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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Be Very Careful on wet pavement!

Be very careful on wet pavement!
Hey people, I crashed my 2002 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 on Friday, 4/19. I was coming up to a light that turned yellow. I was still far enough away that i should stop. I still had to stop hard... Bad idea! I was in 3rd gear. I pulled in the clutch and hit the brakes, didn't have time to downshift, once i applied brakes, it went down on my left side. The bike is actually ok, the engine guard did it's job, thankfully. I ended up riding it the 30 miles home. Then i went to the hospital cuz i was in a lot of pain. Turns out, I broke 2 ribs! Also bruised my shoulder and scraped up my elbow, even though i had armored gear on.
The point I'm trying to make is... Please be extra careful in the rain and on wet pavement! I'm paying the price cuz it hurts to do anything, including breathing! I already missed a VFW Rider's Group Group ride Saturday! I'm a little upset cuz i was doing so good. I put 20,000 miles on my Shadow in 1 year!
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Good advice, I've had a few close calls on wet pavement especially on painted crossing markings. You've learned the hard way so hope you heal quickly.

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Sorry to hear that, glad you are going to be okay, heal quick.

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Glad you weren't hurt any worse than you were. Yeah, wet roads will get you now and then.
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I've learned the hard way alright! Thanks for replying and for your kind words!
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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Oh yeah, the painted crosswalk lines and especially the diamonds in the carpool lane... Those are very slick when were also, I've slipped a few times on those, no falls though
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post #7 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 09:42 PM
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Sorry to hear you are hurting but glad it wasn't worse. The MSF course mentioned that there is still 70-80% percent traction on wet surfaces ( after the oil washes off) but I am unsure of that. Especially with painted and tar strips, etc.

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I like this guys channel on YouTube for product/bike reviews etc. He also does other stuff like riding in the rain. He covers everything you need to know.

Check his channel out, he some good videos.

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Ouch! I work from home and only ride for pleasure so Ive never riden in the rain and honestly hope that I never have to. I did try to ride across wet grass once to my shop and learned very quickly never to do that again. luckily you didnt suffer major damage but that still sounds painful. Hope you heal quickly

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Sorry to hear of the accident but I'm glad you are not worse. Ribs hurt though, like you said moving or breathing hurts. I never pull in the clutch when braking until I have already slowed some so that engine braking is still helping. Especially on wet roads a downshift can cause the bike to slide the back tire so you have to be really careful. In addition to already mentioned slip hazards, oil, tar snakes, bots dots, paint at intersections, paint at crosswalks, (I add steel manhole covers). Thanks for the warning to all to be more aware during rainy rides it's just too bad a wreck prompted it.
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