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Discussion in 'Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much HP' started by NextHorizon, Feb 9, 2015.
Now, if you could only ride it
Not actually mine. I am still loving my '15 SA.
I am working at our local KTM dealer un-crating and setting up bikes. It is a good way to get me though the depths of winter.
On the other hand, it is not a "safe" place for someone with MultipleBikeDisorder to hang out...
Ugh. How could anyone stand to ride something with such a tiny gas tank??
My feelings too! 6 gal is not bad compared to the Africa Twin, but I prefer the nearly 8 gal on my '15 SA.
I would like to snag the wheels off of that one though...
Any rider that blows a line poorly enough to drift into the oncoming lane, even once, but twice?, should consider this a WAKE UP CALL! It's a sign that you don’t know how to control your motorcycle! There is NO excuse for that happening except lack of skill. That's without regard for road conditions, i.e.: twisty, off chamber, downhill, blind, water running, dirty, decreasing radius, sun in your eyes curves. If this happens to you, get advanced training ASAP. Running wide in a turn is a clear sign of the lack of understanding of counter steering and 'looking where you want to go' !!! If you're looking where you want to go, and you're counter steering, you'll low side before you run wide. AND If you're riding that fast to low side on a public road, you aren't going to live long and prosper. Just the thoughts of guy whose been riding on the public roads for over 50 years……..your mileage may vary.
And any 50 year veteran who won't admit to having made a handful of mistakes in his riding career is a total liar.
We've all made stupid mistakes. The adult thing to do is admit to them, use them as a learning exercise and work on not making the same mistakes in the future. I admit to making mistakes when riding. I am human after all, and not a MotoGP rider.
And being experienced and/or trained doesn't make one immune to mistakes, it just helps mitigate those mistakes. In fact IIRC statistics show that older riders with decades of experience are more likely to make mistakes of judgement more so than people with an average amount of experience. When you're an old bastard who thinks he knows everything (and seems to feel compelled to tell everyone else), you're much more likely to get complacent and do something stupid.
Nobody here can claim to have never made a mistake in their riding career. If you do, you're only kidding yourself and you're probably going to end up like that dude in the video.
I would love the subject in the vid to pipe in at some point.
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Look... this really needs to go to The Perfect Line... but If you are blowing your line because you are on an unfamiliar road with blind corners, or "coming into a decreasing radius corner without realizing it ahead of time", you should not be blaming it on the road. You are riding too fucking fast for your ability and out-riding your line of sight. Sooner or later, you are going to meet a truck or deer or someone riding as badly as yourself and then you're in the trees, over the cliff or stuck in a Mack radiator grille. Get this: It would be YOUR fault, not the other guy, not the deer and not the road.
The guy in the video was barely even trying to go around the corner. Unless he was in the midst of having a stroke or something there was absolutely NO excuse for such awful riding.
Well, I only have 30-something years in, so I might not know as much as you. But, I reckon that the correct statement would be:
There is NO excuse for that happening except lack of skill or poor judgment. That's without regard for road conditions, i.e.: twisty, off chamber, downhill, blind, water running, dirty, decreasing radius, sun in your eyes curves. Running wide in a turn is a clear sign of the lack of understanding of counter steering and 'looking where you want to go' or a clear sign of poor judgment on corner entry!!!
It still manages the bones of 400km out of it though, so not that bad!
I reckon this guy just got off a Harley and picked up the big Kato or maybe borrowed it. (Glad it wasn’t mine). Typical Harley moves riding with his shoulders and head. He was trying to tip it into the corner, rather than counter steer. They’re big bikes but they require less effort than a BMW GSA to get around a corner. Anyway, I hope that they are both OK.
Yes,the guy could well be a weekend warrior, the type who may have had a number of bikes over the years, but never learned to ride. I do not know the road, but one thing I noticed was the sun angle. If that is a broad ess turn, he may have had a moment of sun blindness followed by a classic target fixation when his vision cleared.
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You are right SRTie4K
Funny thing......last year when I was in Austin Texas at the MotoGP, there were several pro riders that drifted out and crashed ! ! ! So even MotoGP riders make mistakes. I've been distracted looking in my mirrors before and drifted over the line in a corner and wasn't going that fast, just had my head up my ass ! Been riding 40 years !
Shit Happens ! ! !
Now, back to reality ! ! !
Should this topic maybe get its own thread at this point? It's only vaguely on topic due to the bike the rider was on at the time.
Do we have a "riding mistakes" thread somewhere on the site?
Needs one doesn't it ! ! !
I think so, yes. :)
Well, after 22,000 miles, I had to replace my stock chain !
Sounds right. I think thats what I got out of my chain and sprockets on my 950sm.
Within 500kms of my chain and sprocket replacement too.
I am doing my 18k mile service right now. The bike actually has a little over 19k miles on it. The chain and sprockets look good, but think I am going to change them out anyway, so I don't have to worry about it on my upcoming trip.
How were folks chain guides looking at the first chain replacement?