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Hit 10K miles today.

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  • #2194
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    megaspaz
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    8600+ on the SV and 1400 on the Duc. Just had to get it off my chest. End of Line. Please continue with more important things than my ego.

    #13269
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    Jim
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    WOW 1400 miles on the duc already, you’ve been riding honky alot, must be taking the lonnnngggg way home. I would be too if she was mine.

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    CBennett
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    up to 75 now

    #13367
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    megaspaz
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    after hitting 12 K miles, i preceded to bin honky from a low side on little dragon highway 49. left side plastics, brake lever (i know, wierd), and shift pedal need replacing. The bike is rideable though. For injuries, looks like bruised hand and 2nd knuckle of the left ring finger. Icing it now, will see the doc tomorrow. Small bit of rash from the elbow protector for some reason. Helmet will need replacing as well.

    For the details, I’ve never ridding highway 49 and i lost it on a double apex decreasing radius left turn. The first apex was a decreasing radius turn which hid the second apex which was a blind decreasing radius uphill turn, pretty much a hair pin which it looks like from google maps. looking back, it looked like a single turn when i was taking it, but when we moved the bike down to the side of the road with more space where the first turn was, you can distinctly see 2 turns. I lost it in the gravel on the second turn. I wasn’t able to spot the exit on the second turn and just tried to throttle and lean more, unfortunately i was already headed toward the gravel past the fogline and lost either the front or the rear in the gravel. Person behind me said it looked like the front slid from the gravel, i thought i felt the rear go. I got lucky because I lost it close to a cliff, so it could have been a fatally worse. I don’t look at my speedo when riding, so I don’t know how fast I entered that stretch in, but the guy behind me said we were doing 40 mph. No suggested entry speed suggestions on the turn. Anyway, gear has been road tested and passed with flying colors. No broken seems or rips in the leathers, it’s just dirty. Anyhoo, off to sleep.


    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

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    Budd
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    Wow, glad to hear you are alright. that was 2k in 3 days. At least you have another bike to ride while honky is in the shop.

    “I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-Wolverine

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    Munch
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    Shame it happened to your newest member. I know about those close cliff calls…though I was in my jeep…. definitely had to peel me off the seat .

    Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**h

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    Jim
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    Sorry about the damage to your duc, I am glad you’re OK.

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    Andrew
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    Glad your ok dude. The bike can be fixed. I’m not sure what you mean by a double apex though. can you explain it further?

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    ilnam
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    or let’s see the coords on google maps. anyway, I’m glad you’re okay! was this a group ride?

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    megaspaz
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    unfortunately, there’s not street view of the turn. Google maps doesn’t accurately show the turn either. The simplest thing to think about a double apex is to think of a curve but with the middle flattened so there’s 2 corners. The one i hit was and uphill decreasing radius except the exit didn’t completely straighten. At the end of what i thought the exit was at was another left corner kink that hairpinned upwards. The kink’s where I ran it wide into the gravel and luckily not off the cliff. It’s not something that’s easily envisioned in 2d. If you could stand in the midpoint of the first corner, you’d be able to see the second corner going up and wrapping around the mountain. Yeh, it was a group ride.


    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

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    dcJohn
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    Glad you’re ok! Here’s an illustration to go along with your description of a double-apex turn (from Total Control):
    Total Control: High Performance ... - Google Book Search

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    ilnam
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    just curious, but how slippery were the tires when you first bought the duc? is scrubbing the tires a real issue?

    #13467
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    megaspaz
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    not slippery at all really. the dealer still adhere to the 100 mile tire break in thing, but i was taking the twisties almost immediately. either way, i’m pretty impulsive, so you might want to take it easy on new tires for the first 100 miles.


    If there’s anything more important than my ego
    around, I want it caught and shot now…

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