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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2018, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I went down on Friday morning on the way to work. Came across some gravel strewn on the corner. I tried to slow to make the corner and the front tire came out from under me and down I went! I rehearsed it in my mind several times. It wasn't a panic grab on the brakes that caused the lockup, but rather rolling onto a few pieces of gravel while heavy on the brakes that caused the lock up.

No broken bones or head injuries. In fact, not even a mark on my helmet! My left knee and elbow are both pretty raw. A few minor cuts on both hands. I didn't cross lanes, and there was no traffic. I came to rest in the grass. All said and done, I faired well! God was watching out for me!

Preliminary bike inspection showed the clutch lever was jammed with mud and gravel. The front fender and gas tank both scratched. Both left turn signal chewed up. Speedometer is also chewed up. Possibly a bent shifter lever. The handle bars were out of alignment. I don't think they themselves twisted, but rather twisted in their mount. I'll know more in a few days.
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'89 Vulcan 750 Bought 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800
Purchased stock. Wrecked once
26980.4+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB
110/90 Front Tire
Pick-up coil re-gapped to .020"
Compufire 55402 r/r series regulator
USB Outlet + Voltmeter
Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages
Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG
MCCT conversion

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Custom LED turn signals
Windshield
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-28-2018, 11:28 PM
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Glad you're alright! I had a similar fall. I was driving in DC and had to stop for pedestrians at 2 successive crosswalks (pedestrians don't stop for anything in DC). The guy behind me didn't stop the second time and bumped my tire and threw me.

Bike landed on the left side, smashed the turn signal, and snapped my clutch lever in half. Had to ride home with 2 fingers on the clutch!
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Aargh!

Glad you guys are okay!

Sorry about th' bike scrapes!

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Sorry bout the bike, but glad your well and good. Minus a few bumps and bruises. How fast around 30?

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yeah, that can happen. sorry to hear about the bike. but then again bikes can be rebuilt/replaced. people? not so much.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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Sorry bout the bike, but glad your well and good. Minus a few bumps and bruises. How fast around 30?
I was probably going about 40 when I hit the brakes, and about 30-35 when I went down.


'89 Vulcan 750 Bought 4/12/18 @ 17805.9 miles $800
Purchased stock. Wrecked once
26980.4+ miles

Completed modifications:
Removed mufflers, straight pipes out of GB
110/90 Front Tire
Pick-up coil re-gapped to .020"
Compufire 55402 r/r series regulator
USB Outlet + Voltmeter
Repainted Metallic Blue w/ new tank bages
Ear Shave (wo/ coasters) 40/140 NO shims 45MPG
MCCT conversion

Planned modifications:
Custom LED turn signals
Windshield
Highway Pegs
(Possible) ignition advance
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Sounds like it could have been a lot worse. You ended up in grass instead of in a ravine or wrapped around a telephone pole. Cars around would have made it worse also. Thanks for the story; for reminding us about turn safety, about road objects like gravel, and about safety gear. Glad you're okay.
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Good to hear you're ok, and the shifter didn't break!

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I'm glad you're OK. I would also recommend a good pair of gloves for riding motorcycle.

Don't get me wrong--I'm not perfect by any means. We all have to determine our acceptable level of risk, and that is a personal decision--just depends on where you want to draw the line.

Wouldn't want to have someone wipe my @$$ for me, though!

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