Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Northern Colorado, CO, USA
Re: MC's in snow
Ok, here it goes. Back on Saturday, April 26, 2008, I was riding my '02 LT to visit a bunch of BMW riding buddies in Casper Wyoming. Heading up I25 thru Cheyenne, (6,000 msl) I rode into a ground blizzard caused by very high wind blowing dead across the freeway. Rode up over a rise and right onto a stretch of clear, smooth ICE right on the freeway. Absolutely no warning. I was already down around 40 mph so sucking the fabric of the seat right up, I pulled in the clutch and let the throttle down to idle. I figured any touch of the brake would end the day.
I made it a full mile slowing down on the ice when a huge gust, must have been over 40 mph struck the bike dead sideways and shoved the rear end out to the right. I cranked in full right turn on the handle bars and sucked the seat fabric a little further. Of course the gust quit and the rear end of the LT swung back to the left. I slammed full left turn on the handle bars, but to no avail, the rear end swung all the way around so I was facing back the way I came.
Now, I'm facing backwards, reversing on I25 at some slow speed, but way too fast. I figured that winding up under the LT would not be a good idea, so bailed off the right side of the bike just as it fell over. (did I mention I was going down the road backwards?) The bike fell on my Sidi armored boot, breaing the exoskeleton of the boot, but saving my foot and ankel. On the ice, I found real serious scrapes on my full leather coat, ground through 4 layers on my right knee.
I needed the help of 2 guys to get the LT back up on it's wheels. The ice was so slick, you couldn't hold it upright by your self. I finally got to move after 3 attempts where any slippage of the rear tire would dump the bike. I figured to ride a half mile to an off ramp and then consider my options.
The mirrors were broken clean off, tethers sheared, the right side foot peg was gone, the front brake was leaking brake fluid and the right wide tip over bar was no loose. Riding about 12 to 15 mph up the road with the 2 guys following so I wouldn't get run over as traffic was running along at about 35-40. I was afraid to turn my head for fear turning my head would dump the bike again.
Without any notice, a police siren goes off right on my back bumper. Scared me so bad, I literally jump straight up and of course, the bike dropped. Wyoming State Patrol Trooper was less than 15 feet behind. I got a $200 dollar ticket, mandatory $100 dollar tow back into Cheyenne (the tow driver figured out how to tow the LT on a standard tow truck with the weight on the wheels and the sling only holding the bike upright. Guy was beyond good and treated me wonderfully.) I rode the bike all the way back home as the road was DRY south of Cheyenne. Insurance totaled the LT. I went out to California to buy Quick Silver.
I figured I invented doubles motorcycle dancing. Wonder if it will ever be an Olympic sport?
Turned Around Karl
Disreputable Rode Hard & Put Up Wet Old Deadbeat Geezer
"We're all here because we're not all there"
--Ken & Gene Hunt
'09 Aprilia Scarabeo 500ie -- QuickSilver II
'02 LTE Silver -- Retired
'02 LTC Mauve -- RIP
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2003 Ford Focus, 220 hp @ wheels 180 ftlb torque @ wheels - Traded