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post #2626 of 4527
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

I had my first motorcycle accident today and it was a good learning experience. I was doing the speed limit on a feeder road (50 mph) and an idiot pulls right in front of me and decides to go 25 mph. It had just finished raining about 10 minutes before so I should have been more cautious, but I decide to change lanes quickly and then get back in front of him. The problem was that while I accelerated to get around the light turned red ahead and I had to start breaking sooner than would have been optimal. My rear brake immediately locked and I started fish tailing all over the road RIGHT before I was going to hit the middle of the intersection. The bike was trying to throw me on the high side, but luckily I managed to pull it back and went into a low slide skid at around 30 mph. I had my jacket on and luckily didn't get much damage to myself (took a nice little nick in the top of the helmet) and the only thing that was damaged on the bike was my floor boards. All in all I have a lot to be thankful of and I learned not to get cute when it's slippery out. I had a whole bunch of humble pie trying to lift my bike up in front of a whole bus full of children (I did it!).
All in all, be careful out there when it's wet. I was one of those people who swore that I would never drop a bike and then it just happened. Don't be a dumbass like me and underestimate the power of slippery road conditions and a bit of gravel.

Glad you're OK. Wet roads are about the only thing I don't fuck with.
post #2627 of 4527
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Originally Posted by John Doe View Post

Glad you're o.k. The same thing happened to me five years ago in Mexico except I clipped the rear bumper of the idiot who suddenly pulled in front of me. It was raining and he cut the braking distance I was maintaing in half when he pulled in front of me. Right when he pulled in front of me the light turned red and I fishtailed and then went flying. I distinctly remember thinking as I was flying through the air that it was going to hurt when I hit the ground. I ended up in the hospital with a broken collar bone and a busted up bike. I will not ride in the rain at all, too dangerous on two wheels.


Ouch. I'm glad you survived that whole ordeal. I'm just mad at myself for knowingly going out when it had just finished raining when I could have easily taken the car, but I've just been having so much fun with the bike that I ride it any chance I can. From now on I'm just going to play it safe when it's wet out and take the car even though it's dull and boring.

The other lesson I learned is that leather is magical. I dragged my arm along the pavement pretty hard and my jacket held up beautifully. I have some bruises on my elbow, but there is hardly even any scratches on the jacket.
post #2628 of 4527
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

Ouch. I'm glad you survived that whole ordeal. I'm just mad at myself for knowingly going out when it had just finished raining when I could have easily taken the car, but I've just been having so much fun with the bike that I ride it any chance I can. From now on I'm just going to play it safe when it's wet out and take the car even though it's dull and boring.
The other lesson I learned is that leather is magical. I dragged my arm along the pavement pretty hard and my jacket held up beautifully. I have some bruises on my elbow, but there is hardly even any scratches on the jacket.

Yeah, wearing good gear is everything. After my shoulder hit the ground my head followed like the cracking of a whip. If I hadn't been wearing a helmet my head would have split open like a watermelon. ATGATT!
post #2629 of 4527
I was lucky. Only time I have been down was on a corner (wet road, lol) doing 40 mph, and didn't knock my melon but was pretty grateful I had a helmet on anyway.. Wet roads are killer, first lesson in the school of hard knocks for me..
post #2630 of 4527
It's not that I like to hear about you guys also taking some spills, but at least it makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who ate some dirt out there. I just recently started talking to a really great girl, so I'm hoping she isn't scared off of motorcycles after hearing about all of this. We were supposed to go on a ride tomorrow and she apparently wants a bike herself, so hopefully she doesn't overreact about this.
post #2631 of 4527
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

The other lesson I learned is that leather is magical. I dragged my arm along the pavement pretty hard and my jacket held up beautifully. I have some bruises on my elbow, but there is hardly even any scratches on the jacket.

Glad to hear you and the bike are ok. Did you manage to get the armor for your jacket?
post #2632 of 4527
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

Glad to hear you and the bike are ok. Did you manage to get the armor for your jacket?

I never ended up ordering it. It's definitely something I'll be ordering soon, but the jacket really held up well for not having it in. There were some scratches on it down the side and I was able to take it out with mink oil, so it's back to looking like new.
post #2633 of 4527
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

I never ended up ordering it. It's definitely something I'll be ordering soon, but the jacket really held up well for not having it in. There were some scratches on it down the side and I was able to take it out with mink oil, so it's back to looking like new.

So you popped the Ronin's cherry? Lets see pics, haha.

My first (and only) lowside was three days after I bought my Triumph. Still unfamiliar with the weight and handling I was riding into one of Greater Boston's infinite number of rotaries. An old Harley guy once told me, "white car, white hair, female driver, minivan; two or more factors, watch yer ass." We'll there was a white haired woman in a minivan so i slowed way down. She slowed down. I caught her eye and pointed to my path of travel. I speed up and lean into the turn. She speeds up. When I saw our paths of travel about to converge I did what newbies do: grab a fistul of brake without straightening up first. But I didn't buff the scratches out of my Ronin.
post #2634 of 4527
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Originally Posted by BostonHedonist View Post

So you popped the Ronin's cherry? Lets see pics, haha.
My first (and only) lowside was three days after I bought my Triumph. Still unfamiliar with the weight and handling I was riding into one of Greater Boston's infinite number of rotaries. An old Harley guy once told me, "white car, white hair, female driver, minivan; two or more factors, watch yer ass." We'll there was a white haired woman in a minivan so i slowed way down. She slowed down. I caught her eye and pointed to my path of travel. I speed up and lean into the turn. She speeds up. When I saw our paths of travel about to converge I did what newbies do: grab a fistul of brake without straightening up first. But I didn't buff the scratches out of my Ronin.

I don't have a camera with me up at school, but it just looked like tan lines up down the side of the arm. There is a really really small puncture hole, but it's so small that I didn't even notice it the first time. The mink oil took it all out and now it's back to it's tobacco color. Part of me wishes I just kept the scrapes there to remind me not to be an idiot out in the rain again.
post #2635 of 4527
All this rain is making me think that it might be time to put the bikes away for the winter.....
post #2636 of 4527
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Originally Posted by TRINI View Post

All this rain is making me think that it might be time to put the bikes away for the winter.....

I keep telling myself the same thing but then I find a new place to ride.

Im glad these falls have "happy" endings. I was not at fault in an accident over a year ago, totaled my bike and broke my wrist. Im out $50,000 in bills and still dealing with insurance, its something that I will never forget.

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Ride safe and layer up.

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Edited by sonomadrifter - 10/29/12 at 3:21pm
post #2637 of 4527
Makes me want to *not* sell my kz400 for something bigger/more reliable sometime soon...
post #2638 of 4527
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Makes me want to *not* sell my kz400 for something bigger/more reliable sometime soon...

Surprised at the reliability issues.

I want something larger as well but I built this bike as a tracker/city/trail bike and it does very well for that task. Ill have to get another.

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post #2639 of 4527
Not so much reliability in that there are actual problems, although recently I had an issue with it shutting down on the interstate...seemed like a fuel delivery issue and my guess was there wasn't fresh air coming into the tank (it had been outside in a ton of rain right before that which have clogged it up) since it would come back to life after a few seconds if I let the rpms drop back down. It has never actually left me stranded anywhere and anything that has happened has been fixable by me.

More like reliability in the sense that I fear for what could go wrong. Always going to be little things that need fixing on a 30-40 year old bike and things like the suspension and braking are pretty bad compared to new bikes. Also, it doesn't like cold weather as much as a fuel injected bike would...

It serves its purpose well but I'm not willing to deal two bikes (I live in an apartment so it lives on the street) so in order to be a little more comfortable on the highway, carry a little more weight, and not have to worry about anything...I will probably have to say goodbye to it.

edit: and I am having some troubles with my right cylinder...I think it is firing but maybe not strongly. Bike will stay at idle if I pull off the right plug, but dies immediately if I pull off the left. Left exhaust pipe also heats up much faster. Compression was fine last time I checked but that plug is always a little dirty...I don't really want to rebuild it and it sounds like new rings might be hard to find.
post #2640 of 4527
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No issues with burning pants on those pipes?

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