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post #1 of 10 Old Dec 30th, 2009, 4:25 pm Thread Starter
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She Saved Me Big Time

This summer I was riding some twisties in NC in the mountains. I was on a road I had never travelled before. The curves we're all new to me. I entered a hard right hander following my high flying buddy, Tim, on his K1100RS. I was too hot and well into a very tight turn and now aggressively scraping my right side center stand.
Since the curve was blind, I had no idea what might be coming the other way, so I just kept leaning and leaning until all of a sudden the bike and I were on our side sliding across the road.
It happened so smoothly and effortlessly there was almost no noticeable transition from being on the tires to being on the side. I watched the whole thing as if in slow motion. When the slide stopped I was across the road more or less on the shoulder of the other side. Luckily, no one had been coming from the other direction.
I got off the bike and managed somehow to get her back up from the right side and get back on, get her started again and back on the road. The whole event took no more than a few minutes.
I met my buddy coming back to look for me. A bit later down the road I pulled over in a parking lot and explained to Tim what had happened. At first he didn't believe it, because he could see no visible damage from the left side where he was standing. I invited him around to the right side and remarkably the only damage to me or the bike was the black plastic over the protective guard rail had been scraped clean through and the lower faring was badly scraped. Later I noticed that my leather pants had scuff marks on them, but that's all. No damage to the bags or the handle bars or the mirrors at all. Not a scratch. I felt like the big lady had saved me from really getting hurt.
Interestingly, I did not feel at all shaken by the experience. Maybe I'm just too dumb. Or, maybe the whole thing was so weirdly gentle that there was nothing particularly alarming about it. I don't know. I know I was very lucky.
Kept riding the rest of the day but was a bit more careful in those right turns.
I love this bike.

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post #2 of 10 Old Dec 30th, 2009, 4:36 pm
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Had much the same experience when my big girl went down other then I hit the curb on the other side and drove the bike about 10-20 feet at a 90 degree angle before she finally went down. Unlike you the bike went flat and suffered more damage but during the whole time I was all the way over with the wheels touching or maybe off ground it was very smooth.

I am glad your OK. I suffered a should injury that still 2 years later causes me issues but I stayed with the bike and it did a great job of protecting me.

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Time for new...
- plastic trim
- shocks
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Yes the BMW engineers did a great job on the LT safety cage. Makes you wonder why the GoldWing offers an airbag.

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Time for new...
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LOL. I'm having the shocks (Ohlins) rebuilt this winter. I already replaced the black gaurd on the crash bar part and bought a used belly pan for the right side.
As for the underwear, it wasn't damaged.

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Had much the same experience when my big girl went down other then I hit the curb on the other side and drove the bike about 10-20 feet at a 90 degree angle before she finally went down. Unlike you the bike went flat and suffered more damage but during the whole time I was all the way over with the wheels touching or maybe off ground it was very smooth.

I am glad your OK. I suffered a should injury that still 2 years later causes me issues but I stayed with the bike and it did a great job of protecting me.
Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I hope it heals.
My leather jacket (as well as my leather pants) had some scrapes along the shoulder but I didn't feel a thing. Yes, she did a great job of protecting me and I am very grateful for that.
You know, I'm not sure this would have happened if it had been a hard left turn. In those I mostly only scrape the sidestand. It was the center stand on the right side that pushed me off the wheels eventually.

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I already bought a used belly pan for the right side.
Glad traffic was in your favor. Right hand turns require more respect due to cross-over potential. +1 on the rebuild as my Ohlins maintain a safer altitude durring aggressive turning.

Dumped my 02 once on each side so far (prior to Ohlins). I left the belly pan scratches as a reminder.

When I was shopping for an LT (ended up purchasing new) I was told that "If the pegs are scraped, bikes been ridden aggressively, if the fairing is scraped bikes been raced".

Race on and Happy New Year

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Glad traffic was in your favor. Right hand turns require more respect due to cross-over potential. +1 on the rebuild as my Ohlins maintain a safer altitude durring aggressive turning.

Dumped my 02 once on each side so far (prior to Ohlins). I left the belly pan scratches as a reminder.

When I was shopping for an LT (ended up purchasing new) I was told that "If the pegs are scraped, bikes been ridden aggressively, if the fairing is scraped bikes been raced".

Race on and Happy New Year
Oops. Mine has pegs, sidestand, belly pan, and center stand scraped. Maybe I need a different bike.

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Yes the BMW engineers did a great job on the LT safety cage. Makes you wonder why the GoldWing offers an airbag.
I don't think mine came with a safety cage.......maybe I should go out to the garage and look......nah, too cold.
If my LT had an aribag, I might not have broke my clavicle when that SUV hit me last year. (08)

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This summer, we were in Colorado for the 5th time, we were on route 74 from Morisson to Kittrege a very (I mean very very) twisty bit of road, my wife and I with all bags stuffed full plus a big bag on top of the topcase, wife and I around 190. The centerstand did scrape (even if I removed almost all the little rubber bumper under). The suspension was fully jacked, was running brand new Metzellers and if you look at the pics you'll see there was not much more room for leaning!
The rest of the week was much more relaxed as I was a bit sore in the ribs from the SO banging on them .
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