An unexpected Get-off in Mexico

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by BullShatter, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Cale_Kat

    Cale_Kat Been here awhile

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    I missed the oil slick the first time I viewed it...I was focusing on your line through the curve which was pretty bad. I wasn't there so I don't know what the roads are like but in the states, where consistently well paved roads are the rule not the exception, I would have set up for the turn on the right and crossed through the apex on my way out. You were set up on the left which is a much less forgiving line.

    Heal up and keep riding. Thanks for posting.
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  2. Bobby Ginger

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    This is my biggest fear right now. I ride pretty conservatively most of the time. Your lean angle does not seem excessive. I find my self riding more and more dirt, and I am carful in traffic. I stay away from trucks, I don't let people pace me, and I am always on the lookout for left turners. I need to start focusing more on the road conditions. Thanks for posting, heal fast brother!
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  3. bigalsmith101

    bigalsmith101 Long timer

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    The way I see it, the only reason your alive is that St. Christophers pendant you're wearing in the video.... :wink:

    Good to see a low-side with no injuries!






    p.s. just to be certain, I'm only kidding, mostly. I wear one everyday I travel no matter where I am, and most days at home as well.
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  4. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    The first thing I saw was the shine of oil. Holy shit that was quick, huh? No time for anything.


    Glad you're okay. Could you finish the trip or did you have to trailer it back? (sorry if I missed that)
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  5. Chazzard

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    Glad you're ok.. Crap! This same kind of get off happened to me the year before last on a steep downhill right hand decreasing radius corner. I slid through oil, it was so slick I could hardly walk back to the motorcycle to pick it up.

    You beeped the horn on your way across the road, safety first. Good job.
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  6. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    That video was ugly, nasty crash. I'm glad you were able to get your self home unassisted. On the other hand the newly remodeled bike looks great.
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  7. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    Damn gravity works fast, huh. Glad you're ok and the scoot lived to burn some more fuel. Reminded me of a similar situation I got into last year headed out of CopperCanyon. Except it was a farm truck leaking liquid manure! Was able to keep it up, but damn I already wondering if I packed any antiseptic before I stopped...

    Live and learn. Good luck.
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  8. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I dont think he was blazing at all. You would be lucky to keep the bike upright at 15 mph over that stuff. But yes, if he was really motoring, that could have been a very bad encounter with that culvert or into oncoming traffic if it were a right hander.

    Oil, diesel spill on the roads in Latin America are not uncommon. I cannot count the number of times I noticed a little different shade in part of the pavement and was able to steer clear at the last second, yep, some kind of slippery crap on the road. For some strange reason I saw a lot more in Venezuela than anywhere else. If its raining at all, or lots of tree shadows on the road (as in this case), youre pretty much screwed as you'll most likely never see it while looking through the turn.

    Not much you can do about this. Either you get lucky and detect it before the bike departs from under you, or not. Its a roll of the dice and always impresses me how quickly things go to shit. Hitting that culvert had to smart a little. Glad you were pretty much unscathed for the most part. Could have been a lot worse. Like one guy said: 9 lives -1 = 8. :lol3 The bike seemed to recover pretty well. :freaky

    After a couple of respectable pavement get offs including one high side superman over the bars, palms of the hands down on the asphalt routine, I'm pretty sold on Kevlar mesh or stretch kevlar gear. Another a 70 mph slide/roll down some Mexican asphalt with minimal damage to the gear. Bike had to be beat/ziptied/welded back into a ridable condition to get home but did OK considering.
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  9. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Excellent video and post. Thanks . . . good reminder of what can happen in an instant.

    Superb rehabilitation of the bike. :thumb
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  10. bomose

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    Great reminder that you have to be really vigilant when riding. I was starting into a turn one time when I smelled diesel fuel, so slowed down enough and went straight enough not to fall. Another time, there was wheat in the road. I got lucky and only slid a little. The guy behind me didn't get so lucky. It was like riding on needle bearings. Sometimes it's there before you know it.
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  11. Bartopia

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    The shadows made it really hard to see the oil - pretty much unavoidable. Glad you were able to walk away!

    On the flip side, your bike laying on the ground at the base of the Curves Ahead road sign would make a great avatar. :lol3
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  12. Bartopia

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    Possibly scarier than the fall, what was it like crossing into Mexico? Your ride is one I've dreamed of many times, but the violence in Mexico makes me question the risk.

    Due to my employment I'm not allowed to go into Mexican border towns anyway, but I'm guessing 100 miles or so south of the border and things get pretty relaxed?
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  13. brownricer

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    Scary stuff- I replayed the clip a few times, and could sort of make out a dark patch in your lane. But hindsight is 20-20... it probably would have caught me, too. I will be thinking about this, especially when riding at night...
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  14. rockydrxrvr

    rockydrxrvr Multi Meter Meathead

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    Somebody overfilled their diesel tank, at the south intersection in Pahrump Nev. I went down the same thru that intersection, and my DR's rack pins left sliding gouge marks, which are still there, into the pavement.
    I went down soooo-fast, I slid in the riders position for 70 feet, as the rear rack acted like a crash bar and kept sliding rash to a minimum. My vented armored 125 dollar joe rocket coat saved my elbow and shoulder...thank God
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  15. McBike

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    Ride and drive in Mexico frequently. Have ridden my GSA from the top of Mexico to Guatemala. Never have had a problem and have only had great experiences. Don't ride at night and don't get to stupid in the bars at night.
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  16. FAW3

    FAW3 Old wanderer

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    Wow...thanks for posting. Glad you're on the mend!

    Watching the video my eye just caught the stuff on the road...:eek1. Had it been me in the same circumstances I'd have joined you in the ditch most likely.

    Wear all the gear...all the time...a reminder I frequently have to force myself to listen to.
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  17. BullShatter

    BullShatter Been here awhile

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    Bartopia...Now, that is damn funny! I never even noticed that my bike slammed into a "Curves Ahead" sign. The friggin irony of it all!
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  18. BullShatter

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    Bartopia, this was my first trip to Mexico on a bike. I'll agree that the most apprehensive part of the trip was crossing the border, knowing that I had no itinerary, not planned route, and wouldn't be returning for 2-3 months. Living in Scottsdale, Mexico is a short drive away and we usually go 3-4 times a year, by car, down to Puerto Penasco (aka. Rocky Point). I like to consider it our waterfront resort area.

    But crossing on a bike, and not heading to Puerto Penasco was different. It wasn't until after the first week on the road that I shed my "American Time" reality and fell into a "Mexican Time" groove. It was an incredible trip though and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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