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post #1 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 07:25 AM Thread Starter
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Ahh crap!

So riding in to work today the roads were wet, but the sky was clearing. Temps are hovering right about 70 degrees. I'm enjoying the ride, following the same route I take nearly every day since starting my new job in November.
I come up on my third and final round about and slam, I'm rolling across the ground and my bike is making that sick metal on asphalt sound.

I picked myself up and took a quick stock. Everything was still there. Parts that moved moved Parts that shouldn't move didn't. Generally nothing hurt. So I looked for my bike.....

It was easy to find. Maybe because it was only 20' away, or maybe because the 5 or 6 troughs dug into the asphault lead me right to it. I walked over and picked it up. 8 or 9 cars went by with out a person asking if I was ok. Gotta love rush hour humanity!

Turned the key off and on, looked to make sure I still had a shift lever. Thankfully I did. Dropped it into N. Hit the started button and crossed my fingers. She sprang to life like she always does.
My bike is 1/2 in the road, 1/2 in the grass, and 6 or 7 more cars go by as I am doing a quick once over to make sure I can get down the road to the gas station for a better evaluation out of the path of traffic. No fluids leaking and all the controls are in place so I motor down to the station.

I can now feel the first impact point. My knee feels a little sore. Judging by my pants I took a decent strike there. Nothing major, just feels like I've been crawling on my knees chasing my grandson all day.

As for the bike. Well I can now say Outback Motortek crashers work. Bars are still straight. Ground fairly flat in a few spots. Still solid and did not move at all.

Shifter took some damage. Both the toe piece and the mounting point.

Passenger peg was ground and the mounting point for bags is bent.

Rear corner of the swing arm touched down once or twice.

Left hand mirror and brush guard are scratched.

I also kissed the ground with my helmet. Scratched the face shield a little, but nothing too bad.

Not really sure what happened. I remember thinking, slow down a little more than normal as I approached the round about. It is a fairly small right round about. I thought I was slowed plenty. I wasnt leaning over much but I do remember using the rear brake. Not excessively I didnt think. I also didnt see any oil or anything along my path.

Regardless, down I went. Thankfully I do wear my gear all the time. My knee would probably hurt pretty bad, that slight kiss of the helmet my be a nasty road rash right at my hairline. The bike is fine, just some extra character now.
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post #2 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 07:38 AM
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Good thing you made it out in one piece.
Oil spot on roadbed, maybe?

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post #3 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 07:47 AM
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Glad it wasn't worse and you'll be OK.

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post #4 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 08:57 AM
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What a way to start the day. Please accept my apologies for the less than human race! Years ago, a Coworker was hit from behind on a bike on an interstate. He and his wife laid on the highway with traffic whizzing by....... they eventually managed to crawl to the berm. Ultimately, he had a leg amputated. So, even the severity of the crash doesn't seem to affect some drivers. Sad
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post #5 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 09:03 AM
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Glad you are ok.

I'm thinking the combination of slick spot and using rear brake and the rear just slid from under ya.

Keep an eye on the oil level. The oil may have plugged the vent. So if the oil level is going down. You may want to take the gas tank off and check the air box. You may have some oil in there from the bike laying on its side.

You probably shoujld also consider getting a new helmet.
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post #6 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 09:18 AM
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maybe a spot of diesel fuel? Glad it wasn't worse.

warm weather tempts me to leave at least my armored pants at home. a reminder that perhaps it's not a good idea. Other options available......knee/shin pads under jeans and Bohn under armor.

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post #7 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 09:24 AM
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Great to hear you are OK. Quite pathetic that no one stopped. This story will make me more cautious when riding in those conditions.
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post #8 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 10:23 AM
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Welcome to the fall down club. I've had that happen a few times on freeway on/off ramps. A bit of oil or diesel fuel is nasty.
Hope you can clean up the damage and suffer no physical after effects.
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post #9 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 10:41 AM
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Yikes! Glad you're ok.

Was it a brief shower that wet the road? That can be the culprit.

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post #10 of 39 Old 06-17-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Webfors View Post
Yikes! Glad you're ok.

Was it a brief shower that wet the road? That can be the culprit.
Rain here in Ohio has been of epic proportions, roads are clean. I am guessing some diesel or just tires not warmed up enough, if really aggressive tires than I would say that hurt the situation. Blows my mind that nobody stopped to help or at minimum see if you were ok........unreal.

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