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Old 02-19-2013, 04:02 AM   #1
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(coming back) From a flat tire at freeway speed.

No broken bones, minimal damage to side case, but what astonishes me is after the flat is repaired I spend the next week/1000 miles freeking out wondering, Is it flat again? Am I about to go down again? Should I slow down? What was that? Arrgghhhhh!
Recovering from a wreck is truly scarier than the wreck itself.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:09 AM   #2
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No broken bones, minimal damage to side case, but what astonishes me is after the flat is repaired I spend the next week/1000 miles freeking out wondering, Is it flat again? Am I about to go down again? Should I slow down? What was that? Arrgghhhhh!
Recovering from a wreck is truly scarier than the wreck itself.
Back in 1983 I made a left turn on my GPz550 - something happened and the bike went down. Felt the front end going instant before it did. But the funny thing is I was on post (Ft. Campbell, KY) doing about 25 mph and had made that same turn literally dozens of times before at the same speed with no problems. I could not turn left without apprehension for at least a year after that!
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:46 AM   #3
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I smashed up my first bike taking a corner a bit hot and hit gravel at the same time. That was about 7 months ago and at times I still get nerves coming into a corner. Taking an intermediate/advanced course in a month and hopefully that'll help with the confidence.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:01 AM   #4
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I smashed up my first bike taking a corner a bit hot and hit gravel at the same time. That was about 7 months ago and at times I still get nerves coming into a corner. Taking an intermediate/advanced course in a month and hopefully that'll help with the confidence.
I believe at last check, 75% of bike accidents happened this way, amongst riders with less than 6 months on the clock. Study and know counter steering and you will be fine.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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The mind is slow to heal. Had a similar occurence and for the next month everything I rode would just out of no where feel like the rear tire was flat.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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Funny, all the times I crashed I never thought about it after.
I was only down twice on the street at about age 18, but loads of times before and after in the dirt.
Maybe if you grow up dirt riding you do not get impressed by crashes...

I can see about the flat, I also wonder if a tire is low/flat for a month after I get one...
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:48 PM   #7
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I had (my one and only) Wreck in 2007, T-boned a car at 40mph, strait into the drivers door. Bought a bike the day I got out of hospital, the 90 mile ride home was one of the scariest things I have ever done. I felt every car was about to pull out in front of me. I was shaking like a leaf when I got home. Took months to lose that rampant fear. I still retain 20% of it for good measure.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:01 PM   #8
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No broken bones, minimal damage to side case, but what astonishes me is after the flat is repaired I spend the next week/1000 miles freeking out wondering, Is it flat again? Am I about to go down again? Should I slow down? What was that? Arrgghhhhh!
Had three flats in one day two weeks ago. (same hole)

I stopped several dozen times to check the rear tire.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:27 PM   #9
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I just give the ass end a little wiggle once in awhile

At 75 if it keeps on wiggling after I stop moving my ass I know the tire is pretty low on psi
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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Jesus Wibby, wouldn't it be easier to check the tires before you get on?
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:43 AM   #11
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Did you have a blowout or just loose very air quickly? I've had two rear and one front flat at speed and never came close to going down. Guess it depends on the bike some too.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:02 AM   #12
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I have tire pressure monitors on my bike. I got a nail in the rear tire and it gave me enough warning that I was able to slow down (from around 65mph) and pull off the road before it went entirely flat. After that experience I refuse to ever buy another bike that doesn't have TPM.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #13
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Yep, I'm still trying to get my mojo back. I got a flat on the interstate doing 70 mph and went down before I could get stopped. After recovery I have been riding my sidecar rigs. A few weeks ago I got back on the two wheeler and was just uncomfortable as hell on my normal highway commute. Every wobble and wind gust made me think it was happening again. I'm still trying to ease into it and get that mojo back.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:52 AM   #14
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After that experience I refuse to ever buy another bike that doesn't have TPM.


I'm sorry but that just does NOT JIVE with:
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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I still can't get the "flat tire" out of my mind...

First time it happened it was the rear tire on my SV1000S. I was doing 125mph when the valve stem broke, instant flat. Managed to stop without wrecking, but it's something that really messes with your mind.

The second time was just a few weeks ago, again on the SV1000S, but this time something made a hole in the front tire. Managed to stop without problems and fixed it with my fix a flat kit.

Right now everything feels like a flat tire to me, crosswinds, uneven pavement, I'm freaking out about it all the time.
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