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Well here we go again, another motorcycle crash thread..... :crap:

OK first things first. I'm pretty much OK, barring a bruised shoulder and hip (feels like a dead arm and hip constantly) and a bruised hand. I know I got away lightly.

But still doesn't stop me feeling gutted about the bike!









My little incident happened on Tuesday morning, on my way to work. It was pretty chilly, but not that cold - although the cars in the street were frosted over for the first time this winter. My temp guage on the bike indicated 5 degrees C, so I wan't too worried.

My route to work takes me through some narrow lanes that are a bit of a rat run as there's no great alternative to get to where I work from where I live.

Just a few miles from where I live, I was riding along as normal, below the speed limit (60mph) because of the wet roads. Just before a small village with a 30mph limit there is a hump in the road followed by a rightg hand bend - as usual I was slowing down before the hump, so as I get to the 30 limit I'm not speeding.

Only I didn't make it as far as the village.....

As I got to the top of the hump, I saw the corner looked wet. No problem I thought, as I was only doing about 35 at this point. The next thing I know, the bike was going sideways! Then I remember barrel-rolling along the road. The next thing I remember was standing in a daze next to my bike, with a police officer telling me to help him pick my bike up!

The corner wasn't wet - it was covered in ice. A car had crashed not long before on the same corner, hence the police presence. The road was so slippery, 2 of us couldn't pick the bike up as we were slipping all over the place - it took 3 of us to do it.

I'm really gutted - OK it was only a cheap bike, but I've only had it a few weeks!

In kit terms I got away lightly too - my jacket, trousers and boots are hardly touched. My gloves have a hole in one of the palms, so they're going in the bin. My lid had only light scratches on the visor and the chin vent - the rest looks like new - but I don't think it's worth the risk of using it again, it's done its job so that is going in the bin too.





Not a good day by any means!
 

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Mate ABSOLUTELY gutted for you !!! Black ice, you had no chance mate. Such a shame about the little Viffer! She's not a right off tho looking at the pics??? But the main thing is your OK !!:thumb:
 

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Mate ABSOLUTELY gutted for you !!! Black ice, you had no chance mate. Such a shame about the little Viffer! She's not a right off tho looking at the pics??? But the main thing is your OK !!:thumb:
Cheers Jazzy.... I only did it to prove to you I was still riding!

Yeah I'm gutted about the bike, we always are I suppose - it's been a good fun bike to ride. I've only had it a few weeks as well!

I don't know if it's a goner or not, one of the footpeg mounts has snapped off and I don't know if this can be repaired or not :idunno: (I've asked in another thread, someone on here will know).

I hope I can resurrect it, if not I might keep it for spares and get another one, if The Boss agrees anyway....
 

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Cheers Jazzy.... I only did it to prove to you I was still riding!

Yeah I'm gutted about the bike, we always are I suppose - it's been a good fun bike to ride. I've only had it a few weeks as well!

I don't know if it's a goner or not, one of the footpeg mounts has snapped off and I don't know if this can be repaired or not :idunno: (I've asked in another thread, someone on here will know).

I hope I can resurrect it, if not I might keep it for spares and get another one, if The Boss agrees anyway....
:rotfl::rotfl:Give Bladeracer a PM, after all he is GOD of mechanics:thumb:
I hope you can get her up and running again m8, you could always fashion a piece of metal to bolt on slightly ahead of where the mount used to be, if you get my meaning?
 

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Damage report...

I stripped the bike down this evening, here's what I have found. All damage is on the left hand side.

1. Footpeg mount snapped
2. Rear indicator broken
3. Front indicator broken
4. Mirror broken
5. Top fairing scuffed
6. Screen & fittings broken
7. Inner fairing panels broken
8. Mid fairing panel broken
9. Belly pan mountings broken
10. Fairing brackets bent
11. Top fairing bracket bent.
12. Steering lock seized :)idunno:)
13. Tank dented
14. Clock mountings at rear broken (but can probably be superglued).
15. Centre stand bent.
16. Clutch reservoir ground through
17. Footpeg hanger broken
18. Rear subframe bent

Other minor scuffs on other panels, not worth worrying about.

From the look of the damage, I reckon it went down pretty hard due to it travelling sideways just before I came off.

The good news is, it fired up OK (after a massive backfire which scared the life out of me!)
 

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:rotfl::rotfl:Give Bladeracer a PM, after all he is GOD of mechanics:thumb:
I hope you can get her up and running again m8, you could always fashion a piece of metal to bolt on slightly ahead of where the mount used to be, if you get my meaning?
Good idea :thumb: It doesn't have to be pretty either so it could work!

Funny enough, Bladeracer was my first thought.... I'm sure he'll pick up the thread, if not I'll drop him a PM.

I hope it lives on too, it'll be even more fun chasing bigger bikes on a beaten up old VFR!!
 

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Your main problem is the footpeg mount, dont know why your steering lock is seized up, unless it was from the sheer impact....she must of had a good thump. Were you out cold for a short while??
 

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Your main problem is the footpeg mount, dont know why your steering lock is seized up, unless it was from the sheer impact....she must of had a good thump. Were you out cold for a short while??
That's what I figured too. I've not checked the forks thoroughly yet, but I think they look OK at the moment - there were no kerbs to hit, only mud banks either side of the road.

I don't think I was out cold, just a bit dazed from barrel-rolling along at 35mph! I had a slight headache later in the day, but as my lid was all but unscathed I don't think my head took much of an impact.

Apparently I looked pale when I finally got to work though.... (by car).
 

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That's what I figured too. I've not checked the forks thoroughly yet, but I think they look OK at the moment - there were no kerbs to hit, only mud banks either side of the road.

I don't think I was out cold, just a bit dazed from barrel-rolling along at 35mph! I had a slight headache later in the day, but as my lid was all but unscathed I don't think my head took much of an impact.

Apparently I looked pale when I finally got to work though.... (by car).
I'm not being funny, but shock is a funny old thing. Steady as you go over the next day or so mate. :thumb: Catchuontheflipside
 

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Not good at all Deso, but at least you're OK. I've never ridden on Black Ice but I've been told it's no fun. Hope it all turns out OK mate.
 

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That's too bad about your crash. Glad you're ok. The bike will need a little TLC but I'm sure you'll have her up and running soon enough. The peg mount can be welded but the steering has me concerned. Maybe you'll have more info on it once you have a closer look. Good Luck!
 

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Not good at all Deso, but at least you're OK. I've never ridden on Black Ice but I've been told it's no fun. Hope it all turns out OK mate.
Thx Macca

That's too bad about your crash. Glad you're ok. The bike will need a little TLC but I'm sure you'll have her up and running soon enough. The peg mount can be welded but the steering has me concerned. Maybe you'll have more info on it once you have a closer look. Good Luck!
Cheers Denzee.... it's the actual ignition barrel causing the problem. Somehow the steering lock may have come on during the crash, as the bracket on the headstock is mangled (where the locking pin locates) and the key will not turn in the lock. Very wierd. :idunno:
 

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:eek: You too....

I'm so glad you're ok Destructo... As others have said your bike can be repaired, although it must be gutting as you haven't had it long.. I hope your hip and shoulder get better soon for you too..

My crash helmet was the same as yours, just a few scratches on the back.. but as you said about yours it's done it's job, taken it's one impact, and mines already been replaced with another one exactly the same.. My bike was rideable after my off so I took a very slow careful ride to a bike shop to buy a replacement (I've kept the receipt) as I wouldn't trust it 100% after yesterday.. The gutting thing was I hadn't had it long, but I'll be claiming off the other guys insurance for it..
 

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Thx Loopy... yeah me too, I'm in the crash club again....

Your claim should be pretty straightforward, if they hit you from behind. Hopefully they won't write-off your bike though! (If they do, see if you can buy it back cheap...)
 

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Thx Loopy... yeah me too, I'm in the crash club again....
:crap: It's not good....
Your claim should be pretty straightforward, if they hit you from behind. Hopefully they won't write-off your bike though! (If they do, see if you can buy it back cheap...)
It's not gonna take much to sort mine thankfully so she should be ok..
 

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Well I just got some legal advice from White Dalton solicitors (specialist motorcycle solicitors - very good!)

Basically it's not worth looking in to a claim against the council for not salting the road. All they have to do is prove they have a plan in place, and they are covered.

So it looks like it's just my hard luck. Still, it could be a lot worse!
 

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Glad your ok Des, but I must say 2 things, at least it wasn't the blade, and 2 that is why I drive a car when it gets cold and wet out. Good luck getting her back together.
 

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Glad your ok Des, but I must say 2 things, at least it wasn't the blade, and 2 that is why I drive a car when it gets cold and wet out. Good luck getting her back together.
Thx mate, and yeah I am pleased it wasn't the Blade as well!

It's a shame it wasn't caught on video for the Squid Vids eh? The Police Officer said I looked quite graceful as I came off!

:rotfl: <---- (that's not laughing, that's me rolling along the road!)
 
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