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Done riding for the year.

Well sadly my riding season has come to a end already.

Riding to work today I was on a entrance to a highway coming off of a bridge. As you came off the ramp there is a long speed up lane before merging. The car a few cars ahead of me got off the ramp into the accel. lane and sped up then slammed on their brakes for no reason. All the other cars stacked up very quickly behind the braking car. I was still in the entrance ramp in a turn, leaned over. Saw all the red lights and grabbed to much front brake. I low-sided the bike and slid for a bit.
Popped right back up and quickly ran to the bike and lifted it right up no problem. A car that stopped helped me push it off the road. My left wrist was sore, but felt fine. After sitting for a bit I decided it hurt to much to pull in the clutch so called my dad to bring the truck and ramps.

The damage: Fractured wrist that the doctor told me needs to be in a cast 6-8 weeks. Also my right knee has a sweet strawberry to it.
The Bike: Right tank cover is scuffed, broke off a handguard, bent rear brake lever, scuffed throttle bar slider and footpeg, and slight scuff on my front fender.
I had wanted to get the bike painted this winter, so now I have a real excuse. The rest can be fixed pretty cheap. I am shocked at the lack of damage. We drove it up in the truck.

My helmet never touched the ground, leather jacket and gloves show no marks. I had on Joe Rocket Phoenix pants. I wore through the mesh, and knee armour on the right to skin. I also had Joe Rocket Metour boots. They are skuffed up pretty good, and it looks like some stitching is now loose.

So I am done for the year, put on around 6k miles since april when I bought the bike. I will definitely be keeping the bike, as I already want to ride. Just hope my wrist heals quick for ski season.

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That Sucks man, Glad you're OK!
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That sucks, good to hear your all right, so what color is your V and what are your plans for paint?
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Glad you're OK. Karma - it's a powerful force.... ;-)

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Glad you're ok & thankful you saw what was going on in time, and to walk away like you did! Could've been bad slamming into the rear of a car accelerating onto a freeway. Good on you!



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That sucks, good to hear your all right, so what color is your V and what are your plans for paint?
I have a red 08'. I was planning on doing the orange on the 04' Kawi ZX6R.

Then I found out it's a 2 part paint. In my hopes to make it a bit cheaper I would like a 1 part paint.

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Glad to hear you're mostly OK. Take care of yourself, and show us how good the new paint is when it's ready.

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Glad to hear you are ok. One of the guys that works for me broke his wrist in a high side, but it healed up pretty quick. Sounds like you should be in good shape for at least some of the ski season!!!

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Now I have four!
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It's good you are okay. Listen to your doctor.

I'm still recovering from mine back on July 5th. The cast suck and I've got 4 more weeks for mine.

Also go for the orange, it'll look good.

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Sorry to hear about your misfortune, but like bear said thank god it wasn't A collision. Hope you heal up quickly, can't wait to see the paint job you give it.
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Sounds like you should be in good shape for at least some of the ski season!!!
I need to be good for the entire ski season! I manage a ski shop that is located 50 yards away from the lifts at a ski area. Also race on a shop sponsored team.

I tore my ACL 3 winters ago in a ski race, and that really sucked.

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Sorry to hear about your misfortune, but like bear said thank god it wasn't A collision. Hope you heal up quickly, can't wait to see the paint job you give it.
Very happy it wasnt a collision. Those never seem to end as easy as ONLY a fractured wrist.

I cant wait myself to see the bike painted. Ever since I first saw the Ninja series and the Z1000 in that color I have wanted that color.

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Crapola,

Glad you are ok. Tough way to get a paint job.

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Close call, with not too bad an outcome. When traffic starts stacking up I always worry about the guy behind me. Thats one of the times a rider is very
much at risk.
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It sounds like it would have been a lot worse without the pants, they seem to have absorbed a lot of the impact.
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Glad you are alright and that there wasn't too much damage.

Orange all the way baby!!!

Let yourself heal up properly and if you have to, take some time off from racing and riding. It is much better to be safe then sorry, especially years down the road. Old age and pain isn't fun.

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Glad you had gear on...Mine saved my bacon on a low side...And lest we forget some cagers just seem to have an endless supply of "DumbAss Pills".
Hope ya heal soon, can't wait for the new paint

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Glad you okay mate, glad you had your gear on, all the best with recovery so you be right for the snow
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Any crash from which you can walk away is a landing! Or maybe a ditch. Never fun to go down, but awesome to hear you'll be OK! I know firsthand about grabbing too much front brake. That's how my V went down in an emergency stop. The front's kind of twitchy that way. Lots of initial grab, then not too much feedback or linearity before lockup. Definitely one of the things I want to work on. Probably start with SS lines, then pads.

Edit: For the paint, why not the '07 Versys orange? I'm thinking of using it to accent my blue machine.

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Very glad you were able to walk away from that; sounds like your reactions and gear saved you from a collision. Good luck on the paint job, should look a bit like the Euro '10? If the two part paint is a base and clearcoat, I found that was easy and great looking on the tins on my bobber project. Good luck!

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