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WildmanSam 02-26-2013 12:19 PM

Why we wave

I'm a relatively new rider and unfortunately I'm all too familiar with "face plants". Out of the many that I've had, I've fortunately never caused much damage to myself or my bike and I've always learned a valuable lesson afterwards.

I made what I think is a good video showing how over confidence on a familiar road coupled with rider exhaustion can lead to that tiny mistake that sends you off the road.

I also captured a fellow enthusiast (possibly another ADV member) who showed what real motorcycle camaraderie means.

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390beretta 02-26-2013 12:35 PM

Good Vid. Nice that he stopped to help you. Tell me about those rear view mirrors on your bike.

RZRob 02-26-2013 12:41 PM

Stuff happens. Glad you came out unscathed.

RZ Rob

Unstable Rider 02-26-2013 01:07 PM

Wow, nice video.

I ride a pig with lipstick as well (2009 KLR) and mine don't sound that nice :cry

What program did you mix the video with, nice job actually.

Great stretch of road, that's a neat ride, except for the dump. Ouch.

WildmanSam 02-26-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks everyone.

The mirrors are from fleaBay. completely worthless for intended purposes. I've since switched to cheap-o OEM style mirrors with a much larger viewing area.

the exhaust is just the "low buck" mod where I drilled out the "tweety" with a 2" hole saw and bolted on a turn down end cap.

the editing program is Power Director. it can do so much more but I can't bring myself to really edit my videos properly (too time consuming; i'd rather be riding).

Spacelord 02-26-2013 02:26 PM

That curve has got a few, I think you could have made it if you had just trusted the bike.

WildmanSam 02-26-2013 03:18 PM

perhaps. this is the second time i've approached a turn going too fast and brake instead of going in for a lean. bad instincts that i'm working on correcting.

KiloBravo 02-26-2013 04:01 PM

4.5 for originality
6 for calm
8.9 for the lay'er her down
Would have been a solid 10 if you had meant to.

Animo 02-26-2013 05:29 PM

Speed will do that. Glad to see you were fine, the bike landed great, it was almost standing.

There is no greater lesson than one without injuries or damage. Thanks for sharing.

NesquikNinja 02-26-2013 05:30 PM

If there was perfect crash, this is it!

You know why.
You learned.
Your unharmed.
Bikes unharmed.
Fellow biker helped out.
Caught on video to share.

All is well.



steelerider 02-26-2013 08:07 PM

Thanks for sharing dude. Glad you are ok. You had plenty of time to slow down the bike enough to make that corner. Next time keep focused on looking all the way through the turn, and counter steering that bike. Turn your head, point your chin where you want to go, Decreasing radius turns can bite quickly. I know this because I did the same thing once.
Good luck!! Highly recommend you read "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough. Great book. Ride safe brother.

duck 02-26-2013 09:42 PM

Sure was nice of someone to put that tree there to catch your bike.

Interesting vid. Thanks for posting it.

Unca Fud 02-26-2013 09:43 PM

Do you have deer in the area? An incredible road!:clap

Falconx84 02-27-2013 05:43 AM

Simple target fixation and you got spooked... happens to the best of us.

Definitely learn to trust the bike. Even on knobbies, as long as you're smooth the bike will lean a lot farther than you may realize. That little voice in the back of my head saying "push harder" has saved my rear more than once.

And you low-sided... not "laid it down." Makes you sound like more of a n00b. It implies that it was intentional to "avoid" a crash by crashing. Only used by lifestyle bike owners.

The real fail is missing the milkcrate... totally screws with the balance of the KLR.

Unstable Rider 02-27-2013 05:56 AM

I certainly "get" the distraction factor, you come around a corner and find a cager partially into your lane, takes you a bit to get over that, and then "oh shit".

I get it.

Does not just happen to new riders.

This past fall, three of us were on our way back from a 3 day trip. I saw a guy in the oncoming lane starting to drift into our lanes. I strongly felt that the point rider saw it coming, or the SUV would miss him. I know I saw it coming and could avoid him or take the ditch (my KLR loves the ditch at speed :evil). My biggest fear was for my chum that was somewhere behind me, and was not sure he saw his potential fate.

Hearing multiple weak-ass bike horns simultaneously, I figured everyone knew what was coming. He missed us all, and I fixated on my rear view mirror, because I was convinced the guy had come all the way across and smacked a rock wall or ditched, but we continued on. For miles, I wanted to turn around and chase the bugger, but traffic was heavy. Took awhile to let go of it.

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