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Crashed @ Summit 5/12/2012 - T5/T6
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Thumbs down Crashed @ Summit 5/12/2012 - T5/T6 - May 14, 2012, 09:32 AM

I binned the R6 Saturday morning during my second session of the day. Just as I exited T5 and was standing it up getting ready to position myself for T6 the throttle opened up on me. I made sure it wasn't me and tried to close the throttle but I had zero twist to my wrist. I was gaining momentum very quickly and had to make a split second decision between hitting the tire wall, attempt making T6 or grab the clutch and brakes and dump it.

I chose the latter.....I grabbed the clutch and a handful of front brake and down I went. BODY SLAM!! I landed on my right side on the track. My head took a major hit along with my right shoulder and hip. I remember tumbling a few times and coming to a stop in the grass & dirt. Having had the shit knocked out of me, I rolled around a bit trying to catch my breath then took off my gloves and helmet 'cause I started feeling claustrophobic. Bikes were still on track and I was laying against the tire wall. I was too sore and dizzy to try and get up so I just laid there hoping the ambo would come around T5.

I have zero broken bones, thank goodness. My Arai did it's job and protected my head. My Teknic's did their job and I only suffered one minor strawberry, and that's on my right hip.

And what I can only assume happened, my left thigh came into contact with the gas tank and dented the shit out of it, almost crushing it.

Leathers and helmet need to be replaced.

The bike went ass first into the tire wall about 8 feet upstream from me. The subframe is toast, the rear plastics are obviously toast, too. The right rearset, frame slider and bar end took the brunt of the initial impact with the track surface. The upper plastics also have some damage, but I'm not sure to what extent. I'm also not sure what kind of front end damage there is, but my steering damper seems to be tweaked a bit. I'll most likely strip the bike this week of the subframe and plastics and get it over to VonDari and have him do a once over on it.

Error code showing on the display, "60". This error, if my research is good, is related to the Throttle servo motor, which if it went bad, could explain why the throttle opened up on me, correct?

And now, pics of the damage.
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May 14, 2012, 09:40 AM

Hope ya get better soon. New helmet yes. Get the leathers fixed. Cheaper and just as effective.


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May 14, 2012, 09:41 AM

Sorry to hear, and glad you're okay! I've heard of a couple very similar stories. I believe it happened to Carnage and turned out to be a screw on/near the throttle bodies that backed out?


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May 14, 2012, 09:42 AM

That sucks. One of those things that happens in an instant and you have to make a split second choice.. sucks you weren't able to hit the kill switch and maybe somehow miraculously save it.

Glad you're okay though.


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May 14, 2012, 10:03 AM

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May 14, 2012, 10:15 AM

Like everyone said glad you're ok. Glad you didn't break anything especially your collar bone since that goes first usually the way you said you slammed your body. Your leg must have taken the majority of the initial hit. In any case the bike should hopefully be relatively easy to fix. It cost me about $1500 to put the gixxer back together and that was including the rear subframe, plastics, levers, both wheels, rearsets etc... Its an unfortunate expense but not bad considering you walked away healthy I would cuddle you if I were thurr...


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May 14, 2012, 10:47 AM

Sucks... Glad to hear no body parts are broken.

On the good side. Lots of worse places I can think of to have a runaway throttle.


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May 14, 2012, 11:18 AM

Sorry to hear that man, glad your okay. My buddy lowsided a demo yamaha R6 yesterday at T6, I was two bikes back and watched it all happen


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May 14, 2012, 11:26 AM

Glad to hear you made it out of that crash with only some bruises and scrapes. Looks like a new helmet and new leathers are on the list to be replaced.

You should be ablet to find a lot of those parts within a week for your bike. Hope you get her up and running by the first CCS race weekend at Summit.
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May 14, 2012, 11:31 AM

Good to see you up there for a minute Sat morning; sucks you went down but sounds like it could've been worse.


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May 14, 2012, 11:41 AM

$10 airfilter screw stuck in throttle body valve. All of my air filter screws were accounted for.

It happened to Matt98 also but he was missing a a screw.

What I do now with the R6s I safety wire above the screw just incase it decides to back itself out.
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May 14, 2012, 11:50 AM

Wow, that sucks. Leaves a bit to think about since I ride an R6 as well. I'm glad you came out in one piece. Like Windblown said though, at least it was there and not going into turn 1 or somewhere else on the track.


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May 14, 2012, 11:53 AM

a crash that you can walk away from was a good one. you just gained some invaluable experience.


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