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post #1 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Another 9'er Down. Yeah yeah, I wrecked.

Ok. This is going to be long. On our Sunday ride yesterday we all decided to go a different route out through the woods and country roads. It was absolutely amazing. I was keeping up with the 1k's through all the twists and turns through the woods, and we stopped to take a break at some church out there. We were talking about how awesome that road was and how the 9'er surprised them. My tires showed that I have about 2mm before the rubber starts to roll over the edge, and the veteran riders in my group were pretty impressed with my progress since I first joined them.

I forgot to zip up my pocket after that break. BIG mistake. Stuff started blowing out when I was going about 30-45 into the triple digits down the straight away. I payed too much attention to that than the road... I was going way too fast for the corner that I thought was sharper than it was. I could have easily made it, but my mind told me to "BRAKE!!! BRAKE!!! BRAKE!!!" Instead of leaning into the perfect left sweep I was straight for a hay field. I figured since I had slowed down so much that I would just ride into the field til I came to a stop then get back on the road... Nope there was a small ditch then a nice little jump deal on the other side. I went airborne and when I landed; the bike went one way, and I went the other. I was flipping, cartwheeling, somersaulting, and stop drop and rolling all over the place. I was at first thinking, "I'm so dead", but after I stopped I just said and jumped to my feet then ran the 15 yards to my bike and said . Picked her up and started her. Said THANK YOU numerous times to God that I'm not dead, and my bike still runs.

I was very fortunate to be wearing all of my gear (I almost didn't wear my jacket cuz it was 98 degrees yesterday). All that was damaged was my handlebars, a few small scratches on my tank which can be buffed out, and my rear cowl that can't be buffed out. My buddies helped me somewhat straighten the left side of the handlebar, just enough so I could bear the shameful ride home for 2 hours.

Now for a question. I was waiting on getting the Renthal Ultra Lows when I bought a thousand worth of extras for her, and now I'm very happy I didn't! I put on the Galfer lines, and I don't know if they'll be the right length if I get the Renthal's. Should I just straighten the stock bars, get new ones, or the Renthal's?

P.S. I really want the Renthals
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post #2 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 07:04 PM
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Good lord man ! Glad you are safe and your bike surivived. No lecture from me.

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post #3 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 07:09 PM
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Too many get offs lately. Live, learn, dust yourself off and get back on the horse. If the bike was still rideable it couldn't have been too bad.

Glad you're ok and that it wasn't worse.

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post #4 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 07:21 PM
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Get the Renthals.
Stop riding over your head.
Slow down on the street.
Have faith in your machine. & Commit to the corner.

Thank God you are OK. Don't do it Again!

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post #5 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 07:41 PM
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You may have come a long way, sorry Pal, but you still have a long way to go. that looks like an easy 80mph sweeper.

I've seen it before.... the field looked like a clearer path than the road. You probably would have made the curve had there been a stone wall on the outside of the curve. Eye on the road, my Friend, not the jacket, field or anything elce. Keep your foot off that damm back break.

Get your Renthals, and go back and conquer that curve.

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Get the Renthals.
Stop riding over your head.
Slow down on the street.
Have faith in your machine. & Commit to the corner.

Thank God you are OK. Don't do it Again!
+1 to whut he said. I am glad you are ok, but don't push that hard on the street. Take it to the track if you really want to test the limits. Get her fixed, and ride again. Thanks for wearing your gear.

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You may have come a long way, sorry Pal, but you still have a long way to go. that looks like an easy 80mph sweeper.

I've seen it before.... the field looked like a clearer path than the road. You probably would have made the curve had there been a stone wall on the outside of the curve. Eye on the road, my Friend, not the jacket, field or anything elce. Keep your foot off that damm back break.

Get your Renthals, and go back and conquer that curve.
I do still have a looooong way to go, everyday I learn something new, and constantly use my hindsight as a learning tool.

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Get the Renthals.
Stop riding over your head.
Slow down on the street.
Have faith in your machine. & Commit to the corner.

Thank God you are OK. Don't do it Again!
Well, guess I'm getting the Renthals
I would love to get a 600cc machine strictly for track. And yes, I do need to slow down.

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You were pretty lucky, I can hardly see any damage. Put on some Renthals and your good

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Glad to hear you're OK, and the bike isn't so bad. You understand what you did wrong, chalk it up to a lesson learned, and thank God it wasn't worse!

BTW, you'll love the Renthals.

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post #10 of 26 Old 06-19-2007, 10:23 PM
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wow.. good to hear your ok, and the bike from the looks of it pretty much came out unscathed.. I think i put a larger scrape in my paint from one of the bolts on my boot heels..

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Glad to hear that you are okay... Get the Renthals... best $70 I've spent on the bike... they should come with the bike stock!

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silly bugger!

zip ya jacket up, always!

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post #13 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 05:36 AM
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As in most cases, it could have been worse. Good to hear you're in good shape, and the bike doesn't look too worse for the wear. Get the renthals, I like mine

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post #14 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 06:04 AM
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So much of riding is in your head. I also, would like to get a 6 and work on my corner speed.

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I gotta say, that bike looks like maybe it fell over? But not really crashed so much... Not bad.

If you don't want the bike anymore, I'll take it. Thanks.

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post #16 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 06:16 AM
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Now that i'm at work, I can view the pics. You were VERY fortunate to have the accident at that location. More often than not, motorcyclists that have accidents like the one you described are in a much tighter road with no run off, and obstacles that leave permanent marks on the bike and rider.

Get on and ride again, but look for a cheap trackbike to get your speed fix.

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First of all, glad you are okay. This weekend I was in New Hampshire at the Laconia rally, so I wasn't able to respond or ride. Looks like you are a lucky guy, nice to hear you are wearing the gear. 99% of the people in Laconia I saw had t-shirts, shorts and shades to cushion any falls.

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I'm very sorry to hear of your accident. You are fortunate there wasn't a car in that corner or... Another ATGATT success story! The bike has just a little more character. Get the AL bars and ride safe.

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Glad you are OK. Sounds like it could have been a whole lot worse.

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Glad to hear you are OK. I had a similar issue but only at 25. I spaced and just missed a trun on a blind corner. Instead of turning thought I would ride into the grass. Big ditch.

As everyone said. Have faith in your machine and watch the road!
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Glad to hear you are OK. I had a similar issue but only at 25. I spaced and just missed a trun on a blind corner. Instead of turning thought I would ride into the grass. Big ditch.

As everyone said. Have faith in your machine and watch the road!
Sounds just like me. The ditch won

I just ordered some silver Renthal Ultra Lows from Dennis Kirk to replace the bent OEM handlebars

What bar ends should I use?

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What bar ends should I use?
http://rhinomoto.com/


http://rhinomoto.com/bar-end-sliders.html

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post #24 of 26 Old 06-20-2007, 04:22 PM
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>hollow bars with inside diameters from .500” to .800”.

I measured AL bars to .51" so those should fit nice and tight!
Wonder if they are heavy enough to reduce vibes...

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silver color bikes sound like bad luck, 3rd one down including mine.

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Sorry to hear about the tough lesson learned. Glad you are Ok and the bike isn't that bad.

I bought my 9nr in Sept 04 which was my first bike. I read the total control book from Lee Parks , took MSF course and did a single track day. Those were the biggest help for keeping me around today.
A month into riding I decided to ride out to the mountains, the first freakn (20mph caution) turn I took I got in a little to fast. Right as I entered the turn and felt the "O , Sh**" feeling , I wanted to get on the breaks but just trusted the bike and pressed a little harder, scraped my boot but made the turn no problem. I think the only thing that saved me from the natural "slow and break" feeling was that actual mentally preparing I did before my ride.

Usually everytime I get on my bike I take a good 5-30secs of trying to clear my mind. When riding the twisty roads I usually mentally focus on " entering too fast into a corner" and how I should respond. Of course the standard look where you want to go,press on the bars,steady throttle. Sounds like you already know alot about riding and your mistake you made but even riding 3 years now I still approach riding as an experienced rookie. I find the more I read about riding technique & others mistakes the more mentally prepared I am for the actual task at hand.

I bought the Street Fighter Renthals and like them.

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