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Old 08-09-2007, 12:23 AM   #1
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Went down tonight

Tonight is probably the only night of the entire summer I went out without my jacket on (it was just too hot, I wasn't going on the interstate, just riding around town, etc, blah blah excuses bullshit).
A dude was with us that was looking into buying my friends CBR and he hadn't ever ridden before. Douchebag me wanted to show him how cool bikes and so my friend I were riding wheelies and showing off. I was skying my front tire at about 40 mph when the light in front of me turned to red. As I set the front end down I squeezed the front brake. Too soon. As soon as the tire touched down the handlebars jerked to the right and the bike started to lean real hard to the left. I yanked them back to the left and that jerked the bike so hard to the right it started to throw me off. I could tell it was too late to save it and jumped off the back. I slid on my chest at first then flipped onto my back and got up off my elbows onto my hands. I was wearing a T shirt, jeans, tennis shoes, my icon pursuit gloves, and my helmet. My helmet never touched the ground, and as soon as I got up on my gloves I was fine. Unfortunately my elbows and forearms both got some decent rash on em. My union bay jeans actually held up... I slid on my and hands a good 10 feet or so. The icon gloves got pretty abraded and a seam burst on my left hand, and they wore through under my wedding ring (tungsten carbide, not a scratch on it).
The bike slid about 30 yards down the street on the right hand side, sliding on the exhaust can and on the frame slider (which bent in a good bit but still held the fairings off the ground). I hopped up, picked up my seat that had fallen off, and got the bike started and took off before the cops came.
The guy wanting to buy my friend's bike and my friend had stopped up the rode, so I rode past them doing a wheelie just to show him that it was alright and that I was ok and all, and then I pulled into a convenience store and washed all the dirt out of my rash.
Tonight was probably the last night that I will ride without my jacket, no matter how hot it is. I will also think twice next time about being a douchebag. And before ppl start saying I've been riding for a few years putting 5,000 miles or more on per year, I have taken my MSF, and yes, I knew better.
My mistake, and I'm just glad I didn't hurt anyone else and that the bike and myself are alright. Maybe someone else will learn from it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:27 AM   #2
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man, glad you're ok.
i got a tungsten carbide wedding ring too and i'm glad to hear it held up
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:28 AM   #3
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haha so you wreck then ride a probably half assed wheelie
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:31 AM   #4
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glad your alright. that rash looks pretty bad. why dont you look into the icon riding vest and elbow armor. its not as heavy or hot as a jacket. i wear the armor and cant complain about it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:31 AM   #5
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haha so you wreck then ride a probably half assed wheelie

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glad you're alright man. somebody once told me....if it's too hot to wear gear, it's too hot to ride.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:44 AM   #7
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:45 AM   #8
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I am thinking about getting the EVS BJ33 ballistic jersey or the Alpinestars bionic protection (or the similar stuff from Bohn). Its like mesh with built in armor and its not a jacket just more of a jersey style. supposed to be more comfortable.
I have a real nice Icon TImax2 mesh jacket that I usually wear on hot days... I'm sure it would have saved my elbows had I been wearing. Its just such a heavy, tight mesh construction its so hot wearing it riding in the city at stop lights and such.

And actually the wheelie that I crashed on was half assed, the one that I did afterward was alright.
Even if you would have thought it was half assed, since I didn't crash the 2nd time, you have to admit it was better.
and house of pain- oh, its never too hot to ride. Just gotta sweat it out sometimes.
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:46 AM   #9
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You got pics of the bike
nah nothing to take pics of just a slightly bent brake lever and bent in and worn down plastic frame slider.
Brake lever is an easy fix 10 seconds with some vicegrips will have it good as new. Frame slider is gonna be a pain to swap out since it bent the bolt head.
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nah nothing to take pics of just a slightly bent brake lever and bent in and worn down plastic frame slider.
Brake lever is an easy fix 10 seconds with some vicegrips will have it good as new. Frame slider is gonna be a pain to swap out since it bent the bolt head.
how long you been riding?
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Old 08-09-2007, 12:59 AM   #11
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Shieet man, Glad to see your alright. Nasty little road rash though. Better get some Neosporne .
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hehehehe you say you realize you were being stupid yet as soon as you pick your bike up after a wreck you wheelie it again? your lucky nothing that escaped your quick "in the middle of the road" inspection wasnt ****ed up or you could have wrecked again and been up creak without... well yeah
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:29 AM   #13
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Maybe someone else will learn from it.
glad u are ok.
hopefully a learning lesson to others but doubt it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:29 AM   #14
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:34 AM   #15
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maybe not forever but it lasts a long time.
I'm always the one sweating it out in at least my mesh jacket while my friends make fun of me... the one night I go down, I decide its too hot and wear a t shirt. stupid.
lol @ blue ridge parkway, ****ing 35 mph limit we got pulled over and the cop was like "youre on national property son I can impound your bike indefintely" blah blah blah.
pretty ride though.
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hehehehe you say you realize you were being stupid yet as soon as you pick your bike up after a wreck you wheelie it again? your lucky nothing that escaped your quick "in the middle of the road" inspection wasnt ****ed up or you could have wrecked again and been up creak without... well yeah
there aren't a whole lot of things to **** up sliding a bike down the road on the slider and the can, except the slider and the can, neither of which are essential to riding wheelies.
and the way I looked at it was like, I could hop right back on there and get the tire in the air and show myself I could do it, or I coulda walked the bike over to a gas station, looked at it, looked at my cuts and acted like a *****, but I didn't want to give it a second thought. When you fall off a horse, you gotta get back on and get over it.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:51 AM   #18
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nice bike. If youre ever out that way, at the southern end of skyline drive (northern end of blue ridge parkway) and want one of the best sort of secret knee dragging roads in the mideast, take 33 west from harrisonburg. it crosses over the mountains into brandywine through some of the most dramatic banked corners you will ever see. keep going down the straight stretch after you come down the mountain on the WV sign, the little log cabin on the left has great lunch/dinner specials and the owner's grandaughters are usually waiting tables. They are both really hot. The only gas station around is about 100 yards up the road from there. gas up, turn around, and head back over the mountains (not much great riding any further west unless youre heading southwest anyway, in which case take 28 south to WV 219. Its long and winds up and over several massive mountains, and it couldn't be better riding... almost like it was engineered by a biker.)
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:30 AM   #20
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Wow tango, that not bike fever you have bro, thats a incurable, unoperable DISEASE.
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