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  1. SimplyMe

    Post here if you live in WA. guy's and gals....

    Ravensdale (Maple Valley area)
  2. The knobies are an after Mod... I had regular Dunlops preformance tires on when I had the accident.
  3. “THE PITCH, THE HIT, THE SPLASH!” It was the kind of day only Seattle can produce on a consistent basis; chilly, noticeable dampness in the air, and fully over-cast. It was Thursday morning, November 17, 2005, when I was on my way to conduct an on-site interview at TouraTech, located on 34th Ave., on the SE side of Seattle, for an article, which I was writing for WominX.net At 10:15 AM I gathered items for the interview, along with other personal effects, and making sure all riding gear was properly in place, bike prepped and fueled, I headed over on my ‘05 Suzuki DRz400SM motorcycle around 10:25 AM for an estimated 30 minute ride. I recently moved from Bremerton, WA, and am now a resident of Redmond, just a smidgeon east of Seattle. Local area commuters know the route all too well from Redmond to downtown Seattle - going directly over WA-520, floating bridge. So, to get there, I did just that… made a B-line, heading due West over one of Seattle’s famous floating bridge. The usual heavy morning traffic had disbursed and the commute would be quick, easy, and uneventful. No momentary hesitation, nor any direct thought, or concern prior to the following event which would unfold just minutes ahead of me. It pretty much looked to be a casual ride over. At least I had thought that when I began crossing over the floating bridge. As I approached my exit onto Lake Washington Blvd., toward the Washington Arboretum, making my way to TouraTech, I encountered an unexpected delay, a delay which would result in a midmorning splash into Lake Washington. This was caused by multiple elements. Overlapped and coinciding together, all in the same instance, which took a turn where I would experience first hand how a DRz throws a hard pitch! There are a few factors to consider as you approach and prepare to merge onto Lake Washington Boulevard’s exiting off-ramp, to effectively execute a steady slow down on the approach to the stop sign. This exit ascends upward, with a few various twists and embedded grooves along the curbs edge. The exit is a half mile in length, with a shoulder about five feet wide from the fog line to the curb/barrier, and an exiting speed of about 35 miles per hour. A gentle turn takes one 90 degrees towards the left (south) before you stop at the stop sign. Approaching this exit, I decreased my speed with the compression of the motorcycles engine, knowing I had to be within the approximate exiting speed. I began slowing about 100 yards before the off-ramps entrance to where my traveling speed was approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour, and continued manually slowing up the exit. I simultaneously began applying small amounts of pressure to the front and rear breaks. As I passed over the connection joints, I hear the engines pace steadily winding down. I felt the road surface change from smooth to rough. Now I could feel the road go thump, thump, thump underneath the tires. It had changed the handling of the DRz performance as if from a Waltz to a Sock Hop all in just one motion. Looking ahead, I followed through with my vision in the direction I intended to go. Almost immediately I got the impression I was going in the wrong forward line. At first, I did not realize I was being ineffective in going toward the line of sight I intended. My posture and bike position were right. Yet, as I leaned to take the turn for the direction I was supposed to be heading, the DRz was more poised in a sideways slide, and at an angle I didn’t like! The DRz acted like it had a mind of its own! As if, it wanted to lie down to take a nap. I immediately noticed other unusual occurrences going on. I felt the backend start to vibrate, like the beginning of a tank-slapper, but the rear continued to slide further out from underneath the bike. Additionally, the bike was just not slowing down. Now dreadfully apparent, this was not going to be a typical type slow down! My mind immediately began thinking of corrections I needed to make! As quickly, calmly, and efficiently as I could think, I started going over all of the required steps for a safe correction. First, I gently brought the bike back up and attempted a slight variation in steering. Second, I tried holding and carrying the bikes momentum… I was trying to continue down the first line of sight of my turn. Thirdly, I was not panicking as I steadily reapplied direct braking pressure to bring the bike to a controllable speed in order to maintain and follow through with the natural curve of the off ramp. “Crap”… this is not working!” But I knew it needed correcting… and quickly! Suddenly, the bike leaned at a left angle! With me poised upright… The bike was not responding… I could see down the whole side of the bike, and its distance between it and the curb narrowing. Running through my mind was, “I’m getting too close!”, while in the same instance I felt an uncanny feeling as if I had gone through this once before. With no hesitation, or panic, I thought, “I’ve got to correct this sideways slide!” as I again released and reapplied the breaks. I was trying to maintain… self-control… staying calm, and… thinking of ways to keep from running up and onto the curb! Now the DRz was acting as if it had mind of its own. I could see it heading for the concrete barrier, and I had the thought that it was going to try to toss me in between it and the concrete wall. Possibly pin me in! Yet still… in the back of my mind, I knew it wouldn’t take place. The curb, about a foot high and two feet deep, was a continuous concrete structure, and atop it sat the side barrier about two feet tall. Affixed to the top of the barrier was a rounded tubular metal guardrail. Lampposts were spread apart at about sixty feet intervals. Uncomfortably aware of the curb right along side the DRz and me, I tried… once again seeing the bike turning successfully through the corner. “Crap… no change!” I tried everything I knew. But still, the bike wasn’t recovering! There was no veering away! With little else to do, I looked up, and prepared for the collision. Seemingly directly behind a lamppost, the DRz struck the barrier. Having been at the highest point of the upper deck off-ramp, I literally pitched up… over… and mingled with the guardrail wall, as I was heading head first into Lake Washington directly below. Stay tuned for part two… “The Splash!” All rights reserved, written by Re. A. Reid ~ ©2/11/2006
  4. Hey all... I said I would come back and let you know about this uncanny accident and how it happened. The article, along with a few photos, will appear on WominX.net by the end of this week. See you there... Have a Grand Day where you are! SimplyMe ~ Rea
  5. SimplyMe

    Question for the Thumpette trail riders...

    WOW... awesome you're not fearful in expressing your thoughts here! Way cool... and will commend you for venturing out and seeking other ways to handle extreme terrains changes. I'm like you. Love going up the hills , but coming down is a whole other ball game!... I do get up them great, but at some point I have to face a downhill side to get to the main road to home... Crap! Oh Crap , Crap !! is what I am thinking when coming down faster than I want to. A friend of mine took me riding in the Duvall area 2 weekends ago. Have to say since my incident I've been riding and doing real well... so for me to go on this ride was a thrill, but in the back of my mind it sure challenged me physically and emotionally... Anyway, I went, I rode up some steep hills... relaxed as I made it up, and thought "Wow, I made it!”, not realizing I still had to come down the blooming thing! Well you guessed it... coming down was no picnic and seeing the DRz400SM has a smaller wheel base of 17" and my friends bike was 21", of course you can see what I'm heading for... trying to follow his line down didn't work for me! Yep! I dropped and rolled off the DRz as if the bike needed a rest of its own after trying to roll through a deeper route than it could handle and basically I had to give it up... Talk about getting frustrated. lol Anyway... I see now it is in the technique, and understanding the laws of physics when riding motorcycles down a hill. My friend was very supportive of me, knowing my past (recent) event, and continued to encourage me as I got back on and tried it another way. I tried twice… Trying each suggested style and technique just to learn the right way to handle my bike for me. I knew I needed to be comfortable and confident in order to get down the hill with ease while making sure it was the safest way as well. It took more time, and pure concentration, a few more… “Oh CRAPS“, and a whole lot more “OH My-s!”… but I made it down with the bike and myself in one piece!. I do hope whomever you are riding with gives you the support and encouragement to continue, but continue at your own pace . We don’t have anything to prove to others who have been riding far longer than ourselves. If they cannot be patient, then they’ve forgotten their beginning days, haven’t they! Well… Kudos to you and I do know you will find your riding style you’ll shine from! Take care, see you on the trails. SimplyMe ~Rea
  6. Hey great insight, pleasant approach, and a gentle delivery... Thank you... mucho appreciated! Knowing this has generated lots of questions and unanswered holes per-say. I'd like to share answers in all these unanswered questions and they will be soon, but not here on “TT”. Due to my own curious nature, and overall wanting to place "all of this” in the right perspective, not only for me, but from questions people have asked regarding the overall incident. Surly an accident of this type has clearly generated such questions. I'd like to announce first and foremost to “TT” I'll be running an exclusive story in it's entirety on the original website I was initially participating in. Before this whole ordeal began. This is, "WominX.net". I'll be doing a full and personal investigation into this accident. I’ll be able to come and give back the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY, WHEN, and the HOW of it all for anyone wanting to know. I’m happy to declare my DRz is up running. Quite well I might add. I've already sat in a saddle and rode home last Saturday night on the back of a Tiger, so it’s all GOOD! Last but not least... by no means am I going to sit my happy ass out and not jump back up in the saddle myself! I will be back riding as soon as my body bruising is completely healed. I’d also like to add…with no hesitation…my motorcycle will still be at the forefront of my life. Thanks again everyone… All My Best ~ Always SimplyMe Rea (Reshel)
  7. Well, well, well, I must confess this post here, by far, is "The One" sweeping me off my feet. I never imagined I would be involved in an uncanny situation to generate such a buzz on a forum in my entire life. I sure wasn't planning on it. And I’m still simply trying not too, but “what the heck?”... Seeing you’ve all gone to great lengths with such effort to send me "Awesome Get Well's”, along with your blessings for a fast recovery. I can tell you first hand... Yes, I’m recovering and the recovery is very quick... Inexplicably quick I might add… and I am 100% thankful for it! Doctor Holmes Jr. even said, I wouldn't need any kind of follow up because there was absolutely nothing found broken, damaged, torn, or jumbled internally to even point me to another Doc again... Truly I do have a great story to share. In days to come, I’ll post, in chronological order, events leading up to this incredible incident which will unfold right before your eyes on the pages you read… Along with a few photos of the bruising I did gain. All rightfully gained during an incredible catapult launch off, and over the guardrail, where Lake Washington laid below. Now placed into flight towards an unprepared mid-morning 40+ foot dive(drop their telling me), making the undaunted cur splash... resulting in the 30 yard Riders Gear back stroke, en route for the islands embankment... I’ve already heard… There are better ways to get wet… I so agree… Really though…Thank you to each and everyone following this incredible life walking miracle story. I have been blessed with this experience in receiving all of your letters, notes; IM’s and post from the many forums associated with Motorcycles. I sure am tickled I’m a member here and see such stand up people come to the plate and pinch hit for me. It really shows me I’m in the right place and will continue in it for many years to follow. Thanks everyone… My Best to All ~ Always SimplyMe Reshel (Rea) PS... Sorry the media picked "some" not so up to date photos... here's one on a better day... Anyone still think this???
  8. SimplyMe

    Tire Recommendations

    Need some help in proper trail tires and size. Here is what has already been discussed on another open thread. Thanks for any help. Simply ~
  9. SimplyMe

    WANTED DRz RIDERS & others welcome

    The tires on my DRz are Dunlop: front:120/70 R17 m/c 58h back:140/70 R17 m/c 66h Does that help? Thanks for yours... is appreciated
  10. SimplyMe

    Riders Wanted...

    Yhea I have been up at Tahuya. Went out there 4x4ing and loved it. That is where I'd like to go dirt bike riding as well, but I don't have the tires for that yet... I would love to go on Sunday, but need to know what time. Seeing that is my daughters 18th birthday that day, I need to stay close to home to take her to a good dinner.
  11. SimplyMe

    WANTED DRz RIDERS & others welcome

    No, not yet. I will be getting a set, just not sure when. Know riding on dirt with the tires I have on now are ok when letting out some air pressure. Theres enough traction for dirt riding that way. I know not to ride trail with them, thats for sure. I have to get the excess money to purchase the trail tires & rims. Money for that is the hold back. Cost for a seperate set is pricey, so that is my time crunch for trail riding. Will update as needed to let you know. Thanks for responding... Have fun this weekend... Ride hard, Play nice, and Keep safe!
  12. SimplyMe

    Riders Wanted...

    The ride up there would be great, but unfortunately I will have to work. With this new job they haven't given me set days off yet. When I do, will give update. Thanks for the invite up there to ride. Have fun... ps... my ID here is the same for ADVrider. Been there, done that, now here.
  13. Hey... Hello and where are all the rider's? I would like to extend an invite to any and all riders who live in or close to Bremerton, Washington, to get a small group to do a meet and greet. I'm rather new to this forum thingy. In conjunction with that, I've recently been reintroduced to motorcycles. In the reintroduction process, I acquired my own 05’ DRz400SM. However, I have found myself riding alone. Were I’d rather go with other riders. Like I said I’m relearning to ride. Which basically means a "Noobie" ; )~ A noobie, who is willing to listen, learn quickly, and want to increase skill experience. I would like to meet and get to know more advanced rider’s to learn from. I'd like the opportunity to tune in my off road riding skills. I would very much appreciate any serious riders who'd care to venture out with me sometime soon. I'm eager to learn how to handle, maneuver, and control the DRz on gravel, steep climbs, and crossing through water. I'm not afraid to get dirty. Certainly, I know there’s a possibility of breaking a bone... So then, I’m certainly not worried about breaking a fingernail. I am not concerned about trivial things. Nor am I intimidated by others, whose skills are far more superior. I’d welcome the more experienced rider any day. Not just in learning skills, but overall knowledge of the bike. Have to keep up the maintenance to get out and ride. I know there has to be riders within my locations or real close to it. So for those who are looking to get out on their motorcycle knowing it was made just for what we all do on them… RIDE HARD, PLAY LONG, & HAVE FUN! Not to mention I really don't want to go walk across the street, from where I live. To the Harley/Cruiser Motorcycle Garage to ask any of them if they'd like to go off road riding with me... Not a pretty visual, and wouldn’t be sensible. Winter is coming up and not many will be setting out to ride, but I will be on my bike all winter... seeing that it is my only mode of transportation. Knowing I have to ride during limited conditions, I really would like any help, knowledge, or time riding to acquire the necessary skills for all weather riding. If you are interested let’s make plans to meet somewhere near Bremerton at a good place to have some eats and drinks and then we’ll go from there. We gotta show off just how many DRz are actually out here… ; )~
  14. SimplyMe

    Riders Wanted...

    Hey... Hello and where are all the rider's? I would like to extend an invite to any and all riders who live in or close to Bremerton, Washington, to get a small group to do a meet and greet. I'm rather new to this forum thingy. In conjunction with that, I've recently been reintroduced to motorcycles. In the reintroduction process, I acquired my own 05’ DRz400SM. However, I have found myself riding alone. Were I’d rather go with other riders. Like I said I’m relearning to ride. Which basically means a "Noobie" ; )~ A noobie, who is willing to listen, learn quickly, and want to increase skill experience. I would like to meet and get to know more advanced rider’s to learn from. I'd like the opportunity to tune in my off road riding skills. I would very much appreciate any serious riders who'd care to venture out with me sometime soon. I'm eager to learn how to handle, maneuver, and control the DRz on gravel, steep climbs, and crossing through water. I'm not afraid to get dirty. Certainly, I know there’s a possibility of breaking a bone... So then, I’m certainly not worried about breaking a fingernail. I am not concerned about trivial things. Nor am I intimidated by others, whose skills are far more superior. I’d welcome the more experienced rider any day. Not just in learning skills, but overall knowledge of the bike. Have to keep up the maintenance to get out and ride. I know there has to be riders within my locations or real close to it. So for those who are looking to get out on their motorcycle knowing it was made just for what we all do on them… RIDE HARD, PLAY LONG, & HAVE FUN! Not to mention I really don't want to go walk across the street, from where I live. To the Harley/Cruiser Motorcycle Garage to ask any of them if they'd like to go off road riding with me... Not a pretty visual, and wouldn’t be sensible. Winter is coming up and not many will be setting out to ride, but I will be on my bike all winter... seeing that it is my only mode of transportation. Knowing I have to ride during limited conditions, I really would like any help, knowledge, or time riding to acquire the necessary skills for all weather riding. If you are interested let’s make plans to meet somewhere near Bremerton at a good place to have some eats and drinks and then we’ll go from there. We gotta show off just how many DRz are actually out here… ; )~
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