Richmond Va chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by mikeinrichmond, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. bastardbiker

    bastardbiker Lost in the Void

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    Hey everyone! First I want to say thanks for everyone's input on the discussion of my ticket. And ESPECIALLY thank you for suggesting the motorcycle law firm. I have been in touch with them over the course of the day and have an appointment to talk to Matt tomorrow and show him my ticket. He said flat out that the ticket is total bullshit and they will represent me for free to "educate" the offending officer. He even said that they would get the head of the motorcycle safety foundation in VA (or someone like that) to testify on my behalf. Wow!

    Working in my favor, there were railroad tracks near where I got stopped and some uneven pavement/potholes as well so I think I might be OK. I don't expect it to be altogether dismissed necessarily but I will be very surprised if I actually end up with reckless. I'll let you all know how the meeting with the lawyer goes, and again I can't thank you all enough for getting me their info!


    In other news, I highsided the shit out of my DRZ today and snapped my friggin clavicle right in half. It separated almost an inch. Not fun. But what hurts worse is knowing that I'm going to be off the bike for about a month. Luckily the bike is totally fine except for some rash on the plastic. Definitely a bummer but talking to the lawyer has me in good spirits after all. It will be nice to have the upper hand in a courtroom for once! I might even get to see that overzealous officer feel a sense of shame and embarrassment! What a concept...


    Love you guys. You all kick ass. And no, that's not the Percocet talking!

    Cheers :freaky


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  2. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    You sure your middle name isn't mayhem???? :ear

    :rofl

    Know all about them busted clavicles. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

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  3. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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  4. JHVA

    JHVA Long timer

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    That Group is the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists and was founded by none other than Tom MCGrath. VCOM Website They are a lobbying group responsible for supporting us when the General Assembly is in session.

    I had Matt as my Lawyer 5+ yrs ago after I was T-boned from a Red Light runner here in Williamsburg. Very pleased with the settlement outcome and Matt is really a great Lawyer even if he does ride an HD! :rofl:evil

    jh
  5. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    As is Tom..... even tho' he also rides an HD, and a trike, and who knows what else. I've known Tom since the early days of VCOM and back when I actually sat on their Board of Directors. His law group is there for us and will do whatever is necessary to make sure you are well represented.

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  6. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    Since I now have limited chew capability, any thoughts on the RTE for this Friday?

    Know flurries are predicted, but figured I'd get the thought process out there working.

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  7. burtonrider3889

    burtonrider3889 Been here awhile

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    Woah Bastard! Did you wreck on road or off?
  8. VACommuter

    VACommuter Long timer

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    Guy needs an RTS. Ride-To-Smoothie.:D I'm off Friday and might be interested in heading south iffin the chow sounds good...

    VAC
  9. Jeff Munn

    Jeff Munn Just along for the ride..

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    That's what we are here for. Any one of us stands on the pegs from time to time. Although I will say I don't do it in the city.....

    Might I offer a little advice? I gave you the link because we all feel that just standing on the pegs should not be a write-able offense. We all feel for you man. But given your other news of the day, I'd say either postpone your court date until after you are healed, or DO NOT show up at court with your arm in a sling. You could become your own worst evidence in a "reckless driving" charge, especially if they ask you how you hurt yourself.

    Please don't take this the wrong way, but getting written for reckless driving and saying it was unjustified, then high-siding a bike and breaking your clavicle later on the same day? Bad luck? Bad Karma? I know it could happen to any of us, but jeez bastardbiker.... things seem to be happening to you on a regular basis here.

    just saying.......

    jeff
  10. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

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    I went from an '01 Connoe to an '07 Wee, you may be on to something.............
  11. toddzacker

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    Bastard- man that hurts I bet...I have seen it happen to hundreds of guys on the track...I am lucky to never have broke mine. 12 years of dirt & road racing and never a broken clavicle. I had one guy on my road race team who broke his one weekend and the next was racing. He cried as he put his leathers on, I don't me whipper, but flat out cried.

    No fun hope you heal soon and get back out on the road, and I'm with Jeff on the postpone the court date if you are gonna walk in with your arm in a sling.

    Chuck and Jeff-
    Thanks for the weather heads up...I'm heading to Roanoke in the am. Sounds like fun...
  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Unmaintained roads and a city street are slightly different situations. I'll stand on my pegs from time to time but the roads in Virginia just aren't that bad to where you need to stand for more than a few seconds to get past a bad spot.
    Now if it was some of the roads in say like Russia, that I've seen on some RR's here then yes I'd be standing on the pegs thru town too. :lol3

    Yikes!!! :eek1 Heal quickly man!
  13. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

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    Dude! that's a lot of drama for one day.

    Sounds like that cop got in your head.. He calls you reckless and you run right out and crash.. :evil

    Heal up quick.
  14. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    On a long ride, a few minutes "on the pegs" is fantastic.
  15. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    Holy crap! Try not to make that a habit, OK?
  16. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    I agree!

    I didn't mean to get across an obstacle...but riding around standing on the pegs in the middle of a town or city is just screaming "pull me over and write me up!" :D
  17. rctr

    rctr Been here awhile

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    Pad Thai, Alamo?

    Jimmy
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  18. bastardbiker

    bastardbiker Lost in the Void

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    Ric/BR: Here's what happened. I was riding out from North Richmond to Powhatan to hang out with my buddy before the rain showed up. I was about a mile away from his house turning off of Academy and on to RTE 60 W. The stoplight was red initially but turned green as I was approaching and slowing down so I never had to stop altogether. It had rained some in the area and the roads were slick.

    I guess I had gotten a bit too confident with the grip of the DOT-approved knobbies on the bike and leaned it over a bit too far. I was going maybe 25mph when the rear end started to slide, and rather than letting off the throttle GENTLY and SMOOTHLY or just letting the bike lowside, I was too jerky letting off the throttle, the rear hooked back up hard, the bike bucked and threw me straight over the bars, head and shoulder first into the asphalt. Stood back up immediately to get my bike out of the road but I couldn't pick it up. Again I was lucky here in that it happened right in front of some bikers who blocked the road for me and got my bike out of the street. There was no other traffic around and nobody coming up behind me since I had the green light. One of the guys called 911 despite my objections and the whole crew showed up.

    The cop who checked me out didn't give me any kind of ticket and didn't feel like I was being reckless. It was really just bad judgement and a tiny bit too much mustard on the throttle. I have a bit of a habit of testing limits, sometimes too soon. So that's what happened. Totally my fault, and I feel like an idiot. The whole thing was pretty embarrassing. I really didn't like not being able to pick up my own bike.

    Jeff: I appreciate the advice. I'm actually not in a sling, I have this 'round-the-shoulders gun-holster looking brace that keeps my shoulders back and pressure on my clavicle to that the bone pieces stay touching and will fuse. Doc said I'd have a lump but most or all of my range of motion once it's healed. The brace I'm wearing can be concealed under clothing so looking like a dingus in court isn't going to be a problem.

    I do think that the ticket that I was written yesterday was heavy handed and unjustified for sure. It seems like you feel that my crash today sort of invalidates my feeling about it. And that's fine. I'm sure I don't come off like the most responsible person with a name like bastardbiker and coming from a beat-up and abused Ninja 250. I'm not exactly young, but maybe I do have sort of a "devil may care" attitude when I should be more cautious and responsible. I do try to learn my lessons though.

    Bad luck or bad karma? I don't think it's karma. I don't do wrong by anyone and honestly try to help others as much as I can because it makes me feel like I have a fulfilled life.

    Maybe I'm naive in thinking that if what I do doesn't hurt others I should be left alone. I personally find that it can be hard to really enjoy yourself in life while at the same time following every little rule and regulation down to the letter. Some people might look down on me for that opinion. That's fine too. I'm not saying that you necessarily feel that way, just putting it out there. Don't worry, I have thick skin. You're not going to offend me. :lol3


    Guy: I'm beginning to think you might be right!


    Danny, B-walsh, pplassm, toddZ and everyone else who offered well wishes: Thanks! I appreciate your sympathy but the accident was definitely my fault. I should have respected the bike's power more and been more careful, especially being on knobbies in the wet. ...Another lesson learned.
  19. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    BB, sounds like they put you in a Figure-8. That's what they put on me when I broke mine out in MT. Allowed me to ride the bike back home here in VA. Here the doc put me in a sling. Unfortunately, the lack of any shoulder movement allowed it to seize up, and that's when the fun began later.... trying to get movement in it. My age and the fact that I smoked slowed up the process for a trace to even begin to form. It eventually did and I wasn't blessed with a non-union.

    http://www.dme-direct.com/ossur-figure-8-clavicle-splint

    Lemme tell ya, by the time I got home from MT, the pads that went under my arm pits were really beginning to get a little "ripe," even tho' I showered in it on the way back. :-)

    Hope you heal quickly.

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  20. toddzacker

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    Ok great progress on the Baby GS last night.

    -Got the front end assembled & on and straight I most add
    -Took old front tire of & replaced it with a new TKC80
    -New front brake rotor...new pads will go on Friday when my caliper rebuild kit is in and I can do that
    -Handle bars and Controls all on and adjusted
    -New Spark plugs and air filter...then re-assembled everything from there up(air box, battery box, & battery on Tender)
    -New rear caliper on & hooked up
    -Had trouble getting the rear tire off the bead so I ran out of time and did not swap out the rear tire yet.
    -The whole time I'm doing this stuff Nicole is wiping the bike down & cleaning every part before it goes back on.

    All that's left is:
    -Mount rear tire
    -Bleed brakes
    -Change oil
    -Put headlight assembly on
    -assemble instrument panel
    -put plastics on.

    Two more evening & it will be ready to ride...Wish the Big GS was that close to riding again...

    Oh so any recommendations for new panniers on my 1200GS? I need to replace them & I want a sturdy but light pair.