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Tankslappers suck, Gear FTW


I hit a railroad track wrong somehow at about 60 mph, the front of the bike went nuts, I couldn't control it.  Hit the pavement and the the bike slid with me under it about 250', which felt like forever.  

I feel sore all over, thumb and knee tweaked, lots of bruises and a half inch of road rash on my wrist.  I can look at my gear and thank God I had it on.  The bikes damage is the fairings, the shifter, the bar and more, but it ran.    

I was alone, it took about fifteen minutes for anyone to pass, then a couple bikers helped me get the bike up and it ran, so I rode it from Lakeland to Brandon, with the fairing strapped to the seat, alone and slowly.

 

About 250' slide mark, I don't think you can see where it starts, right after the tracks.

 

 

Riding pants wore all the way through, So glad I had these on, the pads in the knees and the hips did their jobs.

 

 

Arm, shoulder and back damage.

 

 

 

See that hole with the white border?   There was no hole there before, that's from sliding.

 

Heart shaped road rash

 

Railroad tracks

 

Slide distance

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  • Way to go Katie! 

  • That is great news!!  I noticed our local metric dealer has a 2008 Hypermotard for sale.  Made me think for a minute.  Have fun this weekend!  Nice and cool out! 

  • Back on the road!! Woohoo!!  I waited to buy a few parts that are strictly cosmetic so that I could get the GPR stabilizer on it right away, but we're up and running! Did a low speed stroll today, I'll hit some back roads with hubby tomorrow. Working on getting my confidence back.


    What I still need:
    Windscreen

    Gas tank cover

    Left rear fairing

    Left Zeta handguard and guard bar, bar end sliders

     I still need to hit some spots with black touch up paint, but its low on the priority list.

    Waiting for riding gear to be delivered (had a nice breeze up my leg in my crashed pants today, lol)

    Helmet speakers


    I'm happy :) 

  • glad you make it thru without any serious issues! When I did my tank slap, i stood up and rode it like a dirt bike.  it saved a crash.  woulda been ugly too, was headed down us19 and woulda crashed into poles and concrete ditches.  

  • Wow girl, sounds like quite a tumble, that bruise is ugly.  Glad it didn't hurt and everything is healing up.

     

    That bottom picture is funny, you track squids, lol.

  • I took 10-11 at Jennings wrong and wasn't going to make it through the corner so I stood my bike up and when I hit the rumble strip my bike started wobbling - and I did exactly what you're NOT supposed to do and grabbed the front brake.  I was lucky and didn't high side - I sort of "mid-sided" (basically I got thrown straight down to the right side and when the bike hit the ground it flipped back over and landed on it's left side).  I hit the right side of my head on the dirt and broke my shield, and landed pretty hard on my shoulder.  I'm guessing my handlebar hit my arm above my elbow because I had a killer bruise (which strangely didn't hurt at all).  My shoulder hurt for about a week, but that was it for me.  The right rear-set broke off my bike and the right clipon bent, and the plastics got scuffed - but that was all easily fixed in the past two weeks.

    My two lessons learned:  do NOT grab the front brake when off pavement, and crashing is SCARY (although not as scary as I imagined).

    Although I didn't get to ride my bike again that weekend (this happened on a Saturday), someone was nice enough to let me borrow the second bike they brought so I could get back out on the track.  So I borrowed it for the first session of the day on Sunday - I didn't ride any more than that one session though because I didn't feel comfortable on that particular bike.  I was happy, though, that I still felt comfortable riding in general (which is what I was worried about - that I would be scared to ride period) - so I was happy with my one session on Sunday and spent the rest of the day running around on the pit bike and taking pictures.

    Pic of my bruise 2 or 3 days after it happened:

    Me on the pit bike - yes, on the track, lol (this was just after a group pic on the track at lunchtime Sunday)!



    KtRides2/Katie - Admin Lead said:

    Hey Amanda, I didn't hear about your track "mishap".  What happened, you're ok, your bike?

  • Hey Amanda, I didn't hear about your track "mishap".  What happened, you're ok, your bike?

  • So glad you're OK!  Your mishap on the road and my mishap on the track is making me re-think my interest in getting the Stella bionic 2 "jacket".  I saw Nancye had one similar to it at the last ride I went on and have seen a couple other girls since with them and they look very comfortable and lightweight for summer riding (I was thinking for riding to lunch or dinner rather than doing something like a N run or S run).  Now that I've seen Katie's pics of the textile gear after a pavement slide and knowing how I felt and the good shape my leathers are still in after my mid-side (wasn't a low side but wasn't a high side over the handlebars either) at the track - I'm thinking I might be sticking to at least textile!  Of course, by next summer I might be rethinking that as I'm sweating buckets on the way to get dinner....we'll see what my caution ratio is by then :)

  • Lots of Motrin and rest for you!...Glad you are what we would call ok. and to think I only ride with a helmet. Might need to rearrange my finanacial priorities and add gear to the top of the list. Heal up fast and get a tattoo where your road rash is once it heals as a reminder to gear up.

    • Ali, your skin would have been burnt toast.  Put a jacket on the top of that list!  I can't imagine having this road rash every my gear is rashed, I'd be in the hospital for sure. I didn't put every torn up part of my gear in the pics either. 

      Ali said:

      Lots of Motrin and rest for you!...Glad you are what we would call ok. and to think I only ride with a helmet. Might need to rearrange my finanacial priorities and add gear to the top of the list. Heal up fast and get a tattoo where your road rash is once it heals as a reminder to gear up.

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