Score: Dogs & Gravel 1, Me 0 (I went down)

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by GREY.HOUND, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    So, out for a little pleasure ride on a nice day and I decided to take the road less travelled.

    Anyway out comes a lab to my left followed by some other med/large dog. I slowed, then sped past. He rounded me and kept on coming. Up ahead, a 90* turn covered in gravel (this is farm/ranch territory). I was actually worried he was going to cut me off in the turn. Well, next thing I know I'm on the ground. The dogs didn't get any closer, but they kept on barking as I picked up the bike and got it running.

    I'm fine, a scratch here and there and I'm sure I'll have bruise on my right hip. I ride with my gear so not too bad; though I was wearing regular jeans not my riding jeans.

    The bike has cosmetic damage but nothing too bad. I know I can replace most of the parts if they bother me enough. The exhause is pretty scratched and so is the lower right hand side of the puig windscreen. As for the actual scooter, a few places hear and there, but mostly down low.

    I'll maybe post some pics this weekend.
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  2. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    It's always a bummer to scratch up a new bike but at least the Sport City crashes pretty well (don't ask how I know:D)

    Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt.

    Is your exhaust scratched or just the plastic heat shield?
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  3. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Trumpet Strumpet

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    it's not a sport city 250 if it doesn't have a few misbehavin' scars! :wink:
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  4. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    I guess it's the plastic exhaust cover. In fact, it had a pebble stuck in it.

    I know it's a personal thing but I'm so glad I was wearing my gear (as always). My jacket held up, no scuffs. My shoes are pretty scuffed at the toes and even my elbow which was covered completely by the jacket has some rash.

    Anything I should "definitely check" before going out again. I'll take a closer look this weekend. I usually ride to work on Friday's but I'll pass tomorrow.
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  5. tortoise2

    tortoise2 Been here awhile

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    Just human nature I guess . . if safety gear is too much of a nuisance to put on, you won't.

    Knee Pads (Lowe's Garden Department)
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  6. strongbad

    strongbad Been here awhile

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    Try to find out who owns the dogs. They're liable for the damage to your scoot and if they're made to pay maybe they'll keep their dogs up.
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  7. MiniBike

    MiniBike Long timer

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    Gotta watch them dogs. Your story broght back memories. I was 15. My first crash was caused by a dog grabbing my pants leg. I was riding down a dirt road/construction area, when a dog that had been watching from the higher level roadbed decided that my leg looked tasty. He leapt down and I dropped. At least he let go once I hit the ground. My first wheelie was when a dog charged me as I was rounding a neighborhood curve. An unintended wheelie in a curve, with a dog on your tail isn't fun.

    Glad you were prepared and your bike isn't too bad.
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  8. GREY.HOUND

    GREY.HOUND Been here awhile

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    I suppose I could do that, though I don't know it's worth the effort or problems it would likely cause. I'm going to say my chances of driving down that road again are slim and none, not only because of the dogs, but mostly due to the fact it was off the beaten path.

    I do have a bruise about the size of my hand that looks like a mix of blackberries, rasperries and blueberries, and its fairly swollen, though going down. No "injury" as far as I can tell. Motion is normal as well as no pain other than to the touch.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be 75* and the bike seems fine so if I can convince myself not to do some sprinkler repair, I'll be out enjoying the day.
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