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Post  YZFJohn on Thu May 09 2013, 18:06

Pictures say it all - had enough of this year.

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Post  robertcains on Thu May 09 2013, 18:29

Bloody Hell John, it's really slippery out there with the fresh batch of rain though, ride carefully peeps & hope you get her fixed up again soon mate
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Post  ellie on Thu May 09 2013, 18:31

Oh my goodness!! Pleased you're OK, please ride carefully John!!
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Post  Dai-San on Thu May 09 2013, 19:05

How, why, what & where?

Glad you're ok though mate, people are harder to fix or replace?
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Post  greencat on Thu May 09 2013, 19:34

Aarrghhh John. grumpy

How are you? OK I hope?

Bike doesn't look too bad. What happened?

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Post  Cheshirecat on Thu May 09 2013, 19:57

Bad news John, hope you can get her sorted soon!
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Post  prime on Thu May 09 2013, 20:12

shit one mate hope your ok.
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Post  MrNutt on Thu May 09 2013, 20:14

nooooo! that's really unlucky, really gutted for you John. glad your in one piece though
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Post  Snowcat on Thu May 09 2013, 21:54

Blimey John what happened mate?? Like others have said just glad you're safe and in one piece, bikes can always be fixed and I know that's not really the point but take some comfort in it.

Hope you get her fixed up soon, Lady Luck has to be round the corner for you
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Post  Wooster on Thu May 09 2013, 22:05

Nasty.. thumb down

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Post  Rosco on Thu May 09 2013, 22:37

Aw crap....what happened John?

Hope you are ok.
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Post  thunderstu600 on Thu May 09 2013, 22:49

Ditto what everyone else has said John, hope your ok fella
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Post  mikeyzf600 on Thu May 09 2013, 22:59

As everyone else has said, hope you're OK. What happened?

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Post  YZFJohn on Thu May 09 2013, 23:04

So peed off.

Left work, its light rain and severe gusts, took 1st left at roundabout just 80yrd from work, no problems. Bike was up right so started to accelerate away from the roundabout to the next one, the whole zone is a 30, out the blue the back wheel spins up and shoots left, made the mistake of letting of throttle so gave throttle again and that was the end of it, went down on the right side.

Sliding towards an oncoming car, everything's gone slow motion. The bike starts sliding towards an oncoming car so decide enough and separate, not going under any car.

Luckily the chap in the oncoming car keeps calm and avoids the bike.

Got up an picked the bike up but can't steer due to the handlebar being bent. So there I am in the middle of the road with one foot in the wheel trying to pull the bar up and straighten it. Had some success and we are able to steer it off the road.

Injuries.
My head never hit the road but i have pain in my shoulders and tender abdomen from the rucksack straps. The brake lever crushed a finger but only got bruising and swelling so got off lightly again.

I could understand it happening coming off the roundabout but in a straight line? Whether a strong gust of wind caught me while accelerating plus wet I don't know. Just peed I had just got her to good working order.

Wouldn't have been on her today but a garage had squeezed me in for carb balancing ready for Waddington and I did an oil and filter change last night.

Waddingtons a dead duck so focusing on just getting her road worthy for France next Thursday, I will ride her with the scuffs as long as she is mechanically sound.
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Post  mikeyzf600 on Thu May 09 2013, 23:38

Really sorry to hear that, John. Had it been raining long? Diesel on the road maybe? Quite common on or near roundabouts. Or any oil or something on the wheel from the work you/garage did to it?

It is gutting seeing your 'bike like that, but you have to think that it could have been worse. Car could have hit the bike or even worse, it could have gone over you.

Hope you get it sorted soon.

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Post  Wooster on Thu May 09 2013, 23:43

--edit Beat me to it Mike--

Roundabouts + Light Rain makes me think Spilled Diesel.
Full tank on a lorry, rags it round the roundabout and the stuff is still pissing down the outside of the tank for the next 50 yards.

Some are notorious for it.
The roundabouts on the A96 between Inverurie and Aberdeen, the roundabout at the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, and by far the worst in my experience (and I see they've started leaving signs out) is the first one on the road into Dundee from the north on the A90.

On the bright side though, apart fro the can and the clip-on, the rest of it is cosmetic and it also looks like the panel is in one piece.
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Post  littlecat on Fri May 10 2013, 07:38

aww mate , thats shit :( , glad your in one piece and hope its not too much damage to fix up
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Post  YZFJohn on Fri May 10 2013, 08:20

Seems I have to drop the forks out the top yoke to get the handle bar off that may turn out to be an awkward job with tools I have so got to figure something out.

Found cracks in the screen this morning and damage to the left side fairing, can only summize it is from my foot.

Off eBay hunting today and will get some plastic weld to start sticking the current fairing back together.

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Post  Dirt Bike Dave on Fri May 10 2013, 09:09

Shit news John. As said before sounds like you we're real unlucky and hit diesel. When that happens your just a passenger. Not much you can do really.
Hope you get all sorted soon for not too much money.

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Post  YZFJohn on Fri May 10 2013, 09:30

There is a petrol station on the roundabout.

Just for my mind me and the brother-in-law will be taking a walk down to the scene - it's that close to work I can see the roundabout front the office window.

Not sure I would be able to ride at the moment as the swelling on the finger is causing loss of flexibility and flexing on induces some pain so griping and twisting a throttle or braking isn't going to happen.

It will keep me out of mischief while I put her back together.

Thanks for all the comments, don't think 2013 is my year - sure u want me to attend BC? Don't think anyone will want to ride near me at this rate! Lol

How's your repair going Chris?



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Post  robertcains on Fri May 10 2013, 09:38

Plastic weld? All you need John is a narrow soldering iron & do most of the work on the inside of the panel, sounds like cold tyres also played a part, Your always welcome on BC pal, looking for a tail end Charlie green smile
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Post  YZFJohn on Fri May 10 2013, 09:45

Cheers Nick,

Got a narrow soldering iron. Just run it down the join while holding them together?
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Post  stretchie_ on Fri May 10 2013, 09:52

Aww shit John, glad your ok and like you say, it don't have to look pretty for Thursday.

Have a brew, walk around the bike and make bullet point notes of everything that needs fixing, then next to each put a tick for stuff that NEEDS doing for Thursday, a slash (/) next to stuff that would be useful and an X next to the stuff that you WANT fixing

I know it sounds daft and it's probably telling you how to suck eggs mate but I've fluffed up stuff by not prioritising properly and letting me heart tell me what to do in what order.


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Post  robertcains on Fri May 10 2013, 11:28

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Cheers Nick,

Got a narrow soldering iron. Just run it down the join while holding them together?
Pretty much, I usually tack the panel back together in a couple of places to align it & make it more secure then v out the cracked area by running the soldering iron down it to leave a small recess, then slowly from one end melt the two sides back together filling in the recess, the key is to get both sides melting at the same time so that they become one, its also possible to do this on the outside & flat, fill & repaint for a permanent repair, if its a temporary cosmetic job just do the inside as it will look neater, btw don't breath in the fumes pale


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Post  YZFJohn on Fri May 10 2013, 11:50

Gotcha Stretchie.

Main target for tonight is to just get the right bar off, then the front indicators as one is sheard off the rest is easy but time consuming so will step back and make a list one those priorities are done.

Always worth posting mate as sometimes you just get the bit between the teeth and miss the obvious. great

The endcan was being changed to the standard for France so no probs there.

Looking on eBay:
Right handle bar (watching)
Foot peg or 2
Endcan Bracket (may have one somewhere from the Cat).
Lower Fairings (this will take time to find right colour)

Kawasaki original parts site:
fairing bolts/ fixings (assorted)

Others:
May need new screen (found some cracks)
Indicators (hoping to find local)

just thought, at least I didn't hurt my balls in this one pmsl
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