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Me880,s are great to hit wood at 85 mph

Last year I had an ME 880 rear loose a chunk of rubber, always inflated and 3 years old. So I was a little peeved. Yesterday I had a brand new ME 880 front (260 miles) tire hit a piece of dunnage, a 4"x4" piece of wood at 85. Blew the mirrors off and broke the tie wrap on one, so that s$370 for a new mirror. The front rim bent outward enough that it wore trough the break lines and leak on the caliper. And screwed up the banjo bolts. Thats around $160 plus a dealer bleed of the system. Now hears the surprise. I chopped the gas, used no brake and slowed down and came to a stop with out even a shudder of the front end. When I got off and inspected the tire I realized that the impact blew all the air out immediately. Love that side wall strength. Total retail damages at $2700.
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Glad your safe! Did it blow out the front and rear or only the front? How did the bike handle it?

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You Sir are a very lucky man.

Glad you were able to walk away from it. Your life is worth a lot more than $3000.

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+1 You are lucky and don't ya just love that bike

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Wow, you are a lucky man! Gotta love the Metz.

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Shouldn't your insurance cover that, minus your deductible of course?
Glad you came out unscathed!!!

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Shouldn't your insurance cover that, minus your deductible of course?
Make sure to tell the insurance company that the piece of wood was MOVING (as in another vehicle struck it first and sent it in your direction, or fell off a truck, etc..).

I hit a piece of tire that had come to rest on it's edge, so it was high enough to hit and damage the front spoiler of my car. Luckily the insurance agent was kind enough to point out this technicality, because since the tire was at rest Farmer's Insurance didn't have to pay.

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Glad your body didn't take the hit. My observations over years tell me the most dangerous things we frequently encounter on the road are items that fell off a sloppily loaded truck. That's one item I wish traffic officers paid more attention to. I had a similar experience with a ladder some years back, but managed to miss it.

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Last year I had an ME 880 rear loose a chunk of rubber, always inflated and 3 years old. So I was a little peeved. Yesterday I had a brand new ME 880 front (260 miles) tire hit a piece of dunnage, a 4"x4" piece of wood at 85. Blew the mirrors off and broke the tie wrap on one, so that s$370 for a new mirror. The front rim bent outward enough that it wore trough the break lines and leak on the caliper. And screwed up the banjo bolts. Thats around $160 plus a dealer bleed of the system. Now hears the surprise. I chopped the gas, used no brake and slowed down and came to a stop with out even a shudder of the front end. When I got off and inspected the tire I realized that the impact blew all the air out immediately. Love that side wall strength. Total retail damages at $2700.
Grant,
Glad to hear you're OK and still able to post. That could have been VERY bad.
Instead you're lucky to be calculating the costs to repair a piece of machinery.
May be time for you to pick up a lotto ticket my friend!
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Re: Me880,s are great to hit wood at 85 mph

I am glad you re OK! The bike can always be fixed.

1995 – I am riding home from the Honda dealer with a brand new 1100 American Classic edition. It had been a couple of years since I had a bike. I am on the 101 Freeway in the LA area and 2 miles from home with the wife following in our car. I am taking it slow in the right lane at about 55 when I “think” I see something in the road and then see the car in front of me swerve frantically. Now I can make out clearly at about 100 yards ahead there is a 20 foot extension ladder lying across my lane. With my wife following a little to close behind me braking wasn’t go to be an option. I managed to reverse steer the thing and missed the last rung by about 2 inches. The wife slammed the brakes and went around it also.

Two years before I swore off riding when I was almost killed by a 4X8 sheet of plywood lifted off a flatbed in front of me at 70 MPH. It was spinning around and headed straight for my head until the last second when it flipped on its side and wrapped around the front of the bike. I could not see in front of me and had cars on both sides. I looked down and used the white lines on the road to guide me until I could pull the thing away. That was my last ride until the ladder incident.

IMHO opinion, the police really need to crack down on poorly stacked trucks and the idiots with mattresses tied to the top of their Smart Cars. By my count I still have 7 lives left.
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