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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I got it over with?

Well everybody says it's not if you lay it down, it's when... I guess I went ahead and got it over with. Was on my way to work Sunday morning, had just turned out of my neighborhood and was running a few minutes late so I was getting on down the road. I looked down at my speedo and not giving enough attention to what I was doing. Before I knew it I was already in the curve and going way to fast. I guess you could say I pulled the classic new rider mistake and got on the brakes. I feel like I possibly could have made it had I leaned hard into it like everyone teaches. Anyways, I knew when I started braking that I wasn't going to make it. Luckily the ditch was nothing but grass and the only think to hit was a road sign which I clipped with my left foot. Lost my right sock and shoe in the process somehow. So I jumped up, took inventory of all my parts and realized I was intact. Then began to assess the bike. In the dark it didn't look to bad from what I could tell, So I stood it up and pushed it out of the ditch. Then realized the foot peg and shifter were gone. (I believe they caught the back of my leg as my foot hit the road sign according to the peg shaped bruise on my leg.) So I fired it up and rode back to the house with one shoe on. Parked it and jumped in my car and cruised on to work and limped around all day.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 10:16 AM
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So sorry to hear. Glad you faired as well as you did.
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Glad your damage was relatively minor. Do the repairs, and get back on that horse and ride. File the experience under "Lessons Learned".

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Sorry about you accident, glad your okay!

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Always good when you can limp away! Thanks for sharing!

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Glad you did not suffer any serious injuries. But...., I disagree with your statement about "Not if, but when...." regarding bikes going down. Growing up I had a number of bikes from my teens into my mid 20s. EVERY ONE of them went down at one time or another, some several times. Then, I didn't have or even ride a bike till I was 62. Will be 70 in July and on my 3rd Harley. None of the three have ever been down (not counting a couple of tip overs).

Let's look at what you told us: You are a new rider, you were going fast in the dark, I suspect you are young, you had just turned out of your neighborhood so obviously you knew that curve was there. Pure "pilot error". So, you obviously need to pay more attention when riding. If not, the next time you go down it might be more serious. I really don't mean to "bust your chops" in this reply. I just want you to realize you may be able to enjoy riding for many more years IF you take it a little easier and pay more attention--especially while you gain experience.

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Glad that you not only walked away. You rode away.
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I'm glad you didn't get seriously hurt, you got lucky .
It looks like the drive belt fell off.........and where are the mufflers? did they fall off too?
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 12:52 PM
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Glad you are ok!! Looks like it could of been much more serious to you physically!! Lesson learned...ride to live...live to ride!!!

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Glad that you and the bike are ok. I gotta ask, what is that hanging down under your rear belt pulley? (I know, but wonder if you noticed.)


P.S. The bike will run a lot better with mufflers, or at least longer pipes.

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