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Old 01-03-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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Ugh - well at least I'm initiated now

Ugh - Low-sided my bike last night for the first time so I guess at least I've crossed that barrier now! Was doing about 30mph and turning right onto a feeder road when I guess I took the turn a little too aggresively and the pavement must have been wet. Felt the rear wheel lose traction and down sliding I went. Was fortunate the cars in the road had a red light at least so nobody ran me over. Frame sliders seem to have taken most of the grunt and with the exception of a bent rear brake lever, was able to pick it up and ride off. Luckily had my gear on but still scraped my arm up pretty good through 3 layers of clothing (how the heck does that happen?) and my right hip is killing me today! Live and learn...and ride on.
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Sorry to hear ya went down. All's good if your able to brush yourself off and ride home. I am investing in some armored/padded under shorts this week..hip injuries suck...
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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Glad you are ok... Friction from the gear on your skin can cause skin... I flash burned my underarmor to my skin during a lowside through leather.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:03 AM   #4
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Cold weather and cold tires can get ya. Lots of gravel and build up in locations like you described. Gotta take it all into consideration.
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turning on to a feeder in cold weather can be bad. the roads are cold from less traffic and speeds. Glad your ok. sounds like the sliders were worth the cash.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:14 AM   #6
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Good to hear you being able to tell your own story and relatively unscathed!
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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No doubt. Never considered the fact that the cold would make the road handle that much differently and I should have remembered about the build-up effect on the sides like that! Good to know/remember going forward.
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Luckily had my gear on but still scraped my arm up pretty good through 3 layers of clothing (how the heck does that happen?)
Was your jacket armored?
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:39 AM   #10
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Was your jacket armored?
It was, yeah. It was a fulmer mesh jacket though so it ripped a bit easier obviously than leather would have. Was wearing the liner inside though which has full sleeves so that helped as well.
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Ugh - Low-sided my bike last night for the first time so I guess at least I've crossed that barrier now! Was doing about 30mph and turning right onto a feeder road when I guess I took the turn a little too aggresively and the pavement must have been wet. Felt the rear wheel lose traction and down sliding I went. Was fortunate the cars in the road had a red light at least so nobody ran me over. Frame sliders seem to have taken most of the grunt and with the exception of a bent rear brake lever, was able to pick it up and ride off. Luckily had my gear on but still scraped my arm up pretty good through 3 layers of clothing (how the heck does that happen?) and my right hip is killing me today! Live and learn...and ride on.
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It was, yeah. It was a fulmer mesh jacket though so it ripped a bit easier obviously than leather would have. Was wearing the liner inside though which has full sleeves so that helped as well.
Even a textile would have been better. I've seen a Dainese leather jacket rip so nothing is 100%
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Ugh - Low-sided my bike last night for the first time so I guess at least I've crossed that barrier now! Was doing about 30mph and turning right onto a feeder road when I guess I took the turn a little too aggresively and the pavement must have been wet. Felt the rear wheel lose traction and down sliding I went. Was fortunate the cars in the road had a red light at least so nobody ran me over. Frame sliders seem to have taken most of the grunt and with the exception of a bent rear brake lever, was able to pick it up and ride off. Luckily had my gear on but still scraped my arm up pretty good through 3 layers of clothing (how the heck does that happen?) and my right hip is killing me today! Live and learn...and ride on.
Glad you are OK. Just last night I witnessed a Motorist get blindsided by a Rav4. No one was speeding, it just appeared that two people tried to be in the same place at the same time. The motorist was sent flying over his bars and landed on his head. He suffered a broken arm for sure and possible leg and head injuries. Luckily he was wearing all his gear and even a fluorescent jacket, but he hit the car on the back passenger side door. I called for the ambulance and stayed on the scene until all was settled as I was the only witness besides the driver who didn't even know what happened. The rider was rushed to the trauma center, but again he had all his gear on which saved him. So everyone WEAR YOUR GEAR.
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Cold tires, cold road, cold weather, cold tire pressure, gotta watch em all. I almost ate pavement while turning the other day because of this.

There could be water in the road from someone's ac/heater system in their car, could be rain/moisture, leaves, or someone must have decided to empty their coffee thermos right there. None of which mix well, always look out for these kind of hazards/conditions if possible.

Glad your ok and that you were geared up. Gear saves lives, I know because it saved mine.

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Old 01-03-2013, 12:45 PM   #17
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My last wreck, my cotton, non-motorcycle jacket received absolutely no abrasion except the metal button snaps and my left arm got a large minor road rash from the polyester liner.

It can be weird when it comes to gear and abrasion.

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Old 01-04-2013, 04:30 AM   #19
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No doubt. Never considered the fact that the cold would make the road handle that much differently and I should have remembered about the build-up effect on the sides like that! Good to know/remember going forward.
Also remeber to check your tire pressures.
With the cold weather you can lose 4-5 psi. easily.
Sorry to hear you went down but glad you're o.k..
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It could have been a combination of cold tire, old tire, and chicken strip.
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