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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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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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Glad you're ok

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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. :smiley_th

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! :doh:

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I see what you mean about the gravel in your pic , one of many tricks and traps for bikers, glad to hear your ok, I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really , I know these come out of the blue so its hard to anticipate sometimes but like me you will remember this black spot when you come across it again and be ready next time.
 
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I see what you mean about the gravel in your pic , one of many tricks and traps for bikers, glad to hear your ok, I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really , I know these come out of the blue so its hard to anticipate sometimes but like me you will remember this black spot when you come across it again and be ready next time.
That's what I was about to say, rear brake only... trail braking .. in turns where there's some sort of skitch on the road surface. You can correct a rear wheel slide, front not so much.

Gloves! I take some ribbing about wearing leather fingerless gloves, I guess they think it's cliche' to wear them, so they wear no gloves at all. Once you've had the skin on your palms bubbled up like an extra cheese pizza, you wear gloves. When you're sliding and spinning down the asphalt on your backside, hands are your only means of steering to avoid poles, cars, iron mailboxes, etc.

Best thing is to get your feet planted, pop up, and run the last 20yds.
 

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Best thing is to get your feet planted, pop up, and run the last 20yds.
I'd end up falling flat on my face lol

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I'd end up falling flat on my face lol

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Some of the MotoGP guys end up doing flips, too much speed when they get their feet down. I was running hard at first and having a helluva time slowing down.

Road rash is an effective method for reducing freckles, but that first shower is murder.
 

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I tend to use rear brake only when on gravel ,about the only time I use it really.
I am so glad I have gotten comfortable with the rear brake. I almost never use the front brake, actually. Just when I'm at a light and put my right foot down. My comfort and stability in all situations has increased dramatically since becoming a rear brake convert.

I grabbed a bit of front brake today, actually. This morning I had my first dog encounter, which was pretty minor, but still a little scary. There were a couple of dogs taking turns going out into the road and chasing cars. A fairly small dog crossed right in front of me to go after the car in the other lane. I was less concerned about him coming after me than I was about running over him. I grabbed some front brake, of course, but I wasn't too jerky with it (thankfully), and I didn't even slow down that much. But I was ready. And my bars were nice and straight, so I never felt like I was at any risk.

After that happened, and especially on the way back through that area, I asked myself the degree to which I was willing to sacrifice myself or my bike to save a dog that comes out into the road to mess with cars or bikes. I like dogs as much as the next guy, but I decided I'm not the least bit interested in trying to avoid a dog in that case. Hopefully he has the sense to get out of the way. But my only goal will be getting through it alive, without injury, and with my bike on two wheels.
 

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Yeah, I missed the part about the injured hands. I certainly agree with the sentiment on gloves. They're not hassle to use, either.

If I was in a game of Safety Gear strip poker, the gloves would be the second-to-last piece of gear to go. Last would be boots, because I cannot imagine riding barefoot.
 
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