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Offline 06gto1369

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sadly so and all my fault.
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:09:44 pm »
So trying to get to my home inspection almost 2 months ago. It starts downpouring . First time I've ever riden this bike in the rain. My meansteak was a nightmare of scaryness in the rain. My Connie however is gliding along effortlessly. And I begin to think wow this bike is Sooo good in the rain. So my exit is coming up and it has two lanes one has a about 10" wide metal seperation joint that runs from the line between. The lanes to the grass and the angle its at is maybye 10 degrees from the angle of the turn so it practically is a straight line running for roughly 30 feet long through the lane.

I know this yet the traffic is unrelenting and I  cannot get into the other exit lane. I figure its done do well so far in the rain that as long as I go as straight as possible I should be fine right.....  Well going the blistering traffic cluttered pace of about 35 mph the back slid out gripped and high sided me  broke one side case my mirror the left fairings and sprung a oil leak.  Oh yeah and my collarbone in like 3 spots. If it wasn't leaking oil I was determined to make it the extra 2 miles to my home inspection .

But after surgery with a nice big titanium plate I'm healed and the bike is fixed. Been riding the past two weeks. Although I cringe when I see metal anywhere or if I feel raindrops. Sucks to join the club. Do I get a cool sticker or anything.

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012, 10:28:30 pm »
Ouch and I'm glad you're both okay (and back out riding).
I've got one of those plates in my right wrist - great for forecasting weather changes!
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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012, 09:15:30 am »
I've got a similar plate in my left wrist from were someone hung a left hand turn in front of me.  Sure is tough to be apart from Connie while you heal, isn't it?  Glad to hear you're back on board her!  There's actually some good news to come out of this too - I'm happy to announce that you do NOT qualify for the uncoveted CDA Award this time.  The CDA FAQ specifies Less than 5 mph (aka parking lot speed) and you're definitely over the limit.  Your incident is a Crash, not a Drop.  Don't worry though, most of us will encounter a Drop sooner or later.  Fortunately they usually don't send us to the hospital!

Back in 2004 (I think) I was heading home to Tampa from New Orleans in December when I came to the bridge over Escambia Bay at Pensacola, FL.  Ivan had come through the previous hurricane season and done some damage, but the bridge was open again and I just stayed on I-10 and took it across.  In the rain.  Pulling a trailer behind Connie.  As soon as we got over the water, the pavement disappeared and the whole road surface became a metal grid.  I was horrified, but there was nothing to be done so I kept going through blustering winds and finally made it safely to the real road surface again, just where the road humps up in the middle.  I was never so glad to see a road as I was in that moment!  Then I got to the top of the hump and saw that the surface was grid all the way to the other side - four or five miles in total.  I made it, but nearly lost it a few times. 
It made for some interesting tales...  :beerchug:

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012, 04:16:38 pm »
Well, if you're a full COGer I think you can get a Connie Dropper #....not something to be proud of though :(

I stand corrected...

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2012, 07:10:46 pm »
good to know that i dont get one! this is a section of the of the forum i avoided and never even opened up until i posted .  no bad ju ju from reading other stories.

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2012, 08:28:25 pm »
Wet metal in the road never turns out well unless you're going straight and no braking.
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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2012, 09:40:17 pm »
While I am never happy to hear about anyone crashing, bikes bent and riders injured, I have read with keen interest about how Connie acts on wet pavement. It hasn't been an issue, yet, as we're not getting much rain here lately. Forewarned is forearmed, though, and I am grateful to learn from the experience of others.

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2012, 03:10:58 pm »
While I am never happy to hear about anyone crashing, bikes bent and riders injured, I have read with keen interest about how Connie acts on wet pavement. It hasn't been an issue, yet, as we're not getting much rain here lately. Forewarned is forearmed, though, and I am grateful to learn from the experience of others.


Connie acts on wet pavement just like any other bike - poorly.

As goatmar said - wet metal is bad juju for any bike. One with torque available at cruise rpm is even worse (or under accel/decel). Connie high center of mass (Connie Droppers anyone) just makes it worse. Plenty of low rpm torque means any slight twitch of the wrist while fighting for control will just make control that much harder.

Best advice is to approach slick stuff at lower speeds, steady-state on throttle (meaning no decel or accel-in cruise mode-engine matched to speed). If you have enough warning then really slow it down.

I'm suuuper-cautious once things get wet, both on Connie and in the truck (even with all wheel drive and traction control AND the best wet/winter tires I've ever seen).  I also buy the stickiest tires I can for my vehicles...I figure I'd rather put new tires on more often than worry about traction in bad weather. But even for that vehicle wet metal is a risk - that stuff is no different than ice...maybe worse because it's traction is inconsistent and unpredictable.

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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2012, 02:36:42 pm »
Good to hear you took inventory of the accident to learn from it and keep on riding. hear stories all the time about people who give it up after a spill or get hurt. thanks for sharing.
Gotta say having a plate inside your body is a pretty cool accessory though, stinks what you had to go thru to get it. Heck, after i broke my wrist completely off and the bones in my forearm went several inches out the palm of my hand in 1997 and then bent right knee the complete opposite direction in 2000, they never gave me any sweet metal plates or pins(permanent anyways).
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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2012, 06:15:26 pm »
Good to hear you took inventory...

Chicks dig scars and stories of how you got yer plate. You earned em, you paid the price (in pain), so make sure you use it! Any excuse in a bar to tell your story, tell it. But make sure its more than just simply slipping on a steel plate. Everyine wants a good story-give em one!
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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2012, 10:15:14 pm »
Well, i guess this whole convo should be qualified by saying "as long as you do not become a [cousin Eddy]" you know, from my all time favorite Chevy Chase movies......ha ha
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Re: sadly so and all my fault.
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2012, 10:06:51 am »
Chicks dig scars and stories of how you got yer plate. You earned em, you paid the price (in pain), so make sure you use it! Any excuse in a bar to tell your story, tell it. But make sure its more than just simply slipping on a steel plate. Everyine wants a good story-give em one!
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Amen to that - never let the facts get in the way of a great story!