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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well, after 30 years of riding, it finally happened. I went down with my bike on Interstate 85 in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon. The first rain (light) in over a month had the road slicker than usual. Combine that with a police car and another vehicle moving in the emergency lane (I was in the right lane) and another vehicle suddenly pulling into the lane I was trying to get into to avoid the police car, a pull on the brakes by me sent my bike skidding as if I had hit an ice patch. When my wheels regained traction (with the bike skidding somewhat sideways) I was thrown off the bike and bounced on the blacktop as the bike did it's own bounce. Fortunately this all happened at fairly slow speed (less than 25 MPH) and the traffic behind me was able to stop without running me over.

I have some road rash on my left knee and right elbow, my right foot is sprained, I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder, and I have a number of bruises. I consider myself extremely lucky.

Although the front of the bike took some hard hits, my Givi saddlebags kept the rear of the bike from getting a scratch. The Givi bags are scratched pretty badly, but are still functional and not cracked. My plexistar fairing is in a million pieces on I-85, but it probably absorbed a lot of impact forces that would have damaged more of the bike.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 08:57 PM
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Hard to tell from the pictures but it doesn't look that bad. Glad to here YOU didn't have any permanent damage.

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Are you Okay? All you talked about is the bike. How are you?
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Been there. I was at an even slower speed, an Idiot cager wanted the same space I was using in rush hour in DC. 5 to 10 mph. Nice day just happened to be on a spot of oil. I went down so fast I didn't even know I was going. Broke my collar bone. Bike got a few scratches.

Glad to hear you didn't break anything! Hope the sprain doesn't take long to heal. Hope that bike is back under you in no time. You're now in category 2. Those that have.
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Glad to hear that you're OK, Wally!!!

Just curious ~ were you wearing protective gear?

Glad the bike is OK too.


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Never mind the bike....

more importantly, glad to know you came out of this relatively okay.
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Hey Wally,

Great to see you survived the accident in relative good shape with no major injuries.
Those Freeways always did look like trouble to me and Lena. Only took her out on the Freeway once and those cagers were unbelievable, cutting right in front of us left and right.

I prefer a slow, dirt, pot holed Mexican backroad to a freeway any day.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-07-2007, 12:29 AM
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Good to hear your ok. I had a wet slip and slide experience a while back and was glad to make it out better than I should have. There's nothing more freaky than sliding on the pavement and having time to think about what you're "supposed" to be doing.

It does look like the bike made it out pretty well - it's amazing you and the bike made it out allright when from the looks of it the bike somehow slid/bounced on both sides. I know that when I had my "oops" (mostly my fault) my ammo can saddlebags saved both me and the bike from serious injury.

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Bummer, Wally. Like the others said, good to hear you're mostly OK.
Hope the bike isn't too bad either.

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Glad to see you posting after your spill and that you are ok. Motorcycles can be repaired, humans take a bit longer and you just can't find good replacement parts!
I remember from the course they saying that light rains (especially after dry spells) are the most hazardous It brings up all that soaked in oil and fluids from the pavement. Doesn't bother you as far as riding but as you stated.. the road can become almost like an ice rink!
Heal well and completely

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