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Saturday August 6th, 2005

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bulletRide Length:  433 miles
bulletRiders: Brewer, Beltless, me
bulletWeather: as usual... hot!

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Brewer and Beltless were going for a ride, so I decided to come along.  The plan was to meet Brewer in Austin a little early so he could get a look at my new farkles... we also had to make a stop at Kinkos, but then we were off.

Brewer loaded Beltless' house into his GPS, but of course he got us lost.  Here we sat on the side of the road while Brewer figures it out...

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But, we finally found it...

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Sorry... I forgot the screen name of the guys with the brand spanking new Dakar... sure was pretty!

Our assignment for the 2nd Foto Assignment is trains, so we set off in search of trains, but only found livestock...

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We were even able to find the largest Oatmeal container we'd ever seen...

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And not long after the picture was taken, I crashed.

Slippery I guess, who knows? I landed on my face/head.  Right side of the forehead above my eye. 

I was following the guy in front of me.  He made it through with no problem, but obviously I did not.  Brewer was behind me and said I was probably going about 20 mph.  Yes, probably too fast for crossing water... you do not need to tell me.

The bike is actually not too bad. It slid on the right side a ways.  My footpeg got bent, but I straightened it to good-as-new with a little help from a vise. The mirror broke.  The turn signal broke. The Acerbis hand guard looks like road pizza (pisses me off because I literally just installed it the day before the ride).  The brake lever snapped off. The engine guard took a shot.  And, finally the pannier rack has some nice skid marks on the right side.  All easily fixable (except the hand guard... figure I will leave it like it is... Joel did give me a band-aid to put on it.)
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The helmet took the brunt of it. But, goes to show you why you should wear a full-face helmet. 

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My right glove has a hole in the palm. The Joe Rocket jacket also took a shot in the right elbow, but it is fine.  Brewer is of the opinion I should replace the helmet. I needed an excuse to get an Arai XD anyway!  I also need new gloves.  My pants and boots don't have a scratch... interesting.

Here was the danger zone....

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See the algae?  Never ever ride through algae.  And yes, I knew that.  I just didn't see it.

We called Lone Star BMW to see if they had a lever in stock.  They said, "No."  They would have to order one.  I explained my situation to them and asked if they could take one off of a new bike, sell it to me, and replace it once the part came in.  "No, we ain't gonna do that."

Now that's customer service, you bunch of assholes.  Leave a BMW owner who's in a bad spot... 3 hours away from home... in a bad way without offering any assistance.  Dickheads.

I digress...

We rode on... and even found that loose livestock...

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After riding about an hour with only a rear brake (snapped off front lever at the worst possible place), we arrived at a Chinese restaurant near Brewer's house.  We had a little lunch and headed to Brewer's house.  Brewer let me borrow a brake lever so I could make it back to Houston safely.  

I stopped along the way and called my BMW dealer in North Houston.  I explained my situation to Greg, the parts guy.  He didn't have the part in stock either, but without me even mentioning it, he suggested he take a lever from a new bike and sell it to me.  Once the new part came in, he would replace the lever on the new bike.  

Hey morons over at Lone Star... you should call the Houston store and sign up for some customer service lessons because you guys SUCK!

I want to personally thank Greg and BMW of North Houston for all of their support... not only in this situation, but with all of my past and future business.  

Anyway, I got back to Houston pretty late, parked the bike, straightened a few things, and removed the lever to take back to Brewer.

As the evening wore on, my head hurt, my left shoulder hurt, my chin hurt and my neck hurt. 

The next day, it appears the damage to my brain was a bit more than I initially thought.  I spent most of the following day with blurred and double vision out of my left eye (which sucked by the way).  It's better now.

O well, I'm not as young as I used to be...

All the broken bits on the bike are just about replaced... and my head seems to be fine now too... relatively speaking.

Lesson learned: don't land on your head!

Thanks for coming along on my ride crash.


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