Swan Song

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Dieselboy, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Wanted this here and not Face Plant for obvious reasons. I think I'm leaving the Parallel Universe. :cry

    25 September, sometime a.m.

    I-79 North, West Virginia, mile marker 25, in the median

    @ 70mph front tire deflated. :huh Bike tipped right. I stood it up. It rolled violently left and crossed left lane into the median. I tried to stay on top. Bike went down on left side and spun. (EDIT: after looking at the damage, I believe the bike initially contacted left side, I pitched forward and left the saddle, and the bike flipped once to land on its right side. My head was direction of the front which was pointing back the way we had come. The back end planted because everything is bent that way and the seat was ejected.) I ended up parallel to it with the oil pan next to me. I think we slid. :eek1

    I asked for a picture of the bike. This is what I got.

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    I had just cleared a construction zone and must have picked up something. Tire check was good at launch from the cabin in Kentucky. I had stopped for breakfast an hour back and did a walk around prior to rolling. All was good.
    No cars around me. Not speeding. No warning at all. Once we stopped sliding I didn't move.

    First person on the scene was an off duty state trooper, Bruce. :thumb
    I hit the SPOT SOS. (EDIT: You can see it under my right hand in the pic above.) It worked. Dieselwife got notified with one push. :deal She called the ER while I was there. I had put the unit on my belt for the first time just two days ago. It will be there from now on.


    I was transported to Charleston General. Bruised but not broken. Everyone looked at me like I wasn’t supposed to be here. :norton

    True face plant.

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    Toe of boot gouged.
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    Because I wrestled her into the median we slid on dirt and not asphalt.

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    Bike IMHO is a gonner. :hmmmmm It’s in a truck heading with me back home.

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    The violence evidenced on the bike was not transferred to me. [EDIT: but 3 weeks after , I am still extremely sore and the back and chest (with help of their friends, neck and shoulder) are very much protesting the abuse.] I walked out of the hospital less than 24 hours later. Bruises only. Good gear. Rode her all the way down.



    T-A-C
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  2. SDDinNH

    SDDinNH Ridgerunner

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    Glad to hear you're ok. Sorry about the bike, but they can always be replaced.
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  3. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    Glad your OK. What kind of tire is that? Its hard to see with the web size pictures but it looks pretty new.
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  4. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Thanks and too right!



    AnakeeII. Great condition with less than 3,500 miles on her.
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  5. Ike Baker

    Ike Baker Been here awhile

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    Sheeee-it! Glad you're okay. Testament to you and your gear - well done on all fronts. I hope the recuperation goes quickly and smoothly.


    (the visor damage is bad-ass; may want to keep that as memorabilia)
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  6. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Woof! Man, that sucks, but it's soooooo great you're still here, and not where by all rights you could have been. Good on you for ATGATT. Heal fast. Enjoy this life!
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  7. hamiamham

    hamiamham Been here awhile

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    Can you tell us what gear you had on? Seems like quite a fall and relatively minor injuries.
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  8. Motorfiets

    Motorfiets Long timer

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    Glad you're alright!! Atgatt huh?
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  9. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

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    Damn that bike looks bad, good you made it though :eek1
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  10. MonsterJ

    MonsterJ I have motopsychosis

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    Glad you're ok, man! Sucks about the bike but it can be replaced.... hopefully with another F8 so you stay local. Rest up!
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  11. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    You're lucky dude! Glad you're OK. Too bad about bike.
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  12. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Holy shit man, glad you came out of this completely intact!!! :clap


    Maybe Woody can fix the wheel.... :D

    But seriously, have the frame checked for straight-ness and stress cracks, you might be positively surprised. These main frames are really super solid, I have seen 4 of them (one my own white bike) where the stem had been completely ripped out of the triple yet the neck on the frame was fine. Had mine measured on a Compu-track to make sure. That's the one nice thing about those weak suspension parts that BMW uses.:deal

    If you don't have insurance or you can buy it back cheaply from them it would probably be worth fixing up instead of buying new. Used parts are available.


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  13. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I just gotta say what everyone else has said....
    Awesome that you are going to be OK :clap
    No need to make hasty decisions on anything else!
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  14. machinebuilder

    machinebuilder Long timer

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    I'm glad you're ok.:clap:clap

    Too bad we lost our long distance test bike,:cry

    you don't have to leave the parallel universe.
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  15. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Well thanks for all the well wishes. :freaky

    As to gear I was wearing BMW Street Guard III coat and pants, boots were BMW Savannahs, gloves were BMW winter (Not sure about model), helmet was a Nolan N104. Gloves are AWOL (EDIT: found gloves in riding pants...I had convinced the EMTs to not cut the jacket and coat :thumb). Helmet was two weeks old and will go to my MSF site at SOCOM.

    As to fixing her, I may try to buy back but considering age and mileage, that alone makes the damage significant in the "total" or not conversation. We'll see.

    It was running great up to the tire failure. Engine does look intact. But almost every plastic part is broken.

    With the bag damage, the sub frame must be torqued too. So just a quick estimate tells me several thousand just in what I can see. Even the rotors are bent.....

    I'll get her in to the shop and see for sure.
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  16. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Wow what a faceplant :eek1

    I'm very very glad you're hear, don't forget to open a beer for you guardian angel, I think he did well.

    Amazing what these cases and what the gear took (in term of power).

    I'll open a beer tonight and drink one on your health!
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  17. Reaver

    Reaver Outta Here

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    "Yeah, but you should see the other guy!"



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    Hey! Glad you're writing about it with two good hands. Count your blessings. There could've been a pole, an oncoming car, or in a construction zone....a Big Mack :eek1 . You (almost) walked away from a potential last stand. It'll make a great story for the grandkids one day. A framed pic of you beside the mangled mess with your arm around it, talking like old war buddies....

    Cage it for a bit while dreaming of the next big adventure and be thankful you still can..

    Take care.

    Don't forget to tell insurance it has a new cam chain and oil pump gear, that'll raise the stakes!
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  18. skamikazee

    skamikazee Novi├žo

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    Awh man, thats terrible... and scary, i'm imagine it must have been like Chi crash....
    Glad you'r okay, and also think it's great you won't stop riding.

    Do you remeber hearing the tire Pop? are you shure it wasn't one of those dreaded bearing failures?

    Cheers :freaky
    Keep on riding, and hope you don't abandone us here on PArallel Universe, you're one of the good few
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  19. Dieselboy

    Dieselboy Journey not Destination

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    Well, no pop. I felt the rubber roll off of the tire [edit: or at least what felt like a roll off the tire]. I knew in the first second that this was a non-recoverable event. My first thought was to stay straight and to coast it to a stop on the rim. But after the dive to the left I was busy staying on top and keeping it from crossing into the opposite lanes. My mind's replay is like watching a movie plane crash from the cockpit. Suddenly the ground came up and the plane nosed in.

    Keep riding? I've already secured my next mount. :evil

    See you on the high ground! :freaky
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  20. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Wow Dieselboy! Glad to hear you're (somewhat) OK!

    Heal up fast and I was going to say hope you get something figured out with your bike...but it sounds like you've already got something going. Still an F8?

    Dave
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