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post #1 of 18 Old 11-15-2006, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy My Turn to Crash

Yeah, taking a 20mph, 90degree turn at 35mph is generally not a good idea.

Realized I was in the turn too hot and going wide, cut the throttle slightly, got back on the throttle, leaned more and then next thing I knew bike and I lowsided and then slid maybe 20ft into a thankfully shallow ditch.

Damage Report...
Me: Bruised elbow, slightly sore knee and self confidence splattered across the corner of Sunset and Northwoods. Fortunately, the ouchies were minimal with no road rash, or broken bones. The armored jacket definitely saved my elbow from serious breakage! ATGATT!!!!

Gear: AGV textile pants are toast; side of left leg is worn through. Marsee jacket has slight hole in sleeve and is likely salvageable.

Bike: Left side is trashed. Bent rear sub-frame, broken shift lever, broken left turn signal and numerous scraped parts. Total cost: $4,100! That price will bring the bike to showroom condition; including replacing all visible and hidden parts that have even minor cosmetic damage. Fortunately, insurance is paying for all but the $250 deductible. Whew!

Mistakes I made were:
1. Entering sharp curve too fast.
2. Looking down at road and side of road instead of through the turn.
3. Cutting throttle mid-turn.

I think if I hadn't done 2 and 3, I might have saved it, or at least been able to straighten it up and ride it into the ditch.

Anyway, no sympathy wanted. Just hope you all can take this info and learn from it.

Ride safe!
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-15-2006, 07:31 PM
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That stinks, sorry to hear that. It's good you're OK.

What year and model of bike is it?

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post #3 of 18 Old 11-15-2006, 07:39 PM
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Sorry about your mishap,thankfully you weren't injured badly and you had your gear on,hope everything works out for the best.

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Glad your ok.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-15-2006, 09:30 PM
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Glad You're OK ! ....
Bikes are produced around the clock and can allways be replaced.
Once again the truth bell rings out ATGATT,ATGATT,ATGATT!!
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post #6 of 18 Old 11-15-2006, 09:37 PM
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Good to hear you suffered little physical damage. The gear was sacrificed as intended to save you and the bike can be repaired. All in all, the situation could have had a far worse ending. Hope you are up on two wheels soonest.

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post #7 of 18 Old 11-16-2006, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the good wishes everyone!

The bike is a red '05 DL650. Well, now it's a red with unwanted gray and black stripes just on the left side DL650!
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-16-2006, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Good to hear you suffered little physical damage. The gear was sacrificed as intended to save you and the bike can be repaired. All in all, the situation could have had a far worse ending. Hope you are up on two wheels soonest.
Thanks for that.

At this point, my self-confidence is really in the dump and I'm not sure I'll get on the horse again. I'm thinking at the very least, ride the bike home from the dealership when it's done and see how things feel.
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-16-2006, 01:21 PM
 
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Everyone that crashes has some self-doubt/confidence issues when they get back on the bike. It's normal. Just take it easy and you'll be fine. Everyone makes mistakes which sometime lead to crashing, so don't beat yourself up too much about it. Learn from the experience:

- Look (where you want to go, ie, corner exit)
- Lean (the bike is way more capable than most riders believe)
- Believe (stay relaxed, on the gas, don't panic)
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-16-2006, 01:56 PM
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Patpuma, Listen to Garry. Self doubt/lack of confidence is a killer. You will not forget your get-off but I also know you will not forget all the fun rides and pleasure two wheels have given you. Give yourself some time.

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