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post #1 of 30 Old 06-07-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Wife down....

My wife had her first get off on her Gladius the other day. She was riding at a spot that is a bit of a funnel, and the intersection of 2 hiways. The truck in front of her slammed on his breaks due to the traffic stopped for the light. My wife panicked and grabbed all the break she had. With the newly laid pavement there was little traction to be had. She locked up both sides, did the tank slap and down she went. Luckily she didnt hit anything but the road. She has some bumps and bruises but nothing is broken. All her gear did its job as it was designed. As for the bike, thats a little different story. Right front lower fork tube is bent, right foot peg broke off, windscreen is trashed and there is a few other scratches. The bike fired right up when we got it to my buddies place and everything there seems fine.

Heather asked when I could get the parts and have her bike back on the road, she still wants to ride a bunch this summer.

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Shoie helmet: worked flawlessly. Heather said she could tell when her head would hit the ground, but didnt have any pain from it at all.

Speed & Strength jacket and gloves: not much more than a scuff on either of them.

Fieldsheer pants: Light scuff on the right knee.

I will post pics when I get a chance tonight.

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post #2 of 30 Old 06-07-2011, 06:16 PM
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I'm glad she is not injured. My wife is getting her permit... I am a bit scared of this. Good luck, I'll pray for safe riding for all of our families!

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Glad she's okay. My wife prefers to ride behind me. Pulse rate always goes up when she's not in the mirrors.

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Two things.

1. Practice hard braking from about 20mph until the proper reactions are built into muscle memory.

2. ABS brakes.

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That S+S gear is really well put together! Glad she's OK, that's one tuff lady! - sounds like she got caught in a pickle with the jar lid on - ouch!

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Two things.

1. Practice hard braking from about 20mph until the proper reactions are built into muscle memory.

2. ABS brakes.
Nuther reason why conventional Strom brakes are 20th century ABS! Kinda redundant on an ABS VStrom.....

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Now there's a girl with a good attitude! I hope my wife reacts like that if she drops her bike (we're going to look at an xl-250 tonight).

+1 to ABS: yesterday, with the sun at my back and all the vibration from the speed I was riding at (160+km/h), I hadn't realised that the lineup in front of me was stopped (brake lights weren't lit, so maybe they were rolling, but at a walking pace). I grabbed both brakes with less than 200 metres to come to a stop. I had never braked that hard on any bike, and I think the ABS kicked in a few times. Side note: the stom brakes do suck; my bike lost speed rapidly at first, but then almost felt like it was speeding up again. It isn't until I started gearing down that I was able to keep decelerating hard.
I stopped with my rear wheel in the air and a couple of car lengths to spare. The bike smelled a bit weird after that (strangely enough, it smelled of coolant; maybe that's what my pads smell like when they're burning up, or maybe the coolant tank leaked onto the engine while I was standing on the front wheel).

I assume you've tried her gladius; how did you like it? (I'm thinking of getting one for wifey, with ABS of course, either that or a versys for myself and giving her the wee).
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Glad she avoided serious injury. I'm very familiar with how scary it is to have your wife hit the ground. Gear makes a huge difference. Happy it helped her in this unfortunate situation.

All the best to your wife for quick healing.


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I grabbed both brakes with less than 200 metres to come to a stop. I had never braked that hard on any bike, and I think the ABS kicked in a few times. Side note: the stom brakes do suck; my bike lost speed rapidly at first, but then almost felt like it was speeding up again. It isn't until I started gearing down that I was able to keep decelerating hard.
I stopped with my rear wheel in the air and a couple of car lengths to spare.
That *is* the ABS cycling, where you feel like you have no brakes at all.

Do yourself a favor and install EBC HH pads, yesterday.

I just did it over the weekend and it feels like a whole new bike. It actually stops now. And when the ABS kicks in, instead of freewheeling, you still get a decent amount of deceleration.

Obviously your downshifting had nothing to do with the deceleration-- if your rear wheel was in the air, that was all front brake.
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I'm glad she's okay, and happy she wants to get up again!

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Heather asked when I could get the parts and have her bike back on the road, she still wants to ride a bunch this summer.
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Glad to read she's fine, my wife had the same attitude.

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