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nate
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 7:58 am  Reply with quote
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The early morning rain claimed a victim this morning. I started to 'twitch' the bike around a crater in the road, and the combination of my slick chen shins and the slick roadsurface had me skidding along on my side at 30-40 mph. (Wonder if I can get that info out of my GPS?)

It happened pretty quick (as everybody says) and I remember a light scuff of my helmet on the ground as well as watching myself track the centerline of the road as the bike spun off towards parked cars. It tracked perfectly so the rear rack bounced off the rear tire of a parked car, then spun along on its side and punched its front tire into the front tire of the car- completely avoiding all the bodywork inbetween. That was pretty cool.

Then I got up and rode it home. The front fender is more bent and needs more paint than it did. The engine side cowl scraped throgh the paint and bondo, so now the little scuff marks that were there are a big round patch. And the front legshield trim got tugged off. Legshield itself is ok. Dogleg levers are scuffed but not broken. Now I know why I haven't bothered to pretty up the P.

As for myself, I'm fine. Selfconcious in the aerostich maybe, but now it's a product I'll stand beside, that's for sure. The pocket that held my GPS needs to be replaced. I've got black scarring ono the jacket from the forearm up to the shoulder. But as for me, just a little 'burn' on my forearm. I should post a pick and contrast it to Jeremy's rooadrash.

Protective gear is cool! All the kids are doing it! Or at least, I think they should be.
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Lisa
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:02 am  Reply with quote
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Bummer on the crash.

I am so glad to hear you're okay though.

As for protective gear....a crash sure makes it easier to wear it when it is 97 degrees. Glad you were protected!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:17 am  Reply with quote
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Damnit Nate how many times have I told you not to crash! Glad you're ok and you didn't get run over. Where there any cars around?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:20 am  Reply with quote
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Nate, come by the body shop when you can and we'll straighten out the new dings. I'm glad they are all in the scoot and not you.
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Glad you're ok, the scoot just looks a little tougher now. Oh yeah post a gnarly pic of some torn skin. Just kidding, I can't stand to look at them.
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nate
PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 8:41 am  Reply with quote
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The skin isn't torn, just kind of scuffed up. GPS reports about 38.2 mph when my velocity dropped off rapidly.

I didn't skid into any oncoming traffic- I think I swerved to the right to kind of get some room between me and an oncoming, and I went down right after him. He didn't bother to stop after watching me go down in his rearview, which was kind of sweet.

And the jacket really isn't that hot when it's 98 degrees- as long as there's a breeze! (generated or otherwise.) Sitting at a stoplight or walking around in it, yeah, that gets a bit warm. But it's still probably not as warm and sticky as a bunch of bandages.

All in all, it was a minor crash. Many pople have been through a lot worse- but I'm amazed at how little damage was actually done.
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Now might be a good time to ask Aerostich again, with photos!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2005 9:07 am  Reply with quote
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Dude, I sent off a hint to them before posting here.
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Glad your all right man!
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Moses
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Screw the self-consciousness and repeat after me: Gear is good.

Like all others here, I, too, am glad to hear you're okay.

Side subject: Is it me or do the roads seem pretty bad in quality/maintenance lately. I don't recall them being so bad since I moved up here in 1993.

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Thank God your ok. Post pics man. I wanna see the carnage.

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If the roads are in bad shape I would be happy to heap the Blame on James Janos, the former idiot Guv for lowering the cost of tabs so he would have to pay less annually for his armada of vehicles.

I don't know if this is accurate or not, but I hate to pass up the opportunity to bash him.

Friggin' twit.
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Wow, I'm glad you're ok too, Nate.
Makes me wanna buy one of those jackets.

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Is it the same jacket as Moses?
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I'm glad you're ok Nate. Though I suspect that you're to tough to be hurt much...

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If the roads are in bad shape I would be happy to heap the Blame on James Janos, the former idiot Guv for lowering the cost of tabs so he would have to pay less annually for his armada of vehicles.

I don't know if this is accurate or not, but I hate to pass up the opportunity to bash him.


Actually, if Nate crashed on a city or county road, you'd have to blame local govt - they pretty much pay for their own roads.

On state roadways, most of the money comes from gas tax, which we don't pay much of an hasn't been raised since 1988. Pawlenty vetoed a rise in gas tax this year, instead choosing to force us to subsidize the alcohol industry. So how will those scoots run on the 20% mix?

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