ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Face plant
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
Two Wheeled 'Tard OP
Banned
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago (sort of)
Oddometer: 165
SV650 + highway onramp + cold tires = derp

tl;dr is that I was getting onto the highway and lost the rear tire, slid off the road and the bike ended up in a nice soft muddy ditch. I was ATGATT, don't have a single scratch or bruise on me. The only important damage to the bike (save for a few more dents, which it already had plenty of) was a broken left footpeg. If it wasn't for that, I could have rode it home.


After I managed to get it un-stuck from the mud it had embedded itself in, and get it out of the ditch.

No idea how fast I was going, this is usually my track bike and as such the speedo doesn't work. Nor does it have turn signals . . . or insurance . . . or a license plate . . .


The landing area

I'm not sure if the cops were either super cool, or just thought I was too much of an idiot to bother with, but I didn't get any ticket or citation, even though I should have probably gotten one (or five). Upon him noticing that there was no plate on the bike, the conversation went as follows:

Cop: "Where's the license plate?"
Me: "Uh, damn. It must have gotten ripped off and is somewhere in the ditch"
Cop: "Uh huh. And your registration card?"
Me: "I don't have it with me."
Cop: "It's in the ditch as well, right?"
Me: "...you've played this game before, haven't you."
Cop: "You're an idiot."
Me: "Yes sir."


The skid marks from the frame slider and I think the rear wheel, leading to where the bike eventually ended up.

I'm still not sure what happened, as while I was going at a spirited pace, I wouldn't have called it fast (Give me a break, I'm a midwesterner. S-curve highway onramps are the best we can do for "the twisties"). I was set up and hanging off the inside of the bike, but nowhere near getting a knee down. Maybe 40mph? Not sure, but not that quick. I wasn't leaned over far at all, I was more focused on getting a good turn in and line, 4th gear, maintinance throttle. I wasn't even considering that I was over enough to run out of traction, but there my ass was, sliding along the pavement.

If I had to hazard a guess, it would be cold tires. It was ~45 degrees, the tires are Michalein Power Pures, which are sold as an "85% Aggressive Street/15% track" tire. I'd only done a couple miles at surface street speeds, so there's no way that the tires were near their best sticky temps.

Also, I suck at motorcycles. That's the primary cause.


Back the way I came

The ambulance crew was very impressed with the gear; they said that as soon as they heard "motorcycle" over the radio, they'd mentally prepared themselves for a bloody mess. They even spent a few minutes admiring the stuff, being amazed at how well it had held up. They estimated that with the distance I slid, I would have lost all the skin on my left leg and probably ground through to the ankle and knee bone if I'd been wearing the standard Chicago squid armor of jeans and sneakers.


My left leg took the brunt of the slide.

Gear worn:
-Nolan N104 Helmet
-Olympia Transition jacket
-Olympia Air-Glide 2 pants
-Sidi Adventure Rain boots
-Olympia GT 4150 gloves
Two Wheeled 'Tard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
Gonzoso
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Gonzoso's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Pocono Mt.s PA
Oddometer: 145
You dodged a bullet and not just with your possible injuries.

I don't know what the law is where you are, but here in PA driving an uninsured vehicle alone is a 90 day license suspension and 300 dollar fine.

Not to mention what you'd be paying if you smacked a car or a pedestrian or something with no insurance.

I mean legally you have

1. No insurance-300$
2. No registration-300$
3. No inspection-150$
4. Driving too fast for conditions/reckless driving 400$

So you're looking at over 1k dollars in fines, no driving for 90 days, and a few days spent over legal crap.

Because you didn't wanna pay 100$ to register/plate it and a couple bucks for insurance? And you're gonna risk your fiscal security in the future driving without insurance? I'm surprised you wear a helmet.
Gonzoso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 08:20 PM   #3
Two Wheeled 'Tard OP
Banned
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago (sort of)
Oddometer: 165
Well the bike IS registered, I just didn't have the plate on it. And Illinois doesn't have vehicle inspections.

Fortunately, the cop was able to look up the registration by the VIN, and that saved me a whole heaping lot of trouble. I had actually debated registering the bike at all when I bought it, because it spends 90% of it's time on the track. It's only on the street when my street bike (which is fully insured, titled, plated and legal) is down for repairs or maintenance. Foresight saved my ass there, I suppose.

tl;dr - I'm dumb. But I'm charming, or something like that. This isn't the first major traffic issue that I've been let off on just because the cop was feeling nice, or just didn't want to deal with all the paperwork (They really don't like lane splitting in Illinois) Honestly, they were probably taking bets as to how long it would be before they're scraping my remains off a guardrail somewhere.

*Edit* Heh, in Illinois it's a $500 fine for no insurance plus a $100 reinstatement fee. *Runs off to Progressive's website*

Two Wheeled 'Tard screwed with this post 04-24-2013 at 08:34 PM
Two Wheeled 'Tard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2013, 08:32 PM   #4
DavidBanner
Banned
 
Joined: Oct 2012
Location: Planet earf.
Oddometer: 1,163
Fyyff.
DavidBanner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
NJ-Brett
Brett
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Southern New Jersey
Oddometer: 6,322
Why need a foot peg, just put your foot on the slider.

If you did something like that in New Jersey, you would be locked up and it would likely cost you about $6000.00 by the time you were done.
NJ-Brett is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:28 AM   #6
kakalaka
n00b
 
Joined: Apr 2013
Oddometer: 1
You are an idiot. That is all...
kakalaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #7
Two Wheeled 'Tard OP
Banned
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago (sort of)
Oddometer: 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by kakalaka View Post
You are an idiot. That is all...
That was the cop's assessment, and I'm inclined to agree with him. :)
Two Wheeled 'Tard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #8
PrtclMn001
Custom User Title
 
PrtclMn001's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: Upstate/Central NY
Oddometer: 979
Geez, if that were here in NY, you'd have probably 100 tickets and then they'd give you tickets for having the tickets.

Go buy a lottery ticket, dude.
PrtclMn001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 09:36 AM   #9
CONKSO
Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2011
Oddometer: 44
'Tard - you're an idiot but you're funny and you're taking responsibility for it so I guess it's a wash. Carry on.
CONKSO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #10
zippy
Hinter dem Feld
 
zippy's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: St Pete
Oddometer: 2,133
Thanks for sharing. Good to see the olympia pants held up so well, I have the same pants in my rotation.
zippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 10:01 AM   #11
iyaoyas98
Bored Silly
 
iyaoyas98's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Smyrna, TN
Oddometer: 6,244


Lucky bastard.
iyaoyas98 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
DirtReeper
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2011
Location: Southern Utah
Oddometer: 508
fecking lucky ass.....lik ehas been said FYYFF, and "...its a wash i guess carry on"
__________________
KLR 650 KLaiRe, dirty red head
Quoth the Darth Peach: "Must work to afford Bikethings"
Quoth Dorzok, it's a BMW. just activate the levitation function that's part of the optional accessory outer space adventure package.
DirtReeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 09:31 AM   #13
NesquikNinja
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: East Missouri
Oddometer: 300
I wish all motorcycle accidents went this way.

*I* messed up. *I* made the mistake.
*I* wrecked *MY* vehicle.
I wore my gear. I walked away. No one else was involved, no one else was hurt or hurt me.

Now *I* have to fix this shit

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparrowhawk View Post
More stuff will clutter your life and make you poor. More adventure will richen your existence. Make do and make tracks.
NesquikNinja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #14
Two Wheeled 'Tard OP
Banned
 
Joined: Jul 2011
Location: Chicago (sort of)
Oddometer: 165
Quote:
Originally Posted by paddlesurf.net View Post
'Tard - you're an idiot but you're funny [...] Carry on.
Man, that's the story of my life there.
Two Wheeled 'Tard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 08:10 PM   #15
b1pig
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Jan 2013
Location: Ray City, Ga
Oddometer: 724
good luck. here, if you are found driving/riding without insurance, you're subject to your license being suspended. not a guarantee... just a possibility.

gear did its job, though.
b1pig is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 02:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014