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Old 04-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your kind words of support. I did a walk around the next day and came to the conclusion that a combination of two things happened.
1. Too much right hand action for the cold temps.
2. As the back end was beginning to swing out, my back tire ran over one of these manhole covers which at 32F might as well have been a patch of ice, leaving no chance to recover the slide.
That's all I can think of. Oh well, parts are on order and I live to ride another day.
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:48 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by killerkeith View Post

Cold tires and cold pavement strikes again!!!
Glad to see you were ok but have to ask, strikes again? have you done this before?
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:47 PM   #18
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Well it could have gone worse, which today we recover and learn from this.. This is what i said on my nap with the pavement.

Best to you and love that color bike..

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Old 04-09-2012, 05:46 AM   #19
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Isn't it amazing

how much rash you can pick up on the most minor get-off? They just weren't made for nappin', I'll tell ya.

Bad mustard, Canadian! Glad you're ok: picked up some street cred for your gear and a cheap lesson.

Just a thought -- looking at your vid, you're pretty deep into the slide before you find that manhole cover. I'm thinking it was just a sweet combo of cold/cold/throttle. C'est la vie, if you live, which you did.

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:16 PM   #20
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Don't feel bad man. I did EXACTLY THAT on my Buell this last January. Went around the corner at the end of my street as I had a million times before. Back end goes, bike lands on my foot, 180's on its swingarm, sends me sliding across the pavement on my back for a good ten feet.

Collapsed handlebars, mangled swingarm, scratches in my frame, broken foot peg, shattered throttle sleeve. My foot still doesn't work right to this day and hurts at random times.

+1 on the cold street and cold tires are a bad mixture.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:36 PM   #21
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AH! im so sorry! i hope your okay!

sexy bike, and im sure insurance will help it get back to good shape!
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:41 PM   #22
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That Sux. Had a neighbor go down turning a corner recently. Slow speed, just slipped like there was ice and down he went.

Turned out to not be oil, frost, ice, or sand. Turned out to be gasoline. A little dab will do you, that stuff is slick! I didn't study your video but I thought I did see some dark spots on the road, and I noticed the right hand action in conjunction with the rear of the bike ....

One last thought, were there any oil, gas spots where you started out in your driveway between the cars that were parked there?
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Old 04-22-2012, 02:56 AM   #23
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Replace the tires

My front end slid out twice on me on the Brooklyn Bridge while breaking in the rain as I was cut off.

I didn't go down but I think the factory tires needed replacing (after 6K miles or so)with something stickier. Bike felt top heavy to me so I sold it.

I like a lower center of gravity I guess. To much time on my Burgman 650!
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:29 AM   #24
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Glad you're ok.
Has the kickstand switch been bypassed, looks like it might have been down. Just a guess, it wasn't the manhole cover.
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:02 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by rustynut2 View Post
Glad you're ok.
Has the kickstand switch been bypassed, looks like it might have been down. Just a guess, it wasn't the manhole cover.
I agree that it wasnt the manhole cover. I couldnt see the kickstand but it sure does look like the backend of the bike kicked out first and you were starting the left hand turn. Could possibly be the kickstand. Could something have gotten caught in your rear wheel or jambed up your rear tire somehow? Sure looks like the rear end suddenly kicked up and out, didnt look smooth like a simple slide out.
Yeah, after watching it a few times it sure looks like something suddenly caught that caused the rear to slide out.

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Old 04-25-2012, 02:29 PM   #26
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Sorry to see you crash buddy, literally a couple of seconds and the back end kicks out and throws you down the road. I'm glad your ok, just the bike a little battle scarred.

Is your street paved with concrete and is it smooth? It would take only a minute amount of grease/oil/diesel(gas oil) to throw you on a smooth surface. Especially as you put the power down in first/second gear. Just my thoughts

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Old 04-25-2012, 03:13 PM   #27
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Damn, that happened quick. Dead sexy Kawi. Good luck.
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:51 PM   #28
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:24 PM   #29
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Glad you are OK. Thanks for sharing. It happens so fast. You've mentioned throttle. It does sound like the throttle rev'd up and the back end slid out. That ground also looks slick when the bike slides. Slid like it was on ice.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:54 AM   #30
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Is the OP sure the kickstand wasn't down? Looks like the rear end kicked out first on the video.
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