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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 6-23-2019, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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Right in the mud wall

Hello first post here and its a sad one. Just went down the other day on my 500 cracked the upper fairing on the right side near the reflector, broke the bottom one into bout five pieces, and think my front break is screwed up along with the wheel alignment a bit. Other than that though it all seems to be solid and no other problems so thats nice.

Story time; was riding with my bud and we were hitting it hard, lost sight of him so I decided lets speed up bad idea. Saw a turn coming up no signs posted was like I can make.... needless to say I did not make the turn. It was a right turn back into a left I was already on the wrong side of the line midway through the turn then I saw the car coming at me was like oh fuck can't go left thats a wall there so I righted the bike and manged to go back into the proper lane but couldn't pull back to turn left in time and smashed in a mudbank going probably 50-70 mph I was going 70 when I went into the turn. Smashed in the wall bike went down and I flipped off of it onto my back. There was a dude on a bike behind him, he stopped helped me pick it up and all that surprisingly the driver of the car came back to check on me. He was like "oh man I thought you were gonna smash into me" told him not if I could help it which I did. Buddy finally came back to see where I was, he got worried since I hadn't caught up to him yet. Scrapped both my legs hurt my wrist real good hit my left leg into my mirror when I came up and off. The bank I went into was decently muddy but a had a butt ton of big rocks in the ditch not sure if the bike stopped when I hit the rocks or the bank. Looking back on it a day later I could have probably saved myself when I got back into my lane and just laid on it to turn left but my brain was like no slam the brakes you're gonna die and I just could have not been speeding like crazy thats probably the big thing but I lived and now am a bit wiser bout my limits so thats nice my poor wallet though.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 6-23-2019, 12:36 PM
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Find some adhesive but be sure it says for ABS nothing else will work then clean a 1/4" on both sides of the crack on the inside and apply the glue while fixing the pieces in perfect fit with tape on the outside. Done with care on unmolested pieces you can do a good job, take you time and do it right.

Remember only ABS glue will work no epoxy or polyester resin will.


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The important thing is that you were able to walk away from the accident and live to tell your tale. Glad you're OK.

Plenty of articles and videos on the internet for repairing motorcycle plastics. A good learning opportunity for both riding and fixing from this little misadventure....
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Those life lessons are seldom free, most of the time come with pain and sometimes... well much worse.
I still to this day have to put my survival instincts in check every time I saddle up. They liked to have got me killed once.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 6-23-2019, 10:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

Wow...I'm amazed you walked away from that one!!!!! Glad that you did and that you're here to tell about it.

With that said, do what FOG says!
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