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post #1 of 29 Old 08-02-2010, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Most retarded accident ever (crashed my bike)

So. I've pulled my bike into my garage a million times. Some how this time I wasn't paying attention as much. I ducked under the garage door, which made me hit the gas. But this time I didn't have the clutch covered. The bike wheeled, the handle bar smacked the side of the pickup in the rear broke the tail light. The front wheel of the motorcycle broke the trucks mirror. At this time I assume I pulled in the clutch and the front end came down. I had some speed from the the wheelie, and tried to stop. There wasn't enough room and I smashed into the dryer in the garage and crashed. Not sure what caught my leg, but that created the nice hole. From there is was a matter of trying to avoid going into shock and applying first aid to myself. I was wearing jeans which didn't even get hurt. Got a few other scrapes and lots of bruises, but I will live. Please remember to be careful of what your doing, even if its extremely simple and you do it everyday. That is when accidents happen. 25 stitches later, tons of pain later and a lot of bills later and I am thankful I had my helmet on and it could have been a lot worse.
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post #2 of 29 Old 08-02-2010, 12:43 PM
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Whoa. Very sorry to hear about this ordeal. Heal fast. Keep us posted on your progress, and anything else that comes to mind about this freak mishap.

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It doesn't take much, and happens when you least expect it.. Here's what happened to me a couple weekends ago..

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I'm a bit more safety gear conscious this week than I was last week..
I put my KLR down at about 10mph.. First time I've "dumped" a bike on the street since July of 1984..

I was turning to the left, and saw that the road to my right was no longer closed.. Hard braking, not looking where I was going, and a 1' square patch of gravel on top of black top resulted in a fast slam to the pavement.

Stupid mistake.. I ride all my bikes like they're GP racers, including the KLR and the Wing. I've ridden well over 350,000 motorcycle miles in my lifetime.. I've ridden track days in the US and Canada. I've taken the MSF ERC course 4 times and have been asked to be an instructor during the last 3 classes. I've taken the slow evasive motorcycle manuever training by the Florida State Police, and I've always been the fast guy in control when the corners get tight..

Very little damage to the bike or myself, but that's because I was wearing my gloves, boots, helmet, jacket, etc. Ended up with a sore kidney and a sore shoulder, as well as a slight scuff to my helmet and a small tear on the shoulder of my mesh jacket. Slight tweak to my left pannier that was easy to bend back..

Came away with a new appreciation of safety gear.. And a reminder of one of the first things they teach you in ERC training.. Look where you're going!!

And now I'm the guy who falls down at 10mph because he didn't see the tiny patch of gravel.. If nothing else, it was a damned good slap upside the head to remember my training when riding at a increased pace, which I was up to about 50' before this happened.. I typically ride 10-15 over the speed limit and corner speed signs are usually just a suggestion to me.. 25 typically means 50, 35 means 65, and anything above that's completely ignored. (But 15mph usually means they're not kidding, and get your butt down to 25).

Up until this corner, I was riding by myself and having a blast!! Tons of tight corners on roads that I've ridden several times, which is what bit my butt this time.. I was EXPECTING the road to the right to be closed, as it has been all summer. It wasn't, and I changed horses in the middle of the stream.. Problem was, my new horse had gravel under it..
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Dang, dude. That is sad to hear. I feel for you. Don't worry about the machines and worry about getting healed (I know, easier said).

I don't know if this story will ever be "funny" as they say, but someday you'll be telling it over a beer and shaking your head at least.

And good for you for having the balls to fess up on here.




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Hey, and if you need any help, Sactown ain't far and I'm unemployed. Keep it in mind.




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Oh there is a tech day out here in a couple weeks. I might need some help then, its sunday the 8th.
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So. I've pulled my bike into my garage a million times. Some how this time I wasn't paying attention as much. I ducked under the garage door, which made me hit the gas. But this time I didn't have the clutch covered. The bike wheeled, the handle bar smacked the side of the pickup in the rear broke the tail light. The front wheel of the motorcycle broke the trucks mirror. At this time I assume I pulled in the clutch and the front end came down. I had some speed from the the wheelie, and tried to stop. There wasn't enough room and I smashed into the dryer in the garage and crashed. Not sure what caught my leg, but that created the nice hole. From there is was a matter of trying to avoid going into shock and applying first aid to myself. I was wearing jeans which didn't even get hurt. Got a few other scrapes and lots of bruises, but I will live. Please remember to be careful of what your doing, even if its extremely simple and you do it everyday. That is when accidents happen. 25 stitches later, tons of pain later and a lot of bills later and I am thankful I had my helmet on and it could have been a lot worse.
Dude thats sucks,,I hate that when that happens,,,my 06 got a right side/front direct hit from a F-250 at 35+ mph last month,,and I was nearly killed. I jumped off bike just in time,,before he hit me. Been thanking the good lord ever since. So,,,yes you have to be vigilant when riding,,,100% of the time,,indeed. Get well soon!!!!
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There must have been a hot naked woman in your garage to get that distracted! Right??? I'm glad your injuries were not more serious. Heal quick.
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Sorry you were injured. I can't help myself, Is that the infamous "L" mod? LOL Heal up quick

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It doesn't take much, and happens when you least expect it.. Here's what happened to me a couple weekends ago..


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