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Old 09-25-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
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7005AL Motobecane Record

Nothing I can't fix.

Earlier this month I wrecked at the Ridesmart track day at TWS (Texas World Speedway). I had compiled the following log over the past couple of weeks of my experiences getting my bike back in working order. Enjoy, ?

Day 1

I wrecked my r6 on Monday. Having just come down the front straight of Texas Speedway, I was too enthusiastic about passing a number of people in turns 1 and 2 (which is really a long left hand turn). At once I needed to lean the bike over more, and when I tried to, the front end washed out and I found myself on the asphalt.

As I slid, I became worried that I may become stopped in the middle of the track, as this is a very wide part of the course. So I turned my body so that I may look behind me. When I did, I noticed that I was still sliding very fast. Soon I found myself in the grass and I took a tumble.

When I stopped, I stood up, turned 360 degrees to see where I was, and then walked away from the track. Once far enough away, I sat down, took off my helmet, gloves, earplugs and mouthpiece. My glasses were long gone. Soon they threw a red flag and the session was over, someone else had also wrecked on another corner.

The parts my bike needs: forks, subframe, front brake lever, clutch lever, frame sliders, swingarm sliders. These parts would get it track-worthy again.

For the street, it needs: front fairing stay, upper fairing, rear fairing (might as well get a set of race plastics), instrument cluster (ie, speedometer. don't need that for the track).

To make it pretty: basically, a whole new bike.

Gear: helmet is trashed, leathers are trashed, gloves are so-so but I'll probably replace them. boots are okay. I need some new glasses (using an old set).

Oh, right, how am I? Three rug burns: on my left knee, left forearm, and on my right elbow. My left thumb was a little sore yesterday, as was my left calf; today they are fine. My neck is a little sore, but it usually is after a track day anyways.

How do I feel about, having stared death in the face, it blinking? I suppose it only dawned on me once I was riding the crash truck back into the pits, holding on to my bike next to a pile of pieces. People were lining up along the way, staring in disbelief at the mangled bike being brought in. I felt as if I was at my own funeral, sans the part about me being dead. People came, took pictures of my bike, and asked how the rider had fared. Their disbelief was evident when I told that the rider was me.

Day 2

I spent last evening and today stripping the bike. I removed all of the broken parts and considered all of the undamaged parts. Motorcycles are inconveniently efficiently designed; the damage of one part usually means that two other parts must be taken into account, as they may be commonly attached.

I also managed to get hold of a set of used forks. I took those apart, so that I can put in some fresh fluid and new fork seals. I took of the old, broken subframe, and removed the gas tank so that I could see what if anything was going on underneath. I checked the bike thoroughly up and down, to make sure that anything I did not think was broken in reality was not.

Finally, I picked up a fresh new set of Bridgestone 003's and mounted them on my rims.

Parts I am waiting on: a subframe with battery box (I've got some people on it), brake and clutch lever. Once I get these parts, then my bike will be ready and good to go. The bike now sits with at least the rear wheel installed. I will put the front on next weekend when I finish refreshing the new forks. I installed a new triple three. I also reinstalled what was left of my fairings.

Day 3

Here is where I mend the pieces of my broken heart. More realistically, at least perhaps just those pieces of my motorcycle.

First, I took a quick road trip to the bike shop, 2Wheel Toyz, to pick up a set of new fork oil seals. I also stopped by Lowe's to pick up a couple of things. I reassembled the forks I bought, I installed them on the bike, put on the front tire, and also put in the new clutch and brake lever.

I am still waiting on the new subframe and battery box. I also ordered my new gear. These things should arrive by Monday. On Wednesday, I canceled the insurance policy on the R6; it is now a dedicated track .

I've crashed this bike four times. Twice on the street, and twice on the track. I have replaced, besides tires and brake pads and general maintenance items: chain, sprockets, master brake cylinder, front brake rotors (along with a full front brake rebuild), front forks, subframe (soon enough), clutch and brake levers (two or three times actually), throttle, throttle cables, clutch cable, if I may be forgetting something. I've personally put in 27000 miles on it in two years, the bike has 47000 miles total. If it can survive Houston, I'll take it to wherever I go next.

Day 4


My new subframe arrived. It is back, the R6 is back.

Yes, that is the radiator overflow can. This is what my bike will look like for a while, until I get the stomach to spend more money on it.

Fieldsheer leathers, gloves, and HJC helmet (DOT and SNELL approved, 90 bucks!).

This is what happened to my old helmet. The visor snapped clean off.

Old leathers. I've already crashed with them before.

Knee dragging fun.

Someone at the track snapped these pictures, I downloaded them from a forum ( See you on October 10 and 11. Texas World Speedway, we shall meet again.
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Haha I like how your bike is trashed yet you still chain and lock it down. Yet some goofballs leave bikes in perfect condition outside their apt with nothing. Good luck with the rebuild though!
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DUDE...that bike looked like it had one destination left in life. Glad to see you're bringing her back from the dead.
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looks great man! very impressive restoring it back to riding condition.
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