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Well after all the years of riding with good protection gear I finally found out why you should wear them. Left home yesterday morning in the rain and turned onto the on ramp and headed out. There's a slight curve on the ramp and I cut it a bit to much and touched the white line. BAM I was down skidding down the shoulder. The bike luckily skidded faster and I followed. I went back in the afternoon and paced it off. Bike skidded around 350 feet and I about 300. Only thing I remember was I said OH SHIT and thought how long am I going to slide. There are holes in the pants and coat in all the right places, over the armor, and no road rash. My helmet, HJC flipup, held up but I can't see through the shield for the scratches My hip and leg hurt a little but that is all. They say it happens close to home and this was within a half a mile. I rode the bike home, after the firefighters that came got it up and back onto the road. No real damage except the rear brake at the master cylinder starting leaking. I already fixed that. Of course the tip of wing and the trim on the saddle bag are damaged but that seems to be it. Dam lucky and now I know the reason for good gear and I'll have to learn how to ride again.

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post #2 of 21 Old Apr 28th, 2007, 1:55 pm
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Nothing broken and no road rash are the reward for ATGATT.
Glad you were able to ride home immediately thereafter and that the bike is already fixed. You may be sore for a little while, but it
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Hey.. amazing! Congratulations! and like Gilles said.. buy your Angel a couple of cold ones!... then buy new gear and get back out there.

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Glad to hear you came through fairly unscathed. When you get a chance do take some time to pull the bodywork from the damaged side of the bike and check the mounts and frame tab for the tip-over wing. That frame tab is nototious for snapping off in low-side accidents like the one you had. Also, just checking out stuff under the skin after an accident is a good idea; don't want to find out about hidden damage at a bad time.

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The tuperware is off. Been checking it out and I haven't found anything yet. I'll look a little closer at the wing mounts. Thanks

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Sorry to hear of your mishap. Glad that you and the bike are in good shape. Its amazing how much the LT can take compared to other bikes. Most parts of the frame are very strong. Your an excellent rider with tons of miles under your belt. You will be back in tune in no time flat.Let me know if you need a hand with anything.

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post #7 of 21 Old Apr 28th, 2007, 10:03 pm Thread Starter
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Howdy Brian,

Yup I was lucky and yes the LT does take a lot of abuse. I've been working on it most of the day. Haven't found any major problems. I will need the steel part and cover for the right wing and the trim for the saddle bag. Other than that all is good.

I had a small brake fluid leak after the crash. It was the banjo bolt on the top of the master cylinder. Tightened it up and as long as I had to add fluid I decided to give it a try and flush the brakes. It went pretty fast and I think all is well but I still have to put all the tuperware on and test ride it. slowly

Thanks to Mark Nedlett for the easy to follow instructions.

I should be ready for a ride sometime tomorrow.

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Bill,

Happy to hear that you are OK, and that the LT also fared well. Like you, I was reminded the hard way aboyt wearing the gear. It's a PITA, but not as much a PITA as getting hurt really badly!

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Yuo know what they say, If you don't fall off you don't need the gear. Glad to hear it worked as advertised
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Well your going to be sore when you get knocked around, sliding on the road or playing ball with the kids.
Your okay, thats all that matters.
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Left home yesterday morning in the rain... I went back in the afternoon and paced it off. Bike skidded around 350 feet and I about 300.
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Glad all is well.

Late for work? Let's see, raining, on a corner, and you slide the length of a football field! Wow I guess I ride pretty wimpy.
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Glad you're OK. Sharing this story helps all of us.

I'm curious: what pants/jacket did you wear?

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I'm curious: what pants/jacket did you wear?

I wear all First Gear, Kilimanjaro coat and HT pants. The skid wore holes in all the right places. Over the armor.

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I wear all First Gear, Kilimanjaro coat and HT pants. The skid wore holes in all the right places. Over the armor.

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So I guess this means it's time to go shopping!!!

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Glad your OK and thanks for posting. It is always good to get these reminders.

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I wear all First Gear, Kilimanjaro coat and HT pants. The skid wore holes in all the right places. Over the armor.

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So I guess this means it's time to go shopping!!!
Already ordered the same pants from New Enough and I will probably order a new coat soon.

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Seems to me, Bill, that you are not so much a lucky man, but a smart one! Some movie character once said...."Luck favors the prepared mind".
Might have been some Steven Segal movie.

Being prepared is the only way to avoid the pain of experience!

Glad you ride prepared!

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They say it happens close to home and this was within a half a mile.
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Damn...I'd move away from there if I was you.

Glad there is something in this to joke about. Your okay and the bike is okay the rest is just details. Thanks for reminding us about ATGATT. Sometimes I just don't feel like wearing it, especially when it gets good and hot.

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very glad to hear you're ok - also glad to hear that your Kili gear stood up for 'ya - i wear the same and would much rather somebody else test it for me...

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[QUOTE=Lonewuff]Damn...I'd move away from there if I was you.

don't think I haven't thought about it. But it was before this happened. To dam many people around here.
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i wear the same and would much rather somebody else test it for me...
Consider them tested. I'm throwing the pants away but I'm having the coat repaired for $30.00. I'm happy.

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