face plant in the santa cruz mountains !

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by JoeM170, Jun 16, 2017.

  1. JoeM170

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    well it did not feel to good for me.
    55 years old and still love my bikes.

    never the less i was coming to hwy 35 and Mt Charlie Rd .
    A large pickup was running the stop sign and I had to hit the brakes fast.
    This is where it all went wrong LOL.

    The road was fairly bad with loose gravel and I grabbed the Front Break for all it was worth.
    The end result was me sliding on my side for two feet or so.
    Some road rash in my elbow and some sore muscles with my Ribs and shoulder .

    I was lucky it was not worse and I made a big mistake with front brake.
    The bike is OK and I will be OK in a few days when everything stops hurting.
    I am thinking I want ABS and Combined brakes in the near future.

    The bike is a Honda Helix and it got some scratches on the lower panels .
    I will take them off and repaint them.

    All in all I got very lucky.
    Joe
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  2. ACR

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    Although it may lead to psychosis, I'm always anticipating the unexpected. I treat every blind corner as if there is something in the distance about to kill me. Always scanning for an out, weighing options, and looking ahead.

    Another thing I do is practice. Practice quick stops to build muscle memory to avoid grabbing a handful of front brake. There is an awful lot of functions needing to be smoothly performed in the event of an evasive maneuver.

    Clutch lever, brake lever, brake pedal, throttle, steering input, body input, looking where to go, and many more calculations. All of this happens in seconds and you don't have the time to think.

    I often wonder if evasive maneuvers will be easier with an automatic transmission like Hondas dct. In the two instances I've had vehicles pull out in front of me, I was expecting it and for the second occurrence, still managed to stall the bike. This was due to not down shifting, so, more practice is required.

    As riders, we can never be too good.

    Glad you're ok and the accident wasn't any worse. Hopefully the driver stopped and helped you out.
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  3. JoeM170

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    He did and it was all my fault after going back and looking at it.
    I am still pretty sore , but time will fix that . you are 100% right I need to practice this things ..
    Right now I will be using rear brake mostly to learn to use it .
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  4. SnipTheDog

    SnipTheDog Been here awhile

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    I would encourage you to take that battle scoot back up there and practice hard braking on dirt. You can normally pulse the front brake pretty hard and still maintain control. Hollister Hills or Metcalf are places where you can do more dirt maneuvering.
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  5. cjmadura

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    I agree with SnipTheDog - take the scooter back to the dirt and practice front brake emergency stopping. As you load the front brake shift your weight forward, loading the front wheel and increasing its stopping power.
    Takes practice. I took a class where we learned to lock the front brake briefly and feel what it's like to ride a bike with a locked front wheel. You don't go very far, but you don't fall down as quickly as you would think. it's well worth practicing, and dirt/gravel is better than grass for that maneuver.

    Unfortunately, the small wheels on your ride put you at a disadvantage - they're far less stable than proper sized wheels. While scooters are fun in a "Carribean" sort of way, I would not choose to ride them on a daily basis on American roads. The larger the wheels, the more planted the vehicle is. Of course, there are upper limits to wheel size, but you get the drift.

    Learn from your mistake, be better and enjoy the ride!
    Glad you okay!
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  6. JoeM170

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    Thanks for the tips , I got the Helix due to the seat height on my CX500 .
    As I am somewhat vertically challenged .
    Way to many bikes are over 30" seats :)

    That being said I am looking at a Kawasaki 454 LTD
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  7. DesertPilot

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    Glad you're OK! And thanks for the heads up about the gravel on Mountain Charlie Road.
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  8. JoeM170

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    Desert Pilot , The Gravel is at the intersection of summit and mt charlie ... it is a real crummy place for gravel to be!
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