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post #31 of 39 Old 06-18-2019, 06:30 PM
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Chicago, what's wrong with sitting at Starbucks wearing shorts and boots? Women wear those stupid ripped pants all the time.....
The important thing is wearing the protective riding pants! ATGATT
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post #32 of 39 Old 06-19-2019, 12:36 AM
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boots and shorts are okay!

but off the bike in shorts I prefer my Keen arroyos.

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post #33 of 39 Old 06-19-2019, 10:59 AM
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I had a 12 mph tip over pulling into a grocery store parking lot in a rain storm one night. Turns ou there was a pile of pea gravel in the turn and I couldnít see it because the rain was splashing on the road so hard.

There was a woman in a mini van behind me. She sprang out of the van and flung herself into an unimaginable state of hysterics. I was equally as shocked by her behavior as I was of watching my bike skid about 12 feet in front of me. I was trying to tell her I was ok but she couldnít hear me over her shrieks so I just gave her a thumbs up and rushed over and picked my bike up. Good thing I got to it while my adrenaline was still flowing or I probably would have had to have the hysterical soccer mom help me.

Minor damage to my gear and bike. Shifter was bent pretty good but I got home on it. I was actually able to put the shifter in a vise and using box end wrenches I got it straight again. Used an angle grinder to dress it down. Then I buffed it out real nice. Canít even tell it was bent.

Glad youíre ok. Riding gear is is awesome when it comes to the ground.
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AMA did a study, those who commute on a motorcycle have a way higher percentage of death than non commuters. Just spelling out the facts for you..

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AMA did a study, those who commute on a motorcycle have a way higher percentage of death than non commuters. Just spelling out the facts for you..
Last time I checked the percentage of death was universally (with one exception according to some) 100%
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Last time I checked the percentage of death was universally (with one exception according to some) 100%
Interpret how ever you would like.

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Exclamation Rainy Day in Georgia

Read your post this morning, rode home from work in a shower and thought about your story on the exit ramp. I had a similar experience on a sweeping exit ramp many years ago and had forgotten about it until today. Posting stories like this can do a lot of good, they are a reminder that you can never take road conditions for granted. So glad yu were not injured seriously, thanks for sharing!

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post #38 of 39 Old 06-19-2019, 09:24 PM
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happy both the bike and you only suffered minor scratches. Ride safe.
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post #39 of 39 Old 06-20-2019, 12:17 PM
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I had a similar experience about 3 years ago riding home in a complete downpour on my 14' Vee. I went around stopped traffic on the main highway and took a normally low traffic back-road that required crossing a very obtuse angled railroad track. I forgot about it being there and didn't see it because it was under about 6" of water. Like I said downpour. The track was somewhat elevated above the pavement and I had my head and shoulder suddenly slammed into the ground because of my memory loss. I may have been going about 20 mph, so it could have been a lot worse. The Bike had the left peg mount bent and the shifter was bent so bad that I could not downshift. Fortunately the only real injury I had was a badly bruised right knee. Apparently I hit some part of the bike with my knee when I went down. Didn't discover that injury until later when it began to swell.

Fortunately in Georgia and Tennessee we still have a few people left who will stop and check on you. The lady behind me stopped and made sure I was okay even though it was pouring rain. I had considered taking my protective jacket off when I put on my rain suit, but for some reason decided to cover it with the rain jacket. I probably would have had at least some sort of Shoulder injury without the jacket. I could have avoided the knee bruise had I had on protective pants.

I am glad you avoided any serious injury and I bet you appreciate your choice to wear ATGATT. I know my experience has changed my choices with regard to protective gear.
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