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    2nd week.. Head over the handle bars..

    So I'm driving home on the South East expressway with traffic at ~75MPH when a rock falls off the back of the truck in front of me. This happened while I was looking over my shoulder to make a lane change(.5 seconds). When i look back.. its 1 car length in front of me. I had exactly enough time to think to myself, oh shi..

    The rock was huge.. Big enough that when it hit my front wheel, it turned it full lock to the right, and sent me flying over the handle bars.. Bike flipped over , and landed on the high way about 10 feet in front of me.. Needless to say, we both skidded down the highway for many many yards..

    I walked away with 4 torn ligaments in my left ankle, and some road rash on my knees and ankles.

    Moral of the story.. Where your protective gear every time you ride. you never know when something will happen that is out of your control.

    I was wearing a full face helmet, gloves, jeans and a Leather/textile jacket w/ full padding. Had i not been wearing this equipment.. I'd be dead for sure.

    I'm now in the market for new jacket, helmet, gloves, and boots.

    -Pete

    #2
    Major Bummer! Glad you're reasonably okay...
    1989 type I - F2 front end - Technoflex rear shock - K&N Filter - Dynojet kit - Braking Discs - Rizoma indicators - Rizoma mirrors - hiperform exhaust... hmmm what's next?!

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      #3
      Wow Pete! Glad you Ok. Hopefully the ankle heals quickly.

      How bad is the bike?
      BIKES: Honda: RC31 Racebike/ NT650 Streetbike, DUCATI: None at the moment.
      Former MSF Rider Coach / Trackday Instructor/ Expert Roadracer #116
      "I'd rather ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."

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        #4
        holy crap!

        insurance going to cover everything?

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          #5
          The bike needs new Rearsets.. Handlebars, headlight, gas tank, and turn signals. Also, the gauge cluster picked up some rash. Unfortunately, I didn't insure the bike for collision.. I don't see it costing too much more than the $500 Deductible to fix..

          Fortunately.. I already had Clip-ons on order.. which arrived today( I didn't like the hand position.

          So I'm gonna need New buel turn signals(to replace shrek's ears), A gas tank..(F2 maybe?) And some rear sets. the headlight and gauge cluster rash is completely cosmetic.. so I have some time on those.

          You guys should have seen how rattled the other motorcyclists on the highway were after watching me tumble in front of them.. I think they'll think twice about wearing that T-Shirt on the 90 day!

          -Pete

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            #6
            Damn, that sounded frightening. Glad to hear you came out fairly unscathed considering the speed you were doing. I take it the truck was oblivious to what happened an d carried on going? I prefer to sweat my tits on in leathers in hot weather any day than come away with a fresh suit of road rash after a spill.
            '88 Bros NT650J
            Progressive fork springs, '93 CBR600 F2 fork caps, CBR900RR rear shock, Puig 'Raptor' fly screen
            Fabitappi Monoposto seat cover, Heated grips, Braided brake lines, Buell indicators/turn signals
            Ceramic coated stock headers with custom Yoshi shorty muffler & Muzzy collector

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              #7
              He had No idea.. the 4 lanes of traffic behind me sure got a show..

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                #8
                Well I low-sided 2 Sundays ago and too was wearing my gear. Glad to hear ur ok!

                I too was wearing a leather/textile jacket, racing gloves, jeans, helmet. I got a lil road rash on my left elbow and knee and was much luckier cause I went off into the grass and the bike got only a few minor bumps. Off to buy boots and some Dragon Jeans this week.

                rob
                Rob
                88 Street Hawk
                F2 tank, Aztec8 dual 4", Duc seat and CF cowl, Stage 3 jet, Uni Pods, M4 stubby, SV650 clips, controls & fuel pump, GSXR front mc and CFB1000 front caliper, F3 forks upper and internals, Penske 8983, Gino RCR, rear jump plates & R6 pegs and Vapor gauge...
                04 CRF50 pit bike and stunt runner...
                91 Suzuki GSF400 Bandit (she's a runner now...)

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                  #9
                  What kinda of jeans are you guy wearing dragon/Hood motorcycles jeans any armor in them?
                  Just got my self some Hood jeans with Aramid(kevlar) plus Knox armor.

                  Are you guy just wearing normall jeans?



                  http://www.hoodjeans.co.uk/

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                    #10
                    PeterCip, I've got an OEM headlight and bucket with your name on it, no cost (I just have to wire up my new Aztec8 setup before I part with it, and that should be this weekend). Gimme an address.

                    Glad you're OK. Holy ATGATT, Batman! Hey, anybody here worn Bohn Armor?
                    1988 "BlackHawk" project
                    1989 "RallyHawk" is Chuck's now!
                    1988 "The Gray" Tempest Gray Metallic stocker

                    I can't tell you how peaceful it is. Shinya Kimura
                    People who know ride Hawks. Riot

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                      #11
                      I appreciate it Douglas..

                      I'm really bummed that my pristine hawk is now in semi shambles..

                      Does anybody know where to pick up the smaller buiel turn signals online?

                      My clip ons, petcock, and brake lever just came in the mail.. Now I need to find rear sets, and a clutch lever.

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                        #12
                        Originally Posted by PeterCip
                        Unfortunately, I didn't insure the bike for collision.. I don't see it costing too much more than the $500 Deductible to fix..
                        Dude... that sucks! How come that truck's insurance didn't cover it? Did he even stop? It's totally the driver's fault if ANYTHING falls out of his car. It's just like a car being unlatched from a tow truck. THe tow truck driver is responsible for not securing his cargo.
                        ANyways, I hope you have speedy recovery... your bike also so you can get riding again
                        You know your a hawkaddict when you check ebay and craigslist every hour for parts to upgrade

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                          #13
                          Originally Posted by drinmotoracer
                          Originally Posted by PeterCip
                          Unfortunately, I didn't insure the bike for collision.. I don't see it costing too much more than the $500 Deductible to fix..
                          Dude... that sucks! How come that truck's insurance didn't cover it? Did he even stop? It's totally the driver's fault if ANYTHING falls out of his car. It's just like a car being unlatched from a tow truck. THe tow truck driver is responsible for not securing his cargo.
                          ANyways, I hope you have speedy recovery... your bike also so you can get riding again
                          you can take them to claims court and have a chance of winning... but "technically" if it hits the road, THEN hits you.. its an object from the road and "not his fault"...

                          stupid? yea. but thats the wording in most states.

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                            #14
                            And the rock may not have even come from his truck- it could have just been kicked up by it. there are many unseen hazards- stay away from vehicles with stuff in/on them. Even trailers are not entirely secure- I once was towing one with a garden tractor in it on 495 around Boston- coming through an underpass there was a bump which popped the trailer right off the ball.... then I felt both "saftey" chains break and my wife and I watched in horror as it scooted to the left accross two lanes of traffic in our direction, go down through the median and then up the other side accross all three on-coming lanes before parking itself unscathed in the breakdown lane on the other side. Fortunately for us and anyone who may have been killed by it it happened at around 11pm and traffic was light. Once this became known to anyone who we told the story to they all seemed to have similar stories to tell. Your best defense is to leave plenty of space around you and keep scanning for possible trouble and the path to take if you suddenly need to avoid something.
                            '88 Hawk GT
                            '89 Harley FXSTC
                            2008 Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer

                            http://www.hawkgtforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=948

                            "...my performance ain't perfect, but its loud, and its fast..." -Widespread Panic

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                              #15
                              Originally Posted by motorcycleman
                              Once this became known to anyone who we told the story to they all seemed to have similar stories to tell.
                              oh yea... reading that, popped three in my mind instantly.. lol.

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