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Just got home from my first crash tonight. I downshifted to do a u-turn, thought i was in second gear, turns out it was first. The front wheel just went UP UP AND AWAY!. I was wearing jeans, riding shoes, gloves, riding jacket and a backpack with sports clothes inside. Slid down the street for a couple of meters then tumbled a few times, look up and see my bike slid down the street. My frame and fork sliders saved my bike. Thank god

My only injury is the road rash on my lower back near the left butt cheek is minor cosmetics. Small tear on my jacket and gloves, nothing major, still very usable. Had to throw out the t-shirt i wore underneath and my boxer lol.

As for bike; back brake light casing is demolished but the light still works... gotta reorder, it's a Motodynamic... damn it. The left feet peg broke off, the shifter is bent but was still functional. Nothing was leaking and I was able to ride the bike back on the highway with my feet resting on the passenger peg haha.

Feels like the handlebar is slightly crooked, gotta check on that tomorrow. Will probably bring the bike in for a checkup and see about repair costs.

First riding season, 3 months in, brand new bike since May... all in all, a stupid mistake. But relatively speaking, a small price to pay for that lesson.
 

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I just reordered the motodynamic backlight. Does anyone know where to get some cheap foot pegs... i mean... they're foot pegs, I won't spend a lot of them. Preferably from a Canadian website?
 

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My FZ almost went out from under me while riding out of the dealership minutes after buying it. :D

Wasn't expecting the jerky torque, was used to my inline 4, YZF 600 which took off smooth as silk.
 

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My FZ almost went out from under me while riding out of the dealership minutes after buying it. :D

Wasn't expecting the jerky torque, was used to my inline 4, YZF 600 which took off smooth as silk.
yeah.... when you can power wheelie in the 4th gear using engine brake to compress the front before snapping the throttle... you know there's plenty of torque to spare on the FZ
 

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My first bike was an inline 4 550cc. Quite a difference from what I remember. 4th gear wheelies? Wow. Thanks for the heads-up!!

Edit...my first bike was a Honda Elsinore 250. I received a some road rash back in the early 80s from a spill on a dirt road from that one. Shortly after I bought the seca.
 

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My first bike was an inline 4 550cc. Quite a difference from what I remember. 4th gear wheelies? Wow. Thanks for the heads-up!!
yeah but that's when you REALLY want to do it. It won't do it on its own that high up in gears, no worries hehehe
 

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I don't know if my old seca was capable of wheelies. I have never had the pleasure. The fz07 is my third bike. My first was a Honda Elsinore. I bet that back could do them. I feel a bit deprived, and yet having never done one, a little worried that I will accidentally do one.
 

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I don't know if my old seca was capable of wheelies. I have never had the pleasure. The fz07 is my third bike. My first was a Honda Elsinore. I bet that back could do them. I feel a bit deprived, and yet having never done one, a little worried that I will accidentally do one.
i think the lesson I learned on this crash is that I need to be a lot more careful of what i'm doing on a motorcycle. When you get comfortable is when you gotta be the most cautious because you can start to do dumb things (like me). Unless you're actually trying to power wheelie... take it VERY easy with 1st and 2nd gear... they're unforgiving
 

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Well, nlsquare, thanks for boldly going where nobody wants to, glad you're ok. It's good that you set a good example with the proper riding gear. Going down is a very real possibility for all of us, and we need to remember that before we hop on and ride. I still need to get good pants and jacket, and even a helmet. The guy I bought the bike from gave me a helmet, gloves, and boots; everything fits except the helmet is one size too large. Any recommendations on gear?
 

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Well, nlsquare, thanks for boldly going where nobody wants to, glad you're ok. It's good that you set a good example with the proper riding gear. Going down is a very real possibility for all of us, and we need to remember that before we hop on and ride. I still need to get good pants and jacket, and even a helmet. The guy I bought the bike from gave me a helmet, gloves, and boots; everything fits except the helmet is one size too large. Any recommendations on gear?
I think if I can be honest, I knew that I would be in a wreck some day... I knew it has to happen, and I pray it would be a minor one. A wreck makes me so much more aware of the fact that I cannot be comfortable and just wing it on a motorcycle. The symbiotic relationship between a rider and his bike is so much more personal than that with his car. In a car, you feel more protected, you have to turn the wheel considerably for the vehicle to take a curve, there's lag when you press the gas, there's big braking distances, etc. On a bike, you're practically plugging yourself onto the bike, every part of your body will affect the bike and try to maintain control. I know when I get back on my bike, it's no longer a no holds bar game.

With all that being said, I sure can give you my... somewhat limited, beginner's input on gear. FIrst and most importantly, get rid of that helmet, sell it, keep it for a larger head passenger. Get yourself one that fit properly, you do not want that thing loose on your head in a crash, it needs to stay in place and maintain stable protection for your noggin. The way I was suggested to try one is to put it on, strap it, hold on to the chin part of the helmet and try to move my head left/right/up/down. My head is not suppose to be able to move/slide around in the helmet. If there are cheek pads, they need to hold my face in a way that would barely allow me to talk properly, that way my jaw will be locked in place in a crash. Also, be mindful of helmet fitment, they don't all have the same shape (round/oval/neutral/etc). You need one that fit your head shape so that there's no pressure points on your head. My first helmet didn't fit right and the sting sets in about 30min into the ride... it was very painful. Go for the known brands; Icon (lighter, a little less padding inside the helmet, great airflow, good styling), scorpion (heavier, a lot of protection, good airflow, average styling), arai and shoei are top of the line but quite expensive. HJC seems popular as well but when holding their helmets, they didn't inspire confidence for me personally.

I personally use scorpion for all my gear because they have some good value items. My helmet is the EXO-500, awesome comfort, good airflow, very good protection, a little heavier than icon's helmets. My jacket is the scorpion Eddy with added back protection, it also comes with a zipper liner to connect to your riding pants. If your pants don't have zippers (ex: jeans), the jacket comes with both parts so you can just sew one part to whatever pants you want. I also failed to notice that there is also a loop in the jacket that I could have hooked on to my jeans, that could possibly have save me from my road rash. I think that feature is quite important now that I experienced it firsthand.

For the pants, I like the denim looks, I have the scorpion covert pro jeans. The fit on those are a little baggy for my taste but the kevlar are quite encompassing, not leaving too many unprotected areas, which is important. Whichever pants you choose, make sure the kevlar lining is covering a lot, if not most the pants. It would be a bit hotter but if you go down, it will save your ass from the asphalt, literally.

As for gloves, because hands will take the blunt force of the slide in a fall, make sure they have; leather parts for abrasion resistance, knuckle protection not only for the fall but also against projected rocks while riding (those hurts) and also palm protection because you WILL put your hands down in a fall. My gloves saved my hand, it ripped the leather surface on the palm down to the plastic protection part.

Finally, riding shoes/boots, make sure it has ankle protection (mine are Running With The Bulls shoes). It looks great off the bike, it goes high up and have hard parts protection for the ankles. A feature the shoes has that I like as well is a velcro strap to keep the shoelaces down so there's no chance of it snagging on the shifter peg or anything like that. They also have ridges and a thicker toe pad for comfortable/non-slip shifting.

We obviously want styling, but do not sacrifice protection just to look good... it's just not worth it
 

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Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I've been leaning towards Scorpion helmets. My brother has one and he really likes it. Thanks for mentioning the others also.

He took me to a Cycle Gear store in Sacramento after I bought the FZ07. I was looking at the Sedici jackets. My bro said that he has a Scorpion jacket that he really likes, but when we looked for that brand it could not be found there. There's so many different brands. I just want to get some quality gear without completely overpaying. I don't want to buy the cheapest just because of price, but I don't want to buy the steepest just because the name sounds nice! Anyway, thanks for the suggestions, nlsquare!
 

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Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I've been leaning towards Scorpion helmets. My brother has one and he really likes it. Thanks for mentioning the others also.

He took me to a Cycle Gear store in Sacramento after I bought the FZ07. I was looking at the Sedici jackets. My bro said that he has a Scorpion jacket that he really likes, but when we looked for that brand it could not be found there. There's so many different brands. I just want to get some quality gear without completely overpaying. I don't want to buy the cheapest just because of price, but I don't want to buy the steepest just because the name sounds nice! Anyway, thanks for the suggestions, nlsquare!
no probs buddy, forgot to mention, you can definitely use revzilla as the first place to go to look for overviews on products you're interested in. They have massive stocks and anthony makes damn good videos talking about motorcycle gears. That's where I learned that my head shape was not right for the first helmet and found my exo-500 to be more fitting. I've yet to buy anything from them but recently they added shipping to canada so I might try them out. They seems pretty big seeing that any google search i do for gears will have them at the top results

as for brands, I trust Scorpion after my fall. Icon, speed and strength, both have pretty decent prices and are well known brands. Alpinestars, dainese, revit, shoei, nolan, agv and arai are at the top and obviously have been tried and proven so you'd be paying more for them
 
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