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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    After I picked the bike up, the tires ended up in some soft dirt beginning to slope down the side of the trail. I had to walk it out standing beside the bike pushing on the handlebars while using the throttle.

    I have no problem picking my bike up.

    I'm not a big guy (5.9" 165lbs), but I workout regularly. Doing squats, lunges, and dead lifts, etc., make it no problem to lift the bike up because it's essentially the same movements and muscles being used.

    However, one time I was frightened because I was all alone and had crashed my KLR in some real slick mud on one of these trails back in January. It was a trail I really didn't even need to be on. Every time I tried to pick the bike up it would slide around in the mud and my feet would slide also. There was no traction.

    After sweating with if for a while, I finally just prayed, and sure enough, it came right up. I don't know if an angel helped me or what, but I was very grateful to get out of that situation.

    If anyone has a problem picking their bike up, all they have to do is some regular exercises to strengthen their legs/back, etc., and they should find that picking their bike up becomes easier.

    God Bless,
    David
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  2. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    Thanks for the info. I note you've obviously got it fitted even though you don't have the cases with you. Is this a deliberate choice? Extra protection?

    Did it actually play any part in your tipover this time?
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  3. Mr noname

    Mr noname Been here awhile

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    are you greek tolio?
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  4. nevermind

    nevermind Slower, then Molasses

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    I re-read where the OP said he hit his head pretty hard. You are correct, if you hit your head "pretty hard" the helmet should be binned or sent to the manufacturer for evaluation before using again. I glossed over the "hit pretty hard" part... Thanks for the clarification.
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  5. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks House Ape

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    Similar thing happened to me in a mud hole in New Mexico last summer. But instead of praying, I just swore a lot. Same result, though. :lol3

    David
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  6. guzzimike

    guzzimike Long timer

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    Who'd a thunk?


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  7. Mugatu

    Mugatu Sidewalk adventurer

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    Kickin and yellin should do it as well, have a try next time :D
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  8. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    In this particular instance my caribou cases were already at work and I was going to bring them home with equipment in them, so that's why I had the racks on.

    The racks come on and off depending on my needs at work. I like having the option to take them off when I want.

    They definitely didn't contribute to me crashing. They might have kept the pipe off the ground after the bike fell.

    They didn't bend in the fall, which is cool.

    God Bless,
    David
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  9. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    :thumb
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  10. Apostolos

    Apostolos Been here awhile

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    You heathen. :D

    God Bless,
    David
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  11. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Rider

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    No problem :D I was just concerned since existing helmet damage may cause severe problems in a later crash later. I knew someone who's helmet cracked in half when they hit really hard, it was an older helmet they had thrown down and used a lot. Luckily the guy was OK but could have been tragic. You only have one noggin!

    Ride Safe. :ricky
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