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Atgatt I'm a believer now.

Hey, I'm new to the forum. Ive been a rider for about 8yrs. Never had my own bike though. Im a mover by trade and in October of last year i had a client who owned a 2002 Volusia sitting up in his garage. He sold it to me for $400.00. Two weeks later, with a new clutch, new fluids, and a check over from a master mechanic im a new Volusia rider. My first bike. Yeah me.
Bought my gear, gloves, helmet, jacket. Rode all winter. Georgia had a mild winter this year.
Todays weather was in the 80s. I had a move about 34 miles away and i wanted to ride instead of being in the truck with my crew. Job went well. No mistakes, no broken furniture, no scratches.
Im 1 mile from the customers house heading home. Then....
Coming to a shopping center on the right, two cars ahead and more on my left. First car takes the right into the plaza, i start slowing, second car begins to turn. First car stops mid turn. Second car stops with the ass of his car in the road. With no where to go i apply brakes, fish tail, and run into his right side. All that money on gear and im not wearing any. In fact im the dummy wearing shorts and a t shirt. My first crash. Luckily i didn't total it. I did hurt my right shoulder and cut my left hand really bad on his tail light. Heading to the hospital for stitches now.
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Glad you’re doing fine. Good luck getting you and the bike patched up

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hope the healing goes well.

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Consider yourself lucky. Hope you and the bike heal up 100% ASAP!

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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

Glad you came out no worse for the wear. Drivers around here are complete morons. I don't wear gear because I question my riding skills, I wear it because I question other people's driving skills.

It seems like you already figured it out, but the Volusia's rear disc brake only has two modes; useless and locked up. Once you heal up, find a parking lot and practice panic braking. Now that it's summer you can find a lot of empty parking lots at schools. As long as you keep the speed down around 20mph and there aren't any other cars in the lot the cops don't typically mind too much.

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Sorry to hear that.
Speedy recovery, please.
Keep us informed on progress to you and your bike.
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Welcome from Kennesaw GA!

Glad you came out no worse for the wear. Drivers around here are complete morons. I don't wear gear because I question my riding skills, I wear it because ...

Heal fast my friend.
Funny thing i was doing about 15 mph when i hit him. And it was in Conyers Ga.
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Any crash you walk away from and can post before hitting the hospital, is a good one relatively speaking. Glad you are OK, bike can be fixed/replaced.
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Heal quickly. Glad it wasn't worse.

I can head East or West, it doesn't matter as long as it's on 2 wheels.
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There are two types of people. Those who have gone down and those who will.

Yes, that is a rather fatalistic opinion, but one steeped in truth. There is a reason you will see me dressed like a power ranger in 90* summer days with a full face helmet on. Not just because it is fashionable, but because the gear saved my life - twice.

The first was in a similar situation to yours. I was on the interstate, riding north at about 60 mph. Traffic in front of me suddenly started to brake hard, so I panic braked on my C50. The useless rear drum instantly locked the rear wheel and I began to fishtail all over the highway, eventually low siding and tumbling/sliding across the pavement. I broke my wrist and suffered some minor road rash on my knees, but was otherwise fine. The helmet cracked where I hit the back of my head and the face shield was scratched beyond recognition. But I walked away.
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