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Crash report

I know...it's hard to believe. I mean how could I, rumbo75, crash right? Well after 3 straight years of commuting on 2 wheels I finally hit the pavement.

I was on my way to work this morning around 8 and it was pretty mild out. Like mid or low 70's. I was making a right turn at a Y intersection and I hit a slick spot in the road and the bike just came right out from under me. I usually take that turn at about 60 but I think I was only doing about 50 mph this morning when I went down. The bike slid for a long time and thankfully I slid much less than the bike. Still, kinda weird sliding down the pavement like that.






I went down as soon as I turned onto this road and if you look hard enough you can see the bike upright on the left side of the road. That's where it came to a stop.






Now for the damage. Actually not bad at all. The crash bars took most of it. The rear spool was worn down quite a bit. Both foot pegs are scuffed on the bottom as well as some scuffing on the bar end and back of the mirror. Brake lever was also bent up but a passer by helped me to bend it down so I could ride it home.






And as for me. Well, I turned out pretty good.








Jacket ripped on the forearm, shoulder, and back. Not too bad for a mesh jacket.
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Evidently the knee/shin guards worked. What model are they? I have a bionic knee and like to wear something more than the brace I use. Glad that was the extent of your damage.
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I'm not sure what model they are. I'm assuming fox because of the diagram on them. I got them for 15 bucks at cycle gear.

I forgot to mention that I got a bruise on my leg up by my hip. That hurts a little when I move around but it doesn't bother me really.
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Wow! Glad you are okay. Can't wait for my crash bars. Good call on your gear.
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Wow! I would say not bad at all, especially for a 50 mph crash. The bike doesn't look bad at all, and you look ready to ride again!! Glad you weren't hurt. A little prevention goes a long way....



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Glad you weren't seriously hurt and that the bike faired well.

One thing I have observed in my years of riding is that my friends tend to ride more aggressively when they have their full race leathers on than when they are wearing draggin jeans and a mesh jacket. I think there is something psychological going on where they feel they will not get injured in a slide so they push the corners harder with the full leathers.

I think rider skill and riding for the conditions (weather, traffic, road surface, etc) play an important role in keeping the bike upright.
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Good deal that you are ok and I'm jealous of the temp you have going on.
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What kind of tires do you have? How many miles on them?
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Glad that you and the bike are a little scuffed but still ready to ride. Crash protection works!
That said, hitting a "slick spot in the road" on a warm dry day might indicate some deficiencies in technique. Might not, but it's worth examining. Lane position? Visual Scanning? Throttle or Brake? Mind somewhere else?
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Very Very Glad your are all Ok Bro and you are a testimony to ATGATT.

Thanks for the post as it will open some eyes on SAFETY and ATGATT

on your repair work and do get some new gears.

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Glad your ok....is the blod to the left of the white truck the bike?

How did end up, upright or was the pic taken after you picked it up.
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Glad you and the bike are ok! I can't tell where your bike is in the pic which makes it even more scary to think how far it slid.

Around here on Mondays and Thursdays the garbage trucks turn the clear and dry road into a slick line up the middle especially where they've compacted. Did you figure out what was there?

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Good deal that you are ok and I'm jealous of the temp you have going on.
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Cold with snow and below zero!!
Glad you are ok!! Thank you for sharing this. I try and learn from all posting and man your gear saved you from injury! And alot of skin!
You said slippery spot and I have seen some oil spots this year that are just like a nightmare. Glad you are ok bro!





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Don't take this the wrong way, but it's nice to see a crash in the Houston area that doesn't end up on the news or on a RIP thread on motohouston. So many crashes you hear about around here end in fatalities, or riders look like hamburger meat.

Now I don't feel so stupid for wearing my tourmaster suit now, seeing that shin and elbow protection works well!

Hows your helmet look? Any contact?

Your Versys came out largely unscathed too. The Versys that parks next to mine at UH, looks like it's been through a war. Nice to see the crash guards work!

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Pirelli angels. Not sure how many miles, haven't checked my odometer lately.

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Glad that you and the bike are a little scuffed but still ready to ride. Crash protection works!
That said, hitting a "slick spot in the road" on a warm dry day might indicate some deficiencies in technique. Might not, but it's worth examining. Lane position? Visual Scanning? Throttle or Brake? Mind somewhere else?
Sure, It was 100% rider error. I saw a dark spot in the road but thought nothing of it as I leaned into the turn.

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Glad your ok....is the blod to the left of the white truck the bike?

How did end up, upright or was the pic taken after you picked it up.
Yea, that's it. Out by the rectangular white sign. It was laying over and someone else picked it up for me.

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Glad you and the bike are ok! I can't tell where your bike is in the pic which makes it even more scary to think how far it slid.

Around here on Mondays and Thursdays the garbage trucks turn the clear and dry road into a slick line up the middle especially where they've compacted. Did you figure out what was there?
I wouldn't be surprised if it was some liquid spilled from a garbage truck.
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Don't take this the wrong way, but it's nice to see a crash in the Houston area that doesn't end up on the news or on a RIP thread on motohouston. So many crashes you hear about around here end in fatalities, or riders look like hamburger meat.

Now I don't feel so stupid for wearing my tourmaster suit now, seeing that shin and elbow protection works well!

Hows your helmet look? Any contact?

Your Versys came out largely unscathed too. The Versys that parks next to mine at UH, looks like it's been through a war. Nice to see the crash guards work!
You have no idea how happy I was when I looked down at my pants and saw all the road rash on my shin guards. I wear them religiously when commuting.

I did have helmet contact. It put a few light scratches on it that are barely visible. Although my neck is now a little sore on the opposite side so maybe I smacked my head harder than I thought.

The crash guards worked amazingly well. Not even a blemish on any of the plastics. Basically, just pick it up off the ground and it was ready to ride.
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