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Old 09-27-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,
Had my first ride tonight since an accident on 610 and 59. Which I am very thankful that I walked away from. BTW. Many thanks for the well wishers and prayers.
I didn't get over 35 mph since I was riding on streets. Felt like confidence was shaken up and didn't feel really comfortable on the bike. Maybe just nervous and it was dark. (Probably shouldn't have done that.) I felt I needed to though to get out and ride. I guess my question to the group is this normal for everybody? Have confidence shaken up. I don't want to be a danger to myself or others. May be kind of a silly question from a 44 year old man, but it was my first and hope my last accident.
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well, i would definitely suggest riding during the day... and when theres minimal traffic. i heard the longer you wait after an accident, the more nervous you get when youre back on the bike.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:06 PM   #3
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It's pretty normal. I absolutely ruined myself when I was 19 and I didn't get back on a bike for a few years. Couldn't really afford at the time but don't know that I would have gotten back on if I was able to. Wrecked my Tuono about 2 years ago because I wasn't used to the Brembo brakes on it. Stood it up and it body slammed me. I was shaken up then as well. Fixed it the next day, but it took a couple months before I would brake hard again. Had 3 accidents total and was always shaken up from it. It just happens so fast it feels like it's out of your control at first. You start thinking it could happen at any time because it comes out of nowhere. But when you take the time to think about it you can figure out what you did wrong and you begin to feel in control again and make sure you don't make that mistake again. It happens, just take it easy and before you know it it won't affect you anymore. Same as anything else.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:19 PM   #4
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I went off road on 3090, group ride. evidently target fixated. still leery on unfamiliar turns.
what's the story on the spill?
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:22 PM   #5
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Happened to me too after my small wreck. To this day, I'll be in a sweeper and my brain has that slight edge of panic. Regardless if its normal or not, do what's comfortable for you. Saturday and Sunday early mornings would be best.

What side of town you on? Maybe riding with another rider or small group would help. I should be free Saturday morning if you're interested in a chill ride or whatever.
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I went off road on 3090, group ride. evidently target fixated. still leery on unfamiliar turns.
what's the story on the spill?
I was taking the 610 South to 59 North curve (inside lane) and went wide and collided with an SUV. Not sure if it was a mixture of fast 45-50, target fixation, or the driver behind me said it looked like I started to slide. Think it was my inexperience after taking that curve only twice before. I didn't receive a ticket.
Unfortunately I work nights and weekends. I get off Sunday morning, but sometimes too tired to feel like I am 100%. I am taking off Saturday night so that frees up Sunday this week.
Guess I don't want to give up and let it get to me, just make me a better rider. But, I don't want to be scared out there either. Takes the fun and freedom away.
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Pretty normal to be somewhat leary about getting back on the scoot after a spill. Just fwiw I've ridden from Arkansas back to Houston w/2 fractured ribs and a dislocated shoulder... was not fun but I got back on the horse after dumping it in Little Rock in front of all my fellow riders in a parking lot not even doing 2 mph (freshly oiled blacktop) My Harley slid out from under me and slid down the parking lot hitting my GF's Heritage Softail and knocking it out from under her. Not a good time but sometimes ya gotta get back on the road for your own sake.

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Happened to me too after my small wreck. To this day, I'll be in a sweeper and my brain has that slight edge of panic. Regardless if its normal or not, do what's comfortable for you. Saturday and Sunday early mornings would be best.

What side of town you on? Maybe riding with another rider or small group would help. I should be free Saturday morning if you're interested in a chill ride or whatever.
I live in Spring Branch area. I work Friday night to Saturday morning. I might be able to meet up after work this week.

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I live in Spring Branch area. I work Friday night to Saturday morning. I might be able to meet up after work.
Depending on what time you get off maybe some of us could go and get some coffee off of Post Oak Blvd. They have that car show over there on Saturday. Check out some nice rides and then go for a little ride.
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I live in Spring Branch area. I work Friday night to Saturday morning. I might be able to meet up after work this week.
i'm from branch, live near bear creek now
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I'm right on I-10 and Hwy 6. I'll be free Sunday morning too. Just post here or pm me if you decide to come out.
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I get off of work around 8. Planned on going to Coffee and Cars and take some photos. I can leave the camera at home though.
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yeah that's normal all it takes is even one pucker up moment to scare you let alone a wreck. If you fall of the horse, you get back on it. But you can't dwell on falling off the horse again either. That will go away.
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Its normal....if you don't use it, you loose it! They say
I fracture pelvis and tail bone in my first accident almost a year ago. Soon as I could walk my stupid got back on the bike for a five minutes ride. It felt like like you forget how to ride and confidence went out the door!

Just Take it easy.....nice and slow, don't get ahead of your self and you'll get used to it like you did before.
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