First time getoff - street sand

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by SDIZZY, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. jdbalt

    jdbalt Been here awhile

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    All over Maryland still. And nasty 4 inch deep 6 inch wide and 5 or six feet long pot holes. I am not exaggerating. Especially on asphalt between lanes on the white stripe. I guess it is the lanes when the put the asphalt down. You really have to keep your eyes peeled this time of year.
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  2. SDIZZY

    SDIZZY N00b

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    I saw a street sweeper today and it brought a big smile to my face
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  3. Seth650

    Seth650 Been here awhile

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    I can't figure the disconnect from riding my DR offroad on gravel over decaying pavement without incident but tucking it on a regular but lightly used paved road with a even layer of pea gravel (heavily traveled roads have moved the gravel to the edges or between the car tracks).
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  4. PharaohScoots

    PharaohScoots Twist-N-GO

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    Sad to report, but we lost a rider last week to a monster pot hole on Acton Rd in Indianapolis last weekend. They said he was wearing a helmet, but it didn't help. He probably was thrown from the impact, none the less the roads around here are awful from the beating brought on by old man winter.

    The rider was on his friends bike, he was an LEO, RIP with respect. No other factors involved other than poor road conditions.

    I am still laying low until more sweepers and repairs can be made.

    Live to ride another day eh!
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  5. Recreateme

    Recreateme One Among the Fence

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    Glad your okay OP,

    I was about to start my own thread very similar, but I might as well post in here.

    I had a very similar get off on Tuesday. I have only had my bike for maybe 2 weeks but was coming around a residential intersection and hit a manhole cover that was wet and cold (i was avoiding a different cover lol There were two and i didn't see this second on :fpalm )

    Went down mid left turn going about 25km/hr in second, the bike landed on my left leg (i was pretty much still on the saddle).

    I turned her off, and slide my leg out, gave a thumbs up to the kids playing basketball down the street and picked it up.

    Looking it over i had cracked and chipped off some pieces of my front fairing and scrapped up the tail section, and now some panels are mis-aligned. The worst of the damage was that i broke off the left foot peg HOLDER not the peg but the bracket itself, and the left clutch cover/mirror threads (the mirror is fine but that clutch perch is busted off).

    After bending the clutch lever back out and finding neutral the bike started up without issue and i was forced to ride home with my left foot on the rear passenger peg and shift awkwardly.

    I have ordered some parts online already and will be waiting a couple weeks while doing repairs.

    As for damage to myself - I have a very sore left side, and right side of my neck. I was wearing my Scorpion Torque jacket, Icon Alliance helmet, gloves, TCX X-Street shoes, and Tourmaster Quest pants with hip and knee armour.

    No bruises, or cuts really just a small scrap on my L elbow from the mesh of my jacket on my skin. Even with bruises my L thigh is very sore and my L shoulder very sore from impact.. :/

    Very glad i had on those pants with armour, I am sure i would have had road rash on my thigh/hip and knee.
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  6. TunnelRat151

    TunnelRat151 n00b

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    Glad to hear people are okay. I hit a guardrail at around 65-70 last week. Driver changed lanes either without seeing me, or not caring. ATGATT!!!! The knuckles on my left glove were crushed, my jacket has a friction burn from the wire guardrail. I'm all bruised up, but was able to ride home. Poor Poor KLR needs some TLC. New choke lever, handlebars, some JB Weld for the plastic, and it'll be good as new.
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  7. lawdogmd

    lawdogmd Adventurer

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    Way too much road salt in Maryland. After a few hours of riding dirt and gravel roads in Pa, I went down pulling into my driveway a couple months ago. There was a build up of salt at my driveway apron and the snowplows chewed up the apron a bit. I think I was more on alert on the gravel roads but relaxed at home. A low speed, minimal damage, very embarrassing lay down. A tiger 800 is real heavy when laying on your foot. A cop stopped after I finally got the bike off of me.

    I also rode up to the Harley plant in York, Pa yesterday and it was a pot hole dodging ride most of the way.
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  8. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    Glad you're OK OP (and the other guy's who had a recent off in this thread).

    I've said it before, I'll it again - two types of bikers - those who've had an off, and those who will have one. ATGATT will,. in general, let you do both with little or no injury.
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  9. SGBoy

    SGBoy New Guy

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    I've had several close calls in my area since they cover the area so heavily with road salt. Glad you are okay and wear ATGATT.
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  10. mattwoods

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    Though at that time I hadn't heard of attgat.

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    (For the benefit of any new riders who are thinking of going out without gloves)
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  11. phoglund

    phoglund Adventurer

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    I hear you about the gloves. I'm mostly an off road rider and have to admit I don't normally wear a lot of gear. (No admonishments please, I'm a big boy, and responsible for my own self.). That being said, the two bits of gear I always insist on are a helmet and gloves.

    As Brett said in Post #6, "People that started riding in the dirt always study the surface they ride on..." . It's a good habit to get into. I've long said, riding a few thousand miles off road would be great preparation for any street rider. Riding on variable traction terrain trains the mind and body to deal with the unexpected.
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  12. SDIZZY

    SDIZZY N00b

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