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post #1 of 29 Old 09-20-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Crashed my bike on the way home tonight.

It was my own fault. I was running too low of pressure in my Pirelli Mt 21s without bead locks. They are on order but haven't gotten here yet. No exscuse though, I know better.
I was cruising at about 65 mph when the valvestem pulled out and let ALL the air out in a hurry. Instantly I was in a skid hard right. Even with full lock counter steering I was going into the ditch. As I left the pavement the rear swapped directions and I lowsided hard on my left side. The bike and I slid another 50 to 60 feet before stopping. It took a couple of minutes to gather my scattered wits!!
The Teknic riding gear paid for itself today as did the Alpinstar Scout boots. The coat's built in elbow and shoulder pads absorbed much of the impact as did the knee and leg padding of the Teknic pants. My left leg and boot were under the bike on impact but the boot saved my leg and ankle. Neither the pants or coat show much damage and my helmet was untouched.
The SW Motec crash bars and rear pannier mounts did a wonderful job of protecting the bike. The only damage I can see tonight seems limited to the roadrash on the leftside crash bar and the highway peg is bent 180 degrees around the bar. Nothing else seems damaged.
I also got off very lucky. My left elbow and shoulder are achey and my neck seems stiff, but that is about it. Tomorrow may be another matter,but at this point the old aircraft adage comes to mind.....Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!
Remember Boys and Girls.....WEAR THE GEAR. Without the proper gear this would have had a FAR worse outcome.
As is I got a buddy to come with a trailer and pick me and the KLER up. I spent the rest of the evening till now helping cut up a moose with him and his family, rather than taking an ambulance ride to the hospital.
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post #2 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 12:00 AM
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Hell of a tale. Glad you're okay and your gear did its job.

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post #3 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 12:16 AM
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Glad your OK for the most part, another testament for wearing proper gear.
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post #4 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 03:26 AM
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Any crash you can walk away is a "good" one. Glad you are ok brother.

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post #5 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 06:10 AM
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Glad you are ok. I've punctured the rear tire on my KLR at speed on a gravel road and things do get busy in a hurry....

I'm looking at one of these to have along when you want to change tire pressure for conditions:
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post #6 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 02:21 PM
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Glad you're OK, man. Glad you were geared up. Kind of amazing the bike made it through as well as it did, too....

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post #7 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 09:49 PM
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It's good to hear that things worked out. I have a good jacket but still need the pants (befor the years up I hope).

I had a front tire on a 750 stree bike go flat on a LA freeway years ago. It was a good thing the lane next to me was free, because I used two lanes trying to keep the bike upright until the steel rim hit the concrete.
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post #8 of 29 Old 09-21-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Slowpoke View Post
Glad you are ok. I've punctured the rear tire on my KLR at speed on a gravel road and things do get busy in a hurry....

I'm looking at one of these to have along when you want to change tire pressure for conditions:
Thanks for the link Slowpoke, that looks like a cool product! I just came in from fixing the KLER in the garage. Other than the previously mentioned damage I found the left factory hand guard was broken too. Very minor damage considering. I think what reduced the carnage the most was that the bike and me both slid rather than tumbling. I stopped there on my way home tonight and from where I left the pavement and went down to stopping was 75 feet.
Thank you all for your concern and your very kind words!!

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post #9 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 01:11 AM
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Sounds like a great combination of gear, skill on the bike, preparation and luck. Glad and thankful you are okay, and so is the bike.
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post #10 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 10:02 AM
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Scary stuff.
I'm glad that you were able to walk away from that spill.

The riding gear can really save you from a lot of pain and suffering. I've gone down at that speed and slid a great distance like you did, but my lower half was only wearing Jeans. My GirlFriend at the time spent a few hours picking bits of asphalt out of my thigh and butt-cheek. It was not fun.

Good reason to remind our selves to check that tire pressure and to air up right away after riding off pavement.

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