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Old 10-13-2012, 06:21 AM   #16
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Yes - Jay here - you're probably right about the linked brakes I seem to recall an incident with your ST3 once where you connected with the rear of a car in WV where the lack of ABS on the Duc as compared to your daily driver GS may have played a role - not that ABS would have helped in this situation.
My ST3 incident was just me being an idiot! I was actually purposely only using the rear brake as an "experiment" when a car stopped suddenly in front of me. I did not hit the car, but did hit the ground.

I do believe in the case of my Bonnie, if I were on my GS with the linked ABS brakes, that I would not have gone down. But I may have sailed through the intersection with the ABS pulsing and been broadsided by a car.

You just never know....

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:34 PM   #17
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Though I saw the pile of gravel in the middle, I did not notice that there was a fine layer of pulverized gravel dust coating the entire width of road creating a very slippery surface. A passing car that stopped told me it was the 3rd or 4th bike accident he has seen this year at that intersection. As he pulled away, I could hear his wheels spinning on the same shit that caused me to go down.

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I remember my first encounter with that crap! I was on my DRZ with 50-50 tires and never had such little traction before. I almost slid right through the stop sign and in to the intersection. Then I nearly dropped the bike when my A* boot slid out from under me. I'm not sure how I got lucky twice.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:54 PM   #18
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I am just going to fix her up and forget that this ever happened.

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As if we would let you...
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:34 PM   #19
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[QUOTE=SlipChip;19823454]As if we would let you... [/QUOTEI]

I am just getting tired of posting my get offs here. Of course last years deer incident, I truly believe no one could have avoided the way it happened. But In the last 10 years, I have 2 other street get offs and two dirt incidents and the 2nd one of those my wife was on board! And I truly believe all of those could have, should have been avoided and it is starting to affect my confidence a little. I am sure after a winter's rest and a good ski season, I will be back to my onery self.

Maybe I will book a riders class for spring to give me a fresh perspective.

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:23 AM   #20
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That's okay, I dropped mine in the driveway trying to bump start it.
I lent the bike to my brother and he killed the battery. Lessons learned, don't loan bike to my brother and bump starting is difficult with a cold bike.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:31 AM   #21
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That's okay, I dropped mine in the driveway trying to bump start it.
I lent the bike to my brother and he killed the battery. Lessons learned, don't loan bike to my brother and bump starting is difficult with a cold bike.
Chip,

You must be hanging out with me too much you are starting to do the same stupid shit I do.

Is there still a nice day ride in the cards for us before the season ends?

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #22
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Is there still a nice day ride in the cards for us before the season ends?

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Looking doubtful, I haven't taken a pleasure ride in 2 months.

Too much work, not enough play, makes Chip a miserable SOB...
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:19 AM   #23
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Sorry for the delay. Two cigars are sitting in a NYC mailbox as we type!

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #24
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Just in time for a nice Thanksgiving day smoke out on the deck to avoid the crazy in-laws. Of course I willingly married into the family knowing how crazy my wife's family is. What does that say about me?

Thanks and looking forward to a good smoke. My wife's brother-in-law is a good guy and I will share your gift with him. He just bought a used Virago and looks at my Bonnie with lust. He is a saint for putting up with my wife's sister. I love her but she is loony bins!

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:06 PM   #25
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Sorry to hear about scratching the bike and body. I had a '04 Thunderbird Sport that I had a little tip over on. Just a little scratch on the bike but I pulled a hamstring. Wasn't sure if I would even be able to get on to ride home, then wasn't sure if I could get off the bike. Thought that leg would never heal. Believe me it took more than one cigar with the leg propped up and copious amounts of rum and coke.
Heal well and ride safe !
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #26
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Rick - three years ago I was in a sweeping curve doing all of about 15 mph when the *%&*$ tar&gravel crap bit me. Broken ankle and many months later I was fine. Don't worry, my ankle took the bike's share of problems so the bike was fine.

That stuff should be illegal. I have recently turned onto a secondary road and right there as the gravel starts is the sign saying, gravel surface ahead. I stop, slowly maneuver the bike so that I can get off of those darn surfaces as quickly as possible. Around here there must be four inches of gravel dumped on to the tar and left for weeks. I guess they are too worried about people complaining about the tar is why they dump so much gravel. It's that or someone state employee has a brother in the gravel business.

Glad to hear you are basically okay.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:39 AM   #27
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Tar and chip is very popular around here, especially in WPA where my accident occured. I always keep an eye out for it and excerise extra caution. One of the biggest problems with tar & chip is that it comoflages the road surface making it almost impossible to determine what is loose and what is firm.

I hate that stuff!!

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Old 11-20-2012, 06:49 AM   #28
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I sold a 4 month old Bonneville just because it didn't have ABS. I have gone 100,000 miles on my present bike without skidding a wheel. ABS saves you.
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