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Offline !!!MANIC

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Twin Falls Park, Port Wing, WI
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:36:31 pm »
I really like Twin Falls Park.  As you head east along the south shore of Lake Superior, it is just before town on the right.  This much I remembered.  The fair and lovely Vanessa was behind me on her KZ400, and I was going to show her the nice place.  Even so, it kind of snuck up on me, and I needed to slow down harder than I wanted to, to make the right.  But Vanessa was back there somewhere, so I slowed down less, and took a line to use the whole driveway.  Vanessa, ever cautious, got too little warning for a turn so just parked by the side of the road.

The front end washed out, and I plowed a deep furrow in the gravel as I low-sided.  I got up, turned off the bike, and peered at the scene.  This was polished pea gravel- ball bearings.   Under the dry surface, it was soaking wet.   It was up to eight inches deep in the first twelve feet from the road.  Even once I righted my bike, with V's kind assistance, I had to waddle it back out of there, the rear spinning like in mud, the front washing around.

Damage:  Broke the right antler, bent the right latch to retain the luggage.  Used a nylon strap from Aerostich to retain the luggage on the rest of the antler, put the broken-off bit in the tail box.  Was able to weld the antler back together and carefully unbend the latch with striking tools, metal scraps, and an arbor press.  All's well.

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Re: Twin Falls Park, Port Wing, WI
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2011, 04:42:25 pm »
Sorry for the mishap and glad you are alright.  It is very close to being an accident as opposed to a drop.  We will have to see what the award guru thinks.  Were you down to less then 5mph?
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Offline Greg Habel

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Re: Twin Falls Park, Port Wing, WI
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2011, 08:12:12 pm »
Manic -
Glad to hear no damage to you.  The bike is not too bad - could have been worse.
How fast were you going when you went over?  Over 5 mph (parking lot speed) is a crash (per the FAQ).
Just glad you are ok.
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Re: Twin Falls Park, Port Wing, WI
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 07:27:13 am »
That really sucks. Why would they put that much gravel in a turn like that? It's just asking for trouble. It looks like your the one that found it!  >:(