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post #1 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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Meeting my Maker

Just about happened this afternoon.

Perfect spring day. Got on the Strom and headed for Girdwood. New Tourmaster heated jacket rocks! Light traffic. Toast a SV 650 that thought he was going to run up on me wave and cruise by. Not!

Get down along Turnagain Arm, sun shining, getting a feel for the new suspension on the front end in the pot holes left from the winter. Nice. Maybe a different weight oil and the front end dive will be gone.

Following behind a pick-up thats following a truck with a snow machine trailer behind it.
Im actually a descent distance behind the truck, thankfully when I see him make an evasive swerve. Looking for a rock in the road I dont see the drive shaft, yes DRIVE SHAFT, four feet in the air coming right at me. I move left, then right, it bounces off the road and is determined to take me out anticipating my every move. BAM! Thank the man above it not a direct hit.

Take the first shot to the side of my front tire. Inch and a half size gash to the sidewall, instant flat. Under the bike it goes and takes out my bash plate then kicks off the side of my rear tire. I cant believe Im not putting my gear to the test skidding down the road!

Ive never had an instant flat before but I can tell ya that the TKC's dont go squirrelly on ya. Slight wobble as I stopped although I was mindful not to grab to much brake. Got to the side of the road and just sat there for a moment with a death grip on the bars. Dismount and start to access the damage.

The pick up that was in front of me has made a u turn and is now pulling up in the other lane. "Sir you are one lucky son of a bitch". "I thought for sure I was about to see someone die in my rear view mirror". He sees that Im alright and am phoning someone and drives back to clear the projectile from the road.

A freind gets a hold of HOH and they dispatch a truck. 50 minutes later its loaded up and were on our way back to Anchor Town.

Alaska Leather Barb hooks me up with new rubber and first thing tomorrow the wife will drop me off and I'll see if the rim has survived. Ive seen worse but wont know till it on a balance machine.

Sure was a nice day for a ride!
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 01:13 AM
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Nice to hear it didn't turn out worse. I had my first near death bike experience last night coming home from a buddy's house in southern P.A. It was my own damn fault and a lesson learned. Preoccupied w/ getting home and going to bed, I sped along and a tight corner "came out of nowhere" and i locked the rear wheel twice, nearly flew down a hill, and ended up in the oncoming lane with a truck approaching 50 yards away in the oncoming lane. I woke up [email protected] home.. with an understanding of why everybody is looking for the abs model stroms. Slowing down a bit @ night and high beam usage is on my to do list after that situation. I stood and looked @ my strom today for @ least 10 min. Thinking how it would have looked destroyed and how lying paralyzed in a dark gully would have been totally f'n lame. Be alert guys...

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 05:00 AM
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Guys, I'm really glad you're both alright. Alaska, I can't imagine how it felt to see that driveshaft coming at you. Talk about a *holy sh!t* moment. Nice bit of riding to hang on with a flat and get the bike off the road, too. Hope all's well that ends well.

JWT, I know how you feel. I've made similar mistakes - I'm sure we all have - and later on said 'wow that was dumb, I'm lucky to be here.'

I do about half my riding at night (5 p.m. - 1 a.m. shift) and I try to keep in mind the advice from David L. Hough's 'Proficient Motorcycling,' which is basically this: Cut your speed, especially when you don't know the road, can't see what's on the other side of the turn or visibility is down. Glad you're OK and learned a valuable lesson. The alternative sucks!

Take it easy out there and be safe.

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post #4 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 07:34 AM
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Alaska Troy, glad it was not worse!! I hope the damage to your bike is realitively minor.
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post #5 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 07:34 AM
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What's up with driveshafts in the road? I took one through the grill of a new Pontiac Bonneville that was bouncing down the road a couple of years ago. It is indeed a scary thing to see coming at you.

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post #6 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Faulkner View Post
What's up with driveshafts in the road? I took one through the grill of a new Pontiac Bonneville that was bouncing down the road a couple of years ago. It is indeed a scary thing to see coming at you.
The only thing holding them in is itsy witsy U-joints that are prone to failure.... I was riding in a car that lost its drive-shaft. Just sorta happens I guess. Sorta like 2X4's flying off the back of pick-ups... if it aint properly secured... it can come loose.
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post #7 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 06:52 PM
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Glad everyone is in one piece. Scary stuff.

A drive shaft 4 feet in the air...geez!

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Scary Story! Great way you didn't screw it up and brought it safety to a stop. I can only imagine what you were thinking when you saw the driveshaft. Thank goodness you had some distance behind the truck, any closer and that drive shaft may have hit you.
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holy crap. i would've had to change my drawers ....
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post #10 of 20 Old 03-26-2008, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by TouringDude View Post
holy crap. i would've had to change my drawers ....
He never said that he didn't have to. I know I probably would have as well.

Glad you are alright man. That could have ended a whole lot worse than it did. It just goes to show us that you never know where a threat may come from.

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