|Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 11:22 am: ||
BTW, flipping over the dash was the only way to keep the guages with the S1 screen. I was surprised it worked. The only iffy part was the ignition switch. The recess with the cutout with flats ended up pushing the threads on the switch further away so I could only get 1 turn on the locknut. I'm surprised it didn't rattle loose. Looks kinda cool flipped over.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 11:33 am: ||
Cool. I'll bet you'll be helping break in that new toy. I'll bet the fire ant bites are still there too. I must apologize to Keith for that at least.
I have an ortho picked out but need to schedule the appt yet. Part of my interviewing him will be to determine if he wants to pin the shoulder permanently therefore taking away my full range of motion for good. Unacceptable and I won't let him do it. I've met 2 people who can't move their arms in ways that I need to so I can do all those wonderfully dangerous things I enjoy so much. That's a priority!
|Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 02:00 pm: ||
Bob, Call me nosy, but how does a clavicle get rotated? Is that a self diagnosis, or have you had X-Rays? Suggest strongly that you get to a doctor asap amigo. That kind of injury is best tended to immediately, by a profesional. Henrik, talk to this stubborn fool.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 02:41 pm: ||
Was x-rayed the next day. The clavicle is rotated because of the way the scapula pushed it upward and forward. The chiro has been trying to move it, but to no avail, hence my going to the ortho.
|Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2002 - 10:53 pm: ||
Rotated Clavicle: clavicle is held in place with a bunch of ligaments, most of which are probably torn. No kind of rotation/manipulation will put it back in place so that it'll stay - sorry. The clavicle is part of the "wish bone" suspension that supports the shoulder. Your clavicle will most likely scar down to an extent, but it may not do so in a good position. You will find out.
It's possible to surgically "strap" the clavicle down to try and get it into a better position to support your scapula/shoulder joint. This may or may not be necessary. It is *not* something you want anyone other than an experienced specialist to do!!
I'd again suggest getting a good shoulder surgeon involved at this stage. If nothing else to keep track and be there to step in and do "damage control" (pun intended) if necessary
|Posted on Friday, November 29, 2002 - 12:21 am: ||
Alright, I'm ready to post my "incident". Dumped my S3 the other night. Rolled into a left hand turn pretty hard and wham, kissed pavement. Never been down before on a street bike. Hit a small oil spot just perfect with the front wheel. Luckily, my shoulder, hip and calf saved the Buell from serious damage. I was amazed at the lack of damage on both of us. One small crack in the fairing at the mirror mount, bent fairing support, scratched the bar end and peg. The shifter was broken and scratched but a few minutes with a wire wheel, a buffer and helicoil, and its fixed. The broken mirror, I was planning on getting different ones anyways. Had a little road rash on my shoulder and hip but a trip to the local titty bar worked that right out, after all, I was shaken up after the accident.
And, the next day, a guy called to ask if I wanted my bike painted. Weird, he didn't know I just dumped it. He bought a bunch of paint and had a few bikes lined up and decided to give me a call. Ghost flame paint job for $400, alls well that ends well. God bless America.
Anyone fixed cracks in a fairing before? Its only about an inch long, should not be a problem but I figure some of the racers out there have a little experience fixing them up. Never say never, I made that mistake.
|Posted on Saturday, November 30, 2002 - 09:51 pm: ||
Reposted for eBear from the GDB...
FIREMAN JIM !!! I wont be able to ride with you this weekend , I no longer have a working ankle , nor a working XB9S !!
LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED.......
First I'd like to thank Ferris , Dr.Steve ,Don S and Jeff for being there for me during this Painful and unforgettable Experience....
Last Sunday on what would have been Ferris's first ride on the "S" I experienced my first street accident in over 30 years.On a trip up the mountain Hiway 18 going up to the Arrowbear area<while attempting to avoid Debris in the road I lost the rear end of the "S" on a moderate speed right hand 4 lane turn.While making a midturn correction I started dragging the right hand peg.Having to pull my foot out from between the peg and pegmount to gain more angle the bike leaned to the pegmount causing the rear tire to lighten enough to start a rear wheel slide.The front wheel stayed perfectly planted but the rear was drifting towards the centerline. Chosing not to hang off in this traffic I had no more room and let go of the bike and pushed off the seat to get away from the bike.This was necesary since approaching in fast lane towards me was a Forerunner at full speed....Flattening out best I could I cleared the front of the Toyota and slid past to see a small car in outside lane a little further back...Seing i'd clear this one I glanced at the upcoming curb and guardrail....Oh Shit(sorry Blake)this could hurt!Fortunately I'd scrubbed off enough speed by now to rollup against the curb and rail and only suffer a few bruised ribs.Feeling my extremities to make sure they were still attached , wiggling my toes and doing a quick check of sensory inputs I figured I was still in one piece.Sat up against rail to see Ferris in my face doing the Triage thing.Feeling a tight feeling in my right boot i got them off preferring not to have them cut off and found a swollen ankle and a big cherry on my knee.This minor injury was a testament to wearing the CORRECT SAFETY GEAR!!!Full leathers , high quality riding boots and gloves and an ARAI helmet saved a lot of possible injury and rash to this old body!(shut up Tat!)These guys got me an Ambulance pronto and at the hospital discovered a broken ankle and a little rash and that was it!!5-6 weeks in a cast and Ill be good as new and a bit wiser....I really want to thank you guys for being there and keeping me in the right place and when that replacement bike shows up it'll be up for a good break-in period..for about 4 weeks!!!FB?(Blake , I know this is in the wrong place but I couldnt find the crash site!sorry)
03 "S" in many pieces!Toyota ran over and totalled!!!
|Posted on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 01:01 am: ||
Glad you are alright, bad luck then good luck in a matter of seconds. Watching the Toyota drive by your body just barely missing you and running over your bike must have been quite an experience. Get well quick!
|Posted on Monday, December 02, 2002 - 01:32 pm: ||
I guess that little Laguna Seca carom on Mulholland was just practice, but this is getting scary!
My hat's off to you, man. I'm glad you made it & had presence of mind to react like you did. All that dirt biking pays off on the street, eh?
Tell you what. When you get that new bike and IF you need some "RAISED" footpegs, I got some Firebolt takeoffs for ya.
See ya soon,
|Posted on Tuesday, December 03, 2002 - 01:53 am: ||
Your statement "All that dirt biking pays off on the street, eh?" has much merit. That is why the State of California recommends you learn to ride off road and then go for the street scene.
There is just something about the balance and instinctive reactions that off roading provides. When faced with certain situations, you are comfortable sliding both the front and rear simultaneously, the proper application of one or both brakes, how to use a curb as a berm, how to drop into a low side when all else fails. Heck, I could go on and on, but let me close with this simple statement. My street riding skills increased dramatically after I got a dual purpose bike and became proficient in the deserts and mountains of So Cal.
If you haven't, give it a try. Just don't wear your Sunday Best the first few times out. LOL
|Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - 07:54 pm: ||
Just got back from Ortho doc and Another set of X-rays......Says that even tho its rare , My bone seems to be re-attaching itself perfectly and I wont need surgury on it....However my ligaments are still pretty messed up so I will lose some movement. All in all Im getting off real lucky......now if only my Disability and Unum kick in I could actually have Christmas!!!Hope all are well and thanks for the comments!
|Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 12:01 pm: ||
Nothing that will prevent dirt riding, I hope. Don't need a moving ankle for that, eh?
|Posted on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 - 03:14 pm: ||
Howdy AL ! With my AXO boots I get little ankle movement anyways....so....maybe Dirt bikin' would be therapy?...???? Hope you and yours have a Great Christmas !
|Posted on Friday, February 07, 2003 - 05:47 pm: ||
I am reposting this from the New York City riding board. I haven't read it, just scanned it, but it looks like some good info.
For what it's worth...
Well, I can officially move my name from the "I've been fortunate to have
never gone down on my bike" list, to the "I am fortunate to have gone down
on my bike and survived" list. A moment of thanks to the powers that
contributed to my survival.
Okay, first the ride report. We got a small group (5) together for a ride,
up from our usual 2-3, since the temp was a generous 41 degrees this Sunday.
The first part of the ride was less than stellar. There were good roads,
but pretty congested, so you couldn't really develop a great rhythm. Oh
well, guess we just have to enjoy the scenery on the way to lunch. Quick
bite at a Mexican dive in New Paltz, New York, then off into the twisties.
Great riding after lunch. The roads had quite a bit of moisture in spots,
because it was finally warm enough for snow-melting-runoff, but we had fun,
albeit cautious. Two of our party were new friends to the other three, and
they were skilled and sane...two great combinations for a friendly ride.
Charlie and Felix, great to meet you both.
We came to a point where the riders who lived in NYC could jump on the slab
and get home, and since it was approaching dark, they thought it was a good
idea, so one of our party went too, and showed the way. That left Vince and
I to take the scenic way home. What could be better, two guys, two VFR
800's, and about 60 miles to home. We stopped once for a bio break, but
otherwise, were thoroughly engaged in our ride.
We made it through to Port Jervis, NY. This is great riding country,
interrupted by a small town. We were on Rte 6 East (main street), heading
out of town. We stopped at an intersection with a light. Once the light
turned green, Vince and I proceeded through. A relaxed pace, as we were
still close to town. After the intersection, a major highway off ramp comes
to a T at rte 6. There, people exiting Rte. 84 must come to a stop, and
decide to go E or W on rte 6. As Vince passed the T, a woman began pulling
out, to head west on 6, too close to him. He got on the horn, evaded to the
left, and narrowly missed catastrophe. Being anal about riding a stagger, I
was behind Vin, and if I recall correctly, was in the right-wheel position
of the lane. When I saw what happened with Vin, I was on alert. The woman
as not. She just kept coming, continuing her left turn. I saw what she was
doing, and got on the brakes. I did not panic, but just squeezed,
continuing to add more and more braking. I also began evading left. She
just kept right on coming. We were now both headed toward the center line,
me heading east, her heading northwest. I was hard on the brakes, but I
think she was still on the gas. Basically, she was accelerating THROUGH the
broadside of a line of bikes, albeit just two bikes long.
In about the last ten feet, what came into my mind was, "she's not stopping,
this is going to happen, this is going to happen". After that, it was
crash - see blue hood - hit ground - roll into seated position, facing the
off ramp - scoot backward to shoulder, on the westbound side. At the point
of impact, I came off the bike, over the top, and I think I never even
touched her hood, just somersaulted over the hood, onto the road. She
stopped, I would say about 50 feet down the road, and came running up. She
said something to me, it was like "oh my god...." and I don't know what
else. She said "Should I call 911?" I said "Yes". Again, she said "I
should call 911?", and I said "Yes", this time with more gusto. Turns out
the driver was about 16 yrs old.
I had the presence of mind to just sit there for a while, not try to stand,
not take my helmet off, just sit and assess. I had significant pain in my
right boot (her front end and my front end were the contact points, but I
was at about a 45 degree angle, my right side facing her). I assumed she
had either hit my leg with her car, or I hurt it tumbling over her hood and
right fender. I had a small amount of pain in my left hand, and I was
breathing hard. All in all, not a terrible outcome, I thought. Vince came
back immediately, having witnessed it all in his mirror, after having just
escaped the car. A man from a house nearby came out, and the woman driving
the car on the ramp behind the accident-car stopped, and told me she saw the
whole thing, and it was definitely not my fault. What followed was just
what they show in movies. Volunteers showed up first, stabilized my neck
with a collar, then the ambulance, a backboard, strapped down, into the
ambulance, vitals, oxygen, "can you feel this" "can you wiggle that" etc. I
found out they had put the medi-vac chopper on high alert when they heard it
was a bike vs. car accident.
The good news is that nothing appears to be broken. I have pain and
swelling in several places, but I am hopeful that none of it is permanent
damage. More doctors and probably some phys. therapy this week.
1) Proper gear. WOW, I can't stress this enough. I had a full face
helmet, full leathers, gloves with separate liners, proper street bike
boots, etc. I also had 4-5 layers under the leathers (it was cold), which I
think helped. Every outer item I was wearing came in contact with the road,
and I have no broken bones, no real abrasions, no black-and-blue....just
some pulled, swollen stuff. WOW. I am one of those guys who wears leather
whenever I ride, hottest days, coldest days, it just doesn't matter. This
will always be the case, as long as I ride.
2) I didn't panic. I am really proud of myself for this. I knew, based on
ambient temp, that I had to be careful about hard braking, and I did it
right. Squeeze to set the weight forward, and then just keep squeezing. I
made the calculated maneuver of evading to my left. In hindsight, if I
could have known that she was going to keep going, then evading right might
have yielded different results, but I am not sure it would have meant
accident avoidance. Also, it is always a calculated risk. In 999 times out
of 1000, avoiding left is right, as most people come out a bit, and then
stop....if you go right, you hit them, ride over. If you go left, you go
around, and give a dirty look. I played the odds, and this time, got bit.
But I might have been bit regardless. If it didn't seem like such an
unreasonable assertion, I would have sworn she was driving right for me, in
an attempt to put me down. Reasons for not panicing: I have been riding
for years. I have been riding very regularly since early spring last year,
so am not at all rusty. I rode last week in 28 degree weather.
3) Don't be a macho idiot. I just stayed still, and waited for help to
arrive. I wanted to get up, test my ankle, see my bike, assure everyone I
was fine. Instead, I resisted that strong urge, because I knew the most
important thing, and the thing most in jeopardy, was my health. The only
time I even thought about moving was when I smelled gas from my bike, which
was about 10 feet away, on its side, stuffed under the guard rail. When
help arrived, I answered their questions, followed their instructions, and
did not refuse any precaution they wanted to take. They were all THRILLLED
that I was wearing proper gear, and a bunch of them (all women!!!) were
riders. One even offered to have the tow truck take my bike to her house,
to avoid storage fees. I can't stress this enough....be smart and get
4) A well maintained bike is a safer bike. I know, because I had recently
checked, that my tires were at the right pressure, my brakes were good, tire
tread good, etc. If not, a slide is far more likely, and definitely more
5) I have not seen my bike, but Vince did, and we think it is likely
totalled. What we know for sure is: Forks bent, all plastic probably gone,
whole front end was under guard rail, can is crushed. THere was no oil or
antifreeze coming out, but the radiator is shot. Interestingly, someone on
the ambulance crew snapped a polaroid after it was pulled out from the guard
rail, and stood up. I could just barely make out the bike (pic was dark),
but I could see the forks were bent. I smiled when I saw that they were
bent when they were very compressed....sure evidence that I was, in fact,
braking quite hard.
6) ALWAYS go to the hospital with your buddy who crashed. Vince was Mr.
On-the-job!!! He got information, he got my gear collected, he came to the
hospital, he stayed until my wife arrived....he was the best! And this was
at no small personal sacrifice. It started to snow while I was in the
hospital, so he had to drop the bike with his sister, and take her car home.
He never complained, but just did what needed to be done. I can't tell you
how reassuring that is when you have been strapped to a backboard, with neck
collar, and have seen nothing but ceiling tiles and people's nostrils for a
7) Avoidance: I have been running the "video" in my head over and over.
Vince has said the accident was completely unavoidable on my part, that the
girl just did too many wrong things. I am leaning toward that as the right
assessment. I think, had I been able to guess that she was going to keep
going, that a right-evasion might have meant I made it around her rear, but
I just don't see how guessing that is good thinking. I don't think lower
speed would have made a lot of difference, as I had much of my speed
scrubbed off when we hit, and we just weren't going that fast. It was her
speed. It's possible that there was more braking to be had. I was very
hard on the brake (front only), but I don't know if it was pending lockup.
I am inclined to say yes, based on the ambient temp, and that I was braking
as hard as I have in a long time on the street. I have practiced emergency
stops, and I will go back to that when next I ride.
8) Moving on: I am beginning the process of getting my body back to 100%.
I am going to fix this bike, or get another. I am really not spooked about
riding, as I have a good handle on my role in this crash, and I am happy
about how I handled it. My buddy, who just bought a ZX12, but still has a
mint 94 VFR, has told me that the VFR is mine to ride, whenever I want. I
am planning to do that sooner, rather than later. The horse that threw me
needs to be mounted again.
Sore and happy to be alive.
'98 VFR800 (perhaps no more)
|Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2003 - 12:48 am: ||
And thats why I'm OK with all the red power ranger joking I get.
|Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 11:20 am: ||
If your the Red Power Ranger than I'm the Yellow Power Ranger. How many other Power Ranger colors are there? I take all the "Bananna Boy", "Bumble Bee", and "Power Ranger" comments as a confirmation that they have seen me and now have very little excuse for not seeing me coming.
|Posted on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 09:27 pm: ||
They DON'T see ya. I bought the gold/black joe rocket jacket to match the reactor yellow M2, hey it was on sale & why not. When they giggle at the H-D dealer I tell em I'm dressed for fall.
I also tell the chopper types who insist that loud pipes are safer that they have to aim them forward to make that true.
|Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 08:30 am: ||
After my son has logged over 12,000 miles on his Superglide and several medium range trips together, I decided to let him see how my Buell (a REAL motorcycle) handled. As I proudly and confidently watched him exit the driveway he wicked it up, greased the rear end and proceeded to rototill the neighbors front yard. Except for his hurt pride, the fear of his fathers wrath, grass stains on his jeans and damage to his wallet, he is fine. He is being harder on his self than I could ever be. He swears he will never ride someone else's bike again but I think I should force him to get back on the "horse" (after we make some repairs). Am I wrong?
If anyone has access to a 2000 M2 Parts Manual, could you pass along the part #'s for:
-Left Front Turn Signal
-Left Rear Turn Signal
-Wind Screen (Carbon Black)
-Fuel Tank (Carbon Black)
-Fuel Tank Lettering (White 3D)if not included with tank
There is a black S3 tank on Ebay now but I'm not sure what I could do to convert the plumbing to carb. Does anyone have experience with this?
|Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 09:14 am: ||
Pbuckley, sorry to hear that. I think that your son was not showing off at all: I realize that the M2 reminds me to light two strokes engines for the first couple of feet, while getting on rolling. And the last thing he would have done is to stall the engine, the first time on the bike, within sight of his father. Of course he has to do it a second time, and that will go better: The price of the parts is to overcome, but the big grin on his face afterward will be priceless. The M2 earns it.
|Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 10:41 am: ||
Get him back on it.
And get him some time on a dirt bike also. A couple of afternoons in the mud will do more for his bike management skills then 5k miles on the street.
|Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2003 - 12:40 pm: ||
Bummer about the laydown.
I'll leave the farm implement jokes alone!
Anyway here's the part numbers.
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55965-99Y - Handlebar
68751-96Y - Left Front Turn Signal (same as R Rear)
68753-96Y - Left Rear Turn Signal (same as R Front)
59442-99YYB - Wind Screen (Carbon Black)
62203-99YYB - Fuel Tank (Carbon Black)
13971-99Y - Fuel Tank Lettering (White 3D)if not included with tank
If I might make a suggestion, you should consider replacing all 4 turn signals with the Lightning version. They are rubber mounted and FAR less fragile. Just order two sets of rear signals and use one set on the front. You will need to make the front mounting hole bigger and move it forward if memory serves.
The tank is going to be $$$ you might watch ebay for a replacement. The S3 tank has a fuel pump in it. Kind of a hassle to convert but can be done.
Since you winged the tank and fly screen you could repair the scratches and do a custom paint job.... Just nee to pull the rear section and front fender..
BTW, your son needs to get back in the saddle and have another go..
edited by bluzm2 on June 22, 2003
|Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 12:19 am: ||
hey everyone,been a while sisce ive posted ,took a corner a little to fast last tuesday and ended up in yhe weeds with a broken ankle and a few cuts and scrapes,the worst part is my 99 m2 is in need of bars all controls ,new stearing damper gauges ,and headlight(possible forks and trees and frame yet to tell for sure)im thinking along the lines of inverted forks ,clip ons,duell hologen lights,billet and crome gauges with no fly screen,any one have any ideas /images of somthing theyed put together,thanks
|Posted on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 10:59 am: ||
Bummer about the off road excursion, heal fast OK?
Check out Ebay there is a bunch of Cyclone controls for sale right now.
There is the bars, controls, mirrors, headlight, etc.
|Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 06:39 pm: ||
Well I had a little incident, I got backed into in a parking lot. The kid that was driving had just gotten his license 5 days before this. He turned right into the lot in front of me, looked over and nodded as he pulled in. Then I pulled in about 20' behind him. As soon as I got behind him he stopped and threw his Bronco into reverse and backed about 7' and stopped, I was trying to back up and try to get off to the side, and with out looking he backed again, straight into my S2. The whole time myself and a couple of people off to the side are honking, and yelling at him to stop. I am waiting to see what the estimate is going to be, but I have a good guess.
M1662.8BYAE front fender in Carribean 281.95
Z0663.8YAE front fairing in Carribean 632.50
42545-94Y brake pedal 106.21
34611-65 peg pedal 5.40
33806-94Y male rod end 10.40
4224494YC brake cyl rod 22.94
N0514.2A pivot bushing 1.33
N0514.2 thrust washer for foot peg 1.26
S0101.8A Header 425.00
S0110.8 Muffler 214.00 do you want a stock muffler?
47564-86 Rear fork mount 44.41
16268-94Y Rear isolator mount RH 254.75
Total if you need all this 2000.15
I forgot to ask him about the tank cover, front wheel, air cleaner assy, and Labor?
|Posted on Saturday, July 05, 2003 - 11:06 pm: ||
Just a heads up. Buell will send a plastic S3 style fender as a replacement for your S2 fiberglass fender. It's what they are sending....
|Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2003 - 06:59 am: ||
The bike will be fine, glad you are!
The kid should plan on about $4,000 it appears. I have one word for you, (Henrik, help me out here) COMPU-TRAK.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 05:37 pm: ||
1995 Buell S2 is a total loss. So now I have to figure out what I am going to do..... Boy those XB's sure do look nice.
|Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 05:46 pm: ||
offer to buy back the S2 from the insurance. I wouldn't be surprised if you can get it for around $2000. Then fix it back up with the leftover funds and buy yourself another bike!!
|Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 06:51 pm: ||
Yeah, I'm thinking up a storm here, I know that I can get the S2 back together for around $700. If I buy it back it will only cost me $1150. I'm trying to think of how I'm going to pitch it to the Boss. I just can't let that S2 go. Plus, I just got a Joe Rocket to match it, and the XB9S doesn't come in blue. Oh what shall I do????
|Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2003 - 07:00 pm: ||
Ya got mail!!!!!!