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Old 12-05-2005, 06:28 PM   #1
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The Good Lord was watching over me today.......

King Salami and I decided to go over to Hollister Hills this morning
and see how my new King Quad handled..... I also wanted to get
my mileage up to 100 miles, so I could do the first service on it.

I found out that the KQ is definitely not as playful as my Honda Sportrax
and the steering is much harder to manage, especially when the trail
got dicey.

I was headed downhill and hit a decent size rut which surprisingly
yanked the handlebars out of my grip...... and from there it really
went downhill! The KQ veered to the right which launched it up
the slope and I knew it was gonna roll. I bailed to the left and tried
to scramble but after the quad did a full roll, it then landed on top of
me and the left front tire and front end of the machine pinned me to
to ground so I couldn't move it off me. **** 600 pounds of metal
plus getting the wind knocked out of me was a real wake up call as
to how fragile we can be.

Since I couldn't budge the quad nor my upper torso, I found that I was
able to reposition my legs and got some leverage to push myself forward
and finally extricate myself. The chest protector sure saved me from
really getting hurt and I have a new respect for this beast of a quad.

I've now decided to keep the 400 Sportrax as my fun machine for
the sand and ragin' ..... the KQ will be for respectful trail riding from
now on.
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Old 12-05-2005, 06:28 PM   #2
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The Good Lord was watching over me today.......

King Salami and I decided to go over to Hollister Hills this morning
and see how my new King Quad handled..... I also wanted to get
my mileage up to 100 miles, so I could do the first service on it.

I found out that the KQ is definitely not as playful as my Honda Sportrax
and the steering is much harder to manage, especially when the trail
got dicey.

I was headed downhill and hit a decent size rut which surprisingly
yanked the handlebars out of my grip...... and from there it really
went downhill! The KQ veered to the right which launched it up
the slope and I knew it was gonna roll. I bailed to the left and tried
to scramble but after the quad did a full roll, it then landed on top of
me and the left front tire and front end of the machine pinned me to
to ground so I couldn't move it off me. **** 600 pounds of metal
plus getting the wind knocked out of me was a real wake up call as
to how fragile we can be.

Since I couldn't budge the quad nor my upper torso, I found that I was
able to reposition my legs and got some leverage to push myself forward
and finally extricate myself. The chest protector sure saved me from
really getting hurt and I have a new respect for this beast of a quad.

I've now decided to keep the 400 Sportrax as my fun machine for
the sand and ragin' ..... the KQ will be for respectful trail riding from
now on.
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Old 12-05-2005, 08:24 PM   #3
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Boy...those dang quads (and as I tell my Honda buddy after he's explained another 2/4 fiasco - "those **** motorcycles")...they're worse than your reflection in a mirror. I can't imagine a KQ falling on you like Brutis...hey! Howie...KQ's new name!

Sure glad to hear you're OK...and yes- the Good Lord was watching/telling you something. Only you can really know what that message was. Heed it!

Love ya buddy! Ride like you [wanted] to steal it!

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Old 12-05-2005, 09:16 PM   #4
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Man Howie,
Glad your'e OK, that KQ could do some damage.
Where was king salami when this went down? making a video of the ordeal perhaps



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Old 12-06-2005, 08:16 AM   #5
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Glad you ur OK Howie... This will ignite the "See I told ya quads are dangerous and you shouldnt let your kiddies ride em cuz on a motorcycle you could just bail yada yada yada.." but so what.. The KQ is a beast and you'll just have to learn to jump farther! Hope your not too sore Nomad..

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Old 12-06-2005, 08:27 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by dieseldude:
Man Howie,
Glad your'e OK, that KQ could do some damage.
Where was king salami when this went down? making a video of the ordeal perhaps
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My bones are a little sore today and Lady Di noticed that I've got an bruise imprint of
of my chest protector on my shoulder

It was getting late in the day and the King need to head home...... I made the
decision to stay around longer and put more mileage on the KQ. He had offered
to stay, but I told him I'd be fine. Ha!

Two lessions learned..... Never ride alone and always wear a chest protector
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Old 12-06-2005, 11:30 AM   #7
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Boy Howie, you were lucky. I can't imagine 600lbs of anything on top of me. Thats why I went to the Jeep and quit riding dirt bikes. I think they rode me more than I rode them. I know they hurt me more than I hurt them.
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Old 12-06-2005, 02:21 PM   #8
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Them ATV things are downright dangerous! The government should just outlaw them right now!

Seriously...glad to hear you're OK after that one Howie. I can't imagine getting pounded on by that monster...OUCH!
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Seriuosly, it was on the news in Tulsa that they are looking to sponsor a state bill prohibiting anyone under the age of 16 from operating an ATV and also require helments to be worn by all operators and passengers.

Glad you made it out OK.

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Ken:

Hummmmmm...I don't believe that would have helped Howie...he just a few months over 16 years old...

But I AM sure he was wearing his helmet! He's a good boy.

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YIKES......What an experience.....Glad you're OK.

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Sean, don't make Howie laugh right now, YA just know it's hurts like heck.

Howie, 3rd lesson lerned: always jump off uphill, cause that 600 lb Quad will catch up to you everytime.

Have you thought about a rollbar and seatbelt, it just might be better to stay with that <STRIKE>killer</STRIKE>King Quad then to try and hide from it.

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Crazy Howard ! Sound like you lucked out. A good buddy of mine was air lifted out of Hollister a couple years ago after his 4x4 Kawi landed on his leg. He got a couple screws in his leg and is just now starting to walk normal. I can relate with the differance in handling. Kinda like going from a sports car to an old CJ-5. Both definetly have their advantages. Glad to hear your allright. I'm still taking antibiotics from my wreck @ the dove springs rally. Sounds like we both learned our lessons.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by RidgeTop:
Crazy Howard ! Sound like you lucked out. A good buddy of mine was air lifted out of Hollister a couple years ago after his 4x4 Kawi landed on his leg. He got a couple screws in his leg and is just now starting to walk normal. I can relate with the differance in handling. Kinda like going from a sports car to an old CJ-5. Both definetly have their advantages. Glad to hear your allright. I'm still taking antibiotics from my wreck @ the dove springs rally. Sounds like we both learned our lessons.
Phil and Erin </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your note. Today, I cleaned off the mud and found lots of broken stuff on the quad.
I'm planning on spending your inheritance on repairs.......
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