What the hell? or 70+mph bike vs Barbed Wire Fence (updated with bike pics)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by trc.rhubarb, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. PeterW

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    I'd be looking at the front forks very carefully. See the generic GS section as to why. And if the guy who saw it will his statement down in writing, get it in writing. I also doubt it was diabetes. As you commented, that's usually riding like a drunk then veering off the road rather than a sudden swerve.

    Get your own pictures of the bike.
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  2. trc.rhubarb

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    Are you talking about the issue with the axle mounts breaking off? Did that affect the R1200s?
    The tow lot said the front end is gone... so that's an interesting statement if so.
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  3. gmk999

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    The blood on your helmet seems to be the key to this mystery .. Possibly a hawk attack? or a suicidal flying Turkey. Both are easily big and powerful enough to knock you off your trajectory.
    Glad that you are otherwise OK. Count your blessings and hug your family.
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  4. ultrasheen

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    Wow. I'm just thankful you're still here to tell this tale. I wish you the best in your recovery.

    Just wow.
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  5. villageidiot

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    some of the GS' have had ball joint failures on the tele-lever. so when you get to see the bike, check for that.

    if the tow place says the front end is GONE, then id sure as hell go look for it.

    way to go ordering the new stich, and helmet. i hope insurance is gunna pay for it, but if not its "cheap insurance" to yourself too.

    the blood on the helmet doesn't "look" like yours, could have been a bird or something, which would explain the face shield impact/breakage. while a hawk, or turkey could very well have happened, even something like a pigeon to the face/helmet would certainly have enough force to ring your bell or at least make you flinch/pull to the right.

    i hit a pigeon once in an old cadillac, missed the texas longhorns on the bumper, and shattered the hell out of the headlight.
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  6. trc.rhubarb

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    Interesting theories! I'll definitely look closer at all that.
    I remember saying to the firemen as they helped me up to their truck "at least I'm doing better than that guy, and pointing to a dead hawk on the shoulder."
    I suppose that it will be nearly impossible to prove anything but I would like to get more definitive.

    The ball joint was in good shape, I had noticed the boot was torn about 10-15k miles ago and did the surgery to repack and replace the boot. I just checked it at my 96k mile service and all was good still.

    Just ordered my new suit. Talked to Rhonda on the phone and she was very patient with me while I figured out the right one to order. It's hard because I effectively have to order one too small, then have it expanded to fit since they can make bigger in the chest but not smaller in the gut. Kyle & Rhonda were cool and it was very nice to get a personal communication from the man himself, Andy.

    They all took amazing care with me, spent a lot of time on the phone explaining things, sometimes more than once since my pills keep me from comprehending, and were extremely pleasant.

    I think I made another sale for them yesterday too, one of my neighbors stopped by to see how I was doing, we checked out my suit and he was floored. Asked me how to go about getting one :lol3

    So suit in Feb, helmet next week. Need to talk to W&S and see if they will do a crash discount. If not, it's still worth it.

    Insurance will pay something towards my gear but because my agent misled me and it was confusing in the contract, my gear + accessories are limited to $3k. Hopefully I can recover anything useful from the bike still.

    Digging through bike options... before this, was selling the duc and the r90 to get a Superduke... I think that may be off the table now because I need a reliable commuter first. SD won't do so well on 150+ mile commutes and has no lockable storage.

    I think I'm between another GSA (hex, cam or wethead unsure) or an 1190/1290 adventure. Since I also like to long distance tour, I'm leaning towards the BMW again. XR doesn't do it for me or it could fill both, same for Multistrada. Don't have the money for a new wethead so the fleamarket it will be! :) If I can pilfer from the existing, maybe another 2007 is the way to go. My current was set up perfectly for me. I imagine the best I can expect to see from insurance will be $10k - all inclusive of gear and accessories. Which sucks but not much I can do about it.

    Pain was absolutely brutal last night... had me shaking again so I guess I overdid it. according to my pedometer, got close to 3 miles of walking in.
    Wow, rambling...
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  7. villageidiot

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    I'm sure you can find a garage queen GS for a fraction of something new, plus the familiarity of it will be nice in regard to spares, maintenance, etc.

    when i ordered my last stich, i had gone to one of their pop up shops and was "fitted" i really wish they would do custom to order suits, and sized to measurements. the suit is the best thing I've worn as far as ease of wearing and function. fit for me has always been hard.

    my current new suit (aerostich material and i had a local leathers maker custom tailor me a suit) fit great, til i gained some weight. now it won't fit, while my stich had enough "room for expansion"
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  8. just jeff

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    trc.rhubarb,
    It's all good Dude! Take a nap.....zzzzz:D
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  9. trc.rhubarb

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    Took a nap, good advice guys!
    Made it 12h without painkillers... so progress.
    Bike is in a local lot now but they won't let me go see it without permission from my insurance company.
    Waiting on agent to call me back, hoping I can go get some pictures and see what's left of the bike. Maybe it's in great shape! :imaposer
    If I can't get there today, I have to wait until Monday... the horror! :norton

    Warm and Safe got back to me and is offering me 50% off my order to replace the gear I bought from them not long ago. Great deal there as well.
    It's amazing to see our vendors helping out like this. I expect nothing, and not in a negative way. They have a business to run and I get that. So far, everyone asked has offered willingly.

    So, ordering a new jacket, gloves and a wireless dual controller - unless my controller is found functional on the bike and the gloves are there... Hey, you never know! I know the boxes are long gone but the controller was velcored and ziptied to the hand guards with the wrist loop around a mirror... so I have hope. Gloves, I imagine are long gone.

    Next up, my Cardo... base is destroyed and module is gone. I assume that's a straight replace at this point.

    Hopefully by tonight, I'll have pictures for all of you.
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  10. Bill Harris

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    Ouch! But at least you came through it well. I'd speculate "birdstrike"-- sudden occurrence, visor caved in, unusual blood on the outside of the helmet. But skidmarks, carcasses, and other clues will be gone by the time you get out there.

    --Bill
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  11. trc.rhubarb

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    Progressive said bike was at the lot. Got out there and went to see the bike and get my stuff. Urgency was that bike is moving to progressive facility on Monday and no/limited access. Anyhow, after wandering forever at the copay lot with my escort, they realize it didn't come in yet. And the progressive lot is there. So looks like I at least got out of the house. But now I'll need another nap.

    @Bill Harris - thank you for that insight. Something to think about for sure.

    Black Friday traffic is insane. Out with the wife while she runs some errands. Crazy people abound!


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  12. Coby65

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    Glad to hear you are getting better......your sense of humor is coming through more.
    If you are down Monterey area some time I would buy you a drink to hear the story first hand.
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  13. jeffmackvision

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    Superduke GT. Has been a great ride so far and will do your 150+ days with ease. Glad ur doing well and gettin back in the saddle
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  14. trc.rhubarb

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    Ahh, forgot about the GT.

    It still won't replace my adv bike but could be the answer. With the 17 redesign coming soon, the deals may start.
    Thinking I could grab that 08 GSA on the FM and the white 990 SM-T and be very happy and lucky to have both!
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    The human body is odd...
    For the last 2 days, chunks of stuff looking like beef jerky has been coming off of me. Mostly like the bits in the bottom of the bag.
    Today a bigger piece fell off that looks like bacon.
    It doesn't smell or taste like bacon though. :lol3

    Wife is grossed out because I'm leaving "crumbs" in the bed but she won't let me clean up. She insists I need to rest still.

    Anyhow, fun stuff! Maybe I can shit out some eggs, toast and a waffle or something.
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    and Boom! goes the dynamite
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  19. Phoenix65420

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    There has been a lot of talk about needing to change parts, remove parts, change the balance of front heavy bikes for better off road performance.

    A few things I've noted:
    • Putting Earth in and around your engine does not count as "having your center of gravity closer to the ground"
    • Deleting the windscreen, guages, and most of the lights, does work to shift the balance toward the rear, but the more aggressive stance will make it less fun for the long miles
    • Removal of the front tire is simply egotistical.
    I'm amazed and quite happy you are still around. Heal up, there are still rides in our future!
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    did you see how I mounted the handy concrete kickstand? a quick deployment of it whenever stopping prevents tip-overs.
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