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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Closest I've been to a crash

So I'm out riding late last night early morning around 3am. I just decided to wing it as far as where I was going. You gotta love how getting on the bike clears your mind of all your troubles. Anyway I'm sitting at the light waiting to make a left hand turn. I get the green light and start to make my turn when all of a sudden there is a curb dividing the two lanes of traffic right in my path (poorly lit intersection). There was no chance of getting around it so I pull in the clutch and aim for the end of it which had a bit of an angle instead of being perpendicular to the road surface. Next thing I know I am launched off the seat and my only point of contact with the bike are the handle bars. I know I got pretty high because my shin hit the airbox/gas tank on the way back down. I landed back in the seat and rode off with my heart thumping a million miles per hour. That was a close one. It's funny how when something like that happens you keep playing it out in your mind.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:01 PM
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Next time stand up before ya hit a big obsticle!

glad you're alright
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:04 PM
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or just don't hit the obsticle

<-- Chris

turn the bars left and go right; that just isn't right
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:09 PM
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Wow, I think I would have soiled myself.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:14 PM
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Or stand up and dodge the obstacle while humming Steppenwolf.

Glad you're okay.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:14 PM
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Yea, good to hear nothing bad happened. Check your rims for dents though and don't forget to look where you want to go rather than right at the median...that should help in avoiding it.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:17 PM
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Ditto. Stand up to allow your knees to take and move with the shock. Same goes for rough train tracks & other obstacles.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:21 PM
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knees.... natural shock absorbers.
I found out while going over some train track...

first time sitting down... got launched off my seat a bit.
Second time knees bent, butt off the seat and it was smooth riding.

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