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Old Oct 10th 2014, 06:52 AM   #141
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What's the saying? It's not a matter of if you're going down, but when?



Road went from two lanes into one--the one with the trolley tracks. When the road opened up into two lanes again I moved to the right, balancing between that precarious edge of turning too hard and losing the front vs. turning too little and not having enough angle to cross without getting caught on the lip. Well, I caught the lip.

I spent 10 years riding in SF every day, many of which were wet from fog (as it usually is at 6am on the way to work). I thought I was a pro at riding on and over metal in the wet, but Prague one-upped me.

There was no sliding, no 'holy shit, I'm going down if I can't save this'. I was slapped by rotating pavement faster than a dropped liver hits the floor. Right foot was trapped under the bike for a second, cheese-grating the toe of my Sidi boot instead of crushing my ankle, shoulder took a bit of a hit, as did my Macbook Pro and iPad which were in my backpack.

While sliding I looked back to see if I was about to become mincemeat by whatever vehicle was behind me, but (duh), I'd already checked my mirror before changing lanes....didn't really think that through in the immediate moments post-crash, but whatever. Dropped my backpack on the curb as a big ass truck emerged from the tunnel just after the 2-to-1 merge. I thought for just a moment, 'damn, good thing I didn't get a stealth black Panigale'. He stopped, jumped out and helped get my bike up. As quickly as that happened, he was back in his cab and on his way. Thanks, dude!

I was not looking forward to the damage report. I rolled the bike up onto the sidewalk, took a deep breath and....to my total fucking surprise, the bike was nearly unscathed.

A few light scratches on the tail section, a bit of rash on the rearset footpeg, and the rest was confined to what you see below:


(I knew that Wilwood slider should have been twice as thick!)


(Ignore the daisy LP I photographed the pieces on. Stayed that night in Germany at some artist/musician commune.)

Fortunately I was already on my way to Ducati Prague when it happened. (Unfortunately if I hadn't been going there this wouldn't have happened.) I didn't have an appointment. And they didn't even know who I was or what I was doing. When I showed up in the pouring rain on an 1199, with full gear and packs, they were just a bit surprised and slightly amused that some maniac from CA was riding through a Czech storm to come and pay 'em a visit. After alerting them to the accident, they directed me to ride around to the service center where they could bolt on on a new bar end and brake lever IMMEDIATELY.



Can't thank them enough. Czech Ducati/Ducati Prague gets it. Thanks, guys! Seriously.
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Old Oct 10th 2014, 07:36 AM   #142
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Holy shit dude !!!

Glad it wasn't worse

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Old Oct 10th 2014, 07:54 AM   #143
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Sh*t man! Glad you are okay and the bike suffered minor stuff...

Changed my mind about those covers... I was not planning on putting any of that stuff on my bike.

Ride on dude!! Ride on!!
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Old Oct 10th 2014, 07:56 AM   #144
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Be safe. Enjoying watching your progress. Live the dream for us all.
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Old Oct 10th 2014, 08:19 AM   #145
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Short clip from earlier that morning that shows how treacherous Prague can be on two wheels.


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Glad you (and the bike) are OK.....carry on....
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Old Oct 10th 2014, 10:39 AM   #147
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Originally Posted by AntiHero View Post
Short clip from earlier that morning that shows how treacherous Prague can be on two wheels.
Deadly combination... old pavers (polished by the pass of time and cars) and metal...
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Old Oct 10th 2014, 01:52 PM   #148
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Dennis,

maybe it would be better to change tires from Supercorsa SP to a more lower temperature and rain compatible tire spec, Supercorsa isn't really made for temperatures below 15 degree celsius and wet roads.

In Europe you will find soon temps far below 15 degree, and roads are usually wet or humid in autum and winter, even when there is no snow or ice.

I would recommend Metzeler Sportec M7 RR, Metzeler belongs to Pirelli, they make really good motorcycle tires!

Tires for motorcycle Metzeler - Choose your best tire for track, road, touring, custom, offroad, enduro, scooter - Racetec Slick

Good luck and stay upright!

Jogy

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Old Oct 10th 2014, 02:45 PM   #149
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Originally Posted by jogy View Post
Dennis,

maybe it would be better to change tires from Supercorsa SP to a more lower temperature and rain compatible tire spec, Supercorsa isn't really made for temperatures below 15 degree celsius and wet roads.

In Europe you will find soon temps far below 15 degree, and roads are usually wet or humid in autum and winter, even when there is no snow or ice.

I would recommend Metzeler Sportec M7 RR, Metzeler belongs to Pirelli, they make really good motorcycle tires!

Tires for motorcycle Metzeler - Choose your best tire for track, road, touring, custom, offroad, enduro, scooter - Racetec Slick

Good luck and stay upright!

Jogy
I spent a lot of time on the SPs--and even in awful conditions (icicles on the dash, ice crystals in helmet, pouring rain) they performed surprisingly well. But I'll agree with you, there must be a better alternative. Being that I'll be in the UK over the winter I think it behooves me to find something that increases my life expectancy. Could also use a rain suit that doesn't have dental floss holding the seams together....and maybe a long sleeve shirt wouldn't be a bad idea.

? is--what winter tire works best w/the Panigale's ABS and TC sensors?
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Glad you are OK man!
Yep, those road are deadly with rain, and "sunny weather" tires.
Tire wise, I have no idea, as rain has not been my concern for many years
This summer I installed the Pilot Power 3 on my 748S, but if you are planning to really spend your winter in UK, you might need something more threaded
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