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Down for the first time... - November 17, 2009, 10:51 PM

yeah I went down on the exit ramp off of 9W onto 340N in WV. It started out like a normal turn then cut in hard and there was gravel and it was just bad news. I laughed when I saw the turn cut in and gravel cuz I knew I was about to go down. i spent those few moments realizing that I was going to go down rather then figuring out how to not go down. I slid across three lanes and landed in the grass median. I just have some road rash on my knee and my bike just needs some clip on's and a new brake pedal. I was super lucky that there was no traffic and there was barely any damage.

Frankly, it was inexperience that made me go down. There isn't much that I could've done to not go down in that situation. It's extremely important to know the roads and look through the turns. Really, even though I only spent a moment realizing what was happening, that already was a moment too much. I need to see the gravel then react. I think that if I knew what I know now that I don't think I would've gone down.

The people out there couldn't have been more helpful. So many people stopped and helped out. Thanks to Brad who stored my bike. Shout out to Nubbs, he's just a genuine good person. He drove from Falls Church all the way to WV to get my bike and I'd never even met him before. He drove 4 hours for a total stranger. I don't know what I would've done without these amazing people. It's really reassuring to realize that even if something bad happens that there will be people there to help you out.

Thanks guys! This would've hit me a lot harder if I didn't have so much support- but everyone will go down, so its nice to know there are good people out there.
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November 17, 2009, 11:03 PM

It sounds like you made out alright. Glad to hear that...
Regardless, chk your spine and I bet those forks need a look at as well.
I recommend Nudist to chk your SV, quality guy, quality work.

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November 18, 2009, 07:13 AM

her bike is alright, right now it looks like shes going to need to replace the bars, which she was planning on doing. And either replace or somehow bend back the brake lever. forks appear to be straight. Subframe might be a little tweaked. She was lucky and she knows it, but shit happens and you might as well learn from it.
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November 18, 2009, 07:25 AM

glad that u r ok.


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November 18, 2009, 07:25 AM

Glad to hear you're alright. The bike didn't look too bad. The only lasting damage is the tank ding. The rest looked like it could be fixed in an afternoon.
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November 18, 2009, 08:04 AM

Sorry i did not have internet and didnt get you alls message to lead you out there. Glad your able to look back on it. Get it fixed and get back on the saddle.


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November 18, 2009, 08:06 AM

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November 18, 2009, 12:11 PM

Look into Cornerspin!! (Just google it, it should be the first thing to come up.) Point of the class is to make your dirt bike break loose and teach you how to respond. A few of their instructors are on this site and there have been many posts about it.

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November 18, 2009, 12:37 PM

Be glad you have your memory of the accident, not remembering the approach, the incident, the aftermath sucks. I could learn very little from my accident. I got something from it but not much.

Glad to hear your ok!
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November 18, 2009, 12:38 PM

thats about 3miles from my place. i know the ramps that youre talking about. I have problems with them in my truck unless im doing under 25mph
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November 18, 2009, 12:45 PM

Good to hear you're ok! Glad your bike isn't badly damaged.
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November 18, 2009, 12:48 PM

Sorry to hear this. I am glad that you are OK.


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November 18, 2009, 12:48 PM

+1 to all of the above, glad you're ok!


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November 18, 2009, 01:41 PM

haha, I remember going into it, feeling the gravel and then standing up in the median. It's weird how you don't remember. I'm also lucky that SSlow3 saw it all happen. He went first and almost went down and stopped and saw it all go down with me.

I'm definitely going to check out cornerspin. That's exactly what i need. I need to know how to react and I want to practice it.

WEAR LEAETHERS!!!!! I would've been 100% and gotten back up and rode home if i had full leathers!!! so serious... also frame sliders would've saved a lot of my bike.

but thanks guys! really means a lot... I'd glad to be here! I hope that one day I can do the same for one of you (though lets pray that you won't go down- but shit happens)

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