DCSportbikes.net  
» Help Support .NET!
DCSportbikes Premier Membership for 25$ per year. Discounts! Click here for full information.

Now available in the .NET Shop:



Get your DCSBN Gear!
» Shoutbox
Sorry, only registered users have the ability to use our real-time shoutbox to chat with other members.

Register now, it's free!
» Online Users: 601
1 members and 600 guests
Sal_the_man
Most users ever online was 4,519, September 2, 2015 at 03:26 AM.
Go Back   DCSportbikes.net > Sportbike Operation > Crash and Rash

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools
Well I went down
Unread
  (#1)
Triumph-ant
 
Sal_the_man's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,132
Join Date: November 6, 2015
Location: Middletown, MD
Well I went down - March 18, 2016, 08:50 PM

First time for everything right?

I was out in smiths burg riding quite spiritedly on the triple. Encountered a road with lots of hills and steep elevation change.

Went over crest probably doing 50 and a sharp right turn followed. Did not react in time and target fixated on the grass field in front me. Went into the grass doing 30 locked up the front and went down. Though I thought I'd be able to stop without falling.

Was thrown about 10 feet from my bike. But didn't feel anything at the moment. Frame sliders did an excellent job saving the brake lever signals and fairings. But handlebars and headlight assembly were out of alignment.

Straightened the headlights when I returned and unbolted the fork bracing to compress shocks. Straightened the alignment quite a bit but feel the handlebar is bent since there's a small dent on the tank.

Physically I'm fine, mostly sore. But definitely shaken up. I'm feeling mixed between anger and fear because it was entirely my fault yet I escaped serious harm. For a while I thought I'd never go down but I was naive to think so. My helmet certainly saved my life as I landed on top of my head and bent my neck a bit. If I wasn't wearing one (like most people at work) no doubt I'd be injured.

Depressed that the handlebar is bent and I'm still in shock that I was thrown so far. The possibility of broken bones, paralysis, and death are far more realistic now. So I count my blessings

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I'm alive to ride another day. A bent handlebar is peanuts in comparison


1996 GS500E - Sold
2001 Speed Triple 955i - Sold
1999 Daytona 955i - Sold
2000 Ducati 748S

Last edited by Sal_the_man; March 18, 2016 at 09:44 PM..
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#2)
Signed up for Track Days!
 
Menotomy's Avatar
 
Posts: 339
Join Date: November 15, 2011
Location: Ashburn
March 18, 2016, 09:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sal_the_man View Post
I'm feeling mixed between anger and fear because it was entirely my fault yet I escaped serious harm. For a while I thought I'd never go down but I was naive to think so. My helmet certainly saved my life as I landed on top of my head and bent it a bit. If I wasn't wearing one (like most people at work) no doubt I'd be injured.
Glad you're okay. I've had a few crashes, and near crashes, and even at the track I feel the same as you described even though I'm definitely not the only one who's ever crashed. Are you replacing the helmet?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sal_the_man View Post
Depressed that the handlebar is bent and I'm still in shock that I was thrown so far. The possibility of broken bones, paralysis, and death are far more realistic now. So I count my blessings
It's a humbling experience. Learn from it and get back out there.
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#3)
Triumph-ant
 
Sal_the_man's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,132
Join Date: November 6, 2015
Location: Middletown, MD
March 18, 2016, 09:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Menotomy View Post
Glad you're okay. I've had a few crashes, and near crashes, and even at the track I feel the same as you described even though I'm definitely not the only one who's ever crashed. Are you replacing the helmet?
I didn't think about replacing it since I landed in soft grass. Now that you mention it I probably should do so. After today it's better to be safe than sorry.


1996 GS500E - Sold
2001 Speed Triple 955i - Sold
1999 Daytona 955i - Sold
2000 Ducati 748S
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#4)
Your Ad Here
 
Heist's Avatar
 
Posts: 32,561
Join Date: August 25, 2008
Location: Washington, D.C.
March 18, 2016, 09:36 PM

You just learned an important lesson - no spirited riding on roads you don't know or don't have a clear line of sight on.

Blind crest followed by a curve taken at speed is an almost perfect setup for a wreck.

My first accident was a semi blind crest that came out of a blind S, wherein upon exit at the apex I discovered a bike laying across the road from a rider who went down several bikes before me.

Same principle of knowing the road or taking it as a reduced pace probably would have allowed my brain figure out escape routes versus seeing the road for the first time and then spend precious milli-seconds on cognition and planning.

All in all, glad you're in good shape. Bikes can be fixed. If you're not sure how bad it all is, I recommend soliciting one of the fine shops that support this website to give it a check up - and even handle some of the mechanical quirks you said the bike had
. RnR, Brooks Cycle, etc. would welcome your business.



“Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a Prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires”.

- Nicolo Machiavelli 1469-1527

  Facebook Page MySpace.com Page Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#5)
GP Racer
 
coolkhas's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,155
Join Date: March 31, 2011
Location: coolkhas@gmail.com
March 18, 2016, 10:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Heist View Post
You just learned an important lesson - no spirited riding on roads you don't know or don't have a clear line of sight on.
This.

I cant emphasize this enough brotha. Ive gone on multiple rides where people who have never ridden the roads think they can properly asses the next turn at triple digits, I will admit there are some who are better at this than other - I am not.

I usually do a scouting run before going on route, check road conditions, stake out put stops, gas stations, etc. Just general knowledge. Ill push about 40% first time Im out, then ill steadily increase the pace as much as 65% - thats the highest I will go on the street.

Keep your head up, and replace that helmet for sure.
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#6)
Stop light racer...
 
pnbell's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,245
Join Date: May 30, 2012
Location: A Fjord in Norway
March 18, 2016, 10:19 PM

Welcome to the club.

Let it be one of the greatest learning experiences of your life.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sal_the_man View Post
... For a while I thought I'd never go down but I was naive to think so. ...
#everyriderbefore

Glad you're ok man.


- Norway Daily, 90' VFR750, V4 Touring Beast
- USA Daily, 08' Versys - Urban Assault vehicle
- Toy, 02' Ducati 900ss - Loud and angry noises
- Toy, 89' FZR600 - Raw Inline Deathbox
- Project, 91' CB250 - Goal: lightweight city bike
- Project, 79' CB350 - Finally runs, now to finish

- Sold, Red 94' VS800 - Loud as F@*$
* R.I.P. Blue 06' SV650, murdered by DC!
* R.I.P. Black 98' FZR600, murdered by DC!
- Sold, Red 81' GS650
- Sold, Black 81' CM400T
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#7)
Triumph-ant
 
Sal_the_man's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,132
Join Date: November 6, 2015
Location: Middletown, MD
March 18, 2016, 11:17 PM

Soaking up all your advice.

I got away with this foolishness for a while. Funny thing is that several times I've recovered from target fixation by forcing myself to look at an exit. But I was going too fast as you guys said. Takes one moment to ruin a clean record.

Still mad about lowsiding the Triumph because parts are hard to find cheap. Will inspect forks to see if they've been twisted or bent


1996 GS500E - Sold
2001 Speed Triple 955i - Sold
1999 Daytona 955i - Sold
2000 Ducati 748S

Last edited by Sal_the_man; March 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM..
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#8)
GP Champ
 
windblown's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,953
Join Date: June 17, 2006
Location: Shenandoah Valley, VA
March 19, 2016, 12:21 AM

Welcome to the club that nobody wants to be a part of but almost everyone is sooner or later. Glad you came out of it in one piece!

Now you know something firsthand that you didn't know before: Don't let the right wrist be the brains of the outfit. It will allow the bike to get ahead of where you are mentally, and then bad things happen.


There's bold riders and old riders, but damn few bold old riders.
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#9)
GP Champ
 
shiphteey's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,242
Join Date: August 1, 2006
March 19, 2016, 07:44 AM

It happens.

as long as you are honest with the real reason(s) you wrecked and apply that new found info to your riding from here on out it was "worth it"


Gemini Motorcycles (Sterling, VA)
www.GeminiMotorcycles.com

ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

ZX9: 177.6 mph
ZX6R: 180.8 mph
EX650: 130.7 mph

EX300: 114.7 mph
EX250: 122.4 mph
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#10)
Officially Addicted to Posting
 
Chris's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,660
Join Date: August 30, 2006
Location: Reston
March 19, 2016, 07:47 AM

You walked and rode away. That counts for a lot


"I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all." -MG James Mattis, Iraq 2003

Ruining .net one post at a time
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#11)
no one's blowing up moons
 
lam@dcsf's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,033
Join Date: December 17, 2011
Location: killing cages bare-handed since '13
March 19, 2016, 09:03 AM

Glad you're here to make use of what you learned.


Physics always wins

. . . . so get that helmet cam! . . . . . . Because the D-K Effect is an STD .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning...3Kruger_effect

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slider View Post
This is what happens when weak minded adults allow children to make decisions. You get stupid shit like this.
unintentional accidental

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I am socially disabled so some things do need to be explained to me.

2013 Suzuki TU250XL3
2010 Triumph Bonneville - I love that fucking bike . . . . Om nom nom nom . . .-Fitz
2009 Suzuki TU250XK9 - KBC Sep 2013
2001 Honda Rebel CMX - KBC Mar 2010

http://flexyourrights.org/
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#12)
GP Champ
 
Leoallafila's Avatar
 
Posts: 2,478
Join Date: December 15, 2010
Location: Alexandria, VA
March 19, 2016, 09:40 AM

There are two types of riders: those who have already crashed, and those who will. Now that you've paid your (light) dues, always keep that lesson in your mind as you keep riding. Just imagine if there was a car coming the other way instead of a patch of soft grass. Or a wall.


2011 Ducati Diavel Chromo (Current)
2007 BMW R1200GS Adventure (Current)
2006 BMW R1200ST
2003 BMW K1200GT (Current)
2004 Ducati 998s Final Edition (Current)
1997 Aprilia RS250
1998 BMW K1200RS
2000 Ducati 998
1998 Pegaso 650
1999 Ducati 996S
2004 BMW R1150R
2005 Aprilia RSVR Factory
2001 Triumph Tiger 955i
2002 Yamaha FZ1
2006 Buell Ulysses
1991 Suzuki GSX-1100R
1991 Honda Africa Twin 750
2008 Mobster Lefty Trophy pitbike
2004 Aprilia RSVR Factory
1990 Aprilia Pegaso 125
1991 Ducati 888
1995 Honda CR250
1996 Aprilia RS125
1995 Aprilia Sr 50
1984 Kram-it 50
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#13)
AMA Superbike Champ
 
RADAR Magnet's Avatar
 
Posts: 651
Join Date: May 21, 2010
Location: South Riding
March 19, 2016, 09:42 AM

Glad you're ok, it does happen. At risk of beating a dead horse, unfamiliar road + blind crest/turn = no bueno. Fix it up, replace some gear and move on a more experienced rider.


05 CBR600RR
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#14)
Triumph-ant
 
Sal_the_man's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,132
Join Date: November 6, 2015
Location: Middletown, MD
March 19, 2016, 01:26 PM

Thanks for the support. Going to abstain from riding for a week then get back on. Will allow time to look over the bike as well.


1996 GS500E - Sold
2001 Speed Triple 955i - Sold
1999 Daytona 955i - Sold
2000 Ducati 748S
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Unread
  (#15)
GDMFSOB
 
The Evil Twin's Avatar
 
Posts: 4,543
Join Date: June 22, 2008
Location: North PWC
March 19, 2016, 02:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by shiphteey View Post
It happens.

as long as you are honest with the real reason(s) you wrecked and apply that new found info to your riding from here on out it was "worth it"
This.
Hope you are feeling better Sal


#132 EX
Proudly representing: DC-MOTO, Amsoil, SHOEI, Woodcraft-CFM, MARRC

2015 MARRC Crash & Burn Award
2014 MARRC Sportsmanship Award
2013 MARRC Amateur of the Year
2012 MARRC Cornerworker of the Year
www.marrc.org

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stillie View Post
Here is my anus! Deliver thy penis unto it!.
  Send a message via AIM to  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Skin developed by: vBStyles.com
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest © 2002-2010 by DCSportbikes.net. DCSportbikes.net is owned by End of Time Studios, LLC.