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Well, i'm starting this thread for a couple of reasons... 1, just to share... and 2 to help me decide what to do with my bike now!!

Lesson #1.... don't try to keep up with anyone!! Ride at your own comfortable pace!!! (Lesson I learned the hard way!).... Well, last weekend (sunday) i was riding down south in the twisties with some boys. I dont have much trouble keeping up with them in the turns, but on the straight aways, they leave me in their dust. Well, we had some nice straight aways, and they were gone. I had my lil gs up to 100 a couple times right before i went down, so i know i was going pretty fast when i crashed. I was trying to catch up! I came to a turn that i didnt see coming, was going way too fast and not anywhere near set up for it. I've been told that if i would have just leaned it over, it probably would have stuck, but i dont know... i was going pretty fast, and like i said, not set up for the turn. So, my choices.... go straight off into (LUCKILY) the cornfield, or do what i know is a nono and try the brakes. Well, at the speed i was going (w about a 5 ft. decline to the cornfield), my bike would have prob went flipping end over end, leaving me who knows where in the middle. So, i hit the brakes... she slid out real quick... sliding about 20 ft or so in the street and then 20 ft or so in the cornfield. Pics of the bike attatched... me, im ok.... had helmet, chaps, and leather jacket on. Some loose teeth, sore ankle, back and ribs (maybe broken rib) is all i got out of it. (someone is watching over my lil ass!!) Any other turn, and it would have been trees, a guard rail, etc... instead of a cornfield!!

OK... part 2... what to do with the bike now.... opt 1, of course... just fix it and keep or sell it... opt 2 (give me your opinion), turn it into a track bike (make it faster, etc) I would love to get into racing, i know they have 500 classes, and i know i wouldnt go pro on my gs, but is it insane to even go to the trouble?? It's a place to start. I've never been on a track, so.... opt 3... put big sprockets on it and just play!!

Opinions needed!!! Thanks, Nichole
 

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If its fully insured, I'd go ahead and fix it..you were looking to get a bigger bike anyways right? if you fixed it up with the insurance money, and sold it, you could go out and get ur new bike if ur ready for that.

Im glad ur ok!!...and yeah, some lessons have to be learned the hard way, but its better to learn them at some point at least. We've all done it at some point, and those that havent yet, will...as the saying goes.
 

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It doesn't look to bad, get some bondo, JB wield, superglue and a dremel and fix all the plastics, buy a new headlight and (pictures were huge, couldn't see everything) whatever else broke, shop on ebay, you could probably get it all fixed up for 150 or less, depending on if you broke engine parts, then sell it, if you make it look good, and be sure and show it to whoever wants to buy it at night, you could probably come out even.
 

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No full cov ins..... and def getting a bigger bike no matter what i decide to do w the gs.... was saying gsxr750, but after this... im not going any bigger than a 600!! Obviously im not ready for it!!!
 

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twisty said:
Well I have wrecked alot of bikes and I would go for option 2. It is not in that bad of shape and should be real ez for yourself to put back togather and track it out. Good luck!
ppl have told me that im crazy for thinking about tracking it out... its too slow they say... that is what i would love to do though... dream of racing!!
 

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WOW...Glad to hear that your ok and all. What speed were you at before you went into the corn field?? Turn the bike into a track bike. You'll love it. :)
 

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go with your dream..it may take some time and money to track it..but if thats what you want to do..why not do it?

a 600 would be an excellent choice, u'll notice a world of difference in power, handling, every aspect! :cool:
 

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You can probably find most of the parts on ebay, although I think $150 is a bit on the low side. It depends on how much time you can take to wait for parts at the lowest prices. You'd be surprised how cheap things are on ebay compared to brand new pieces. Of course, if you make it a track bike, then looks won't matter as much and you should be able to fix it cheaper than if you were to fix it up to selling status.

As for the wreck, yeah, sometimes we have to learn the hard way. Depending on the sharpness of the turn, you probably had plenty of time to brake, downshift and lean the bike. By your description, I'm guessing you got on the back brake hard. Hopefully you're using your front brake, some people don't.

True story, a guy that lives across from me bought a bike earlier this summer and was talking about how "bad ass" it is. He and I went riding a couple months ago and he was telling me how he "can't use the front brake because it would lock up at the slightest touch. It has two rotors and dual piston calipers". :rolleyes: I asked him when was the last time he used the front brake. "Oh, I've never used it because it will lock up right away." :rolleyes: I tried telling him that he needs to use the front brake because it's the majority of stopping power for a bike, but he insisted that his front brakes were "too good". So on the way back home, he decides to show me how "bad ass" his bike is and takes off from a light. The light ahead was red and he didn't see it until too late and locked up the back brake, leaving about a 10 yard skid mark. He slid through the intersection. Luckily, nothing was coming. After that, I showed him how to use the front brake and that it won't lock up like he thinks. At least now he uses it, but he had to learn the hard way. I haven't ridden with him since, but I did let him borrow "Total Control". Of course, as stubborn as he is, I doubt he has opened the book.
 

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Good to hear you're okay. I haven't gone down yet, but I know my time is coming.

Doesn't use the front brake? WTF? Didn't he read the standard MC operating manual that tells you front brake is 75% of stopping power? When I was taught it was front brake first and ease into the rear. If you need to do it quick, downshift, downshift, downshift!
 

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Becca, you have to understand that this guy isn't the brightest bulb in the box. He thinks he knows everything, and will let you know that. He can't be taught anything, and didn't even take an MSF course. Just bought a bike and started riding. He's still on a permit.
 

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SuzukiGirlNichole said:
ppl have told me that im crazy for thinking about tracking it out... its too slow they say...
Not possible! Theres a few vids floating around of people doin a pretty darn good job of ripping it up on Ninja 250's even..

Im sure you can ride anything at the track at still learn a whole lot.

Glad you made it out with minor injuries! Also glad it didn't turn you away from motorcycles, which seems to happen a lot after a crash.
 

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If you want to upgrade then now is the time to do it...track out the bike. Buy your newer or better condition parts on ebay and track it out. Not fast enough??? It's not fast enough to keep up with a GSXR 1000 but plenty to keep up with the EX500's... it's all in the class, don't let them tell you otherwise.

600cc would be plenty. Get what you like and go on!

As far as keeping up with your pace!! This is the #1 rule in WOS!! We tell everybody over and over and over to ride at your own pace. If you ride too far out, it will bite you!!

Glad to hear you're all right!!!! That is the most important!!
 

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wow, thanks guys for all of your input!! I was going at least 60 when i came to the turn, but not positive on my speed. I'm definately thinking of making it a track bike.... a few mods to make it faster, and i'll be good to go learn!! Maybe from starting on my lil gs, u guys will see me racing AMA races in a few years (yeah right, but a girl can dream, right...lol)!

3boyzNaBike..... thanks.. im ok.. like i said, just sore, and some loose teeth! 9 people have died in this area we were riding on motorcycles this year..... MY PLAN- beginning of spring i'm going to go ride this area all of the time... even if i have to go by myself... ride it easy... and learn the roads!!! I plan on knowing every turn out there next summer! One won't sneak up on me like that again!
 

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track days are always a great way to start learning! if ur gonna track out your bike, you're ahead of the game to start practicing as well. :dthumb:
 

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SuzukiGirlNichole said:
MY PLAN- beginning of spring i'm going to go ride this area all of the time... even if i have to go by myself... ride it easy... and learn the roads!!! I plan on knowing every turn out there next summer! One won't sneak up on me like that again!
Send me a message when you're going to ride. I'll be more than happy to go along. Oh, and glad you're alright and that you want to get back on a bike again.
 

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Send me a message when you're going to ride. I'll be more than happy to go along. Oh, and glad you're alright and that you want to get back on a bike again.

Thanks, and I will!!! Always better with a friend! And there is not many things that are going to keep me off of a bike!!! Cant stay away from my bikes! I learn something new everyday, and this was just one more very important lesson.... My girlfriends (the ones that dont ride..lol) tell me to just 'stay off of that bike'... i can't do it!! Not going to happen....lol
 
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