The Embarrassment Continues (long)

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Beauregards Ultra, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. The Embarrassment Continues (long)
    Some may remember when I posted a while back about laying the Ultra down at zero mph at stoplight in front of about a thousand people. And so it continues…

    It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon last weekend, with temperatures in the low 80’s. Forecast for the coming weeks was in the low teens so I knew the Colorado winter was coming. A day like this couldn’t be wasted so my lovely bride of 35 years and I mounted up for what may the last ride for a while.

    We headed east on the interstate for around 80 miles, exited at a small town and headed back west on the winding two lane highway that parallels the super slab about two miles to the north. It was perfect riding weather being shared with my best friend in life.

    We use the HD intercom / stereo headsets that plug into the bike. About 40 miles from home we took a break and I put a new CD in for the final leg of the trip; The Beatles 1 CD which has all of their #1 hits. It was a perfect choice as I found myself singing along to songs written nearly 50 years ago. We cruised through town and back home. I found myself wishing I lived somewhere where it would be this nice every day.

    The reason I told this story is so I could tell this one:

    Our house sits at the bottom of a hill. The driveway is a long downhill run with and S curve, right then left. We just got done installing a long retaining wall along the west edge and this construction had left long sandy pockets in the driveway, which is scheduled to be blacktopped next week. When I pulled out of the driveway going up the hill the mighty Ultra bogged in the sand and side slipped a little. I remember telling the wife we had to be real careful going back down….

    The driveway is fairly wide at 16’. So wide in fact that my wife thinks it’s OK to park her Toyota along the far side about halfway down. So here we go down the driveway after a wonderful ride jamming to the Beatles. I knew it was rear brakes only as I chugged about 5mph. I was using the throttle against the rear brake to keep the front end up though the deep sandy part. But things just weren’t going to cooperate. The large front tire just started plowing through the sand, plotting its own course, which happened to be right towards her Toyota. At about 2’ before a low speed impact of Harley vs. Prius I jerked the handlebars hard right fighting the front tire in the sand. You can all guess what happened next.

    It all happened rather quickly. We did a 5 mph high side that dumped us both off into the sand, intercom headsets still intact! It was a soft landing, but at our ages you never want to kiss the soil at any speed. As I laid there collecting my thoughts I noticed the Beatles CD switched tracks and the first words I heard were “Help! I need somebody’s help, not just anybodies help…. I quickly looked back to see my wife laying on her back on the ground! I reached over to her to see if she was hurt…and she started laughing and singing “Help me get my feet back on the ground”. It is clear to me that my life has a sound track that follows me everywhere.

    No major harm done. Heavy boots, gloves and HD leather jackets saved any road rash and the helmets had scuffs where they skidded in the sand. Bike came out fairly unscathed and we were just mildly sore.

    Lessons Learned:
    1) Dress for the fall, not the ride. There is no doubt that even a low speed spill onto a soft surface can ding you up. You never know when you’ll go over so always gear up.
    2) Beware of soft sand on a heavy bike. Even going slow and using only rear brakes the bike will go where it wants to go in soft sand.

    My wife is a true biker. She helps lifting an overturned bike (Again!), didn’t freak out at all when tossed off and says she’s ready to ride again next weekend weather permitting. She’s still chuckling about the music playing as we went down.

    So how about it? Has anyone else had an incident or experience where the music you were listening to matched the event?
  2. lorne

    lorne Senior Member

    you are a very lucky man to have wife, that looks at life with a sense of humor, but get ready you know she is going to keep laughing and telling her friends. and she is ready to do it again...priceless

    as for the fall i am very sorry to hear of your luck.. i have always tried to stay away from the soft sand ...lesson learned when i was much much younger.
  3. DanDolfn

    DanDolfn Member

    Can't match your story, but I enjoyed reading it!

    Your wife sounds like a trooper.

    I appreciate mine as well. She encouraged me to get a trike so she can ride more easily with me. With emphysema, she has to be on oxygen 24/7, but she's willing to go out with tanks just to be able to ride.
  4. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    Most accidents do happen within 4 miles of home......:bigsmiley29:
    Glad to hear you did not get hurt and ready to fight another day.
    I bet you made a memory for a lifetime......:s
    Thanks for sharing!
  5. TripleJ

    TripleJ Senior Member

    Great story. Thanks for sharing and may you and the wife enjoy many more rides without the sand being an issue :)
  6. mc2

    mc2 Active Member Contributor

    That is a funny story. Sounds like you were aware and focused on the potential, but still things happen. Happy to hear you, bride & bike are all ok. Glad you would share it & we laugh with you. Its amazing what goes through the mind during situations like these, and almost without skipping a beat you were in tune with the tunes!
    May your next ride be enjoyable & uneventful.
  7. SledDog

    SledDog Senior Member Staff Member Moderator

    It's always good to gear up. You may not look "cool", but having a get off and not losing a bunch of skin is well worth it.
  8. Harley38

    Harley38 Active Member

    Good story. I felt like I was on the ride with you. The part when "your song" started playing had me laughing out loud.

    Glad neither of you were hurt.

    I dropped the Ultra about a month ago, pushing backwards in the drive. I have a stone driveway and was pushing backwards and leaned too much to the left and over she went! :( I grabbed my dignity and bike and pulled it back up. Oh well.
  9. cavs1429

    cavs1429 Member

    Wow!!! that was funny and glad to hear you can also laugh about it.But you think it may be time for a trike!!!!
  10. BlaineG

    BlaineG Member

    That's why you should NEVER ride within four miles of home....:D