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Old 09-29-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Once again I find myself posting here....

I am so bummed, I dropped my Bonnie today. I was 1/2 mile from meeting a couple of friends for lunch, coming down a hill with a stop sign at the bottom. The road I was on T's at that intersection at a 45 degree angle and I was going left. As I approached I saw some gravel in the middle of the road just before the stop sign. No biggie, been there, done that before. I am not afraid of gravel. My other bike is a BMW GS and I actively seek out gravel roads for fun. Anyway, I steer to the left of the gravel as I am easing on the brakes and the next thing I know I am on the ground! Turns out that this was a recent tar and chip seal resurfacing (I hate tar and chip seal roads!!) and the gravel I guess was left over and or kicked to the middle from the sides by passing traffic. Though I saw the pile of gravel in the middle, I did not notice that there was a fine layer of pulverized gravel dust coating the entire width of road creating a very slippery surface. A passing car that stopped told me it was the 3rd or 4th bike accident he has seen this year at that intersection. As he pulled away, I could hear his wheels spinning on the same shit that caused me to go down.

Damgae is not as bad as it could have been. But I did shear off the toe piece on the shifter. A couple of quick calls and the local Triumph dealer had the shifter but no toe piece and another buddy was on his way to pick it up along with a bolt to rig up a toe piece. Other damage are buggered up clutch lever, bar end, axle bolt, headlight ring, fly screen and saddle bag. No damage to that beautiful scalloped tank, thank G-D but I did nick the chrome engine clutch cover but it is barely noticable. Also put a small ding in the left exhaust but no scratches. My boot must have hit it as I went flying.

Just writing all of this is making me feel better. The parts should start arriving by the end of next week and I will slowly make her pretty again. No calls to the insurance man for this one. I am going to eat it. In the mean while, I am going to ice my left hip. It sure is sore, though I did have full armored leather gear on which faired pretty well.

Wiping my tears away....

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Old 09-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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Thats sucks to hear, Hope you both are feeling better soon.
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Ps I went down last Sunday.
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Old 09-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks. Hope you came out ok on your ooops moment.

I live in an area where tar and chip sealed roads are very common. The amount of gravel that remains after this process is staggering. I ofter wondered if anyone ever thought about the hazzards it creates for motorcyclists.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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Thanks. Hope you came out ok on your ooops moment.

I live in an area where tar and chip sealed roads are very common. The amount of gravel that remains after this process is staggering. I ofter wondered if anyone ever thought about the hazzards it creates for motorcyclists.

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Thanks buddy, just a gravely knee and some scratched up panels, lesson learned bought knee pads
It's cheaper for the county, who cares about our safety right.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:37 PM   #5
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In the UK we can sue (or at least try to) the people responsible for repairing the road, for leaving it in a condition that might reasonably be expected to be dangerous to road users. .

Of course, if enough folks do this, then the builders will pay out so much in damages that here will be no money left to carry out any road repairs at all!
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:17 AM   #6
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In the UK we can sue (or at least try to) the people responsible for repairing the road, for leaving it in a condition that might reasonably be expected to be dangerous to road users. .

Of course, if enough folks do this, then the builders will pay out so much in damages that here will be no money left to carry out any road repairs at all!
I thought about that, but the damage to the bike is all cosmetic and relatively minor. I am sore but don't require any medical assisatance. It will probably cost about $500-700 to put it back to perfect shape. The hassle of finding a lawyer willing to sue the local road crews for less than $1000 would outway anything I might get in return. Plus this happened out of state about 140 miles from home.

I am just going to fix her up and forget that this ever happened.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:04 AM   #7
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Glad nuttin' broke on YOU!

Need a nice cigar to smoke? (PM me an snail mail addy if yes)

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Old 09-30-2012, 11:57 AM   #8
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Glad nuttin' broke on YOU!

Need a nice cigar to smoke? (PM me an snail mail addy if yes)

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PM sent. Thanks so much. I will smoke it after I get her fixed up and then I will take a nice ride, take a break at a nice scenic spot and light her up.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:51 AM   #9
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That sucks Rick, glad you're OK.

I'd at least make a call to the local folks in charge of that mess and ask them to clean it up, especially since it has caused more than one problem.
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rick,

sorry to hear about your tip-over, glad there were no serious injuries.
where you in pa? get better buddy.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:08 AM   #11
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Yep I was in PA again, my old stomping grounds. PA is really starting feel unlucky for me as my deer accident was also there.

Thanks to all for the well wishes.

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:59 AM   #12
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For some reason, it's always especially sad when it's a Triumph. (From a guy who downed a 2012 Tiger that wasn't his the other week).
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:58 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear of this Rick- glad you're OK.
Lots of tar and chipping going on here - sure makes me nervous anytime I'm riding on a treated road.
Get that bike fixed and hope to see you at a 4 winds meeting or ride. Don't give up on PA yet.
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:48 AM   #14
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Sorry to hear of this Rick- glad you're OK.
Lots of tar and chipping going on here - sure makes me nervous anytime I'm riding on a treated road.
Get that bike fixed and hope to see you at a 4 winds meeting or ride. Don't give up on PA yet.
Is this Jay? Nice to hear from you! Don't worry I am not giving up on my "homeland". I was just really pissed as I am familiar with that road, and knew that gravel might be at that spot, saw the gravel and still failed.

Upon reflection I have recognized what may have contributed to my drop. It is the linked brakes on my GS. I have gotten so used to the semi linked brakes on my GS that I have gotten in a habit of only using only the front brake lever. When I droped the Bonnie, I don't believe I was using any rear brake at all. That would account for why the front end let lose so quickly and with out warning when I hit that slippery stuff. I think if I had been using proper brake technique, modulating the front and rear brakes on the Bonnie when I hit the gravelly area, the front end might not have washed out and I would have been spared another embarrissing post.

I think I need to go to a big empty parking lot and learn my Bonnie's brakes a bit better.

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Old 10-13-2012, 06:06 AM   #15
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Yes - Jay here - you're probably right about the linked brakes I seem to recall an incident with your ST3 once where you connected with the rear of a car in WV where the lack of ABS on the Duc as compared to your daily driver GS may have played a role - not that ABS would have helped in this situation.
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