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post #1 of 66 Old 09-18-2013, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Hit a chunk of concrete on the interstate at 70Mph

On the way home from a great weekend ride down the lower section of the BRP and over to Gatlinburg, back around Lake Lure and taking I-40 home. East of Statesville the speed picks up to 70 and I was following my partner, Miss Silvera.

She makes a quick swerve and misses this chunk of concrete in the middle of the road by inches. I'm a couple of car lengths back and see the 4"x4"x6" (approximate size) and realize there is no time for me to swerve so I stand slightly on the pegs and nail it head on. Bike jumps but continues to track straight. It has a vibration so I pull in the clutch, put on the 4 ways and coast to the side of the road.

Pics of the carnage below.

We call a buddy of mine to come with his trailer to transport the bike the remaining 30 miles back home. Turns out 2 other cars were on the side of the road changing their tires because they hit the concrete also, we assisted one of them while we waited. The 2 hours we waited not a single state trooper rode past and stopped to see what was happening. 2 other cyclists stopped to offer assistance, include a member of this board I believe!

My buddy with the trailer saw the debris as he was coming up and said it had been pretty well pulverized. Called insurance to see if they will cover the repairs. I will need new wheels and new tires. These Metzlers had less than a thousand miles on them.

Very fortunate not to have gone down and willing to sacrifice the wheels & tires for that!

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Glad you are OK...
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That should buff right out.

Buy a Lottery ticket.

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check for a bent fork after that hit!

check for a bent fork tube after that hit!
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Looks like the rim absorbed most of the blow. An inspection of the forks and other parts is in order at any rate.

I would think insurance would cover this, depending on exactly what coverages you paid for.

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post #7 of 66 Old 09-18-2013, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Stromin'Nroman View Post

Buy a Lottery ticket.
That is what I told him while we were sitting on the side of the Interstate.

I cannot not even tell you what I was feeling when I looked back in the mirror and saw him hit it....nothing I could have done in time to have warned him...it was so fast.....

I have thanked the Great Spirit for protecting him...I don't know how he stayed up right on the bike......no idea but a miracle .........

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post #8 of 66 Old 09-18-2013, 01:51 PM
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Wow you are lucky. Way to ride!. You may want to consider a skid plate to protect from future debris hitting the filter / pipes.

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Glad you stayed upright!

Any lessons to be learned here? Were you perhaps too focused on your riding partner and not enough on the road? :mrgreen:

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Glad you didn't go down. These are the next steps I'd take:
Buy that lottery ticket.
Buy a skid plate.

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