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    First big crash in over 30 years

    Well I really got nailed on this one
    Went for a reasonable club run (would have been 300ks)
    On the way home myself & another guy went a different way to the group
    There I was on my SRX6 , just enjoying the road about 50ks from home .
    Sitting on about 80 - 90 kph & bam , hit a bad patch of road , very quick tank slap
    Then launched onto the rough bitumen on my RHS !
    Got up after sliding & saw my bike still sliding & coming to a stop & my mate had to think quick too
    As he had an old SL350 Honda with minimal brakes .
    He was past me when I got up
    I'm like f**k that hurt & trying to work out what part hurts more & looking at my poor bike about 25 yds
    further down the road .
    Lucky I had John with me to sort out the carnage whilst I sat on a tree trying to make any sense of what had just occured
    I could walk (but gingerly) I was grazed up , but thanks to a jacket , gloves ,Kevlar pants & full face helmet
    It was minimal
    Crushed RHS ring finger (nail & pad)
    Bike was unrideable so John organised his wife & to bring a ute & ramps & I got some First aid from a nearby business ( + I called the wife to give her the heads up )
    Got home had a cuppa & went to the hozzie - broken fibula
    So now I'm off work for 6 weeks & got a wrecked bike (I'm not sure if I want to ride now anyway )
    Might have to invest in 1 of those steering dampers

    Cheers Dave

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    Much sympathy. I'm not a fan of the SRX on gravel or rough surfaces.

    Never a sign of twitchiness on bitumen and never had a problem with the odd bit of broken up surface, but then I don't suppose I've ever hit anything that was a proper banger or sustained much. However, on deep gravel or sand the SRX of mine becomes a real handful, and it is not actually helpful to use the old trail bike strategy of powering on. It wants to tank slap. It's a job holding it. That one of these can come on suddenly over some broken road is quite understandable.

    I'm happy to hear that you are not injured worse than you are, still the fractured bone will keep you from doing much with the SRX for a while, apart from surveying the damage and developing strategies of obtaining what are getting to be very hard to get parts, if they are necessary.

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    You have my sympathy Dave,time to reflect and hopefully time will give you the confidence to get back on a bike.Its my biggest fear as I get on in years....would I have the confidence to ride again if I had a big off.Take care.

    Andy

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    Hi Dave,

    Ah...no fun but glad you're not too bad...bike can be fixed. You'll take a little longer.

    I've had a number of close calls from the 'slapper' but got away with them, including some rippers on a ZXR and of course a fair few memorable ones on the mighty SR.

    Yes steering damper will certainly help and won't hinder especially on an SR, but wouldn't hurt on an SRX either.

    I have one SR kit left if you're interested...ended up finally making them after Mark was unceremoniously 'spat off' his SR.

    SR
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    Cheers Stew , I will buy that off you for sure !
    I remember Allister getting the same thing too a few years back
    If you remember my bike it has Suzuki GT750J bits on it
    Handles like a dream but I think there is a definite problem that I have never picked up on.
    I suppose it is really just a 250 with a 600cc engine in it (fun factor )
    Its a bit beat up , mainly just broken bits , but the tank ,frame etc still looks OK
    I did smash up that nice double cable brake & the RHS handlebar & throttle + the crankcase/clutch housing is well scraped
    Lucky for me I do have a spare bike to rat parts off , so like the Pheonix it will rise again !
    I wont be riding any kick start bikes for a while though !
    Cheers lads for all your thoughts & wishes , Dave

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    No worries Dave, whenever you're ready PM me when you're ready...hmm, post some pics...must have forgotten what it looks like.

    The Suzy lever assemblies are still around for sale.

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    Geez Dave, sorry to hear about your crash. I always thought that there are times when abandoning ship is the most sensible thing. Once the bars get wrenched out of your grip things get memorablefast! Hope your healing goes well! I still think about a trip out west. Paul

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    Took a trip to the orthopedic guy today
    All is good but foot in a fiberglass cast for 5 weeks & no weight on foot for 3 weeks
    So crutches & swollen foot up & I not supposed to drive either
    Bummer also is that I will miss out on the club 2 day rally early next month
    Oh well I can still drink red wine (Paul) & beer & watch those maniacs on the half pipe (winter olympics)
    Will get to the bike in a couple of weeks , so I will PM ya Stew
    Cheers Dave

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    Sorry to hear that you have been down the road, and glad to hear that you only have relatively minor injuries. It sounds like good protective clothing has saved you from what could have been a lot more injury. Hope you have a speed recovery and get the SRX repaired and both get back out on the road.

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    Last big one was in South Africa in early 85
    Believe it or not I was doing about 120KPH & lost it in a patch of oil in the wet
    All I got was a grazed knee & broke 1 indicator lense & 1 ball off the clutch lever
    Rode the bike home & it cost me about $20 to fix
    A hession tool bag full of tools saved my butt , as it gave me something to slide on & the bike had mini crash bars
    A poor guy was only killed last week in Cowaramup when he hit a kangaroo on Bussell Hwy
    So you have to have luck with you when you fall don't ya ?
    Cheers Dave

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