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Old 11-27-2010, 04:00 PM   #1
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Rider Down

I just turned off 610 to I-10 east and there is a rider down in that corner. Not too much info as I was trying not to get run over myself. Ems is on site. Looks like a black suzuki and maybe a red ninja ?? Seen a bike tire with no rim on the side of the road ??? Hope they are ok !!! Sorry....Galleria side of 610 and I-10
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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That was me dude, I have a black 03 zx636. Wasn't goofing off or anything, I just had trouble in that turn is all. The main mistake I made was somewhat trying to keep up with my buddy who was riding ahead of me. He took the turn pretty quick. Knowing I couldn't take it nearly as quickly as him, I did the wise thing and slowed down. Nonetheless, about halfway thru that turn, I started getting nervous, I was veering to the right and felt like I couldn't get the bike to go any more to the left. Most likely just due to a lack of experience. Anyway, veered to the right, saw the gravel in the shoulder getting closer and closer, and I ended up high-siding. Just got banged up, and the bikes damage is mostly cosmetic, though there is something wrong mechanically as its a bit hard to push forward even in neutral and with the clutch pulled in now.

Oh and that tire on the side of the road was a new tire for my buddy. We were on the way to a tire shop in pasadena, he was gonna get that one installed and I was gonna get a new rear.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:26 PM   #3
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That was me dude, I have a black 03 zx636. Wasn't goofing off or anything, I just had trouble in that turn is all. The main mistake I made was somewhat trying to keep up with my buddy who was riding ahead of me. He took the turn pretty quick. Knowing I couldn't take it nearly as quickly as him, I did the wise thing and slowed down. Nonetheless, about halfway thru that turn, I started getting nervous, I was veering to the right and felt like I couldn't get the bike to go any more to the left. Most likely just due to a lack of experience. Anyway, veered to the right, saw the gravel in the shoulder getting closer and closer, and I ended up high-siding. Just got banged up, and the bikes damage is mostly cosmetic, though there is something wrong mechanically as its a bit hard to push forward even in neutral and with the clutch pulled in now.

Oh and that tire on the side of the road was a new tire for my buddy. We were on the way to a tire shop in pasadena, he was gonna get that one installed and I was gonna get a new rear.
Glad you lived to ride another day.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:40 PM   #4
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
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Glad you're okay! Experience is best teacher - learn from your mistakes. It sounds like you know what went wrong and you know how you can change it for next time. Hope you get the bike fixed up quickly, so you are riding soon.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:59 PM   #6
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Glad you're okay! Experience is best teacher - learn from your mistakes. It sounds like you know what went wrong and you know how you can change it for next time. Hope you get the bike fixed up quickly, so you are riding soon.
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:59 PM   #7
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:04 PM   #8
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #9
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i take the turn doing 90 how fast where you going
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:40 PM   #10
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glad your ok man. and your bike is not trashed... targe fixation will get ya.. look to where you want to go...
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Old 12-08-2010, 08:40 PM   #11
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glade you ok bro next time do turn like that wit a bad rear
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:44 PM   #12
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Old 12-08-2010, 09:45 PM   #13
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:54 PM   #14
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:32 PM   #16
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I'm also glad you're okay Cosmetics are not much to worry about but from what you said about the mechanical difficulties it sounds like you could have bent either something in the wheels or possibly a caliper or bracket, maybe even the swing arm if you highsided. It could be fixed pretty quickly and cheaply, if you are near the copperfield area, give Cajun 315 a pm and he can evaluate the problem for you. I will vouch for him and though I may not be the oldest member I have plenty of experience and you can check posts. (By the way, he is a bike tech professionally but also provides service for a modest price to us here on the forums!)
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:06 AM   #17
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By the way, if you have swingarm stands and buttons, lift each end of the bike and see if it's the rear or front that is making it stick. If it is not the front, take your chain off and see if that frees it up (and look for abnormal wear inside the swingarm), if it does check the front sprocket and see if it is resisting abnormally. If you bent a caliper it will be constant, if you bent a wheel or rotor it will be intermittent.

I'm not one to normally preach, but target fixation is something you want to avoid and I agree with Gixxer Geezer. In those situations (in fact ALL of them) look where you want to go and you body tends to follow. Target fixation is something that happens when you stare at something, your body has a natural tendency to want to get more acquainted with it. The short of it is, see you're line and focus on it regardless of what is happening in front of you. I hope you are back on the road soon!
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:15 AM   #18
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:04 AM   #19
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target fixation happens to the best of us. Glad you walked away. Last year, I fixated on a piece of paper in the road. Harmless, but I was at myself for doing it. it's easy to lose concentration during a boring commute.
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:39 AM   #20
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Where the do you guys get target fixation? It seems to me that he did not have the confidence to make the turn. As a result he did not. Sounds like he was on the brakes in the turn also.
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