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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Went Down Tonight....

I'm fine.

Going round a curve in the road just after filling up for tomorrow's ride into work and I hit some gravel and lost control. If my surprise at hitting the gravel were not so great I could have possibly pulled it out by giving the right grip a good push, leaning me back into the direction of the road. (hind sight is 20/20) That's not what happened and I ended up in the ditch at a pretty good clip. My baby is now damaged where before it was not. I feel foolish, angry and inferior.

Windscreen was snapped off at the base - had to leave it there; Tach took a hit and got a nice scratch but I managed to bend it back into position. gas tank dented - size of a half dollar in the front top - no creasing. Headlight / turn signal assembly pushed back and to the right but I think that's straightened out again too. Brand new jeans ripped - nice gash in my leg. But everything seems to work, both on the bike and on me.

Guy in a pickup stopped to help me out, to lift her up and get her out of the ditch. Lucky for me - it would have been a lot harder without him. I got her started up, told her how sorry I was and we headed home following the path I had originally chosen in the first place.

I thought on the way to ****-can this whole cycle idea, that spending another dime on it would be a waste of money, that the ride to work in the morning would be by car and all my riding plans for this weekend and next week would be canceled. But after I got everything cleaned up and bent back into shape, the noticeable tank dent not withstanding, I began to soften. I think I'll not quit and I will ride in tomorrow morning as originally planned. After that we'll see.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-23-2009, 08:12 PM
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Glad to hear that nothing more than your pride is hurt.

Don't know if I'd get back in the saddle that fast.

Fix your baby up. I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned.

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Glad that you're OK and the bike too. I know the feeling. You feel stupid and inadequate but in reality it was nothing more than an accident because **** happens. Hope you and the bike get healed up soon.

Wish I could remember the name of the product but I can't. It is made for pulling out small dents and I read recently that it works well. Maybe you can do a little research and find it to pull out that little dent in the tank. As long as there are no creases it should work well.

Good luck man.

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Hey MSH --

I feel your pain Dude, both physical and emotional. Many of us on this forum have been there. The most important thing is that you are not seriously hurt!
The bike (even the tank dent) can be fixed.

Crashing can be a scary and personally traumatic experience. It sounds like you're handling better than most.

My thoughts are with you for a complete recovery, emotional, physical, and scoot wise.

Are there any "take-aways" or lessons learned for the benefit of fellow riders?

Thanx for sharing your experience with us!

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I'm fine.

Going round a curve in the road just after filling up for tomorrow's ride into work and I hit some gravel and lost control. If my surprise at hitting the gravel were not so great I could have possibly pulled it out by giving the right grip a good push, leaning me back into the direction of the road. (hind sight is 20/20) That's not what happened and I ended up in the ditch at a pretty good clip. My baby is now damaged where before it was not. I feel foolish, angry and inferior.

Windscreen was snapped off at the base - had to leave it there; Tach took a hit and got a nice scratch but I managed to bend it back into position. gas tank dented - size of a half dollar in the front top - no creasing. Headlight / turn signal assembly pushed back and to the right but I think that's straightened out again too. Brand new jeans ripped - nice gash in my leg. But everything seems to work, both on the bike and on me.

Guy in a pickup stopped to help me out, to lift her up and get her out of the ditch. Lucky for me - it would have been a lot harder without him. I got her started up, told her how sorry I was and we headed home following the path I had originally chosen in the first place.

I thought on the way to ****-can this whole cycle idea, that spending another dime on it would be a waste of money, that the ride to work in the morning would be by car and all my riding plans for this weekend and next week would be canceled. But after I got everything cleaned up and bent back into shape, the noticeable tank dent not withstanding, I began to soften. I think I'll not quit and I will ride in tomorrow morning as originally planned. After that we'll see.
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Sucks dude. Good part is your still breathing and sounds like the bike took the worst of it. You might want to wait till you get up tommorow before deciding on riding.

Gravel on the road is one thing you can't have control over, so don't sweat it.

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I'm very glad that for the most part you are ok.
gravel put me and my vn750 down at the end of last years season. the first turn of a very long run and with about 50 plus bikes behide me, talk about feeling foolish!
so yeah, it happens! like the saying goes "there are 2 kinds of riders. ones that have gone down and ones that are going to go down". sooner or later we all go down!
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glad to hear your ok, and im sure you can get the bike back in shape. they always say if you fall off the horse get back on. but then I haven't been down,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yet! they say there are two kinds of riders, ones that have been down, and the ones that will. has to be a learning experience. was it after a lot of rain. I'm always extra careful after hard rains because of driveway washouts and limbs down and such.
hope your on the road soon but make sure your bike is in good shape again first, I would do a double safety check!

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See that gravel every morning, its a biatch, i have to sit her up straight on a curve, same place every day, glad you are ok freind, good man!
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Just want to chime in here and say that I too am glad you're ok. Don't let a gravel slide make you feel foolish or inferior, as you said. Angry yes, but the other feelings - no. Actually this has served to make you a better rider for the experience. That's what it did for me when I took a fall over a parking curb (it came out of nowhere)!

KM, you're awesome dude. That tinyURL for the dent puller is just what msh1156 needs to fix his tank dent by himself and feel good about his ride again. While everyone else offers only sympathy (which is great), you give constructive help that gets right to the root of the matter.

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Glad to hear your ok,and the bike didnt get hurt to bad.

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