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Old 09-04-2007, 12:54 PM   #1
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PWN3D Motorcycle Safety is important... and for me a lesson learned the hard way.

(I assume I will be pwn3d for my stupidity, but hopefully it makes some folks here ride a little safer.)


Saturday morning I was far away from the city and up in the mountains enjoying a beautiful weekend. Warm, and not a cloud in the sky. So there I am tinkering with an old bike we had up in the garage. I have driven this bike before with just a working front brake. It's a total piece of ****, but good enough to cruise along on some backroads. I assumed that this day would be like all the others, cruise around the country taking in the fresh air and just carefully applying the front brake.

What I didn't know was that the front brake had also went - I found this out at ~ 45 mph doing down a massive downhill when the both brakes failed to respond to me trying to slow it down. At this point I am just picking up speed going down this huge hill, the road has turned to a dead end, and I have a 1/4 mile to shut it down.

Quickly the road is ending - I am squeezing and letting off repeatedly really quickly hoping that it starts slowing it down.... Suddenly it does catch and it locks and won't let go...... ****!!!!!!!!! The front brake locked and ceased. I try like hell to keep the bike from spilling , but at the speed I am going - it's hopeless and in a blink of an eye I am sliding along with the bike for ~36 feet (friend walked down the street later in the day and measured the scratch in the street).

The damage to both me and the bike were massive road rash. I typically always ride with jeans and a sweatshirt/jacket - except for this day. I am in sneakers, jeans, and a thin white tee. My left arm was burned bad - from my elbow to the middle of my palm is raw, fingers are a mess, my chest and stomach is scratched up, as is my left leg and buttock. Somehow, in the bloody mess there were no broken bones - or at least none that I discovered yet, as I didn't go to the doctors.

Lesson learned - first off: two working brakes. Helmets save lives. Always wear sweatshirt or jacket when riding. Things can be going real good fun one minute, maybe even the best ride of your life, and in an instant end very bad. I've been riding since I am 6, and it didn't take some crazy high CC monster for me to crash, all it took was a small pile of **** from the back of the garage to ruin a good weekend. Remember to always ride safe.

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oh yeah - pics of the road rash coming later this evening.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:56 PM   #2
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I wouldn't even recommend a sweatshirt...

My get-off going 75MPH was an eye-opener to how much gear can save your ass.... no broken bones, one TINY patch of road rash...
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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dumbass....








nah j/j good to hear you're o.k.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:59 PM   #4
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i have a friend who comes for rides on the back of my bike sometimes.. i refuse to ler her on unless she is wearing a helmet, jacket and boots. it took me awhile to get her to understand that at any speed greater than, say 20 miles an hour, fabric DISINTEGRATES upon contact with pavement.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:00 PM   #5
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This was my first spill in 20+ years of riding. Only other mishap I had was when I was ~ 6 or 7, I decided to wear shorts on my little 50cc I had at the time and my leg made contact with the hot engine and burned two large circles in my calf. I never ever even sat on a motorcycle since without jeans on.

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Old 09-04-2007, 01:01 PM   #6
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Sweatshirt wouldn't have done jack. You need the proper gear.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:03 PM   #7
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I was putting around at 20-25, and was trying to slow it down a long steep downhill - but the brakes went MIA and I picked up a ton of speed instead.

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Old 09-04-2007, 01:04 PM   #8
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:07 PM   #9
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First the break seized, then it ceased.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:07 PM   #10
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I was putting around at 20-25, and was trying to slow it down a long steep downhill - but the brakes went MIA and I picked up a ton of speed instead.

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did you downshift to 1st gear?
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:09 PM   #11
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automatic FTL...

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Old 09-04-2007, 01:09 PM   #12
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I was putting around at 20-25, and was trying to slow it down a long steep downhill - but the brakes went MIA and I picked up a ton of speed instead.

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...yes...and it's called an accident because you weren't expecting it. ATGATT.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:19 PM   #13
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Didn't go to the doctors?

B, AYR?
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:19 PM   #14
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So I guess you learned the importance of a pre-ride inspection of your bike. In any case get to a doctor. you're going to need anti-biotics to keep your rash from getting infected if nothing else.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:21 PM   #15
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tittywop of the road rash
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:30 PM   #16
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srsly, a seatshirt and/or jacket wouldn't have done ****. leathers or at least modern textiles w/ armor.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:31 PM   #17
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next time try just turning off the ignition switch. You would be amazed how well an engine with no spark works as a brake.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:36 PM   #18
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next time try just turning off the ignition switch. You would be amazed how well an engine with no spark works as a brake.
on a bike it'll likely lock the rear and he'd have gone down anyway.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:38 PM   #19
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Yup -- no compression = instant rear wheel lockup if it was in gear. Downshifting slowly might have slowed you down a little, but too quickly would have also resulted in a locked rear wheel.

Sorry to hear of your road rash -- get some antibiotics ASAP.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:41 PM   #20
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still, a locked rear wheel is a lot easier to control than pretty much any other catastrophic motorcycle failure, and it'll defenitely get you stopped, eventually. If I was caught in the same situation, and had the presence of mind, I'd definitely hit the stop switch and try to ride it out.

edit: what? no compression? I no understand.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:42 PM   #21
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So I guess you learned the importance of a pre-ride inspection of your bike. In any case get to a doctor. you're going to need anti-biotics to keep your rash from getting infected if nothing else.
I've been using lots of peroxide and bacitracin to keep it clean. I let it air out overnight, and keep it bandaged with gauze during the day. I also am wearing long sleeve shirts to limit the amount of contact to contaminated surfaces.

I don't know how other prescription drugs would work with the methscopolamine bromide I am taking for my ongoing gastrointestinal issues. I had skipped one day of taking my medicine and got hit with a week of horrendous side effects afterwards (blurred vision, dizziness, fevers, chest pains, trouble breathing, stupors, and extreme fatigue). I slept that week 10-12 hours a day. I basically came home from work - ate a little bit and went right to bed.

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Old 09-04-2007, 01:44 PM   #22
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Peroxide only cleans a fresh injury, adding more after cleaning is destroying healthy tissue and preventing healing.

Don't let it air out at night, keep it wrapped 24/7 and change the bandages as necessary.

And go to a doctor.
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Old 09-04-2007, 01:55 PM   #23
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ATGATT, period.

That said, glad your were not injured horribly. Heal up quick, get some gear.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:10 PM   #24
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damn that sucks...
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:19 PM   #25
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there si lots of research that shows that textiles will stand up or outdo most leathers

So I wear textiles.
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