Return of the Biffasaurus

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by RAW, May 18, 2008.

  1. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    Had a great weekend in Hot Springs at the 7th Annual Eastern Rendezvous.

    That is . . . until this morning.

    Just a few miles east of the campground along 25/70 I encountered a diesel spill. I thought it was just the water that you typically see when a pickup drains the rainwater out of its bed on an uphill. The smack of the asphalt informed me that this was not water.

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    Bike slid out from me faster than I could blink.
    I hit the pavement (low-side on the left) and pushed the bike away.
    I tumbled along, falling deeper in love with my Motoport gear.
    And the bike did a high-side (or 2 or 3).

    A passing motorist stopped and helped me get the bike up and pushed to the inside corner of the road. I grabbed my phone and called TorqueWrench back in the campground. When I got a hold of him, I told the motorist I was okay and for them to head on. I told TorqueWrench what had happened and where and to have Rick warn everyone leaving camp about the spill.

    Then the bike's sidestand sunk in and the bike fell over again (musta been tired from all the riding on Saturday).

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    You'll notice that the headlight surround is completely detached (except for some wires).
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    As you can see from the abrasion on the TOP of my luggage . . . the bike must have spent some time sliding with the tires in the air.
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    Skidlid arrived and helped me right the GS. And then more ADVers from camp showed up (Rob, TorqueWrench, Land, some folks I never did officially meet . . . and the tow guy, and the highway patrol, and the fire dept.)
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    Thanks to superior gear, I was pretty much uninjured . . . . but decidedly unhappy about how the day was turning out.
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    Rob drove me back into camp with TorqueWrench. And then the Kiehna family just kept on giving. Rick's sister, Karen, offered to take me to Asheville. So I loaded my gear in her car and we headed to town.
    Along the way, we drove past the scene again. The DOT folks had shoveled a bunch of sand along the 100 yards of spill (making matters worse probably). But as we went further along that road . . . you could see the spill go on for a couple of miles. Looks to me like a big rig didn't put the cap back on an underbelly tank.

    Anyway, got to Asheville . . .got me a snazzy Kia Spectra rental car and drove home.
    I'll be returning on Tuesday to pick up the GS.

    Thanks again to all of you ADVers who stopped to check on me, help, etc. And those of you in camp who made sure I was feeling okay.
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  2. longrider999

    longrider999 Long timer

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    raw,excellent report on an unfortunate spill.thank you for sharing.ive never encountered a diesel spill(yet)and from youre report i hope i never do.sounds like you and youre beemer will be AOK in a short time.congrats on not being injured.
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  3. HappyRiding

    HappyRiding Silly

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    Sorry about the bike RAW but I'm glad you are OK. Thanks for the heads up about the spill. I got the word and went another route.

    HappyRiding
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  4. ralee26

    ralee26 You actually own a bike?

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    It sure was nice to meet you in Hot Springs sorry to here about the down, especially since we were talking about it on friday night.

    Anyway glad you are doing well despite meeting the biffasaurus
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  5. vagstrom

    vagstrom Been here awhile

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    great ride report for a shitty situation. im glad your okay and you did not get the sweet chin music.
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  6. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    I know, right?
    I was just saying, "I've only hit the pavement once, and it was some other idiot rear-ending me."

    And then I go and do this. Doh!
    :bluduh
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  7. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Glad you're okay, RAW.

    Diesel is nasty stuff.
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  8. ETrider

    ETrider Gawker

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    Sorry about the mishap RAW. That sort of thing could happen to any one of us. Glad to hear that your ok.

    Enjoyed the ride/conversation saturday.
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  9. Toto

    Toto Been here awhile

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    Sure glad your OK Raw...shame about the bike....I will definately aproach "water spills" with more caution in the future!
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  10. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    Thanks, everyone. I still feel a little stupid for steering to the inside of the spill line. Then I had nowhere to go when the spill crossed over the center line. I'll replay that moment over and over for a while.
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  11. Spacerat

    Spacerat I worry about my apathy.

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    Some times its just beyond your control. Diesel in the road is one of those things that can catch anyone at anytime. Be happy you had gear on.
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  12. beefjerky

    beefjerky Long timer

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    GLAD you are alright! When are you getting the 950? :rofl :rofl

    I've got plenty of zipties if you need to borrow any.
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  13. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    Hehehe.
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  14. Suppermotodd

    Suppermotodd Tag Thief

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    Glad you are ok Raw! If you need any help with the bike give us a call. Me and booj can fix it good as new while your riding your new KTM!:amazon
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  15. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    You people need to quit with the KTM talk . . . . . . .


    Unless of course you know someone with a nice used one for sale :ear

    :rofl
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  16. AttoirRE

    AttoirRE Been here awhile

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    I've rode, and probably will still ride some corners at speeds at which the diesel could have done the same thing to me, but if you were traveling the speed limit (you may have been?) and not in a serious lean (again, correct me if i'm wrong), would the wreck have happened?

    Don't take it offensively, I'm just curious.
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  17. RAW

    RAW stamen in the sniffer

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    Well, of course, my memory is a bit fuzzy around the whole thing.
    But I'm pretty sure I actually wasn't going that fast.
    I had hardly left camp; it was first thing in the morning. I wasn't totally dialed into my ride yet, y'know? So I hadn't started "whippin' it up."
    And on top of that, I had made that hard right turn at the Cafe Espresso (or whatever it's called).
    I really think I was going at a reasonable pace. I just found myself in exactly the wrong spot . . . probably a little bit BECAUSE I wasn't "dialed in" yet.

    Other riders that came along after my biff were going well below the speed limit, having seen the gaggle of vehicles all over the shoulder. And most of them were so busy looking at the commotion, they rode right over the spill. But most of them were totally upright at the speeds they were going by that point.
    and I'm glad. I was really fearing that someone was gonna come along and bust it just like I had (which is why I told TorqueWrench to get Rick to spread the word in camp).
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  18. Wheedle

    Wheedle I love inflatable fun!

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    Glad youre alright man....
    Bikes can be fixed and replaced.... good people not so much...
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  19. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The last shop I worked at, we explained it like this "Dude, I had to pile it". Glad you came out of it in better shape than the bike.
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  20. ghostryder

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    Sorry to hear about the wreck......glad your alright.
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