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Airborne ranger hawk

Old 06-28-2017, 07:12 PM
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Airborne ranger hawk

Wow, never a dull moment.

I got the hawk airborne today. Not on purpose and not with great results.

I hit a 2 foot deep SINKHOLE in Manhattan NYC USA.

The cab in front of me sorta missed it but I couldn't even see it til it was too late. Went in at about 30mph, hit the sharp far edge on the gas and got LAUNCHED like who know how high.

Came down hard enough to bounce back in the air again. Was up on the pegs moto style but the seat came and hit me.

Sub frame bolts were SHEARED. (sorry for all the caps but it was a hard hit).

Pulled over, called nypd and filed a report. It also bent my givi rack down to the point that the top case was behind the rear wheel.

Happy to be mostly unhurt and un run over since it was 3pm in midtown Manhattan.

So I limped it back to Queens and had to drill out the threads of the bolts. Disassembled then rebuilt the givi rack. Hard to tell if the subframe is actually bent. Probly not since the bolts failed.

Anyway hope good old NYC will get the bill since it was an obvious road hazard. Will post up the interesting saga.

Bike will be ridden to work tomorrow 6am.

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Old 06-28-2017, 07:32 PM
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I've had mine airborne several times. It's all fun and games until you're a bit too fast and the head shakes a little.


Do you get out of the city to ride much?
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:51 PM
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Not like I used to. Only to go to NH or NJ to race nowadays.

I think I am like 2 inches shorter from breaking those bolts with my spine.
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Old 06-29-2017, 01:59 AM
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She it!

Lucky you are O.K

Keep us informed how you go
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:46 AM
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Glad you kept the shiny side up. Hope everything turns out OK.
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:03 PM
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No injuries, then life is good! Looking forward to updates.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:31 AM
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Joe, I think you'd be a good candidate for durability testing. I think you should write to Honda and see if you can get on board with secret 2019 bikes to see how they perform on the track, over pot holes, weaving through traffic, in the snow, and maintenance ergonomics in the field. Perhaps they're making a new superhawk-style sport touring bike with that Africa-Twin motor and need to know which part breaks if they put panniers on it and take it over NYC sinkholes?
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:45 AM
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Maintenance ergonomics. That's rich.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:52 AM
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Yeah, I tell ya I LOVE a dull day. Its a wonderful thing. Its just city commuting. I can barely comprehend when I get on country roads. I mean people have this every day?

I still love every minute I am on the bike.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by VTR1000F View Post
Maintenance ergonomics. That's rich.
I was struggling to find a way to describe doing a motor swap to fix a bad tank of gas...
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:00 PM
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If it aint broke Ill fix it. Or I just like to be VERY thorough.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by 7moore7 View Post
I was struggling to find a way to describe doing a motor swap to fix a bad tank of gas...
I was referring to the notion that manufacturers have ever put the words "maintenance" and "ergonomics" together.

That's rich.
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:51 AM
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Glad you came out okay Joe, could have been worse, as you said...
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