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J6G1Z

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Well… I Dumped My Ascot Today…
« on: May 13, 2014, 11:46:36 AM »

That’s right, my bike & I went down today. I was about as lucky as you could get though. Neither the bike or I received much damage. I was able to land the bike on its left side into a mostly soft dirt bank & had scrubbed off enough speed that I had almost rolled to a stop. The worst part of it all, was that this all took place in the opposite, or on-coming lane.

I was about midway through a sharp right hand turn, when I hit a “loose spot” & slide sideways across the yellow line. Both tires were sliding & I was just along for the ride more or less. Fortunately it did not high-side on me & I was able to recover, but I was headed for the curb. There was a full size pick-up truck slowly coming towards me & he just stopped where he was. I slid between the front passenger side corner of the truck & into the bank of dirt. My right side front turn signal hit the top of the bumper on the truck & left about an 6” long scratch on the truck. I ended up just sitting on the bank of dirt with my bike laying on its side. I picked myself up & dusted myself off, then picked up the bike. By then the gentleman that owned the truck had come out to see if I was still alive. Poor guy, I probably scared the crap out of him by coming out of nowhere all of a sudden & then bouncing off the corner of his truck! I’m glad he was smart & had just stopped where he was. We greeted each other & I assured him that I was OK. I pointed out the scratch that I had made & offered to exchange insurance cards, but he said not to worry about it. Unfortunately I didn’t have any real cash on me to offer towards the damage. So far, it looks like the Ascot needs a new clutch lever, a bath & a bit of realignment on the turn signal & the shifter end. Amazingly non of the body work was dented or scratched. I really got off easily in all respects & need to learn some lessons from this event.

Be careful out there
J.



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Re: Well… I Dumped My Ascot Today…
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 08:38:56 AM »
Glad to hear you're okay Jay.
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Re: Well… I Dumped My Ascot Today…
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 09:28:04 AM »
Glad to hear you're okay Jay.

Thanks. It was a close call & I'm still amazed at how easy I got off. If I had been pointed a few more degrees to my right, I may not have "missed" hitting that truck. I would have traveled at least a foot & a half past the front bumper of the truck. I'm thinking of a set of bent forks & probably some air time for my body.

J.