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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Sad and painful news

So i have some news for everyone. I know i havent been on here in a while, but i figured you all should know this. This past saturday (8/20/2011) i was riding my vulcan home from work. It was a nice day so i decided to take the long way home. Everything was going good. I came up to a curve in the road, probably around 45 degrees or so. I rolled off the throttle and prepared to downshift, when i notoiced that the throttle didnt roll down like it should. The throttle cable stuck inside the sheath, so i hit the kill switch, clutch, and both brakes but it was to late. before i could react i was in a 3 foot deep ditch. The next thing i remember is sliding to a stop on a gravel driveway. A bumpy ambulance ride and 2 hours later i discover that i have a broken L3, which is a vertebrae in my lower back. Other than some nasty road rash and my back im fine, but the bike has definitly seen better days.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 04:25 PM
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That sucks man...but you are alive. A little evasive surgery and you'll go on.

As for the bike, that sucks too. But a bit more surgery might fix that too.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery...for the both of you.

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Sorry to hear about your accident. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery. You are alive and able to talk about it which is the most important thing. The bike can always be replaced.

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Ouch! I relive my accident every time I hear about one like yours.
Glad to hear you were not hurt any worse than you are.

I am curious about your throttle cables.
You did have both of them installed I hope.
Was there any previous problem with them sticking?

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Sorry to hear, glad you be able to go on! Best wishes in moving forward and thanks for sharing how things can go bad in a hurry!


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hope your better soon and find you a replacement ride as soon as you are able.

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Unfortunatly i only had 1 cable installed. The other cable broke in march and i never got around to fixing it. If i had fixed it i probably wouldnt have crashed, but we can always say ifs and buts and what ifs all day, still dont change anything. the bike is probably going to get put back together, i would hate to piece one out or scrap another vulcan because of a little damage to the front end. As far as the cable sticking before, I never had a problem with it before and tried to keep it lubed, but now it feels like there is a loose strand of cable inside the sheath now, so thats probably what caused it.

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1986 Vulcan 750, paid in full (250 bucks)

R/R Relocated (Thanks flitecontrol)
Splines Lubed
Battery Tender permanetly installed
Custom Seat

Planned mods and things:
Ear shave (using stock ears as storage)
Coastering
Wrapping exhaust
Custom Exhaust
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Sorry to hear that Devin, I am pretty sure the L3 is the one I got compression fractured in my helicopter crash in 67, I didn't have surgery, but it was no fun, but is now the best it has ever been since then (44 yrs.)... I understand surgery is much better now than then, but I think I would give it a bit of time and make sure it was necessary...
Wish you well, and thank you very much for your service...
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So sorry to hear the news... you're in my prayers.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2011, 10:08 PM
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Wow man . Sorry you're going through this and I definitely wish ya the best. Take care. dt
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