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#1 mattster31

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:26 AM

It all began months ago when the CFR date was announced. Hopewell rocks was one thing I had always wanted to see and it looked like this would be the perfect opportunity. My plans came together once I managed to procure a riding buddy who would be interested in coming along. I was really excited about it......not just the trip itself, and the sights, but meeting a few more fine FJR Forum folks :) Yes, my wife thought I was nuts going that far for one day......well, not really a full day but close enough :rolleyes:

Monday morning at 6 we headed out. The weather was perfect. We hit a patch of wet roads early in the morning through Ellicottville, but it was clear sailing after that.

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Oh..........forgot to mention that we were riding an SS1000 on the way out. Glenn had never pulled one off, and we thought this would be a perfect opportunity...........in hindsight.....hmmmm.

Things were going really well......so well that I thought I would check out the FJRForum.....haha

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(I brought the page up while I was stopped....and no I wasn't trying to surf while riding)
My phone was there to run the instamapper tracking program so my wife (and Glenn's GF) could follow along.

We were making great time, and keeping on schedule. At our stop in the Blanford rest area, we figured we would be arriving just before midnight in Freddy beach........I had no idea what I was in for less than one hour later........ :blink:

We were cruising along the I-90 until we reached this point here

That was when my CFR dreams were dashed. About a quarter mile prior to this location construction had narrowed the lanes down to two. Vehicles were still cruising along at 65 mph, but I had plenty of space in front of me (I was in the left part of the slow lane). On the other side of the traffic cones I noticed a police cruiser and a road crew (they were moving slowly placing cones).

Then it happened.......I noticed a vehicle to the left of me (middle lane) make a sudden swerve, and the one behind it looked like it hit a bump (both were about 50" in front of me). Turns out that this "bump" the second vehicle hit was an 8' piece (Glenn thought it was more like 10' as it covered almost a lane and a half) of 4X4 lumber. When the second vehicle hit it, it spun the piece directly into my path. There it was perpendicular to me, gently bouncing along the interstate. I don't think I had time to think of what to do. I knew it was too long to steer around (to the right), and I couldn't swerve left (vehicle right beside me who couldn't move themselves because of the construction). My only option (out of sheer reflex) was to go over it. I did the best I could to give it a bit of gas and stand up on the pegs, and it worked....I was over it. Thankfully Glenn was in the right side of the slow lane behind me and had time to swerve around it. Later Glenn would tell me I had the bike airborne by over a foot. He thinks the CT on the back saved my landing........not so sure.

Anyways, my initial shock quickly turned to terror as I realize my front tire was now flat, and I was doing almost 70mph. Thankfully it was a fairly straight piece of road because the thing just doesn't want to steer very well with a flat :dribble: Terror turned to horror when the bars started to shake rather violently.....WTF I thought!! I was amazed that a few cars actually honked at me....like I was holding them up as I tried feverishly to keep the bike upright yet bring it to a stop using my rear brake only (didn't want to touch the front for fear of washing it out). Seemed like a good idea at the time.

This is what I was left with.....

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Within a minute a state trooper pulled over and the first thing he said was "did you hit that piece of lumber?"
"Uhh, yeah" I said. "How did you know". I asked him how the F&%$ that thing ended up on the interstate and he just shrugged his shoulders, and mentioned a bike dealership behind us. I thought he would stay to provide us with some protection, but he said he had to go. So I watch him back up to the interstate authority access road400' behind us (which we would later use) and stop. Then he pulls out to nab a speeder. I thought seriously??? You would rather nail a speeder than make sure a citizen safely moved himself off the interstate??? Anyways, I tried to jam a sticky plug between the rim and the tire to see if I could get it to hold some air......didn't work, but I didn't feel safe on the highway, so I rode the bike (with a flat) over to the dealer who will remain nameless (Auburn Mass. on rte 20). Went inside to see about a new rim. Well as you can guess they had none, and told me there were none in the U.S and it would take 5 days from Japan. I noticed a 2010 FJR on the showroom floor and suggested they sell me that one, swap rotors, and I would be on my way. They could re-assemble the new rim when it arrived and install it back on their bike. "Nope" was the answer......wouldn't even entertain the idea. Thought I was crazy for just suggesting it. Well I guess one of the guys felt guilty and he comes outside to give me some numbers for a few bike yards in the area that might have a rim......gee thanks. :fuck:

I posted up a "help" on the forum and within 5 minutes I get a call from Tyler! She asked me if I had the FJR assistance list (I didn't) so she looked up a few people who might be close by and e-mailed them to me. Huge props to Tyler!! Thank you for that!! you are the best! :) Called the number closest (1/2 hour) no answer. No problems.....people have lives. I should have tried again later.

By this time it was close to 6 and I figured it would be best to find lodging. Rode over to the Comfort Inn and unpacked and tried to take stock of the situation. I called my SO to cancel my Silverwood reservation :( and let her know what happened.....she thought I meant I hit a 4X4 vehicle that fell off a truck.....guess I should have been a little more clear.
Went for a few beers at the local "Outback" to wallow in my sorrow.

The next day I realized that even if I could find a rim, I had to be back by Wednesday night. So my best case scenario was to get a rim that morning.....mounted and repaired by the end of the day, and head home north after riding up Mt Washington. Alas.......it was not meant to be. Called a few (the maintenance kid at the Comfort Inn called a few also) dealers and other bike shops in the area...............no luck. Made the decision to rent a budget cube van and drive the bike home to repair later.....

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Maintenance guy (Chris) even drove home to get his ramp to load the bike in. I gave him several bucks for his efforts. If he was the service guy at the aforementioned dealership I'm sure I would have a new silver rim on my bike. He was a great help!!

Here is the damage...............

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It's amazing what a block of wood can do at 70 mph!!!! Hey........it could have been worse right? Easier to fix the bike than fix me....I was lucky. Thanks again to Tyler, mdisher, and everyone else for their help!
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:43 AM

You are SO lucky to have ridden that thing out!

Glad you weren't injured!:clapping:


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Posted 22 June 2011 - 06:57 AM

Sorry to hear about the rim. Glad you are safe. I beleive there are some companies on the East Coast that can repair the wheel. There was someone that had a bad experince from one shop so you want to do a little searching, but there are several on the east coast that are very good.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:09 AM

Sorry to hear about the rim. Glad you are safe. I beleive there are some companies on the East Coast that can repair the wheel. There was someone that had a bad experince from one shop so you want to do a little searching, but there are several on the east coast that are very good.


I thought about straightening.....but I did that many years ago with a rim from another bike and the rim split 3 weeks later. Not sure I want to trust it anymore. For the cost of a new one (cheapest I found was $409), it would give me peace of mind.
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:21 AM

Did the cop know the wood was there before you hit it?
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:29 AM

Did the cop know the wood was there before you hit it?



Excellent question.;)

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:39 AM

WOW Matt! Glad you rode that one out to safety! Overall, that sucks, but it could have been much more "painful" than a few bucks out of your wallet and ruining the trip. Thank goodness you were spared personally. You'll be back up and running in no time my man. Now join the FJR Assistance list. I think you know the guy who is currently managing that (and doing a damn fine job of it I might add, thanks for your efforts on that Steve). :D

P.S. That cop sucks!
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:40 AM


Did the cop know the wood was there before you hit it?



Excellent question.;)


I am wondering if that is why he seemed so eager to get away from us....but now it's a question I will never know the answer too. The CBSA guy was baffled that I didn't even get an accident report. The Trooper never even mentioned it (I didn't think of it at the time) Whether the piece came from the construction crew that was right there I will also never know.....but it seems rather coincidental.

If only my GPS told me to take the 290 instead of the 495 I may have avoided it.....hindsight at this point.

Think I found a rim on eBay......
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:45 AM

Sorry about the mishap Matt. Glad you are still here to ride another day.
I was preoccupied Monday(funeral) and if I had seen your "help" I would have come down and picked you and your bike up.

And Mark right about the "list"...It has worked for others.

edit note: just looked at the map. Oh well I still could have call ya and seen if it was doable to help.
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 07:56 AM

...If only my GPS told me to take the 290 instead of the 495 I may have avoided it.....hindsight at this point...


Why do people keep following their gps's. :)

I've never turned around on group rides as much as when I follow someone with a gps.

SEE, it was the GPS's fault. Throw that goshdarned thing away and get some paper...:lol:

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 08:19 AM

Wow Matt!

Too bad about the trip but I'm glad you're ok. Nice driving bringing her to a stop with a flat tire and out of round wheel.

There will always be another trip.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:00 AM

Holy crap Matt! Glad you are okay. Sucks about the CFR plans and the inconvenience but thats way better than the alternative.
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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:08 AM

As the others have stated, you are indeed blessed by the moto gods to have not had anything much more serious happen! I think you should buy a lottery ticket or somethin'!!

And I'm with Wheatie... old fashioned paper map technology has never steered me wrong. ;)

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:55 AM

Glad you rode that one out Matt. We were worried about ya here in Freddy Beach. Hope we see you at next year's CFR.


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Posted 22 June 2011 - 01:20 PM

Holy bent rims, Batman! Good job Mr. Matt, I especially like the 'gave it the gas' comment! :yahoo:
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 01:36 AM

Glad you rode that one out Matt. We were worried about ya here in Freddy Beach. Hope we see you at next year's CFR.


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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:09 AM

Major bummer dude. At least you are ok. As for the dealership, well, asshats or not, that rim off the 10 wouldn't have worked on your 03. Different seal diameters and stuff. At lesat I am pretty sure about that.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:24 AM

Glad you're OK and yes, that one's past trying to straighten!
On the upside, while others have silhouettes of deer & bunnies on their fairings, you can have one of a bent rim. :blink:
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:54 AM

Matt,

"Got wood?"

to soon?
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 04:01 AM

Matt,

"Got wood?"

to soon?


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