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I've joined the club - August 17, 2013, 04:46 PM

Well, hell. Went down today during an otherwise awesome ride. Took a leisurely trip out to Purcellville and kept going, decided to head down Snickersville for a bit. You know that tight switchback about a 1/4 mile from Route 7? Yeah, I know it REALLY well now too. Came in nice and easy, was coming out the other side went everything went south. I was wide but thought I had it, about two feet from the guardrail on my right when my front tire decided to leave the scene. (Closer inspection shows that I ran over a patch of dried horsesh!t in the road, the ultimate irony for someone who has ridden horses most of her life.)

I'm not sure exactly what happened … I lowsided, it looks like the front tire caught the guardrail and spun the bike around, sending me sailing. I rolled into the middle of the road and look back to the see the bike lying on its side facing back up the hill. Wow, was I pissed. Damage so far appears to be left foot peg/bracket and the front tire - sliced it open on the guardrail - plus some cosmetic damage, and we'll know what else once RnR gives it a closer look.

My gear totally did its job. Took the impact on my left shoulder and the left side of my head, broke the face shield and have some nice gouges in the helmet now. I have a wicked headache and I hurt, but it could have been much, much worse.

HUGE thanks to Ali from RnR, who came with a trailer as soon as I called for help. During the Ride of Shame back to the shop (with my banged up bike on the trailer behind us), I saw so many people out for a ride on a nice day in a t-shirt and shorts. Wear your gear, people!!! It takes a few extra seconds to get dressed and it's so worth it.


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Glad you're okay. Always could have been worse. Say yes to gear!
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I've joined the club - August 17, 2013, 05:18 PM

Gear won't save your life, but it will save you a lot of pain and skin. Good to hear you're ok.
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August 17, 2013, 06:09 PM

Oh man... that totally sucks. Glad you're OK!


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August 17, 2013, 06:20 PM

I have a wicked headache and I hurt, but it could have been much, much worse.

Did you get checked out? A wicked headache could be something more.


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I have a wicked headache and I hurt, but it could have been much, much worse.

Did you get checked out? A wicked headache could be something more.
No... I know my helmet took some of the impact, but even if I have a mild concussion, there's not much that can be done. I've had them before (see: horses) and know to just take it easy. If the headache is still with me in the morning I'll hit up an urgent care. More than anything, I feel stupid and irritated - need to figure out where I went wrong to avoid doing this again.


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August 17, 2013, 07:24 PM

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August 17, 2013, 07:48 PM

Welcome to the club??? Glad you're okay girlie!

Remember, you could have just bought the new helmet. All that wasn't necessary!!

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August 17, 2013, 08:29 PM

Glad you're okay. I've been bitten by that switchback as well, also on a 2006 Ninja 250 (the bike in your signature, I assume you were on that). Maybe that road really doesn't like our bike?

I went up the switchback just fine, but on the way back down I thought I had it but the guardrail sucked me in like it has a tractor beam on it. I hit it at around 5mph and it crunched my upper cowling and smashed my right mirror. I had motorcycle pants (leather) and motorcycle boots on which probably prevented a little bit of pain.

I have a neighbor that slid on the same turn on his FZ6, not sure what happened.
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Glad you're okay. I've been bitten by that switchback as well, also on a 2006 Ninja 250 (the bike in your signature, I assume you were on that). Maybe that road really doesn't like our bike?

I went up the switchback just fine, but on the way back down I thought I had it but the guardrail sucked me in like it has a tractor beam on it. I hit it at around 5mph and it crunched my upper cowling and smashed my right mirror. I had motorcycle pants (leather) and motorcycle boots on which probably prevented a little bit of pain.

I have a neighbor that slid on the same turn on his FZ6, not sure what happened.
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August 18, 2013, 07:23 AM

Ouch! Glad you are up and kicking! Even if you are kicking yourself in the ass That curve gets a lot of people. Experienced or not. I picked up Toecutter there a couple years ago and it almost got me last year. Coming from 7 the road drops off camber towards the Armco. Be thankful a horse trailer wasn't coming up at the same time!
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Look just north of here
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August 18, 2013, 08:29 AM

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need to figure out where I went wrong to avoid doing this again.
Good on you for wanting to analyze and improve!

Let's do this.

From your own statement, you failed to negotiate a curve because you ran wide.

Remember what your RiderCoaches taught you: SLPR

Slow: Both brakes to slow to proper entry speed. Sounds like you felt you had achieved that.

Look: Turn your head to look all the way through your path of travel, not just through the turn. Where are you looking? Does your destination change as you're coming through the turn? Your "look point" is dynamic. To me, sounds like you looked right at the guardrail as you were exiting the turn.

Press: Press in the direction of your turn. You went in the direction you intended so you did press. Just maybe not quite enough.

Roll: Roll on the throttle. Did you do a nice steady throttle or maybe a smooth steady roll on? Did you roll off the throttle when you thought you were going wide? If so, what did that do to the bike and your path of travel?

So of these components, which do you think was the most grievous mistake you made and what will you do to improve on it for next time?


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So of these components, which do you think was the most grievous mistake you made and what will you do to improve on it for next time?
For me, I was doing well looking through the turn until I looked at the guard rail, from then on it was classic target fixation. The hairpin is so sharp it's pretty much a u-turn, but also one with a steep slope from side to side.
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August 18, 2013, 10:48 AM

Glad to hear your ok. I droped my 1198 there. Follwing a buddy with 20+ years of experience who saved his bike while taking the turn too slow. I followed him in at the same pace but my skills though couldn't keep the bike up. I stupidly stalled and fell over on the inside of the turn.


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