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    oops...too much front brake.

    Put my streak down in a local parking lot on Friday. As I turned down a row of cars in the parking lot I looked over at the tag office to see how busy it was going to be. As I looked up some lady in a car was pulling down the row square in the middle of the lane. I over reacted an grabbed a hand full of the front brake. Do to the low speed and being in a turn the front brake locked tight and went away fast. Broke my left hand mirror off and put some little dings and scratches in my tank. Scraped up my elbow and bruised my thigh pretty good.

    Not too bad, but over-reacting and locking up the brake is such a rookie mistake. More practice...more all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Milew View Post
    Put my streak down in a local parking lot on Friday. As I turned down a row of cars in the parking lot I looked over at the tag office to see how busy it was going to be. As I looked up some lady in a car was pulling down the row square in the middle of the lane. I over reacted an grabbed a hand full of the front brake. Do to the low speed and being in a turn the front brake locked tight and went away fast. Broke my left hand mirror off and put some little dings and scratches in my tank. Scraped up my elbow and bruised my thigh pretty good.

    Not too bad, but over-reacting and locking up the brake is such a rookie mistake. More practice...more all the time.
    Thanks sucks bud. The stuff on the motorcycle is replaceable, you not so much, so I am glad you are ok...

    Parking lots and motorcycles are like oil and water I think. They dont mix well
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    How did the lady react to the drop? Did you ruin her day because you were now blocking where she wanted to go?

    I hope it wasn't the same elbow you are showing in your avatar.
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    Situational awareness combined with skill is what keeps you out of harm's way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheeladdict View Post
    How did the lady react to the drop? Did you ruin her day because you were now blocking where she wanted to go?

    I hope it wasn't the same elbow you are showing in your avatar.
    She was "nice" enough to stop roll down her window and ask if I was ok as I picked myself off the ground. Then by the time I was to my feet her window was up and she was driving off. I didn't really have any ill will to her until she drove off without so much as allowing me to really take stock in how I felt.

    And no...it was the other elbow. Chicks dig scars they say...
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    I guess there is a lesson in there for all of us. That momentary loss of focus when you glanced away was all it took to cause the "panic" reaction. Parking lots and 4 way intersections make me nervous as h*ll.

    You should switch your avatar to the new rash! at least for a little while anyway.

    Glad you are OK, or at least not seriously injured.
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    Yup, glad you're ok, man!!

    And now for the obligatory ribbing... DUDE, QUIT DOING THAT (falling down n stuff)!!!

    In before some old coot takes this seriously. lol
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    I did the same thing on my '07 SE at a highway intersection in late march. I grabbed too much brake and caught a pot hole at about 35mph and the bike slid on the left tank side for about 10 feet. Broke my nose and it also took about 7 stitchers. My upper lip was gashed through and it took 4 stitches. Left elbow took 4 more stitches and I was wearing padded elbows in my jacket. Other brush burns and bruises on knees and knuckles.
    My bike was estimated at $5k damage and I fixed it for $1600 at the shop. Even at cost price a new take for the SE '07 is ridiculous ...one of the highest priced Kawi tanks.

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    I almost had a mishap like that in a parking lot as well. Front tire slid out a foot or so. Luckily my training/experience subconsciously kicked in and i quickly let off and reapplied the brake in order to stop without issue. It was scary though.

    Nothing makes you feel more alive than taking a bee to the face at 60 mph.. Shortie helmets rock!!

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    I tipped it over in my buddy's driveway doing the exact same thing. I turned right and grabbed a fist full of front break. Down she went on my leg. I scraped the badge up a little and put 2 nice scratches in the tank. I also bent the break lever into a U shape. I was fine, the bike only rested on my foot and calf for about 10 seconds but I had jeans and boots on. I had just gotten it too, I was PISSED!

    Glad you're ok pal, stay safe.
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    Imma grab me a handful tomorrow when i take it out after some crazy speed and do an endo on the highway. Wut are teh chances of it going end-over-endo? lmao!!!
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    ^ How much coffee do you drink bro? I'm guessin' alot.

    An endo on a meanie doesn't seem logically possible to me but then again a wheelie on the old 93 Vulcan 750 seemed impossible too until I saw a buddy do one on it. The forks on the meanie wouldn't support an endo would it? Not that I plan on trying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertypilot View Post
    ^ How much coffee do you drink bro? I'm guessin' alot.

    An endo on a meanie doesn't seem logically possible to me but then again a wheelie on the old 93 Vulcan 750 seemed impossible too until I saw a buddy do one on it. The forks on the meanie wouldn't support an endo would it? Not that I plan on trying it.
    Even if they could, I'd wager they couldn't handle my 300lb body on 'em! lol
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    ^ Good point. If it were possible though I'd pay to see it. A 300 pound power lifter on a giant 800 some pound motorcyle rockin stoppies on the highway. Yeah that's cold cash...
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    Anyone know where to get a reasonably priced tank? I found a repo, but it needs a tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luv383 View Post
    Anyone know where to get a reasonably priced tank? I found a repo, but it needs a tank.
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