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Old 06-12-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Finally went down...semi-gently at least



Well, after 2 and 1/2 years and 18,000 Texas (mostly Houston) miles on 4 different bikes, me and my Triumph Thunderbird got cut off near the entrance to the 59 south HOV lane at Smith Street. I managed to avoid the pickup that cut me off, but before I could change lanes and head toward the HOV entrance, he inexplicably hit his brakes (nothing was in front of him/us as we were the first ones through the last light on Smith).

I quickly braked and achieved my goal of not hitting him, but obviously I need work on my emergency braking because the next thing I knew I was going down on my left side. Gear helps in these situations as my Shoei helmet, Joe Rocket mesh jacket, and Tourmaster mesh gloves all did their jobs exceptionally well. I got only negligible injuries (left elbow bruise/scrape mostly from the jacket elbow pad, minor knee scrape). Of course, I'll probably be a bit more on the sore side tomorrow. Helmet has some minor scratches, so I guess there was some impact there.

But even more importantly, everyone should really practice emergency braking before you really need it. Since I've been riding, I've worked really hard at avoiding tight and dangerous situations (no tailgating, no riding next to cars that can swerve into me, getting out of the way of speeders or tailgaters, etc.) and I have really never had to stop frantically before today. I can only guess that I reacted by using my rarely engaged rear brake (no ABS) and locked up the rear wheel.

Fortunately, I was able to get the 750 pound beast upright, and walk it back toward Smith. Lots of ready-to-help and concerned cagers slowed to ask if I was OK, but of course the pickup that caused it all sped off - presumably after he saw me go down. Bike started right back up, but I rode all the way back to Fort Bend County with only 2nd and 3rd gear available. Not fun, but it's back in the garage with a damaged tank, windshield, and apparently damaged shifter mechanism.

The end (be careful out there folks)
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:57 PM   #2
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That sucks. Glad you were wearing gear and your alright!
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:01 PM   #3
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Glad you're ok man!! Could have been worse.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear it, man. My first wreck was a malicious brake-check as well with the cager speeding off afterwards.
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It happens to everyone on two wheels at some point. Props to gearing up, and glad you are relatively ok.
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Old 06-12-2013, 09:35 PM   #6
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If it happened so fast you're not sure what happened, it wasn't the back brake. When you get on the rear too hard you'll kind of fish tail & eventually the rear will slide out to the side.....but that takes a second

Panic grabbing the front & locking it will almost instantly wash the front out from under you. You go from upright to sliding in the blink of an eye.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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cagers just taking off like that
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:31 AM   #8
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Jeff, glad your ok, bike can always be repaired. If you need anything let me know.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:42 AM   #9
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You should practice crashing. Go to an empty parking lot, and throw yourself off the bike, and on to your head repeatedly. You will get the hang of it.


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Glad you are ok, walking away with minor scrapes and bruises.
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My only wreck (so far!) was emergency braking...after my front brakes didn't stop so well on my newly acquired R6. Resorted to rear brake and skidded like crazy!

Motocycles Unlimited fixed the brake problem, and Thomass taught me about trail braking. I am much better now.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:16 AM   #13
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If it happened so fast you're not sure what happened, it wasn't the back brake. When you get on the rear too hard you'll kind of fish tail & eventually the rear will slide out to the side.....but that takes a second

Panic grabbing the front & locking it will almost instantly wash the front out from under you. You go from upright to sliding in the blink of an eye.

^^I think you're right. I was going down before I knew it, and I did grab the front brake hard when I realized he appeared to be slowing or stopping before I had a chance to let some space build up between us. Nearly everyone else accelerates when they hit that ramp coming off Smith. Just not this driver this time......


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Jeff, glad your ok, bike can always be repaired. If you need anything let me know.

Thanks, Chris. Man, you're EVERYWHERE!!!

A little more soreness today, but overall not bad considering. Just thinking about the (good or bad) karma of repairing it and keeping it, or just moving on to something else. The Thunderbird is really a fantastic cruiser. I'll guess I'll get an estimate this weekend.
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Glad to hear you're okay. No disrespect to the very nice Thunderbird, but I'm glad it wasn't the Chrome Devil. IIRC, you had just traded the Speedie for it the last time I met you in person.

Let me know if I can help. I'm just across Hwy6 from you, I think.
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^^I think you're right. I was going down before I knew it, and I did grab the front brake hard when I realized he appeared to be slowing or stopping before I had a chance to let some space build up between us. Nearly everyone else accelerates when they hit that ramp coming off Smith. Just not this driver this time......





Thanks, Chris. Man, you're EVERYWHERE!!!

A little more soreness today, but overall not bad considering. Just thinking about the (good or bad) karma of repairing it and keeping it, or just moving on to something else. The Thunderbird is really a fantastic cruiser. I'll guess I'll get an estimate this weekend.
Get it repaired, don't ask me how I know!
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glad your ok...sounds like you grabbed to much front brake and it washed out.
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at least you came out with min. injuries.. u should of filed a police report and wrote it off to your insurance.... are u fully covered
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Glad you are Ok Jeff. it pays to be wearing the right gear even if it is hot out you just never know when you need it.
Once again glad you are ok and just a few minor bumps and bruises. The T-Bird can easily be fixed.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:41 AM   #20
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Glad you are Ok Jeff. it pays to be wearing the right gear even if it is hot out you just never know when you need it.
Once again glad you are ok and just a few minor bumps and bruises. The T-Bird can easily be fixed.
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Thanks! I was immediately thinking tank replacement ($1,000 for the OEM part), but my son believes it could be repaired. I also have no idea how bad the shifter linkage and anything connected to it is damaged.

Just wondering - my initial thoughts were to take it to a Triumph dealer for repair, but I've seen Motorcycles Unlimited and others mentioned in other threads. Any thoughts from anyone along those lines?
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