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Old 10-08-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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China Pocket Bike

There I was rounding the left corner, got wobbly, recovered then ran wide and smacked my right knee on the chain link fence post. The impact threw me off the bike, me landing on my knees and elbows. I tucked and rolled ninja style. If I could guess I probably was going about 15 mph.

My right knee is nice and swollen with a touch of ouch in 2 places, one from the fence impact, and two from hitting the pavement.

Could have been alot worse, I could have hit my unprotected brain holder, could have broke something.

This happened at WORK today at lunch. I feel like a dumbass.

Just cause its a POS china crap doesn't mean it won't spit you off and fuck you up! those damn things are not toys and inherently unstable.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #2
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Glad you're OK ... you're right, could have been much worse. Strap something on that bean!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Was it one of those Chinese bike-in-a-box things? I see ads for the 250cc sportbike-style TANKs and have been tempted to get one for an efficient getabout. I had a TANK scooter that was amazing quality and handled better than many more expensive scooters, but I suppose QC is hit and miss.
Pocket bikes seem kinda sketchy, what do you think caused the wobble?
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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My son has one of those, he's since outgrown it, but it was perfect size for his 5th birthday. He got pretty good at it, could even drag a knee. But, it threw him a few times, usually low-side when he dragged the pegs. But, he had a couple good high-sides too. One I remember in particular, because he started to low-side, then caught it, and the bike flipped so hard that at one point in flight, he was completely upside down while the bike was off the ground completely, nose down. He hit the ground pretty hard, on his back. No injuries, just a good scare. Was a good time to share "THIS is why we wear our gear." Helmet was toast, too.

His mother won't watch him ride that thing anymore. So, yeah... just cause it's little doesn't mean it won't hurt you.

Glad you didn't wound anymore than your ego!
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #5
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Back when the original honda QA50 came out a childhood friend got hurt bad on one, multiple broken leg bones. The kid walked like a stepped on cockroach for a long time before enough surgeries. He has to be 50 now, I wonder how he is, it has to be an issue for him now.

Easy to get hurt.

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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I guess my counter-steering technique was wrong. Should've layed her down.

I might go get my knee drained its got alot of fluid around it. I'm on the fence about it. (no pun intended).

For clarification for those not familiar with the term pocket bike, it is a little teeny tiny mini bike styled after a sport bike with a 50cc 2 stroke.

I'm certain now they are death traps and should be avoided.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-GIOVANNI-...rts_Under_50cc
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:34 AM   #7
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Every one of those things someone buys means a job lost in a country where people 'were' free.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:56 AM   #8
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Every one of those things someone buys means a job lost in a country where people 'were' free.
Every job lost in the U.S. due to the sale of a 50cc 2-stroke minibike from China is a job which never should have existed in the first place.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #9
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Good point.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:30 PM   #10
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Just coz it's a low-rent bike doesn't mean you don't need a helmet, hand and leg protection - as you now know.

If it's an Atomik-style bike, you may well find - as we did - that the rear spring is heavy enough for a 250lb gorilla, and the swingarm is bolted so tight that it didn't move, even with the gorilla (my BIL) on board.
Brother in Law was taking the piss because I spent $1600 on a used Yamaha 90 for my kid, when he spent $800 on a new 125 for his; within 20 minutes, his kid flung it and the footpeg bracket peeled a length of the frame tube out (revealing that the tube is too micro-thin to easily weld). Cost of a new frame? $800.
Nephew never rode it again and eventually the thing went out with the trash, looking like a pile of rusty crap after a year.
My daughter rode the wheels off her Yamaha for four years with just basic sensible maintenance to keep her safe; when we sold it, we got?
$1600.
Her bike's P&L? Zero, for 4 years fun, probably every other weekend.
His (Chinese) bike's P&L? 100% of $800, for 20 minutes' use.
Who said these things were cheap?
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #11
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I'm certain now they are death traps and should be avoided.
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Blaming the tool instead of the operator.
People get hurt on big expensive bikes.
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