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So, about 830pm this last Monday, went for a ride. Great weather, sun was going down. Holiday weekend, personal danger radar was set to max. Went to take a benign 90 degree turn I have taken a million times. From Three Notch Road onto Shangri-La.

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I noticed wetness where there normally isnt any, outside the center of the lane, in the right lane where I was making the turn. I assumed this to be water, from a boat being towed home. We live on a peninsula, lots of watersports going on.

Nope, it was oil or diesel, not sure what, but once I initiated the turn, it was done, like a special effect, back tire went to the left, bike and I go down. Four or five vehicles stop, while I am getting to my feet, rattled. Speed was maybe 5-10mph. A corvette whips an illegal u-turn, guy parks his car to shield me and the bike, hops out, unlike anyone in the other cars. Asks if I'm okay, holds the bike while I attempt a quick restart.

No joy, she's flooded. Guy helps me to the parking lot, makes sure I'm okay, heads out. I, cursing the bugger who left that stuff, pull of my helmet and take stock. Stain on right knee, pain in right shoulder, thats about it. Walk over, examine the stain, it was oily, still damp with whatever the fluid was.

Examine bike, bars bent, brake lever and pedal bent, scraping on bottom of fork, fairing, and passenger peg mount, handlebar, and mirror. Fires right up, I run a quick controlability check in the parking lot, drive home.

Some pics of the damage, I'll find out how much its worth come Monday when I meet insurance lady. Same day I meet the ortho guy about my shoulder. Hit right on the forearm, Tourmaster mesh jacket did its job, just bruising there, but the shock loads did a number on my shoulder.









So, whats the best way to check the fork to se if its bent? Lay a laser down it? Straight edge? If its not bent, I might just smooth and paint that bottom edge.
 

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glad you are ok. even a low speed dismount can mess you up.
 

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I ran into the slop from a garbage truck while accelerating hard in a straight line on an access ramp. The bike hopped from side to side but didnt go down. Lucky me! I went around again and saw the stains from the spill, which I didnt initially see. The spill was a little here, a little there.
 

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Sorry to hear about the spill man; there doesn't seem to be much you can do about stuff like that but accept the fact that since you're on two wheels you need every bit of traction the road gives you.
 

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thanks guys. Bob, she's down through the paint to the black plastic, deep gouges right into it. A good body shop could probably work it, but new should be available since its an 09.
 

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hmmmm.........

Sorry about your spill and glad the bent parts aren't any of yours. :thumbup:

The trick they pull around here is after unloading a semi truck with two decks full of cattle they pull they cork on they large storage bin and then just motor off leaving a brown slick streak about a foot wide for a mile or two? I try and always be aware of goo on the road but have had a time or two over the years of finding a slick spot but, have managed to only go down one time many years ago on grass on the road from a county highway crew mowing the ditches in Indiana.

Good luck with the repairs and all future riding.

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So, whats the best way to check the fork to se if its bent? Lay a laser down it? Straight edge? If its not bent, I might just smooth and paint that bottom edge.

Sorry to hear of your get off..

I doubt your forks are bent. Just a little rashed, but from your story there was no hard impact that would bend them.
 

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Me Too

The same thing happened to me about 35 years ago when I was making a 10 mph right turn into an apartment complex where my cute new girl friend lived. As I turned the steering wheel, I noticed that my shiny new Datsun 240Z continued to go straight.

I hit a cement divider and bent the driver's side wheel & steering rods. Needless to say, my dreams of "bonding" with my new girl friend were extinguished along with about $400 (1975 dollars) in repair bills.

As with you, I was the victim of oil. My guess is that someone drove over the cement divider and ruptured their oil pan.

Glad that you were not injured seriously.

Gary
 

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Sorry to hear of your get off..

I doubt your forks are bent. Just a little rashed, but from your story there was no hard impact that would bend them.

I do too. I rode her about three miles home and she seemed straight and true. No hard impact, just had a slight concern when I got a good look at how much stuff had been ground off. If there's a simple way to check for true, I'll do it, otherwise, lacking symptoms, I'll let it be. Sadly, no local shop I trust to not exaggerate things to pump the estimate.
 

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I still walk funny, and probably always will, because of a large spill of cooking grease three years ago. :furious:

The upside is that I now have Spidey-senses for oil on the road.

Glad you're mostly OK-ish!

Get the check from the insurance co. and go farkle shopping. Your forks are fine.
 

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The only time I have ever gone down (other than dropping the bike while stopped) was due to an oil slick on a curve on a new black asphalt 2 lane road. Was only going about 25 mph, but boy did I learn to wear proper gear to prevent road rash after that little mishap.

BTW, that was in 1981 I think. It's good to crash once early in your riding career so that you know you aren't invulnerable.

Mike Brown
Vancouver, WA
 

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Yep, total was $1500, with my 500 dollar deductible, that leaves 1K to spend. Since I'm saving a few bucks here and there, like not buying decals, instead removing them from the undamaged side, and replacing the $58 dollar stock mirrors with cheaper Tuono ones, I should have about $300 to spend on mods.
 

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The not starting issue may have been the tip over switch depending on how far the bike actually leaned. You have to turn the key on-off and on again for it to reset. Good luck on the fix/farkles
 

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