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Damn! Sucks that you wrecked on your '03 but still glad to see you weren't seriously hurt. I see you're from Norfolk. Whereabouts did this accident occur?

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Happened in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach, not far from the North Carolina line. The bad thing is that I have been riding most of those roads since around 1990 and this is the first time I ever went down on a ride. I thought about claiming insurance (dog ran out or something) but I don't need the rates to go up anymore. I think that I can mostly fix the plastic, and I haven't really needed the fast idle anyway, so I will probably live with it for a while. At least til I can afford some new plastic. Might cut the busted upper down so it will be similar to a TL, heh heh. Give it a bit of a street fighter look, and with the lighter front end, it will wheelie easier![:eek:)]

C-Ya.....Skiv
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Was on an ok ride Sunday, mostly trying to get some video and set my suspension up...stock is too hard for the twisties. Had 19 riders in the group, about 12 more than I wanted. Some knew how to ride, most didn't, you know how it goes. Tight right hander, gravel, and a GMC truck played right into the hands of fate. My bud ahead of me was riding slower than nomal and I planned on passing him after the turn, he locked the rear brake and went straight, I was going too fast and got a little unsorted, by the time I crossed the double yellow, I saw the truck and had no where to go. I dove hard to the left so I wouldn't hit my bud who had gone into a 2 1/2' ditch full of water. He went in at an angle but I went in straight. Kind of pushed off the bike so as to not get slammed and was then glad that it had rained the whole week before, because the ground was soft, wet, but soft. My buddy on a F4 had no damage, but his shoulder hurt, not broke, but he dislocated it on Monday. No damage to me with the exception of a sore neck. The bike has cracks in the upper, lower left, cracked the top of the light assembly, broke the front tap on the rear, and lost the fast idle lever. Other than breaking the bottom out of the camcorder, and having a very muddy bike and muddy gear, everything else was fine. She started back up, rode straight, and I even did a decent wheelie within 10 minutes of the wreck. I guess the newness has worn off of the bike now, so I am not so worried about wrecking it. Hell everyone said that I did better wheelies after the wreck! [:eek:)]Glad to say that the upside down forks are outstanding since they are straight after a direct hit with the ditch! Hey, at least I got it on video![:eek:)] I will have another friend rip it to the computer so I can post it. Just goes to show that even with a bunch of experience, you can still go down. This was my first on a ride, and probably won't be my last. So you guys that picked the '03 as your first ride, take it easy and learn yours and the bikes limits.
Hey the front flush mounts aren't even scratched and still work! The rear hugger and chain guard I just painted didn't have a scratch on it. But the tank bra that I waited 2 months for was full of mud, and I am having a tough time getting the mud out of my gear. Oh well, have to get it ready for next weeks ride, sans camera[V]

Here are the pics, sorry for you guys on dial up, they are kinda big to show the damage.







Naked bike

All my bodywork, cleaned


C-Ya.....Skiv
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Alright, I've been waiting a whole day now....where's the vid?

Dan...comfortable enough with his manhood to ride a 600.
 

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sorry to see your bike like that, I know it hurts. Glad to see you're ok though. Panels may be expensive, but they can be replaced.

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Ok, for you guys that want to see the wreck itself, click here
http://www.members.cox.net/zx636skiv/1st_down.wmv
sorry about the angle of the camera, I had it mounted on the tank with a custom plate I made up, I think that if I get another camera (the mount ripped the bottom out) I will have to angle it up higher or get a helmet cam so I can mount the camcorder itself in the trunk. An sorry again, I am still trying to learn how to edit the videos, one of my first attempts, glad I can ride!:D
I am getting ready to go out to the garage now to fix her back up, I am jonesin already....

C-Ya.....Skiv
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I missed a few things that got damaged. The top of the light assembly is cracked, and the metal bracket around the gauges is cracked in three places. I really should have gotten pics of the bike when it was covered in mud, but I didn't want to. And yes, the truck was damn close. He at least stopped for a minute to see if we were alright. Wish he wasn't there, would have had a little more room.
I'm surprised your fairing got that messed up from landing on the grass like that.
Actually from the hit, I am surprised that more wasn't messed up, i did hit nose first. I have seen other bikes hit the same way and fold the forks back, and more. So I am considering it a good landing. The F4 had no damage what so ever, but he went in at a different angle.

C-Ya.....Skiv
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Wow that looked nasty. Thank god you weren't hurt and the truck didn't plow through you.

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Not to be an ass but why the heck did he hit the brakes at all in a turn? Looked like he should've been able to take the turn at the speed he was going.

BTW, glad no one ate the grill of that truck!

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Sorry bout the crash bro, at least you escaped uninjured. About the fender eliminator you made, what did you do for a plate light?
 

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Originally posted by Sh1n5

Sorry bout the crash bro, at least you escaped uninjured. About the fender eliminator you made, what did you do for a plate light?
For a while, I just used the tail light to illuminate it. I now have 2 LED lights that I found in the import section at Advance Auto. They are just stuck to the tailsection and shine down. They are similar to the lighted windshield squirters that you see everywhere.

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looks to me like your buddy was stupid and you target fixated....your buddy didn't apex early enough, he didn't lock his brake up(no black marks) he just didn't lean enough, it's a 20mph corner, so at least 35-40mph is doable...there was a piece of paper, no gravel...

and both you mofo's were lucky![:eek:)]
 

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Actually he did lock up the brakes, unfortunatly, he had so little tread left that it didn't leave a mark. But this is the aftermath of his tire.

The gravel I was talking about was a little further back on the ride, and like I said he was acting a little nervous before he hit the corner. Most everyone ahead of us had slid in the gravel and everyone slowed down. You can see only one rider in front of us, but there were actually 8 more that had already gotten over the fear of sliding in the gravel, and had put a bunch of distance on us.

I probably did target fixate, but I was also trying to bring him in closer so that I could get around him after the turn. I am not blaming it on him, I did mess up. But in the same sense, I have no doubt in my mind that if he had made the turn, and had not locked up the brakes, that I would have made it also. Unfortunatly, when I saw the GMC, I too got nervous, and had to make a quick decision. If I had tried the turn, I realized that I might not make it but I would hit the truck, so I took the ditch, which was the lessor of two evils. I also didn't claim this on my insurance, because I feel that I messed up, so I will take the heat for it. Besides, I don't want my rates to go up anymore.

And for the turn, the best riders couldn't take it more than 20 mph. It is a decreasing radious turn, and is probably recommended at 10 or 15. And yes, there is gravel in the road, look close.

C-Ya.....Skiv
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"Pain heals, chicks dig scars, but glory lasts forever"
 

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It easy for all of us to say what we would have, should have could have done! You'll never know adn no one is a mind reader. ZX636Skiv
give him credit for not taking the chance adn hitting the freakin mass of metal as well as learning from the bad experiance so that that type of crap doesn't happen again.

I give your props ZX636Skiv.

Just my opinion, never claimed to be right or wrong.

PGH, PA
 
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