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Old 08-13-2009, 07:11 AM   #50
A nation in despair
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: NM, USA
Oddometer: 21,122
Originally Posted by 5Chord
I've read where it (crashing because the sidestand was down at speed) was one the highest causes of fatal motorcycle accidents before the switches became mandatory.

I could see where the stand might come down during a jump, but couldn't you just use a nylon zip-tie or two to secure it during an enduro race or MX session? I had no problems with my TW's stand after getting airborn
I only gave the reason. I don't disable mine because I've never had that cut off problem.

As to crashes due to down stands, I am 99.9999% skeptical that any fatal crashes occur due to this. I've read compilations of crash reports from the US (such as Hurt) and the UK (done by the police there). I never have seen a single entry for this as a cause of crash / injury. Not one.

BTW, the latest crash stat I read was from the UK. The greatest rate of fatalities in bikes comes from guys just riding off the road usually due to not handling a simple curve. No left turns. No cars - nothing. Just guys riding beyond themselves.

My wife's late husband died early from this. He just rode off the road on a clear day with no traffic around.
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