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So with the beautiful weather we've been having I decided to take my bike out last Saturday. Slapped a new Yoshimura TRS Dual exhaust on my 06 ZX10R so I was pretty eager to let them lose. Still a bit chilly but overall good fun. The street sweepers have yet to clear all the gravel in the hidden nooks throughout the city so we have to ride pretty carefully. Well last night the innevitable happened. I was taking a too parallel turn into a parking lot and my bike slid out, but before I new it I was in the air and on my feet! Apparently as I was going down, I summersaulted off and rolled to safety. Not a scratch on me anywhere! But I had to go at my bike with a paint pen and my new mirrors are on their way :rolleyes:. Morale of the story, be patient, give it a few more weeks for the city to clear the gravel...

Any other riders on the forum?
 

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First Post on this forum - newbie alert !!!!

I see your no stranger to the chilly weather, likely much more then here is Wisconsin - but I try to ride all year long, at least down to 30 degrees, had the bike out a dozen or so times this year already, just can't seem to break the need for my speed fix.... Been riding my Yamaha FJR 1300 for 5 years now and I love this platform, but then again --- I'm old... :D She'll still pop out 0-60 in 2.8 and I take it to the track on occasion, nice to have Road America so close !!!

Ride safe and watch out for the retards.... !!!
 

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it was january something and it was like 70 out so i got the bike out to take it to the wash, barely throttled it at about 35mph and it kicked sideways and went over... fail

 

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thanks sir i love it, the only bad is the electronic throttle
btw that was my slow fall... my good one was a little faster than that, stupid mustangs and tinted tail lights lol
 

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I hate you guys.

Prior to going to Shaws in 07, I laid my soul down in a slow left sweeper at Pungo in VA Beach. The front brakes locked up causing me to roll off into the ditch at approx 35-40MPH. She is no more...

The only mod made since this pic was taken was the exhaust wrap running all the way up to the ends of the pipe where the cans meet.
 

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No idea. It felt weird braking sometimes on the ride but would always work itself out. Ducs are quirky so I wrote it off. I was following a buddy, doing about 45-50 in this gentle left and two-fingered the brake a bit. I felt it grab HARD, the front end wiggled and the next thing I knew it was down and I was behind it. When I tried to get the bike out of the ditch, I couldn't because the front brakes were locked. I had to borrow a big screw driver from a passing motorist to unlock them. I had her for 7 years up to that point and had been riding for 17 years at the time.

I loved that bike.
 

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No fun puttin the bikes down....
My first bike was a Yamaha RD 400 souped up, that thing was a monster 2 stroke - not too many bikes out in the late 80's early 90's could touch it...
Got 'er up to over 100 and she jumped into a high speed wobble, couldn't get it back to right and went down - slid for 750 ft and the bike for over 1000 and it hit a parked car - totaled... could never keep that thing from doing wheelies when full on the throttle...
Damn shame - it would have been quite a collectors piece - cafe racer....
 

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damn sorry to hear that guys, i was very fortunate with my wrecks, Francis i always wondered what the bike in your avatar was, it was really bad ass-you gonna get another bike when you get home?
 

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Yup :) Been riding for over 25 years. Mostly various street bikes. Roadraced in the late 80s and again in the early 2000s. My current ride is an Aprilia Dorsoduro. Picked it up a couple weeks ago and sold the Harley. Guess I wasn't ready for Harleys just yet but can't ride sportbikes anymore. Just too painful on the wrists and neck.

Unfortunately been down quite a few times both from canyon carving and on the track. Favorite racebikes were my Yamaha TZ250 and Aprilia RSVR1000R.
 

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Yup :) Been riding for over 25 years. Mostly various street bikes. Roadraced in the late 80s and again in the early 2000s. My current ride is an Aprilia Dorsoduro. Picked it up a couple weeks ago and sold the Harley. Guess I wasn't ready for Harleys just yet but can't ride sportbikes anymore. Just too painful on the wrists and neck.

Unfortunately been down quite a few times both from canyon carving and on the track. Favorite racebikes were my Yamaha TZ250 and Aprilia RSVR1000R.
I really like the Aprilias as well. From what I hear, it's Japanese reliability with Italian style.

Dana I want to get another in a bad way. Who knows, maybe in a few more years. I'm liking the design of the KTM RC8R though as Bushy said, I don't know if my neck and wrists would be able to take it for any extended riding. Realistically, it might end up being a BMW K1200R or something very similar. I fell in love with BMW bikes while in Germany.

So I just went online and they don't offer the K1200R anymore. Oh well. I guess I could settle for the F800GS then.
 

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I really like Ducati and when I bought my Aprilia I was actually set on buying a Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo. I test rode the Ducati and really didn't like the "Twitchiness" of it. It wasn't confidence inspiring. But I thought I'd buy it anyways, slap a steering damper on it (can't recall if it already had one actually). The salesman said I might want to try the Aprilia. The second I took off on it, it was confidence inspiring, and just felt "right". A little taller but just felt good.

If I had my way, I'd have bought a 1098 but again, just too old for that.

Aprilia does have a good reputation. Yeah, I've heard Aprilia referenced as the "Toyota" of Italian motorcycles. I'm real happy with it. I'm still planning on buying another Ducati sportbike. Something to ride to the local hang out then home!

That RD400 comment posted earlier... Just trash talking but I had an '85 RZ500, I would have gladly took on your RD400, I was not a drag-racer, but in the canyons, I'm sure I would have taken your RD400. That RZ500 I had was quicker than most 750s. Even what was considered the best 2-stroke 4 cylinder, The Suzuki RG500 Gamma, had nothing on my RZ500. Any RG, I came across was easy prey. They were faster in the point-to-point, but they weren't as stable. Of course with some suspension work the RG was better...but not box-stock... Again, just trash-talking and not being mean-spirited or being a jerk...

That is one bike I wish I still had or would like to re-acquire...
 

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Sharing probably my worse "get-off"... Back around '88 was prepping a Honda Hawk 650 for BOTT racing. 4th of July weekend, a bunch of buddies wanted to take a morning ride to The Rock Store on Mulholland from Las Virgenes (Malibu Canyon). I was going to my parents house after the ride for a BBQ. So, I was wearing helmet, jacket, and gloves but jeans and athletic sho

As usual, being the usual "show-off" I was then, i was way ahead of everyone going way too fast. I start into a right hander at 80 mph, as I lean it way over, I feel the rear starting to come around. No biggie, just stay on the gas, it'll come around. Well, it does, but starts swinging the other way. Pretty quickly I'm in a tank-slapper, before I can do anything, the last thing I see is the speedo as I'm high-sided. Indicated speed...80 mph.

All I know is I can't see anything. I'm thinking to myself If I'm knocked out thats why I don't see anything. Then its, "earth, sky, earth, sky, earth, sky".

I come to a stop off the road in the dirt. While I wasn't knocked out, I had some weird line running across my vision. I looked around and got up slowly. I could see both my shoes and socks were gone, my visor was gone too. As I tried to get up I knew there was something wrong with my right shoulder and a couple ribs. I could feel a little pain but nothing really bad at that point.

My buddies pull up and run over. They are trying to get me to lay down and wait for an ambulance. I didn't want one. I asked them to help me get my jacket off, cause I knew if the EMTs got there, they'd cut it off. As I took off my helmet I could feel this clicking in my shoulder and knew I at last broke my collar bone. I also took off my jacket and sat on my helmet.

My buddies retrieved my shoes and helped me to get them on. One went to get a pick-up truck and another a car to take me to the hospital.

As we looked around the bike was nowhere to be seen. They looked over the side of the road into the canyon and there it was. About 20 feet down stuck in the brush. I was no more than 5 ft away from going over the edge as well and next to me about 2 feet away was a telephone pole. I was lucky to not have hit that pole either.

I don't know how much time went by but before my buddies pulled my bike from the brush a CHP pulled up. He said, he had heard there was a motorcycle accident here. We told him, "No, we're just taking a break". He left. Thank gawd we hadn't gotten my bike up...

In any event, I got to the hospital. Injuries: Concussion, separated shoulder, shattered collarbone. cracked ribs at my sternum, bad road-rash to my knees and feet.

Of all the injuries, the freakin' road-rash pissed me off the most as they took the longest to heal. I wouldn't be here today if I wasn't wearing a helmet. My helmet was completely rashed on the right side down to the "glass" fibers" and it had a crack on the other side from the impact...

There were others but fortunately, they were on the track after that one. I learned my lesson; No More Canyon Racing.

Sorry for the long-winded story, coffee was extra strong this morning...
 

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That RD400 comment posted earlier... Just trash talking but I had an '85 RZ500, I would have gladly took on your RD400, I was not a drag-racer, but in the canyons, I'm sure I would have taken your RD400. That RZ500 I had was quicker than most 750s. Even what was considered the best 2-stroke 4 cylinder, The Suzuki RG500 Gamma, had nothing on my RZ500. Any RG, I came across was easy prey. They were faster in the point-to-point, but they weren't as stable. Of course with some suspension work the RG was better...but not box-stock... Again, just trash-talking and not being mean-spirited or being a jerk...

That is one bike I wish I still had or would like to re-acquire...
Nothin wrong with some good conversation about historical bikes... !!
Yeah, no question that 400 was an awesome machine - bored 50 over, DG heads, reed valves off the RZ350 - Kerker exhaust.... just stupid fast, could take 1000 hurricanes real easy, but after 100-110, they had ya, nothing like that RZ500 though - those things were just insane.. Anyone that knows anything about 2 strokers knew ya just don't go up against one of those with anything - like you say even the Kawi 2 stroke triple's just didn't have what it took...

One of my all time favorite legends Wayne Rainey - was a champion on your RZ500, followed him for years http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Rainey


I still loved that 400 though, it was a classic and super fun to ride.... Been a Yamaha fan all my life...

Sure wish this one would have been more then just a mock up...
 

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I only wish my RZ looked like Wayne Raineys! I too followed his career. I wonder how many more he would have won had he not been in that accident. I ran into him and his wife at Newcomb's Ranch back in the mid-eighties. I can't remember if he'd gone to the GPs yet. But he was a very nice guy. I've got some old pictures somewhere I need to find and put on webshots...

That is a sweet concept. Every now and then I see RZ500s on ebay... but a bit steep for me right now.
 

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Love watchin the races and all but I'm too old to ride bikes that hard core anymore...
Superbike is coming up soon at road america, can't wait - super fun track to run too...

My FJR1300 is right up my alley at my age, still has all the power I want and more but with a more relaxed situp position, but its a tank and takes alot of work to toss around on the track.... Took an R1 out for a spin not too long ago to see how it felt but my wrists were in pain after a 20 min ride - Ugh, atv motorcross killed it for me... Lookin at possibly adding a FZ1 to the stable instead for more spirited rides and track days... Unless something else comes along that strikes my fancy....

Damn shame about Rainey...
 

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Hey Bushy,

That was a pretty intense write up, thanks for sharing. They say 1 out of four motorcycle accident/fatalities are the other guys' fault, 3 out of 4 are ours. Good to see that after we get a good lesson on safety that we keep our heads on and adjust accordingly. Safe riding everyone
 
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