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    Accidental Panigale Ride!

    So, I'm away on a short holiday with the missus, driving in a hire car up a twisty bit of road on the way to a Beer festival, when we happen upon a bike & rider lying in the gravel on the side of the road.
    The car in front of us stops & so do we. As we're helping the guy a few more bikes, mostly Ducatis, turn up. Lucky they are the guys friends from the Ducati Owners Club, as they were on a group ride.
    The bike, 1199 Panigale, is only scratched, mildly bent front & rear brake levers, so is ridable. Looks like a low speed low-side in the gravel on the outside of the corner is all that happened.
    The guy on the ground is in extreme pain, has a suspected broken arm or dislocated shoulder - paramedics are called, they expect it to be a dislocated shoulder, give him the green whistle, load him up on the trolley.
    Then one of the Ducati guys notices I have a WSBK T-shirt on & says "mate, can you ride?"
    I said "yes"
    He says "a sports bike?"
    I said, "well I currently ride an RSV4."
    He says, "cool, you'll have no trouble riding this; could you ride this thing down into town for us so we can get it to a garage to lock it up safe?"
    I stand there for a minute processing the request & then said, 'OK, if it's safe to ride & the owner & his insurance company don't mind, I'll do that for you."

    I ask the cop that turns up if it's OK to take the bike away from the scene of the accident & he says "sure as soon as I get the bike details."

    Luckily I was wearing jeans & the downed riders helmet & gloves are a perfect fit, but the paramedics are still trying to decide whether to cut the jacket off or not.
    So I said "look I'll just take it easy down the hill as I don't have a jacket, this isn't my preferred safety gear for riding & the front brake lever feels a little soft to me."
    He said "sure we'll put one in front & one behind you as an escort."
    Then off we ride 20 minutes into town & drop the bike at a service station.
    Across the road is the pub where the rest of the club are stopped for lunch, they all gave me a big thanks & offered to buy me & the missus a beer.
    I said "thanks but that's not necessary, It's not every day you get to test ride a Panagale, it was my pleasure."

    Nice bike, loved the feel of the engine & gearbox. Bike turned-in really nice in the tight corners, rear suspension felt a we bit hard for my liking, but hey that's just personal preference. Hated the mirrors (totally useless) & will reserve opinion on the front brake as it had hit the ground & the Rizoma (I think that's what it was) lever may have been a little bent or the MC sucked in some air in the crash. At least it worked well enough to stop the bike.

    Never did get to that beer festival, was a bit late by the time all this unfolded. Oh well.

    Later in the evening while having another beer, I said to the missus, 'that was all a very surreal.'
    'You know if that accident hadn't occurred & we just rocked up to the pub where they stopped for lunch & I asked any of them if I could take one of their Panigales for a short ride, they would have told me fuck off!!! Yet up at the accident scene, it was like they felt they were very lucky I happened to be there to help!!'

    In hindsight I should have taken pics of the accident scene & the damage to the bike before & after I rode it to protect myself against any possible insurance company questions.
    I doubt there will be any problems though.

    In conclusion, it was one of the strangest things that I've ever had happen & I'll tip my hat to the Ducati Owners Club for being top people in the way they treated their friend, his bike & me and my wife.

    So what do you reckon the odds are of this happening to anyone else? I'll bet it's a million to one of it happening to me again!! lol.
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    good post.
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    Good stuff Plocky, I'm a member of NZs Ducati riders club, and The Italian motorcycle owners club. (iMOT) I enjoy going on 3-4 or more day rides with them. Always well organised, and ride at a good pace. I've also ridden mates 1199s and 1299s. Great bikes, but my wrists and neck suffer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNZ View Post
    Great bikes, but my wrists and neck suffer.
    That's been my experience with all Ducati sports bikes.

    Good story plocky.
    This ones not quite as good.
    More than 35 years ago my brother and I were heading home from a pub on the South Coast of NSW at night.
    Five minutes down the track a Z900 goes screaming past and fails to make the bend we were about to go around.
    Luckily for the rider rather than going bush he went straight down a gravel road and drops the bike in a cloud of dust.
    We stopped and helped the guy pick his bike up which had bent handle bars and levers if I remember rightly.
    The rider had some gravel rash and a few bruises but was other wise alright.
    What was strange was he was only wearing pyjama pants and slippers and didn't seem drunk.
    The rider refused our offer of a lift and got his bike going and rode off.
    I have always wondered if he made it home.
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    Accidental Panigale Ride!

    Ha awesome story

    A bit back I was rolling home w the kids and see a small group of bikes pulled over, I stopped too see if I could help

    Turns out it was 3 people and 1 had run out of gas

    Bmw s1000r
    Duc scrambler (out of gas)
    2016 Panigale R

    I gave the scrambler guy a ride to my house 4/5 mi and some gas

    Got their numbers

    Both are now good friends and constant riding companions

    The scrambler guy has upgraded to a monster R

    Recent trip to the hill country w those guys




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    I one rode someone's GSXF 600 (Teapot/Katana) - we came across the bike and the rider at the side of the road, "broken down" with a snapped clutch cable..

    I asked the rider why he hadn't just ridden to the bike shop in town (about 15 miles away) and gotten a new cable. - he said he couldn't possibly ride it without the clutch and was looking for a recovery service he could pay to come and collect him.

    So, I told him how easy it was to ride with no clutch, but he said he still wouldn't risk it. I offered to ride it there for him, and my wife would drive behind the bike with him in our car. He was similar size to me so. I took his jacket, helmet, boots and gloves and rode the bike to the shop. He was thankful and relieved and said he must learn "how to ride like that". I chuckled and we went on our way.

    It wasn't a Panigale and as my dad had a GSX 600 which I'd ridden lots before I was used to the model of bike and I really can't remember anything about that actual bike ride (over 20 yrs ago), other than the route and the weather !
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    Pretty awesome story - very cool of you. I might have hung around for a bit

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    Great story mate, thanks for sharing! I’ve had a few occasions where I have found myself stopped by the side of the road over the years and typically it’s either another rider, or a rider but in a car that stops to check. Rarely do drivers only bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OZSLR View Post
    Great story mate, thanks for sharing! I’ve had a few occasions where I have found myself stopped by the side of the road over the years and typically it’s either another rider, or a rider but in a car that stops to check. Rarely do drivers only bother.
    I have mostly had vans as a daily driver throughout my life and I've always stopped for riders stuck by the side of the road. I used to average at least a couple of lifts a year, nowadays they usually have someone on the way because of cellphones.
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    Very True! Or they have “Roadside assistance” and by that, not some good Samaritan in a van
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    I seem to be the "Road Side Assistance" for my mates, i have a van, and when they break down, or crash. Dave gets the call, i unload my van and go pick them up, i have a fair amount of credit. Personally i don't mind, one thing bike riders do, is support other riders, and giving help goes both ways, well i get beer.
    It used to be "Rock around the clock" now its "limp around the block".................................In the shed...... Multistrada 1200, Termi full system with matching ECU, and ohlins SCU. KTM 640 supermotard, with full titanium system and a shit load of spares. (track bike) and a Bran spanking new 1290 GT. Torque monster.

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    Ironically, I'm going for a ride with the local road assistance/bike transport guy on Monday, if any of us run into trouble, no one to call. lol
    J/k, there are others.

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveNZ View Post
    I seem to be the "Road Side Assistance" for my mates, i have a van, and when they break down, or crash. Dave gets the call, i unload my van and go pick them up, i have a fair amount of credit. Personally i don't mind, one thing bike riders do, is support other riders, and giving help goes both ways, well i get beer.
    good on you Dave.

    All of this has reminded me of a very old chapter in my biking experiences.

    1986, me & the missus, with a couple of friends were touring Tasmania (we all lived on the mainland back then), our friends old BMW R75 Boxer shits it stator in the middle of nowhere.
    I was furious as I told him to get it checked before we left on the trip as he had some battery charging issues already.
    Anyway as luck would have it, 15 minutes later a car with 3 bike trailer comes up with only 2 bikes on it.
    The guy stops to help, loads up the dead BMW & drives 100km out of his way to drop the bike at a place where we could get it fixed.
    I felt like we won the lottery.
    Had to kick my mate in the butt to get him to sling the guy a $20 for the effort.
    Managed to get the stator rewound in 3 days, hows that for service.
    Meanwhile we continued touring with me doubling my missus & our friend doubling his missus on my missus bike.

    EDIT; forgot to say thanks for others contributions above, great to hear that decent people are out there somewhere in times of need.
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    There are still some arseholes that ride as well tho'
    I was out on a ride with some mates and we were joined by a group i didn't know. One of them binned it and got carted off to hospital so I said I'd go home, get my van and come back, pick his bike up and drop it off for him, ok he says and gives me his details. I rode home(150k's) picked up my van, came back, picked his bike up, dropped it off at his house and there was nobody there(had to get my wife to help me get it in and out of the van) and on my way home I rang him and told him I'd left his bike in his front yard, he said "yeah, I know, I was out the back having a barbie when you dropped it off".
    What the fuck, all up it was about six hours and 500km for me and he didn't even bother to say thanks.
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    What!! you didn't smell the BBQ & walk around the back of the house.
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    Plus you get that panigale's best rider of the week award

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