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Made a stupid mistake yesterday morning. I was leaving work yesterday morning at 8:30 am and it was about 45 degrees out. I warmed my bike then started my journey home. I pulled out of work and made it to the first stop sign thats just up the road. I rolled through the stop sign in second gear and gave it full throttle as I was making a right hand turn. Right before the bike staightened out the rear tire let loose and I was looking at the sky, sliding on my back, with my bike in front of me sliding on its right side. Too much throttle on cold tires.
Luckly I had all my gear on (it was cold out) and I came away with only a few scratches on my legs.
Here is the damage: Rubbed a hole in the crakcase cover (all the oil spillied out), bent the handlebar, tore up the upper plastic, scarred up the muffler. Its at the dealership getting estimated today.
I guess everyone wrecks at least once. Its was my first in 5 years of riding.
 

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been riding street bikes since 16 (54 now) had 2 bad wrecks. one at over 90mph. was doing things i shouldn't.was 24 it was early in the morning about 3 or 4. you can fill in the blanks. should have died. full face helmet saved my life. the other ws in 04 on my 6 month old zrx 1200. came over backwards at 70 mph no helmet or gear. right in front of my house. hit everything but my head. i;m sure most of my aches and pains are from it. glad you are all right. i know how i felt sliding down the road watching my new bike flipping down the road. bikes can be replaced, you can't. hope they get you going soon.:(:(:(
 

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An update: The estimation to fix everything is $2600. That includes parts and labor. The mechanic said all the damage was cosmetic. He put a lot in for labor, so he could make sure the engine and transmission could get cleaned throughly. He wanted to make sure that no metal particles got into the engine when the asphalt rubbed a hole in the clutch cover.
 

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sounds like you got off easy. it doesn't take much damage any more to rack that up, especially on a new bike. insurace going to cover it all?
 

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maybe i'll reinstate my full coverage. right now just have comp for critters.glad your o.k. and covered. had to fix my rex out of pocket. ouch.
 

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Nice. Being out $500 stinks, but you're OK is priceless. Good thing you had good insurance. Also, the lowside beats the heck out of highsiding. Glad it wasn't worse.
 

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guys it is a motorcycle not a stunt machine.is it necessary to do these things to have fun. please think about it. if you do not come away from this thinking you must change your riding habits SELL IT. their are so many ways a motorcycle will BITE YOU. please,please try to enjoy your motorcycle and at the same time under stand it can and will kill you .
my best friend has been riding for over 40 years, he rides very safe. well he hit his front brake going 60 becouse a car cut in front of him. he instantly high sided his new kawasaki 2000 vulcan. lucky no cars ran him over. 6,000 damage on a bike with 125 miles on it. lots of road rash and bruised ribs. yes it is dangerous, but i will still ride cuzz i love it so much.
 

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guys it is a motorcycle not a stunt machine.is it necessary to do these things to have fun. please think about it. if you do not come away from this thinking you must change your riding habits SELL IT. their are so many ways a motorcycle will BITE YOU. please,please try to enjoy your motorcycle and at the same time under stand it can and will kill you .
my best friend has been riding for over 40 years, he rides very safe. well he hit his front brake going 60 becouse a car cut in front of him. he instantly high sided his new kawasaki 2000 vulcan. lucky no cars ran him over. 6,000 damage on a bike with 125 miles on it. lots of road rash and bruised ribs. yes it is dangerous, but i will still ride cuzz i love it so much.
When you have a bad wreck it will take the fight out of you. After my wreck I took a year off and even then I was still gun shy for about nother year.I had a head on at deals gap with a nother motorcycle, his fault, but (dead is dead) no matter who's fault. Ride on brother:(
 

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time tends to make you forget. i don;t ride like i used to after my 04 wreck. i do a little but i know i'm not invicable. don;t take as many chances always watching every where all the time. every car is trying to kiil me every dog on the side of the road will run out. always figuring escape routes what will i do if whatever does that. sounds crazy but keeps me alive. have missed many could haves. may get mine someday but i ride very defensively always.
 

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my post was way to harsh,i am so old i do not remember what it is like to be young and own a motorcycle.
jrick56 is so right though. some of us can still love riding without blasting around taking chances. getting hurt on my motorcycle scares the crap out of me. i take NO risk riding my bike. call me a slow poke, that is fine with me. lots of situations are managed riding slow that are a sure fire wreck even at legal speeds.
i still do enjoy blasting threw the gears on a VERY safe street with no cross traffic or other cars around. that is the only time i speed and only for a short blast. maybe 90 MPH.
 

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like kweezy both of my wrecks were my fault did something stupid. still do stupid stuff but am a lot more careful doing it. kweezy probably learned the same thing most of us do after we get up from a wreck. things could have been a whole lot worse. he wasn't hurt badly, that's a good thing. to walk away from a wreck is a blessing. we've had several killed here in the last few weeks. mainly flatlanders who aren't used to riding in the mountains. usually cruisers. we did have a rocket drive under a pickup on 341 about three weeks ago. he didn't make it. sometimes those boys get carried away. pun intended. the main thing is to learn from it . and ride smarter.
 

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First off - Kweezy - glad to hear you are alive and uninjured. Bikes can be replaced - lost lives cannot be.

Now, you just learn from your mistake!!! Next time, take it easy on cold tires!

On the bright side, at least you can say it is your fault and you can learn from it...

I had two bad accidents on my 03 Z1000. The first happened at a stop sign, when another bike ran into the back of me, knocking my bike right out from between my legs and rashing the whole right side up. Then, the guy's fly-by-night insurance company tries to fight me on it... Finally, after three months, they pick up the tab - but I was left for three months without a ride.

Then, NO LIE - one WEEK after getting it out of the shop, some stupid caged driver on the Bay Bridge decides she is going to change lanes while holding a phone up to the side of her head, blocking her vision on the left side - where I was. She side-swiped me and knocked the bike right out from beneath me again. Nothing worse than watching your shiny new bike tumble end over end down the freeway as you are sliding along, hoping you arent run over by 5 lanes of traffic...

Needless to say, her insurance wanted to total the bike - except that I had receipts showing that the entire bike was basically one week old...

Oh - and the right safety gear had me walk away from both crashes. As a matter of fact, I rode the thing home after getting hit on the bridge - I was 25 miles from home, and the thing was still running - just all rashed and bent up handlebars and exhaust pipe... The cop thought I was nuts...but I felt like if I dont get back on this thing right now, I dont know if I am ever going to find the courage to get on one again, after almost being run over.

I havent stopped riding since! I admit that I do not lane share quite as fast as I used to...but otherwise I havent slowed down a bit :)
 

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Can you get aftermarket stuff insted of oem? I wanted to get a proper renthal bar on mine, and the thing feels so much better with the levers, also can't you get a pipe now also?

here was my last crash, 07 on Willow Springs, the bike didn't look too good after.
 
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