Hit a pot hole and lowsided

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Madrox, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Madrox

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    Decided to go for a spirited ride through some local twisties. Coming around a left at ~50mph and caught the edge of a pothole with the rear. Bent the shit out of the rim and sent myself and the bike sliding down the pavement and into the woods. I was wearing a 2pc Dainese Race Suit, Dainese Full gauntlet gloves, Dainese Race boots and a Shoei RF1100. Gear did a great job at protecting me but sadly didn't prevent me from burning my forearm on the exhaust while pointing at the rim and going HOLY SHIT!! New rear wheel has already been ordered.

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  2. Madrox

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    The fuck, the images didn't resize properly. Fixing that now.
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  3. NJ-Brett

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    Its very risky over riding your sight lines.
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  4. Madrox

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    I agree completely. That's not what happened here though. I had clear vision through the turn as well as the one after it as well. It also looks like I grossly overstated my speed looking at the location on Google maps, I wasn't looking at my speedometer but I wasn't pushing or trying to "go fast" as the road surface is pretty shit. It was right at the end of a storm drain on what would be the apex of the corner for the right lane. The entire road was pretty chewed up and I didn't register it as the threat it was and wrongly chose to ignore it. Obviously I paid the price.
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  5. joef

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    Had to be some hole, where in Ct did this happen so I can be on the lookout!
    Glad to hear your ok.
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  6. Madrox

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    Thanks, I've traveled that stretch before. Have to love Ct's deteriorating road system. Tax dollars hard at work
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  8. Jimmy B.

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    HOLY SHIT!

    Must be one big pot hole!

    Who is responsible for road repair in the area?

    Please report it, may save another rider.

    Good on ya for the gear and surviving the slide.
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  9. Gorilla King

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    file a claim with the state, county or city responsible for maintaining that section of road.

    Glad you're ok
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  10. QSrider

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    I was going to tell you the exact same thing. Find out who is responsible for the road maintenance at that location and file a claim. I did it in UT, it was easy... It was on their website. Couple weeks later I was contacted by their claim adjuster and the only question he asked me as if I had already collected from my insurance... I said no and got a check 3 weeks later. I told him I had a picture of pot hole if he needed, he said no.
    Good luck.
    Glad you're ok.
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  11. NJ-Brett

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    I think you are fooling yourself, if you hit something big enough to do that to your wheel, you are not looking at the road surface at all, or going too fast to react.
    Could have been an oil spill, sand, a big hole, and you are down.
    In many places, it could have ended much worse, and the way to prevent it is to look what you are riding on as well as well ahead.



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  12. Madrox

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    I'm not arguing that and I agree completely. Had I been going slower this thread probably wouldn't exist. I've been going over it again and again in my head. I went back this morning and came to two conclusions. 1. If I had been carrying less speed in all likelihood nothing would have happened. And 2. I have no idea how the wheel failed so catastrophically given what I assume I hit. The gentleman who witnessed it said the back of the bike went airborne and then I was on the ground.

    Anyway, more pictures!

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    Spot in question

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    Deepest part of the broken asphalt, left of where I crossed

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    Trajectory of the bike from the drain

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    Bike was laying on this hill facing toward me (as the photographer)

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    View from the opposite direction

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    Damage to gear

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  13. ozmoses

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    Roads in a state of disrepair seem to be increasingly common in the northeast, particularly County & Town roads.

    I suspect that won't change much, particularly on the Town level; locally they are following the "austerity" refrain which is odd because, if anything, our taxes have increased in the past several years. New equipment, buildings, etc. They are doing less with more.

    A pothole large/deep enough to do that kind of damage, regardless of the armchair quarterbacking, registers as a serious road hazard to me.

    Is it a cash money liability? I don't know. But you could possibly save another rider/driver the same, or worse, outcome by filing a report.
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  14. SilkMoneyLove

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    ..looks like you were over the yellow line? Am I seeing that correctly?

    Just a bad line though that particular corner. I am surprised it dented the rim so severely.
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  15. Madrox

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    I was just to the right of the yellow line, there's a lot of gravel and crap to the outside. The pictures show a bit of it. Honestly, I'm not worried about getting reimbursed for the repairs, I'm definitely going to report it though.
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  16. Jimmy B.

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    I am no road or cival engineer, but that's a screwed up place to put a grated drain. :huh

    Beemer bike rims is soft. Sorry no one told you.:eek1

    On anything BUT a race track, this time of year you need to keep the tire pressures up. Leaned over in the corner you were almost out of any cushion and close to the side wall. Still, it almost looks like you ran over a concrete block!

    Like others here say, contact the city. What do you got to lose?
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  17. PT Rider

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    Did that little missing bit of pavement cause you to crash, and something else on the crash bent the rim? It is hard to believe that the shallow hole did the damage.

    What air pressure did you have in the tire...do you know if it was indeed inflated to the spec pressure at the time of the hit?

    If BMW rims are soft compared to others, that might make them easier to repair if the damage isn't this severe.
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  18. rgoers

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    Gotta say it sure looks like you weren't centered in your lane... you probably would have avoided the crash if you were.

    I cannot believe that tiny little piece missing would have caused your bike to go down, nor damage the rim like it did. :huh
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  19. SilkMoneyLove

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    OK, it is hard to tell from the pics, but it looks like a scrape that goes in the same direction of the bikes path of travel starts on the left side of the yellow. That could be from the plany ofother wheels that hit that hole as well (I do see other scrapes = you are not the first)

    That said, what paper mache is BMW using for their rims? Leave the rim in the sun and push it back into shape with your hand :lol3
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  20. Madrox

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    36 front 39 rear is what the OBC showed ~10 minutes prior when I was sitting in traffic flipping through the info. I find it very hard to believe that something that small caused so much damage but I could find nothing else at the site that could have caused it. There were some rocks in the ditch where I went into it but the bike was well clear of them and pointing nose down. The tires were changed 5 days ago and only have about 1000 miles on them. I'm usually centered in the lane, there's quite a lot of gravel in that area that blends in though and I've had the back step out a few times towards the outside of that turn.
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