for blessing me with great health even after I abuse my body daily with many sports. A perfectly placed pop can or pile of gravel could change that in a second. I take my time anymore and enjoy being in the saddle when ever possible. Life is good!
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-19-2007, 04:31 PM
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Yeah, debris sucks! It's normally the second day when you'll feel it the worst.

The "I told you so" people (yeah I know they are family) can go **** themselves! Like they are the only ones in the world who knew motorcycle accidents could happen??? IDIOTS!!! Get so tired of non-riders with their "I know better" attitudes. We know a thousand times more then they do about riding and yet we still ride, so they can STFU!
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-20-2007, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Well, for the casual acquaintance at the coffee shop or some of my "genius" fellow workers, I feel like telling them exactly that, but don't usually because they're not worth the argument. If they don't get it, that's their problem. For my wife and daughters I know they don't get it, either, but their comments are coming from concern and love so I try to take it in that manner. A lot like DXKLR's comments above, my wife knows it makes me happy and although she would prefer I take up "extreme horticulture" she is reluctantly on board. She actually went to the shop with me to help me pick out the bike, because although my heart wanted the KLR, I was seriously thinking about something smaller for the gas mileage. She immediately steered me toward the KLR because she thought it looked "big enough for me" and I didn't put up much fight. She arranged financing through her credit union, checked on insurance, all that stuff. Doesn't mean she doesn't worry,though. She's the type that is already worrying about seating for Thanksgiving, so I shouldn't expect her to be too glib about my riding. Been 34 years now, so I think it's probably going to work out!
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-20-2007, 08:34 AM
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I think I've got at least 34 years coming to me too, Samuel. My wife let me get the KLR 6 days after our daugher was born; she's a keeper.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-22-2007, 09:33 PM
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sorry about your spill, glad your ok.
gravel kicked out on the pavement is pretty commen around here i go with the thought of always expecting it, i treat it like i did when i used to race mx
shift your wieght to the outside peg and stay centered front to back, should help you out. but so does slowing down. hope thats the last suprise you get, but dont let it get you down, your not alone.
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