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Old 09-03-2010, 09:36 PM   #1
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Bluhduh Superman!

Got taken out by a water pipe cover about 10 days ago, will keep it brief but here's some pictures!

Status: Alive w/all organs and just some stitches where my leg took out the right hand mirror.
Speed: 15-20mph
Location: Apartment complex, ~150 ft. from my garage.
Safety gear: Jacket, Helmet, Airbag Vest, Gloves
Cause: Front tire must've tilted up the water pipe cover which jammed between my oil pan and the hole in the road causing the bike to suddenly decelerate while I kept going (inertia's a bitch) over the handlebars superman style.


Bad luck and stupid covers! Though the airbag vest worked wonders; some of the best money I ever spent. http://safermoto.com/ (I have the MLV model)
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:42 PM   #2
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That is a strange one! Glad to hear the vest worked out. I got hurt pretty bad bouncing off the road w/o last year, was hoping my MLV would do some good if there was a next time.

It all inflated fine, neck support and all? Or can you remember?
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:37 AM   #3
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Cause: Front tire must've tilted up the water pipe cover which jammed between my oil pan and the hole in the road causing the bike to suddenly decelerate while I kept going (inertia's a bitch) over the handlebars superman style.
Bad luck and stupid covers! Though the airbag vest worked wonders; some of the best money I ever spent. http://safermoto.com/ (I have the MLV model)
That is such a nice looking bike - what a shame. Glad you are ok.

So what you are saying is this- the cover popped up and then caught the oil pan, causing you to go over the bars. Man, that is a weird one. Someone probably did not put that cover on properly, like it was half in the hole.

The airbag vest inflated fully? I have always wondered if they would inflate in time before you hit the ground. If I remember right, they take about a half second to fully inflate but some of the newer ones take about 1/4 second. Did you land on your chest or your back?
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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Water main cover

You may be lucky.

A security guard making his rounds in the middle of the night at one of our local shopping centers ran over a man hole cover which lifted up on one side, punctured his gas tank, and his truck went off like a bomb...killing him.

I would definately pursue the property owner for damages, if you sure that was the cause.
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Old 09-04-2010, 10:54 AM   #5
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Wow! Glad you're okay!

I think I know what I'm going to ask Santa for this year.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:07 PM   #6
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Though the airbag vest worked wonders; some of the best money I ever spent. http://safermoto.com/ (I have the MLV model)
Glad to hear you're okay.

How did it work? Did it inflate before you hit the ground?

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Old 09-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #7
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Well I don't remember flying off the bike or landing. When I came too the vest was inflated. The next day I wasn't sore besides for an elbow/hand and my leg that had stitches and some other minor cuts. I have the model that inflates in 0.12 seconds.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:06 PM   #8
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Is the vest re-usable?
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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Wow! This is so pure badluck.


I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be able to repeat it on purpose.
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:28 PM   #10
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Sounds like the apartment complex, or whoever is responsible for the cover, owes you some money to cover the repairs and medical bills. Those covers aren't supposed to move or pop up like traps when a vehicle drives over them.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:30 PM   #11
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Sounds like the apartment complex, or whoever is responsible for the cover, owes you some money to cover the repairs and medical bills. Those covers aren't supposed to move or pop up like traps when a vehicle drives over them.
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:03 PM   #12
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You may be lucky.

A security guard making his rounds in the middle of the night at one of our local shopping centers ran over a man hole cover which lifted up on one side, punctured his gas tank, and his truck went off like a bomb...killing him.

I would defininitely pursue the property owner for damages, if you sure that was the cause.
arrgh I am sorry I cannot help it:
this unrelated to the faceplant
[Good that you were not too badly injured!] ---

But, check this out:
the thread is titled, "Superman,"
and the poster's alias is "LewisNClark,"
(one of the best adv stories evar! Corps of Discovery,Jefferson,Sacajawea,etc)

But in the Superman universe: it's 'Lois and Clark."


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Old 09-05-2010, 10:28 AM   #13
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Yeah the vest is re-usable (as long as the airbag doesn't have a hole in it), $20 for a new CO2 cartridge and then just pack the airbag tube back under the snaps that hold it in and you're back in business.
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Old 09-05-2010, 01:02 PM   #14
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Glad you came away without significant injury. I'm in the process of getting an MLV as well.
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:46 PM   #15
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Thumbs down me TOO!

On my first Alaska Highway adventure we stopped for a coffee at the Continental Divide cafe, then after taking some pictures I got on (Bandit 1200S) to ride away. I released the clutch, just got my feet on the 'pegs - BAM! I'm lying on the pavement under the bike...! WTF!!!
All we could figure is (we'd parked on the ONLY concrete around, and it was where the gas truck off-loads the gas thru those round metal-lidded holes) that as my front wheel started onto the far lip of the lid, it "kicked-up" jamming into my header and stopping me IMMEDIATELY. There was a pretty good dent across 3 of the 4 pipes.

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