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An unintentional dismount.

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Recently I had a unintentional dismount. In other words I took a spill on my 2008 wing. I was riding down the street with no traffic behind me or coming from the other direction. A woman ran out from the curb without ever looking in my direction. I was going about 30 mph. I tried braking hard, layed on the horn and even shouted for her to get out of the way. At the last moment I did the little swerve movement you learn in class. It worked and I just missed hitting her. However the combination of the swerve, braking and tires that were due for replacement led to my rear wheel sliding out from under me and the bike going down on its left side.
I came down hard on my left side. The bike slid about 60' and I rolled and slid about 30'. Fortunately a police officer was there and witnessed the entire event. She was calling an ambulance before I came to a stop.
I was surprised that even though I wasnt going that fast things went flyying. My eyeglasses went flying, no surprise. My wrist watch band broke and that sailed off. My left shoe broke the lasses and sailed off as well.
My helmet, gloves and leather jacket did their job. I remember hearing the helmet hit yhe ground. My left glove was abraided on the back of the hand but no injury to my hand. I got some heavy road burn on both knees but my pants showed no damage.
My hip and ribs were very sore but nothing broken. Four days afterwards it looked like I was wearing a pair of navy blue bike shorts due to the bruising.
I had originally thought I would hop back up within a week but it took at least 4 weeks really. I no longer bounce back like I once would I spalt now.
By the way there is no damage to the wing. The protective bars did what the were supposed to do. So did my helmet and leather.
I am back riding. I put new tires on, new breaks pads on front, fixed the leaking fork seal and changed the oil. It was all due and not as a result of the spill.
I have about 1000 miles on since the spill. I have a healthy respect for the protective gear and now Im looking into hip pads becausevthat hurt the most. Im just glad it was early n the season. It rained alot and I wouldnt have gotten out that much any. Way. Wear your protective gear it does help.
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Im a big guy and they dont make the armoured pants in my size. I have been looking. I am looking into making myself or having made something to fit the bag. There are these new pads made from D3O material. It stays soft till they are struck then instantly become hard. I picked up some D3O hip pads and are looking for a way to install them. They are reasonable priced too.
No ABS. I think it might have helped. While yhere were many factors that went into the spill I probably locked up the rear brake. While I dont remember doing it, replaying the event in my head makes me think that I did lock them up.
Mike, I would like that. Tell Ronni I am glad she is back to work. Maybe a run out to starved rock for lunch one day. We can meet out southwest somewhere.
My avatar is an old picture. As you get older hopefully you learn. I'm a lot older and I have learned a little bit. I used to ride without helmet a lot. The more I read and saw got me wearing mine more and more. I had a real problem with comfort. It just got too hot. Then I found a device from Two Wheel Cool. It fits in your helmet and increases air flow. What a difference it makes. A side benefit is it eliminates helmet hair almost completely. That is important because image is everything, right.
Well you proved to yourself how invaluable wearing all the gear is so good on you for moving to wearing it. :claps::claps:

Every woman on a motorbike will be clamouring to find out more about any devise that eliminates "Hair by Honda" I know my SOH would love to hear more about that!!! :shock:
Check it out here. I have used one in two helmets in very hot weather and they really help.

I have no financial interest here just happen to find a good product. I wish a domestic distributor would pick them up. Mine were shipped from Australia last year.
Yeah the woman that caused everything stood there saying Oh my God over and over. I got the satisfaction of at least saying to her, "why didnt you look before you ran out" with some more colorful adjectives added . My skill avoided hitting her but ad I been more practised I probably would not have had the bike go down. Trust me I did not deliberately Lay it down.
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