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R100GS Frame Replacement
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R100GS Frame Replacement

I'd seen them coming two corners back, flying down the narrow twisting canyon, hanging over the centerline, knee pucks inches from the pavement. I moved right to give them room, thinking about Dick Rutter getting center punched up on Skyline years ago by another out of control "sport" rider. These two went by nose to tail, using all of their lane, and a bit of mine, too. Safely by I had just begun to relax a bit when I spotted more movement further up the road, on the other side of the next left hander. Another big displacement Japanese repli-racer, haulin' ass, trying to catch up to his buddies. He comes into the corner, a right for him, leaning way over, steadily heading toward the center line, clearly having trouble staying on his side of the road. Going way to fast, he mashes the foot brake to slow down. The back end breaks loose, coming around the outside so I can see the side of the rear wheel. But just then the brake lets go, the rear snaps back around past straight and keeps going, and the bike high sides, flipping the rider off and throwing the bike down the road, right side down and saddle leading the charge across the center line. I'm all downshifts and brakes by then, but no matter how fast I try to move right the big Suzuki seems to track my front wheel. It's seven feet long laying across the road, and there's just no where to go. I look down just as we hit, my front wheel buried in the seat, the "GSXR" sticker on the side of the fairing just in front of the BMW's right jug. I try to stiff arm it, but the impact is so hard the GS is pushed back out from under me, and I do a hand stand as I'm flipped over the bars. I see branches and blue sky, then land on my back, my legs and feet slamming crack-the-whip style into the hard pavement. I lay there a minute, taking stock. It feels like someone is jabbing a knife into my right foot, and my left hand hurts like hell. I guess the pads in the Aerostich Darien Light took the rest of the impact, since my elbows, spine, shoulders, and hips are unhurt.

I sit up and look over my shoulder to find the GS on its right side, facing back

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