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Well, how ironic after my blind turn post the other day. This happened on my V-Max; the 12 is not fixed yet!
It was getting toward sundown. When I left home it was cloudy...then the sun came out right in my eyes as I headed west. I rounded a hard right happy to be heading North! Wrong! I hit, midturn, a 100 ft patch of oil sitting on the surface of the road. Lowsided. Apparently a truck earlier had dumped a bunch of oil not long before. The turn had been bone dry earlier in the afternoon. There was not a lot to do except pick myself up and then get the bike off and up (it did shut down but wanted to get the electrics off ASAP. I was pretty surprised how easy I picked up my 600 lb Max (I was pretty motivated in the pavement around a blind turn <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eek.gif ALT=":eek"> ).
Anyway, the good news is I had full leathers on. And they did their job. Some wonderful people who lived on the corner came out and invited me to bring the bike onto their patio and get it running. Some guys stopped who were behind me and didn't run me over (way to go guys!). Anyway, glad it wasn't the 12---my case guards save any damage to the engine but were totally destroyed on the right side, lots of things at sixes and sevens...but the bike works fine (I actually raced a VTX on the way home---once I verified things were running ok <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> ). I've been putting a lot of work into the Max lately while the 12 stator is being done (now I'm glad its taking so long!).
Anyway, scuffed leathers, an "egg" on my hip, my Hindle f--ked up, new streetfighter caseguards destroyed (right angled). Lots of dents and scratches.
I know what I'll be doing tomorrow.
Guys, dress for the crash! Everyone who saw it happen (six people) was really surprised I was ok! I'm thankful, coulda been worse.
ZX12eR

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glad you are ok....bad to say but happy it wasn't the 12. That sounds wrong but don't take it that way. The way I see it, if you were on the 12 you probably would have been going faster and ensued more damage to the bike and yourself. The V-Max can be fixed.

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That sux, but, glad you're OK. BTW, who won the race?

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Glad everything is fine.... sorry for the bad luck streak

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What shit luck man...glad you came out uninjured.

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Call DOT, find out who leaked the oil, or if DOT has
coverage on this...which they do...to cover the costs
of repair.. I know a guy that hit a big pothole, and DOT
paid all costs...

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Glad your ok man. The V-Max is a tough machine & takes falls well in comparison.

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Thanks for the replies and encouragement, it means a lot. And also those who emailed! A lot of sweat, elbow grease and parts today have the Max looking repectable, if a little battle hardened lol. Yeah, I'm glad it was the Max and not the 12 also! I think it would've cost a lot more to fix!
The Max luckily had case-savers which did their job though totally desroyed. I did call DOT and am still getting shuffled around--- thanks for the idea!
Soon I'll have the 12 back, but I'm glad I didn't have it last night!
Thanks!
ZX12eR

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Glad to hear you are OK.
" I raced on the way home" thats what I am talking about NO FEAR.

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ZX12eR,

That sucks! Sorry you had to pay the price to remind the rest of us to watch out for those hidden hazards! In hindsight, can you see anything that you might have done different to prevent going down? Or was it just one of those times when all the stars were mis-aligned?

Get that V-max fixed up again... I really like those Max's, and wouldn't mind owning one again!

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Yeah Vinnie,
I always try to play back stuff like this and see if it could have been avoided...the answer is, yeah, it could have been! First, I broke a habit that I usually keep to: I hate riding into the sun before sundown when the sun's in your eyes. It was cloudy when I left and then the sun came out strong. Why didn't I change my route and ride North for awhile---I considered it, but thought I could stand this 2 mile stretch. I know that things often happen when we step outside of our routines...
the thing is, I would've had plenty of warning if I'd been able to see: there was a 100 foot oil spray/drip BEFORE the turn that I saw later! I also think better sunglasses would've helped! I lose so many, sometimes my current favorite isn't, uh, let's say, Oakley quality! So that's a probable factor too. Things like this lay-down bother me though because I feel like my intuition was sleeping---that voice that says, "watch it!". And that I believe, for me goes back to being so busy that I let my enthusiasm for a ride over-ride that "still, small voice". What bother's me the most is---me. Why wasn't I more aware before the incident?? The signs (sun) were there.
Well, I did get back on the horse immediately...been working on Max a lot of hours already and he's ready for a ride today. Thanks for asking...this one'll be with me for awhile...glad I had full gear on----leather's rule!
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