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Riding season is over for me. Updated with pics
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Riding season is over for me. Updated with pics - November 1, 2007, 08:31 AM

Yesterday on Halloween I crashed on MD-29 southbound right outside of Columbia. I was going about 60-65 mph when the cars in front of me stopped. I was in the left lane and I braked, but my tires locked up. The lane had alot of tar to fill the cracks in the road and it seems I slipped on that. I tried to emergency lean the bike to the left to get out of the way of the van, but the wheels already slipped and so I lowslided into the back of the van. I hit the bottom of the bumper of the van and bounced off and ended up on my right side with the bike resting on my right leg.

From a glance, my front cowling and headlights are smashed, left upper fairing probably will need to be replaced. Frame sliders on both sides are destroyed. My right side faired better since that frame sider only ground down. I'll have to look at it better when I get the bike back from the wrecker. The gas tank is dented on the left side. I'm sure there's more damage like to the pegs and whatnot.

I'm ok, just bruised up and sore. I was wearing helmet, jacket pants, gloves, and boots so I didn't have to go to the hospital. My jacket was a mesh jacket, I was wearing another jacket underneath to keep warm. The mesh jacket is a write off, my pants are rashed up on the right side, but not torn, my helmet has a rash on the right side. I'll have to replace them too.

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November 1, 2007, 08:37 AM

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November 1, 2007, 08:56 AM

Wow!
Glad you're ok and really glad you were wearing gear!!!!


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November 1, 2007, 09:20 AM

Protective gear does its thing. Very glad to hear you're okay!


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November 1, 2007, 10:06 AM

You're very lucky....glad you're ok!
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November 1, 2007, 10:11 AM

Tar snakes suck. Glad you weren't hurt.
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November 1, 2007, 10:12 AM

Bummer way to end the riding season

Glad to hear you weren't hurt too bad.

Just look on the bright side though... now you have a reason to buy an 08 bike


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November 1, 2007, 10:20 AM

another great reason to Dress For the Wreck..

Really glad to hear your ok and able to walk and talk about your misfortune..

hope you take your time and get a nice new bike and join us back on the road soon (spring)

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November 1, 2007, 10:28 AM

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November 1, 2007, 10:42 AM

glad you ok man, can you list the brand of gear you were wearing. I like the reviews form magazine but there is no better review then from someones experience.
also helmet brand thanks


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November 1, 2007, 10:54 AM

Glad you're okay. I think your crash is a good example of a few things, not the least of which is how to crash and avoid injury. You had good gear on too.

I also want to mention that it's a good idea to leave more room when following a van because of the limited view. You can see above the cars way ahead, but not vans and trucks. In addition, I'm reviewing and assessing an alternative route at all times. If there isn't one, I'm slowing down and finding one. Who can say in your case, but a paved shoulder and a plan are two great things to have.

You did great and I don't want to diminish that, but I think it's also a time for me to offer something from my experience, in the hopes it will benefit others with fewer years on two wheels. Again, I'm glad to hear you're okay! Those 'almost saves' can take your attention away from the far more important 'almost got killed' part. You lived to ride again, so that's great.


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November 1, 2007, 10:56 AM

Sorry to hear, glad you are mostly ok.


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November 1, 2007, 11:19 AM

Thanks everyone Yeah, I shouldn't of been that close to the van, I was aound 3-4 car lengths when they stopped.

buell2001b: I was wearing a Shoei RF-1000 helmet, Alpinestars SP-S gloves, ICON boots (they look nice enough to wear all day at work), my jacket and pants were Yamaha branded mesh jacket and pants, I'm not sure who makes their gear, but maybe Joe Rocket?

I'd have to say, without the MSF, I'd probably be in alot worse condition. I always recommend it to everyone who wants to ride.
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November 1, 2007, 12:31 PM

good crash once your here to tell us about it..get better and new bike for the new season!!
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