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post #1 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Bad ride today - 2 bikes totalled

One guy (Versys rider) rode away in an ambulance but he was not badly hurt. His knee got busted up a little and he had some minor road rash, but overall he wasn't bad. The other guy was saved by his gear, basically not a scratch on him, but one of his hands felt sore after the accident. Back roads, a few curves, one guy hit one corner a little faster than he was comfortable with, locked up his rear brake and lost it on his black Yamaha. R6 or FZ6...something like that. The other guy was behind him on a Versys that I'm pretty sure had less than 1000 miles on it. He lost control while trying to avoid running into the first guy who lost control. Both bikes totaled. Total of 5 bikes on the group ride, some guys I work with. We had a discussion before we began riding about not riding too fast and how everyone would wait at each stop sign or traffic signal in case the group didn't stay close together. We were in a 55 mph zone and the guys who crashed were probably doing around 60 mph when it happened. Not crazy speeds that I'm talking about here. This was a good reminder to me of why I hardly ever do group rides. The Yamaha had about 4,500 miles on it and was a 2011 and the Versys was new with (I'm pretty sure) less than 1,000 miles on it. Could have been worse. Nobody seriously hurt. Pic of some of the carnage: (the flat-bed truck driver just used his winch to drag both bikes onto the truck laying down on their "bad side" because they were so badly damaged we couldn't roll them).

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post #2 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 06:58 PM
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Is it too early to call dibs on the Givi case? Just kidding, I am glad that everyone is ok.
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post #3 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 07:17 PM
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Geez, what a mess! Reminder it can happen at any time. Glad nobody was seriously hurt.

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post #4 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 10:09 PM
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It takes a lot of experience to use that rear brake properly, it can get you hurt quick. I saw a squid on a R6 at the gap a couple of years ago freak out in a curve and lock the rear up smacking the side of a guys truck. Then the hammerhead on the R6 had the nerve to fight the claim. He locked his rear brake up and crossed the yellow line. 3 of us saw it. Sad thing is all he had to do was let off the throttle and lean.

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post #5 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 10:20 PM
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A stark reminder for all of us to slow down around curves, leave plenty of space between riders and A.T.G.A.T.T.
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post #6 of 30 Old 05-18-2014, 11:25 PM
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Failure to practice braking and countersteering procedures until they become reflex actions are the two biggest reasons bikes get dropped in solo crashes. Locking up a rear brake and going wide in curves are the usual results. The latter is often accompanied by looking where the rider is afraid he/she is going to go instead of the desired line.

Learn from the mistakes of others. It hurts less. Practice, practice, practice. Group rides all too often lead to such results too. If this was a typical case, there was probably plenty of room to slow down and plenty of lean angle remaining but the riders were unable to make the proper corrections.

Thankfully, there were no serious injuries. Such inability to negotiate a curve often includes an oncoming vehicle in the mess.

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post #7 of 30 Old 05-19-2014, 12:51 AM
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That is a shame to see new bikes totaled like that. Such a waste. Hopefully their insurance covers it.
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post #8 of 30 Old 05-19-2014, 12:52 AM
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Godspeed, brothers. Although the details are different, been there, done that. Heal, and get back on that horse.

Escape the cage!

Don't look back - you're not going that way.
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post #9 of 30 Old 05-19-2014, 11:20 AM
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My riding buddy got taken out by a boulder on Mother's day. Broken hand bones and ruined his riding suit and killed his 675 Triumph.
Yah, just never know when!
At least these fellers were minimally damaged but it all hurts!
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post #10 of 30 Old 05-19-2014, 03:29 PM
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Its never good to see bikes on a tow truck...
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