View Full Version : Importance of SLIDERS!!!

06-09-2003, 12:35 AM
You guys won’t believe this shieeet.........

I was minding my own damn business, going to meet my dad for a Sunday morning ride today (he’s got a new SV650). I came down a local (empty) two lane road with one red light about 1/2 mile away at the next intersection. I was actually booking right along (as usual).....with little wheelies in first and second as I was leaving the last stop sign. I was certainly NOT being a slouch at the throttle....and there was no one else around (or so I thought). As I’m slowing down for this next signal while I was in the right lane, just slightly left of center (where I was from the beginning to avoid the oil spots), all of a sudden, this ARSHOLE comes outa nowhere and wants MY LANE....evidently to make a right turn as I later surmised. Just before I came to a complete stop, this dude (in a late model MBZ...something like a CLK-500) comes right up to my butt and TAGS ME!!! Pushed me THREE FEET INTO the intersection!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

I turned around to see who the hell this was (coulda been a “buddy” who “overtapped”?) and this turd FLIPS ME OFF....then drives around my left side, just missing me AGAIN....and then FLOORS it through the intersection....which was STILL RED!!! As soon as I got the GREEN (I just COULD NOT BELIEVE this was happening to ME!), I chased this fooker wheeling all the way up to within about 5 car lengths of him....all he musta seen was the underside of my bike getting bigger and bigger in his rear view. As soon as I get close, this ASS INSTANTLY “Flips A Bitch” RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!! Now he’s going THE WRONG WAY.....so I U-turn around the center concrete median and chase him while I’m on the CORRECT side of the street. I easily caught up to him where he FAB’s AGAIN (NOW he’s going the right way!) So, I make another U-turn around the center island, going the correct direction and catch him again.

This FOOKER now turns into the wrong side of the street AGAIN (thank GOD there was no traffic on a Sunday morning).....and starts doing BURNOUT DOUGHNUTS to throw me off as to which direction he’s gonna go. This DICK thinks he’s a driver for FAST & FURIOUS or something.....and he’s got a girl in the car with him....whose face is as white as a sheet!!!!

After about THREE of these “spinning moves”, I got caught (trying to be on the legal side of the road) coming too close to one of the center islands at a break between them. This ASS then makes TWO MORE doughnuts and almost tags me again as I was getting close to the beginning of the next island. I stopped just INCHES from the curb with my wheel fully cocked to the right and....you guessed it....DROPPED MY BIKE!!! This TURD then escapes at FULL THROTTLE on the WRONG SIDE of the street AGAIN....all the way to the next damn signal...1/4 mile away!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

I just could NOT BELIEVE this shieeet! With YEARS of riding under my belt, I have NEVER seen this kind of irresponsible action before!!! Well, with so much adrenaline flowing, I literally threw my bike up off me and tried to start it....no go....bike just kept saying “failed start”.....for about the next looooong minute as I watched this ASS speed off. There must be a “timer” in the Aprilia ECU that once tripped by the tip-over-sensor, prevents the bike from starting for some pre-determined length of time. Oh well, bike finally starts, this ASS is loooong gone, and I FINALLY make it over to my dads house.

Check out my bike and ONLY the right Lockhart slider and Sato peg were scratched.....my C/F pipe escaped damage COMPLETELY, as well as the radiator, tank and ALL other major components (except the right side mirror). Evidently, he only hit my tire when he bumped me....and NOT my cans......UNFOOKINGBELIEVEABLE !!!!!!! :D :D :D

Soooo, if it wasn’t for the Satos, my slick 63mm C/F right side can woulda been TOAST.....and the same exact thing can be said for those Lockhart sliders. Since the sliders are about 1-1/2 times the length of the stock white Aprilia POS’s, it saved the radiator, tank, bar ends (go figure....oh, I was under there somewhere too), and everything else but the right side mirror (NBD there). In all the excitement, never got his plate number either.......

Well, I guess I’ll be ordering some more Lockhart stuff (they’re Honda 929 sliders) and a new mirror (any consensus on better ones yet???) Check it out.....and DO NOT trust those stock white Aprilia sliders to do shieeet!

In hind sight, I had soooo much adrenaline pumping that I don’t know what I would done IF I caught that guy.....he either woulda run over me....or we’d both be in jail by now.....but I woulda DEFINITELY fooked up his car in the process (possibly my bike and ME too). So, I guess that little ECU “time out”, was all of that.....

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06-09-2003, 12:46 AM
glad your both ok, that timer did you a favour!! the prick was obviously whacked

jeff 289
06-09-2003, 02:17 AM
that's crazy rustie. glad you're okay. probably best you didn't catch the guy but it would have been nice to get his plate #.

hey, i see from your pictures that you have the front and swingarm sliders on your tuono. which pieces are those. i remember you mentioned that something had to machined to get the front slider to fit. and are the rear ones also swingarm spools?

gabriele bigoloni
06-09-2003, 02:32 AM

Glad to hear you're OK.

Yup, there is a timer on the tip over sensor, same happened to me when I dropped it and wanted to get away from laughing crowd ASAP... :mad:

Human stupidity never fails to surprise me... what can I say... I'm speechless :eek:

One note on scratched sliders/rearsets: A Proudly displayed scratched Tuono R looks a lot of cred, IMO, and what conversation piece, too... don't fix it! On the other hand, a scratched GSXR looks crap! :rollin:

06-09-2003, 06:28 AM
The problem was that you lost your senses. You could've been seriously injured chasing the guy or killed if you actually caught him. What you did was stupid--plain and simple.

I would have done exactly the same thing.

06-09-2003, 07:08 AM
Cost of fixing sliders?...maybe couple hundred
Cost of fixing rearsets?.........around $450

Coming out of it unhurt?.........PRICELESS!

That A$$HOLE was on something! Be glad you didn't catch him, no telling what could have happened. That's when you get the cell phone and dial 911.


06-09-2003, 08:06 AM
I had a similar experience last year on my Mille. Only I didn't get hit from behind, he tried to ram me into a cement divider. I was able to out brake him and got behind him. At first, I thought he just didn't see me and accidently changed lanes right into me. But then, he looked back at me and fliped me off. Then he sped off, I chased him down and when I had caught up to him he locked up the brakes in an attempt to make me rearend him. I was ready for that trick and outbraked him again. I got his plate and made a u-turn and went the other direction. He knew I had his plate and turned around to chase me. I lost me with ease, Ford Explorers just don't fair well in chasing down Milles. :lol: I called the cops and he was arrested for reckless driving and assault with a deadly weapon. I never found out why he wanted to hurt or kill me. The Police advised me that he probably just hated motorcycles and I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Oh yeah, the guy was 72 years old and got away with a suspended license and probation. No time served. The system really works, yeah right!

06-09-2003, 08:12 AM
yeah...reporting it as a hit and run would have really been the thing to do....but, I would have chased him like you did!!

06-09-2003, 08:39 AM
Thats a crazy story and I think a valuable lesson to all of us. The public in general are crazy. Your experience proves it. I would have done the same thing as you. I wouldn't beat up on yourself too much about the license plate. Chances are it was a stolen car. Nobody would act like that in a vehicle where they could be traced. I am glad your OK for one and glad it wasn't one of the rest of us here on the forum for two. Cheers.
btw, if you got a look at his face you may get to recongnize him again somewhere. But be careful cause someone who would act like that probably has an advanced blackbelt or something...but maybe you do too! best:)

06-09-2003, 09:38 AM
a blackbelt is no defense for a black gun

06-09-2003, 10:15 AM
People never seam to amaze me anymore. Why do idiots try to hurt someone deliberatly.....A question i will never know the answer to.


06-09-2003, 02:03 PM
There was a story here in San Jose late last week about something similar. A guy in a truck cut off a guy on a Harley. The Harley splits lanes at the next stop light and has words with him. At the light change the Harley pulls into a coffee shop parking lot. I'm sure whether that was his destination or if the guys decided to do that. Anyway, as the guy's getting off his bike the truck nails him, sends him over the bike and splits. The biker is paralyzed now. They got a good description of the guy and the truck, so I hope they get the a-hole.

06-09-2003, 02:26 PM
If it had happened in Florida, I would have been the A hole trying to bump you off your bike.:D

I mean could you blame me:

1 Tuono R:p , Super Tricked Out:p , w/ an owner reluctant to sell:| .Yeaaaa..:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Jealousy is a very powerful motivater......

By the way Where was Maxx this past weekend...Hmmm:cool:

06-09-2003, 07:58 PM
Man that's un-real glad to hear you didn't get killed . You've probably posted it befor but where did you get those bad looking sliders?

06-09-2003, 08:33 PM
You say those frame sliders are for a 929?? They bolt right up huh? I'd like some longer than the stock ones for my Tuono. I use em as highway pegs believe it or not. But longer would be better for sure.

06-09-2003, 08:50 PM
Well, I have posted this before (as well as Maxx). As I mentioned in the main info above, the sliders are Lockhart units for a Honda 929. Once side is a perfect "bolt-up" and the other needs to have the extended plastic part cut off to match the other (piece of cake in a lathe.....all of about 30 seconds). Here are the part numbers (as well as matching swingarm spools):



These Lockhart sliders are "almost" long enough to use as footpegs, but you'd look kinda strange using them for that purpose on a Tuono. Your body configuration would be about the same as that of a dead body draped over a horse.....only horizontal !!! Hey, isn't that what most Hardley riders look like anyway??? :lol: :lol: :lol:

06-09-2003, 09:02 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. I have access to a lathe at work. Yea, the position is weird looking I'm sure. But on those long highway stints,, it helps to move into that position for a few miles. Thanks again.

Bill in OKC
06-09-2003, 09:40 PM
I'm glad you and your bike came out nearly unscathed. The bright side? Well that dick's girl will probably be leaving him after he scared her so bad and ran away like a "little girl" (best Hans und Franz accent).

jeff 289
06-09-2003, 09:52 PM
thanks again rustie. i tried last night to find that thread but the search function here ain't so great.

06-09-2003, 09:57 PM

Sorry yer buds Smith & Wesson weren't with you.
The guy probably only wore size 2 3/4 shoes anyway :lol:

06-09-2003, 10:08 PM
The problem is at the speeds I was traveling, and trying to avoid this fooker hitting me with his car, I woulda had little time to even grab it, and even less time yet to aim.....and then that girl was in the car.....and then he was spinning those continuous doughnuts, and we were in a residential neighborhood (a real UP scale one). THAT woulda just compounded the problem BIGTIME......and what if HE had one???
:eek: :eek: :eek:

06-09-2003, 10:15 PM
THAT woulda just compounded the problem BIGTIME......and what if HE had one???

Then don't miss.....

It's always better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6 ;)

I'd better shut up before I get myself in trouble....

06-09-2003, 10:35 PM
Ya know......this whole incident me had me up all night long.....couldn't shut my mind off of what I would have done if my bike woulda started. I have come to the hard realization that I probably owe Aprilia one HUGE debt of thanks because I KNOW I wouldn't have stopped until something happened......just too damn much adrenaline flowing.....brain was no longer rational....TOTALLY FOOKEN infuriated that somebody would even think of a "hit-and-run" like that (of course, flipping me off was a BIG mental trigger too.... :mad: :mad: :mad: )

If adrenaline had an odor, I woulda REEKED the rest of the entire day......and then some!!! Had the shakes for quite some time as I was "coming down" too......oooooooo boy, what I had in mind was totally crazy and unending.

So, I guess I DO owe Aprilia for putting that Tip Over Sensor "Timer" in there.....THANKS APRILIA.....probably saved my ass BIGTIME.....and the Tuono!!! :eek: :eek: :eek:

06-10-2003, 05:18 AM
Instead of chasing the miscreant - I propably would have gotten off my bike, sat down next to it, stared at my baby and cried.:( :( :(

06-10-2003, 06:44 AM

I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt, and that the damage to the Tuono was light.

I know how easy it is to get carried away in the heat of battle, but the person who suggested that "Starski" might have been packing was right - any Fast & Furious wannabe who would do that to a total stranger has a good chance of breaking other laws... I mean he already demonstrated a reckless disregard for human life <em>once</em>, right? Next time just get a license plate & "break contact".

You <em>did</em> call the cops anyway, right? At least you could give a description of the car & driver (and the fact he had a girl with him - a potential witness) - who knows, the cops may have other incidents like this on file & decide to look for this guy, or they may know who he is already (do you think this is the first time he had road rage?) and just need a visual ID from you.

Don't worry about the delay in reporting - cops realize that after things like this adrenaline interferes with normal rational thinking. I would, however, *ahem* <em>minimize</em> the description of how you chased him;)

06-10-2003, 11:40 AM
Yeah.....that's exactly why I DIDN'T report it. I would have had to describe the chase in detail and it would be hard to leave out all my "illegal" performances. So, this ASS gets off (twice :eek: :eek: :eek: ).

06-10-2003, 02:45 PM
Leave your bikes home. Get on your car or truck with a buddy or two and a cell phone. "Patrol" that area at similar or "equivalent" hours.
Maybe he was dropping the girl. Maybe its his shortcut to his place. Maybe he goes to parties there. Don't look for the car (if it was stolen you'll probably won't see him again in it) but for him.
If you ever see him again (chances are dim) restrain from the urge to shot him in the head (I'd surely like to) and call the cops. I believe they are of some use in your country.
Maybe I'm just too tired from work... I'm glad you're OK.


jeff 289
06-13-2003, 09:14 PM
hey rustie, i just wanted to double check these part numbers. they're listed as the sliders for an r1 rather than the 929 you mentioned. just want to make sure these are the right ones. thanks.

06-13-2003, 09:17 PM

Report it anyway.

The cops know you're human, and may get carried away. Don't go giving them in-depth descriptions of the wheelie burn you were trying to do on his front hood, explain that you were trying to *ahem* get close enough for a license plate.

Here's my guilt trip - how many other bikers do you think he's done this to?

06-14-2003, 12:36 PM
They may indeed be R1's. The order numbers are accurate though. Remember, one needs to be trimmed to match the other.

I'm gonna wait and see if I can find him......I doubt he'll be coming around that area again though (especially down THAT street). I'll hang back as best as possible and see if I can follow (though, pretty hard to do without being seen on a bike).......

06-14-2003, 01:07 PM
Unfortunately I don't think getting a plate number would have made any difference.

I myself have been in similar situations twice before.

Usually the cops tell you that they're powerlwess since they themselves didn't witness the event. Other times - they will blame you.

Glad you're ok.

06-22-2003, 01:19 PM
They are for the R1 (but the part numbers are correct).

What a fooooked up story!!!!!!

I am willing to sell a completely tricked out Tuono R if anyone is buying!!!!!


06-22-2003, 01:45 PM
One small crash and you're ready to get rid of such a unique pair of wheels (bike included)? Are you serious?? What would you get instead???

06-22-2003, 02:01 PM
I didn't crash the Tuono R, my Mille Trackbike gave me the unscheduled get-off:rollin: :rollin: .

I don't know, if the right offer showed up, I would probably sell it. I was serious when I threw out that offer to you for your brother but I guess you didn't think I was serious. With all my add-ons and how much I like it, plus that I don't HAVE to sell it, it would be over $20,000 before I considered anything (take your list of mods and subtract the EVR box and add Gold OZ rims, Gold CRG levers, SBK replica exhaust without the fat cans, the EVO race airbox [well the whole EVO Hi-Po kit which you have essentially bought too] for the list of mods on my tuono):rollin: :rollin:

I have been on the XX a lot lately and I forgot how much I enjoyed riding that thing. The Tuono see's such little time that having it almost seems like a waste. The Mille makes up for my need for an Aprilia Fix so, there sits the Tuono.

I believe everything is for sale, it is just a matter of finding the right buyer which I am not actively looking for, but if he threw me the RIGHT offer, I would part with the bike (wheels included, very beautiful, exclusive wheels mind you :rollin: :rollin: )!!!! Hell, you could buy my R, swap the wheels and sell it to your brother, there's the ticket!!!!!


06-22-2003, 02:58 PM
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Hell, you could buy my R, swap the wheels and sell it to your brother, there's the ticket!!!!!

Yeah....uh huh, suuuurrrre......:lol: :lol: :lol: