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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Stupidity!!!

I am definitely embarrassed but I am going to share because I think it important to learn from others mistakes. I took a spill riding to work this morning on a route I take everyday. There is a two block stretch on my route to work where the road is a mess due to construction. The road itís self has more pot holes then level ground. I normally take this stretch very slow navigating the pot holes and watching for all trucks going in and out of the construction sites. Today I saw a nice line avoiding pot holes so I was moving faster then normal only to have a truck pull out forcing me to hit the breaks on gravel. The bike and I did not agree on how the handle the gravel so the next thing I knew I found my self and the bike on the road. Iím fine and the bike is a little banged up.
Although I was not moving that fast I was definitely moving faster then I should of based on the condition of the road. This easily could have been avoided if I had either avoided this stretch or taken it slow like I normally do.

Learn from my mistake and watch it out there!
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-25-2006, 11:03 AM
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Good to hear you're not hurt...construction zones can be a bitch

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Bottcher, that sucks! Hope you and the bike heal up quick. Fortunately, the SV's a hardy bike, so that shouldn't be too badly affected.

+1 on the advice.

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Glad to hear you're alright. Did the truck stop at least?
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Thanks for actually sharing that. Unfortunately the unexpected happens everyday. Glad you are ok. Good reminder to be on the lookout for and extra cautious of anything that gets between the tire and the actual hard ground (sand, gravel, water, leaves, oil, antifreeze, plastic bags blowing down the street, etc).

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There is a section of Golf Rd. between Harms and 94 that is like that. I thought I was going to dump it even riding 10 miles an hour, the grooves in the road were so deep it would drive you where it wanted.

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There is a section of Golf Rd. between Harms and 94 that is like that. I thought I was going to dump it even riding 10 miles an hour, the grooves in the road were so deep it would drive you where it wanted.
I second that! I rode that stretch during a rain, it's a bitch to keep it up.
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It has happened to all of us so don't be embarressed. Glad your ok
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the truck was oblivious because it was backing out. thanks for the responses
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Glad to hear your allright bottcher. It's sounds alot like my getoff last fall. It can happen to anyone.

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Botch!

Glad you're alright bro. Let me know if you need any help mending the SV. Gear hold up okay?

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Glad you're alright bro. Let me know if you need any help mending the SV. Gear hold up okay?
I'll be taking you up on mending the SV. I'll be ordering a new blinker this week. The gear is fine.
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That's not too stupid. We have all done worse. Well, I've done worse. Nice to learn a lesson without too much pain.

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Glad youre allright, just put it in your arsenal of "experience" and continue on. Believe me, I have done much "stupider" things than that.

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your ok...thats all that matters...just think and remember next time....

...plus my gf was with me saying "omg slow down, slow down" and I was thinking "Lose annoying squalk box in passenger seat, afford more mods and have less weight in the car and on the back of the bike"...so i dumped her and I'm single again as usual...HERE KITTY KITTY!!!
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I hate to agree with G2G man, I REALLY do but he is right, we have all done it - I laid my old street SV down at about 5 mph when I applied the front brake and caught a flatened plastic soda bottle in the middle of a lane that had been run over so many times, it was paper thin, black with dirt and just enuff slickness to send the bike right down - I picked her up, said in best Pee Wee Herman voice "Meant to do that" and rode off

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Yes glad your okay. Just have to watch grabbing the brakes too hard. 1 thing I did to help is I adjusted the rear brake so that even if I slam the pedal all the way down, it won't lock up the rear.
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sorry to hear about your spill! glad ur okay... going down anytime always bruises the ego more than it permanently hurts the bike... I've fallen over doing under 5mph/parking lot speeds... I've learned to live with it, and I've come to accept that something similar is going to happen to me again. lol

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Yes glad your okay. Just have to watch grabbing the brakes too hard. 1 thing I did to help is I adjusted the rear brake so that even if I slam the pedal all the way down, it won't lock up the rear.
I've heard that locking the rear wheel should never happen because you should adjust your rear brake so it will never lock up...

And, how exactly do you do that??

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sorry to hear about your spill! glad ur okay... going down anytime always bruises the ego more than it permanently hurts the bike... I've fallen over doing under 5mph/parking lot speeds... I've learned to live with it, and I've come to accept that something similar is going to happen to me again. lol



I've heard that locking the rear wheel should never happen because you should adjust your rear brake so it will never lock up...

And, how exactly do you do that??
i'm kinda wondering the same thing... but uh... i prefer just being careful with the back brakes...

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i haven't shortened my rear brake lever yet so i have to move my foot to use it... it sucks, because i end up using way too much of my size 14 boot on it and i almost always lock the rear tire.... well, i guess it's difficult at best to be subtle with a size 14 foot anyway... lol. (gotta find me a low-profile sole, lightweight, waterproof, armored boot... anybody else with big feet have anly suggestions? lol...) But, it would be nice to have rear brake not lock up no matter how hard I push down...
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Botch, ignore that 'advice' on the rear brake issue. That may be achapman's opinion, but its BAD advice.

Restricting a motorcycle's braking power is not the way to prevent accidents, however experience and awareness can help to reduce them. Again, glad you're okay and sometimes, bad experiences can help us become better, or at least, more aware, riders.
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I'm a little light on blinker fluid - but I can get some more now that Tony's pimping Amsoil again.

I'll be happy to swing by and help. Worst case we'll push it over to bmoney's house and leave a 6-pack on the seat. Usually he'll have it all fixed up and smelling like weed by the next morning.

Sucks about the wreck, but I too laid my SV down in a construction zone back in the day. Front locked in some gravel and down we went. Pride heals, chicks dig scars.

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Unless you buy a Wing with antilock, locking either the front or rear is always in the cards. Personally, I'd rather accidently lock up the rear vs. the front any day! Hopefully I can (and have) ride it out. Just think like a dirt biker. As long as the front tracks you are still in the game.

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Botch, ignore that 'advice' on the rear brake issue. That may be achapman's opinion, but its BAD advice.

Restricting a motorcycle's braking power is not the way to prevent accidents, however experience and awareness can help to reduce them. Again, glad you're okay and sometimes, bad experiences can help us become better, or at least, more aware, riders.
Maybe bad advice, but that is what Nick Ienatsch says to do. I guess I choose to listen to him. After all, its 80 front 20 rear. I doubt taking off a little bit of that so the rear doesn't lock up will affect you that much. But I also put on Galfer SS lines and Vesrah pads, and I can still stop in a hurry when I need to.
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I'm a little light on blinker fluid - but I can get some more now that Tony's pimping Amsoil again.

I'll be happy to swing by and help. Worst case we'll push it over to bmoney's house and leave a 6-pack on the seat. Usually he'll have it all fixed up and smelling like weed by the next morning.

Sucks about the wreck, but I too laid my SV down in a construction zone back in the day. Front locked in some gravel and down we went. Pride heals, chicks dig scars.

Call me when you're ready for the reconstruction.

The front locking sounds about right. I over reacted on the front break when I saw the truck.
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Glad to hear you're okay, bottcher. This kind of thing happens to all of us. I lowsided taking a corner faster than I should have when I first moved here. I was dumb... it happens. At least you are okay, the bike is okay, and you learned from your experience.

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