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post #1 of 26 Old 03-28-2012, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Laid the Strom down :(

Let me first say that I am ok, just some road rash..

Laid the Strom down on my way back from Ft. Lauderdale Monday afternoon.. I was 3 exits from home & was in some traffic on I85 north.. The HOV (peachpass) lane had just ended so it was now the "fast lane" traffic was thick and running about 55-60 & the car in front of me just stopped... I tried to stop, but it wasn't happening fast enough so I went towards the shoulder & the front wheel came out from under the bike.. The bike went ahead of me and I tumbled down the shoulder for about 30-40ft. Ended up on my back which was great because I was in a good spot to lay there and talk to everyone.. Driver in front of me was nothing short of awesome, made sure I wasn't critical, called 911, got my phone, called my emergence contact (dad). Seconds later and off duty EMT was there and stabilized me, held my head still for me. Fire/Rescue was there within 5-10 minutes, insanely fast & everyone was great. They put me on a backboard even though I was fine just as a precaution.. The rest is just an ER trip, scrub everything and get some stitches on my knee.
I've since talked with the guy in front of me (bike slid into him) and he made me feel much better about everything. That night and the next day I was beating myself up on what I was doing wrong, or what I could have done differently. He said from his point of view I wasn't following to close, wasn't speeding or horsing around, and that it was just the wrong place at the wrong time, he said I did well by getting off the road & not going into the back of him.. So that's encouraging to me.

I was wearing a Shoei RF100 Helmet, Fieldshier textile Armored Jacket, Joe Rocket Boots, & AlpineStar gloves. I regret not buying riding pants, but I always wore thick Jeans. The helmet was incredible, haven't had a headache or anything & I will never wear a non fullface because the front was scratched up and that could have been my face. It more than did it's job.
The Jacket saved my skin and bones.. My left shoulder is really sore and stiff, but i'm pretty sure it would've been shattered if it wasn't for the shoulder padding and hard armor, same goes for my arms.. the jacket is intact except for where they cut up one of the arms.
My gloves weren't as snug as they should've been on the velcro clasp and one rode up a little and got my palm, the other hand the pinky tore and got a little bit of it..
My feet are fine, smashed a toe, & my legs are very minor road rash except for my knee, something must have jabbed it because it's a deep wound, but stitches took care of it.
I can not stress to everyone enough that you have GOT to wear your gear.. It saved my ass, skin, and probably my life.


Now onto the bike.. I'm yet again more than impressed by these bikes Picked it up yesterday & my jaw dropped when I saw it was parked on the kickstand!! My dad road it up onto the trailer & then when we got home up the driveway!!! I had just put some Givi crashbars on it before the trip which saved a ton of the bike. Also had sliders on the swing arm, the one that was on the down side sheered off but did it's job..
The worst of the damage is a hole in the radiator, besides that I'm looking at a new handlebar, new engine guards, front left blinker, shifter, clutch lever, one of the fairings, windshield is only cracked, & that body piece right below the headlights. Cosmetically it could use a passenger peg and a new luggage rack, but I've also got Sharpie Markers..
All that to be said I was expecting it to be soooo much worse off


I'm so thankful and so blessed that I am ok, this could have turned out so much worse had I not been paying attention, not wearing gear, etc... I'm not sure what all you believe in, but I had some angels watching out for me, there's no doubt about that.
As soon as I'm all healed up & get some money for new riding gear I will definitely be back on two wheels, with a whole new and even more respect for the sport. :mrgreen:

I'll definitely be on the lookout for any used parts, already found some good prices on ebay for some things.. Anybody ever combined different color fairings with their tank? I've got a yellow strom, & was thinking about looking for some black fairings..

Thank you all in advance for your get well's, and everything else.
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post #2 of 26 Old 03-28-2012, 03:53 PM
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Glad you're okay and the bike's not too banged up, Cagle.
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Glad you are OK. Thanks for posting that. I think I will re-cinch the wrist straps on my gloves.

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Sucks about the crash, but lucky for you I crashed on the right side so I have a spare (pristine) OEM left blinker I can ship to you if you want to cover shipping.

I also have a spare GIVI D260ST windshield. It has a slight scuff running up and down, so not perfect, but it's not cracked either and the scuff isn't large at all. I can take a picture if you're really interested. If you want both, shoot $50 towards my paypal and I'll cover whatever it costs to ship (figure it'd be around $15-20, so not really looking for much of a profit fwiw). I still have the original box for the GIVI so it'll be well-protected en-route if you want it.

Have fun with the repairs! I used my crash as an excuse to start farkling out my strom

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I'm glad you're okay and hope you fully recover soon!

Thank you for the detailed report.. It's good to hear that people did all they could to help you and that the bike is in decent shape considering what happened.

There is likely something you can do that might have helped avoid the situation, and perhaps when you have settled down you might figure out what it was; but many of us have been in similar situations with worse results.

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Sheesh, thats quite the story. Glad you are okay. ... and about the gear, it's crazy how many people I see on the roads wearing nothing but running shoes and a thin t shirt with some bluejeans.

You never need your gear until that one time and to the people who don't wear it, that one time, you never want to be thinking, "if only I was wearing..."

So, why did the guy in front stop so suddenly? I don't want to sound like an ass but if you are driving behind anyone, at any speed, you HAVE to anticipate the possibility of them stopping suddenly. I know, I know everyone has heard it before but, a lot of people don't feel as if they are driving close to the person in front. Keep at least 2 full seconds between you and the car in front no matter what you are doing...

Seriously, I dont mean to put a sour spin to your post - super glad you are okay.

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Good to hear it wasn't that bad, that's for sure.

I think of these situations as opportunities to learn something, and certainly not the time to 'beat oneself up', don't think that helps.

A crash I had a few years ago has some similarities to what you describe. Someone in front of me stopped (slowed dramatically) very unexpectedly.

Something I learned from that, and also becoming an MSF Rider Coach, we should all be practicing Emergency Braking regularly. It keeps the skill sharp and it helps us to find the brakes, and our, limits.

It *sounds* like (and of course I don't know, just guessing), that being able to stop in a blink would have helped. That's what the constant practicing does for us.

None the less M8, glad yer okay, live and learn. Ride another day.
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Glad to here that you are alright!

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Most importantly - glad to hear you are ok and that the gear you were using worked as you would hope.

Always things to learn from experiences like this, no matter how long you've been riding. I'm sure you'll work out what might have been done differently to alleviate some of the 'pain'. You've got some time to think about it with a clear mind while you're reworking the Strom.

Good Luck and get back in the saddle soon.
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Glad you're okay, and that you were ATGATT. I shudder when I see guys riding squid. Hope you recover quickly and get your bike back on the road.

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