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post #1 of 20 Old Oct 3rd, 2008, 9:45 pm Thread Starter
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Gold Wing Crashes with No Damage

A couple weeks ago my wife and I went on a three day ride with the Local Minnesota Wings club to the southwest corner of WI. We were the only non-wing and well excepted by the group. I guess this could be a story worth telling by itself, but not why I'm posting this.

On the second day - 10 am, the ride leader collided with a four point buck. The details were quite astonishing, but most amazing is that the Gold Wind slide on it's side for a good 30 feet, then uprighted on it's own and continued to drive riderless into the ditch and up a small weedy embankment before falling over on it's side.

The women rushed over to the downed rider, while the men went to retrieve the bike. We got it back to the road and after inspecting it carefully, there was NO visible damage at all! The well placed crash bars had some scrapes on the bottom side that you could feel with you fingers, that's it.

I'm not about to trade in my LT, however I've got to say - way to go Honda. If this had been my bike, the tip over wing upfront hopefully would have offered some protection, but undoubtedly would have needed replacement. However the side case probably would have been mangled pretty bad, if not look like Willie Nelson's guitar.

By the way, although the rider couldn't finish the trip, he's alright.

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30 feet? thats a slow pace.


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We were only going about 45, but the bike flipped back upright and continued on it's own.

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We were only going about 45, but the bike flipped back upright and continued on it's own.

I guess the bike had the "auto upright" option...

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I thought it hit the buck??? No damage from that??

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I thought it hit the buck??? No damage from that??
The rider said the buck popped out so fast that he really didn't see it until it was close enough to touch on his left. The deer appeared to be going at a 45 degree angle, as if it was trying to out run the bike, which wasn't going to happen.

The deer ended up between the rider and the windscreen and they all went down and slid together on the right side. When the bike up righted, it freed the deer and it ran back in the direction it came from.

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Interesting story. Good for Honda, and GREAT outcome for the rider.

That video would be very interesting to see.

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...and GREAT outcome for the rider.
Initially the rider thought he was good to continue riding. He was wearing an electric jacket - which of course is meant to be used as a liner. Parts of it were shredded. He had chaps on which I suppose did him some good.

We all rode another 25 miles to a restaurant and it was at that time when the rider discovered how swollen and stiff he had become. In fact he was having a hard time walking. I waitress loaned us her car and a couple in the group took him to a close hospital. Nothing broken, but he had a haematoma on his hip that had swollen to the size of half a melon (I saw it).

A farmer gave him a ride back to the hotel (nice people there!). His wife arrived later that evening to motor him back in the morning. We all partied in him room that evening.

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For us europeean that are not so familiar with the american slang: What's a buck?? I would say; perhaps a male goat with big horns??!!

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Male Deer

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Thank you Webwzrd. We have them too. See them every morning driving to work but I usually know where they're crossing. By the way - had a really really close call this summer driving up from Williams to Grand Canyon. My wife said she could smell his bad breath!

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Thank you Webwzrd. By the way - had a really really close call this summer driving up from Williams to Grand Canyon. My wife said she could smell his bad breath!

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We blame that on our dogs here Jostein, but that was some quick thinking on your part.
I'm not sure what you ment Lonewuff, but sure it was not a dog we met at Grand Canyon!! And it was not my breath my wife ment. At least she havn't complained before.

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"look like Willie Nelson's guitar"

Great word picture!

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"look like Willie Nelson's guitar"

Great word picture!
lol... I wondered how long it would take for someone to pickup on that one.

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lol... I wondered how long it would take for someone to pickup on that one.
I'm just thankful you included the word "guitar"!!!
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I'm not about to trade in my LT, however I've got to say - way to go Honda. If this had been my bike, the tip over wing upfront hopefully would have offered some protection, but undoubtedly would have needed replacement. However the side case probably would have been mangled pretty bad, if not look like Willie Nelson's guitar.
Don't be so quick to assume the LT would be trashed. I dropped my LT on the left side. (Little too much throttle with cold tires..back tire lost grip and the bike went down). The bike slid for about 20 to 30 ft. There was almost no noticeable damage. The bike basically slid on the tip over wing and the center stand. There was a very small scratch on the saddle bag and a small scratch on the clutch lever and I think the shifter was grounded down a little. My ankle didnt fair so well, but the bike was basically fine.. I was pretty impressed..

I'm glad the Goldwing rider wasnt hurt worse than what you described and wish him a speedy recovery..
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Don't be so quick to assume the LT would be trashed. I dropped my LT on the left side. (Little too much throttle with cold tires..back tire lost grip and the bike went down). The bike slid for about 20 to 30 ft. There was almost no noticeable damage. The bike basically slid on the tip over wing and the center stand. There was a very small scratch on the saddle bag and a small scratch on the clutch lever and I think the shifter was grounded down a little. My ankle didnt fair so well, but the bike was basically fine.. I was pretty impressed..
Except for your ankle, this is comforting to hear.

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Your right, if the LT goes down and you stay in the pocket (feet in arms in and ride it like your upright) you will have very little damage to your self or the bike. But if the bike goes over the further then the tip over wings then there is more damage.

Mine went down and slid until I hit the curb, all was ok until then. At the point of hitting the curb the bike drove the curb for about 10 feet at a 90 degree angle until it slammed me and the bike down flat.

The damage to the bike was not that bad, it was still rideable but it did shift the upper front faring a 1/8 of an inch or less, scraped the mirror, and the metal housing you hook the mirror to, and scratched the lid, and pegs were ground down as well. Damage to me was an AC tear to the shoulder, coat scuffed on shoulder and waist were my cell phone sits, 3 quarter size burn marks on my knee and my boot scuffed. Even with the bike laying on its side at a 90 degree angle I was not trapped under the bike. It did a great job of protecting me. I stayed with the bike and when it stopped I found myself still holding onto the bars and still seated. I rode it out and I think that is what kept me from getting hurt worse then I was.

Will the LT hold up well. You bet. Insurance may want to total it after but it will protect you pretty well, (or as well as a motorcycle can).

I am glad to hear that he was ok.

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I guess this was a clear case of passing the buck . Any Bike accident you can walk away from is a good one. NO damage is definitly the good news here.

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