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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Down goes the Zort

I wrote this earlier this morning, too lazy to write something new.

Saturday, November 11th was my 5th time at the track with my 2005 ZX-6R. After my third track day, I went all out with track parts. I bought the Attack Performance race plastics, the Woodcraft case covers, frame sliders, clipons, Gilles rearsets, and upgraded all of my gear. It's a good thing I did.

My first warmup on the track that morning, I did about 10 laps, slowly building up speed. When I saw all of my friends in the pits, I came in for a break. After only maybe 10 minutes, we went back out, myself in front. Two turns in, riding at 80%, probably 100mph, I lowsided. I slid behind the bike, now on its left side, for about 100 feet across the asphalt before hitting the rocky runoff. Once the bike hit the runoff, it did a nice little arial flip and landed on its right side and slid for another 100 feet.

After checking to make sure all of my extremeties were in tact, I gathered my wits and, with some help from a corner worker, picked up my bike. The left side of the bike looked perfectly in tact, minus some wear on the frame sliders and foot peg. The right side broke off the foot peg, bent the frame slider, broke off the spool, and dented my swingarm. Sigh . I came out with a couple of bruises on my ass and hands.

It took me a few minutes to take in all of what had just happened. My tires, after taking a short break without using my tire warmers, had become blocks of ice due to the cold track and ambient temperatures, a complete noob mistake.

During the lunch break, I went and found my peg in the runoff area, took some pictures, and found a couple extra parts from other bikes that had gone through similar experiences in the same area. With the help of my friend Ryan, I managed to remount my peg, and since the bike was still ridable, went out during the second part of the day, although quite shaken up and only riding at maybe 60%. Amazingly, I managed to scrub off my newfound chicken strips made of dust.

All in all, the damage wasn't horrible. I ordered a few small necessary pieces with spares this morning. After a new set of gloves the tally will be about $300. I'm eyeing a new swingarm on Ebay for cheap, although probably not completely necessary. The bodywork held up amazingly well. I'll fix the two small cracks and paintjob during the winter months. I can't imagine, if I had gone down on a public road at anywhere near those speeds, the bike would be a wad of metal and I might not have walked away. Just some food for thought.

Pictures of the aftermath are up here. I'll have some of the impact zone when they get emailed to me.

Raw onboard video from the second half of the day (after the wreck) available here. Two of the 4x4 excursions DLIT mentioned in his topic are caught on tape. One is at 9 minutes, the other is at 46 minutes I think.

To everyone out there riding: Wear your gear, ride careful, make sure your tires stay warm, and keep the shiny side up!

And don't worry chappy, the small number of parts I need are already on order, so I'll see you in a couple of weeks. Look for the green kawi with some bandaids on it
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 01:28 AM
 
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DLIT thought..."Hey, Kurt's going pretty fast. Hey, Kurt's on cold tires. Hey, down goes Kurt."

ATTENTION TO ALL: His plastics (Attack) held up AWESOME! So good, that I'm getting myseldf some when I can. Proly not for over a year. And he wasn't lying about sliding for 200 feet. If it wasn't, it was damn near 200 feet. Hey, Kurt, put it up on your server and PM it to me. i can't view it at work on Google.
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I'm glad you made out with minimum damage and no injuries. I agree that the track is safer than the street in an accident.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 01:49 AM
 
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+1 for track better place to rip it up. glad you weren't hurt and bike damage minimal.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 03:24 AM
 
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Glad you were able to get back out on the track. I think it's very important to get back on the bike ASAP. Glad there was little damage to both you and the bike.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-13-2006, 04:28 AM
 
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Attack race plastics are the shi*! Hotbodies proly would've disinegrated.
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Wow man. Atleast you're alright.



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Right here is exactly what we are talking about... 100 mph... look at the gear!






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Right here is exactly what we are talking about... 100 mph... look at the gear!

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but glad you were okay and the bike held up so well!!
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-14-2006, 02:17 PM
 
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Glad you're ok, Zort & way to go; getting right back in the saddle I have never seen a slider bent the way yours did, wow . Your bike would have been a mess without them. WOO HOO for frame sliders!

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And don't worry chappy, the small number of parts I need are already on order, so I'll see you in a couple of weeks. Look for the green kawi with some bandaids on it
right-on man
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There's some pics of the marks I left on the track and the impact zone up on my picasa album now.

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-14-2006, 05:13 PM
 
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Hey Zort, Glad you're OK, and the bike's not too much worse!

One of the things I was most anxious about when I started racing (the downside of starting at a mature age) was not about crashing, but being able to get back on the pace quickly after a crash (I knew one would happen eventually, it's part of racing). One of the things that I've been most happy with , is the fact that I have been able to get back on the pace fairly quickly.

Kudos to you, Mate. You had a fairly decent spill, you were able to analyse what caused it, and you got back on and rode hard. Thats the best anyone can ask for!

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good that your ok and bike has some storry...
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Kudos to you, Mate. You had a fairly decent spill, you were able to analyse what caused it, and you got back on and rode hard. Thats the best anyone can ask for!
Thanks Chuck. I'm actually getting anxious for the Dec 1st track day now. I'm still pissed about wrecking, but I'm ready to go at it again.
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Wasn't like that when I was doing it... maybe somin changed... oh well.

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Glad you're ok, Zort & way to go; getting right back in the saddle I have never seen a slider bent the way yours did, wow . Your bike would have been a mess without them. WOO HOO for frame sliders!



right-on man
I have... my LP carbon inlays after I highsided on my 9R. There are pics posted on that all over TWF.

Again... glad all is well with you and your bike Zort!




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