First dirt nap on my new F800gs today

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Apostolos, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I was on my way to work and it was a rather benign section of the trail, however, I was going too fast (having fun) and the front tire washed out and subsequently high sided me off the bike.

    I was launched several feet (I was standing on the pegs when it happened) and landed on my shoulder and head.

    Thank God for good gear. I hopped right up, but I knew I whacked my head pretty hard. My right knee is a little tender, but other than that, I walked away unscathed.

    My protective gear on my body saved my body and the protective gear on my bike saved my bike.

    My SW-motech bar on the left side is a little closer to the plastic now. I think it might have bent an eighth of an inch. I don't remember it being asymmetrical with the other side. I remember the bars being equal distance from the plastic on both sides before.

    Here are some pics:

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    Probably the easiest section of the trail. It gets narrow, steep, rutty, rocky, etc. Here on the widest, smoothest part, I crashed. :huh

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    sleep on now...

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    Crash bars and bark busters doing their job.

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    See how the plastic is kept off the ground.

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    Helmet got jacked up.

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    I've been using this helmet for almost a year and this is the first permanent scratch I've got in it so far. Every other time I've gone down with this helmet on, I seem to have kept my head off the ground. I was launched today.


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    However, It is a beautiful place to crash.

    I've been anticipating the first dirt nap with my new F800. It's inevitable if you do a lot of off-road riding. However, it's always disconcerting given the price of the bike.

    Stay safe out there and remember: ATGATT

    God Bless,
    David
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  2. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    Glad you and the bike are ok. Nice commute, for sure.
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  3. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Where is the trail at? It was after some spills like that when I bought a Leatt neck brace. Food for thought.
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  4. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    Close! It's disconcerting given the price of replacement parts! (if and when you need them...)
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  5. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I've got cycleport Kevlar jacket and pants. Cycleport has more armor coverage compared to much of the dual sport riding gear available.

    I'm glad I had shoulder protection since that's where the initial impact was. I think the secondary impact was the helmet.

    God Bless,
    David
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  6. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I work in the two communities of Greeley Hill and Groveland just outside of Yosemite NP.

    There is an entire network of old mining trails, forest service roads, and some crazy stuff between these two communities that I ride on daily.

    There are a few paved roads that connect the two communities, but they are long and a roundabout way.

    The trails between the communities are about half the distance and much more fun to ride. :evil

    Actually, the entire area (in my opinion) is a dual sport riding paradise.

    God Bless,
    David
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  7. Bucko

    Bucko In a parallel world

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    Hey, glad you and the bike are OK. If you hit your head hard, your helmet is due for replacement. Once crushed, that EPS liner is toast.

    I've got the Cycleport Canyon II, a great dual-sport jacket, though mine has seen better days.

    Many happy commutes! :ricky
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  8. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    :thumb
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  9. kkug

    kkug Been here awhile

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    I may have met you at the Duel Sport ride a few weeks back at Groveland. I see you are getting your use out of the bike and getting it dirty. To bad about the scratches.

    How are those tires and what air pressure do you run ?

    Glad you and the bike are ok.!
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  10. Trout

    Trout Been here awhile

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    That'll buff out...

    Congrats!
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  11. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    They are having another dual sport ride in the fall; I think it will be a KTM sponsored event this time.

    I like the K60s, they grip better than the stock tires off-road, and the decreased on-road performance compared to the stock tires is (IMO) negligible.

    I'm running 36psi in rear and 34 in the front. I transition so much between dirt and road during my commutes that I don't feel like increasing and decreasing tire pressure constantly. So I keep the tire pressure to accommodate on-road values.

    God Bless,
    David
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  12. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    It seems deep to me.

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    I guess it adds a little character.

    God Bless,
    David
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  13. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    What pannier racks are you using there? They seem to have protected your pipe well enough!
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  14. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I have to say I think I hate you! :lol3
    As I dodge cars and feel the heat from
    miles of concrete and asphalt on my way
    to work. :(: I must have done something wrong.:dunno
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  15. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    That's an SW-Motech Evo rack.

    It's a pretty neat design. They have quarter-turn fasteners that allow me to remove them in just a few seconds if I want to.

    There is an adaptor kit I bought so that I can use them with Pelican/Caribou cases.

    The cases and rack design works very well and I'm happy with it.

    God Bless,
    David
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  16. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    I lived in the valley for 10-years before I moved here, so dodging cars and baking in the heat is something I'm very familiar with, but I don't miss it in the least.

    God Bless,
    David
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  17. nevermind

    nevermind sLOW Rider

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    If the scratch is just paint deep and the shell has not been deflected or compromised, I would probably keep wearing it.

    FWIW, I just sent a helmet back to Arai to have them check it out after a get-off in the dirt, where I hit my noggin' pretty good. They gave it the OK so I'll wear it again.
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  18. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    A wise philosopher once said......."shit happens":wink:
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  19. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    WRONG! Your helmet doesn't have to even have a visible scratch to have failed under the shell. What the hell are you trying to tell this guy? Don't disseminate false information that could lead to safety concerns!

    Please either have your helmet checked or get a new one!


    Anyways, cool ride, and don't worry about your bars, I've crashed on my SW-M bars 20+ times and they are relatively even (because I crash on both sides :lol3). Very sturdy bars and very happy with them! :freaky
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  20. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    How was it picking the bike back up and getting started out again?
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