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Jun 19th 2020, 02:42 PM   #1
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Todays ride went down on hwy 47

Yesterday actually, decided to ride from Lacenter to Newberg ,across 47 and back. Wasn't sure what traffic would be like in the "stay home or you"ll all die"era but figured I could deal with it. Not much traffic but more than I expected. Stopped in Newberg at my favorlte sandwich shop Subway. So done with that I turned to the north on 47. Just before the speed changes to 50 I'm plugging along at 25 when the rear wheel locks up. What??? I got down to about 5 when I got to the gravel on my left and just couldn't hold it. Down on the left side of the bike. Clicked the kill swich and stood up.DAMN! I found my favorite heavy sweater jammed between the rear tire and inner fender.Looked like a broken bungy did it and locked up the rear tire. A lady who was in a foreign consulate plated car was right behind me and pulled over to check on me.A little rash but otherwise OK. I got the thing upright and kickstand down. Since the summer of 83 we've never been down. So, damage to the bike,two left side turn signals,left crankcase cover has a hole ground through and the handlebar has an unfamiliar bend in it. Tun signals I had in my stockpile and I'm searching on line for the rest. JB weld will take care of the sidecover for the time being.Anyone have a spare?
Jun 19th 2020, 05:10 PM   #2
 craiger's Avatar
  Apr 2016

  2009 Aprilia RSVR, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Sorry to read about your misfortune. That's a strange way to go down. 35 years is a long time, and to have that streak end is beyond unfortunate. One could say you are fortunate to have not been severely injured during the accident. That being said, I seem to read/hear about broken bungee cord accidents about once a year. I think it happened a couple of years ago in the Fossil area. A fella actually died when he was in triple digit speeds when one came loose/broke and wrapped around his rear wheel and had a lock up situation.

So let this be a teachable moment for any/all reading this. Watch those cords. Ensure they're not at their life's end, are relatively new and inspected before trusting your life to a piece of basically a rubber band. There are alternatives to bungee cords, I would encourage all to seek those out and incorporate them in your carrying routine(s). Thank you, that is all. Have a nice day.
Jun 19th 2020, 06:42 PM   #3
 chadams66's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Garden Home

  2012 BMW R 1200 R Classic...2012 Versys...'83 BMW R80 RT...
that totally sucks...I'm glad it wasn't worse...good luck with the repairs...
Jun 20th 2020, 06:49 AM   #4
 FeralRdr's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  The Rider's Seat

Glad your OK.

Sorry to hear about the sweater.
Jun 20th 2020, 09:15 AM   #5
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

Glad you're okay; sorry to hear about the broken streak: 35 years without getting sideways is pretty good.

What you're describing is my biggest fear when strapping anything to the bike. So generally, I don't do it. I don't think I've ever had a bungee on my bike. Consider ROK straps: they don't hook, you loop them around a hard point like a frame or luggage rack rail, and they have fast release buckles for convenience. For something loose like sweaters, put them in some kind of bag, preferably one that has some kind of sewn on loops or handles that the straps can come through.

Then before you call it good and go for a ride, forcefully wiggle it and see how far it can move: assume that whatever you can do with your hands can be done by bumps and vibrations.
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Jun 20th 2020, 12:02 PM   #6
  Jan 2016

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE

Did it seem like you would need a sweater on an 80+ degree day?
Jun 20th 2020, 01:29 PM   #7
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Ouch!! Sorry dude. I think it was around 30 years ago I read an article in Motorcyclist where one of the editors testing a new Ducati had a bungee come loose while railing Mullholland and it got caught in the procreate and crashed him out. (Sorry Ducati, 1 more please?)

Since then I never trusted them or allowed a luggage situation to require them. Made my own D ring straps and they Rok, pun intended.

So is the E model cover pretty specific to just it? I may know of a G or L model of that vintage sitting for parts.
Jun 21st 2020, 06:36 AM   #8
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
hwy 47

reason I took my sweater was when I leave the house I'm not always sure where I'm going. I might have gone over MT Hood. I carry an insulated suit also but it filled up the tank bag hence the reason for strapping the sweater on behind me. Cold weather gear I take but never rain wear. Even the slightest chance of that and I won't go.
Jun 25th 2020, 11:13 PM   #9
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
side cover.

Id have to take a look at it.I think E and L have different top end but the lower cases might be the same.
Jun 27th 2020, 05:18 PM   #10
  Jun 2016
  Portland area

Thanks for sharing, definitely good information to consider and review.

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Jun 27th 2020, 08:23 PM   #11
 cgt1229's Avatar
  Feb 2016

Check the GS Resources forum, If you haven't already.

Unfortunate about the vintage sweater/tip over, I recall someone here getting a thermo water bottle wedged between rear tire & fender going over Hwy 20, think the culprit was one of those square pattern bungee nets popping off.

Coincidently, I just refreshed my tailpack bungees recently, as the outer sheath was the only thing left. I never throw away any useful, so I used & old trampoline surround bungees doubled up to make it last a little longer.

Think any stator cover 80-83 16 valve will work (750-1100), though 80-82 aren't
Jul 20th 2020, 07:41 PM   #12
 Riki5156's Avatar
  Jun 2018
  LaCenter Washington

  83 Suzuki GS 1100E
Todays ride down on 47

Thanks for the advice gang. I do have a tank bag that I'll use for anything I carry. In the bag or it doesn't go. Nothing will be loosely tied on.I do have a new side cover on the way,the other minor repairs I did from my spare parts stock.I temporarily repaired the cover with high temp metal repair paste. Sunday I went from home in La Center to Gresham and back. Nothing new or exciting but my leg is healed and I just wanted to get on and go. More to come.
Jul 21st 2020, 12:06 PM   #13
  May 2016

  2016 ZX-10R; 2021 Z H2 SE
Glad you are okay, and will have your bike back in order relatively soon!

Reminds me of high school when one of my acquaintances had an overly long lace from a hiking boot get caught in the chain. He was able to stop the bike pretty quickly after it ripped his foot off the peg, but ended up with a broken fibula & ligament damage that kept him out of sports for 6 months or so while he healed.

No dingleberries to drop down out back!!
Jul 23rd 2020, 04:07 PM   #14
 WarpShatner7's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  NW Oregon

That's terrifying. Back in the 90s I rode a 750 Nighthawk in Doc Martens, but I usually remembered to check the lengths and tighten the knots hard before I got on. One day during the MSF course I took for my Oregon renewal I absentmindedly showed up in sneakers. Didn't have time to go home and change them so one of the instructors strapped them down with duct tape.

Edited by WarpShatner7 on Jul 23rd 2020 at 09:05 PM

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