From Hero to Zero! 990 KTM Crash

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by NHKTM990, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    here is my epic fail reel! The setting: Radar Hill is a combo of dirt and old asphalt, that climbs a 4000 footer in Granby Vt. It leads to an old NORAD RADAR site. It was cold, gray and had rained all night. The asphalt was a little greasy too from moss and pine needles. We bombed it going up and had a blast. Coming down, I thought we had cleared that series of switchbacks and gassed it. One last switchback to clear, and you see the results..... Damage was a scratched and tweeked crashbar, but other than that no problems. It was an epic two days in VT on the dirt roads aside from that.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=zVN7z92c0zA
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  2. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Damn, glad you weren't hurt! Your buddy sure takes a long time to park his Tiger. :D Guess if I had a bike that pretty I'd be the same way. :lol3
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  3. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    About that, and yeah he did, along with copious amounts of snickering! What you can't really tell in the video is how friggin' steep it was there. He couldn't park it cuz of the angle of the road which was considerable. My ass and elbow took all of the hit....
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  4. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear you're OK! Were you using the rear brake? I couldn't be sure from the video but it looked a lot like the rear end slid out.

    Regarding the awkward turnaround near the beginning of the video and the long park/pickup sequence after the crash: Those bikes are HUGE! I always lust after them because they're so shiny and they make such a nice noise but they're just such a pain in the ass to get pointed in the right direction. Oversized bikes on an undersized road...
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  5. Horizontal

    Horizontal Goatin' Around

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    I can see you lay in the speed there right before the fall. You must of been thinking, "Great. Nothing from here on out but straight asphalt....think I'll crank her up....Oh CR#P!!!"

    Glad only your pride got dinged and you had the guts to share your fail with the YouTube universe.

    What tires were you running?

    (And that radar station would be a great place to film a zombie movie.)
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  6. TonyT1200

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    Glad u r okay. It was so painful to watch your friend get off his bike that I had to stop reel. :rofl
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  7. atomicalex

    atomicalex silly aluminum boxes

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    What is the little white thing that goes scooting away as you go down?

    Also, glad you are ok!
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  8. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    I was running the stockers, Pirelli scorpions. I found then to be better than average, and was surprised on some very wet and muddy, leafy single track. you are 100 percent right, I gassed it thinking we had passed the last switchback and were headed to another set of buildings up there. I was loving the trail and then saw the curve. I got on the back brake to scrub a little speed and the front, both were squirrely. It was wet, mossy, pine needles and VERY STEEP. The rest is evident, I just rode it in
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  9. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    Water bottles. (Not a hip bone)
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  10. NHKTM990

    NHKTM990 Been here awhile

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    The trail is VERY STEEP in parts, and that gets lost with that fisheye of the go pro. They handle pretty good even in tight single track, but when they are stopped, they do weigh a lot. This is going up the trail, as you can see, they have some capability and I would advise get one.
    http://youtu.be/kJqd4_lJlGQ
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  11. SnaDank

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    Sorry about your fall.
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  12. HanzoSteel

    HanzoSteel n00bish

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    Sorry about your fail.


    :huh





    I couldn't resist.


    Glad your ok!
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  13. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    That is the best 'I-had-to-her-down' I've seen on this forum! At least it could be if you change the story a little. :D

    On your riding buddy, meh... :rofl
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  14. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    Glad it wasn't worse. For some reason the runaway water bottles gave me a decent laugh, haha.
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  15. feathered

    feathered Been here awhile

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    Looks like a fun place to ride. Glad you're ok.

    What's going on with your buddy's camera? It's constantly shifting around, almost like it's zooming in and out or refocusing all the time. It made me kind of sick! Watch the video at ~2 minutes for an example.
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  16. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    That's digital motion stabilization. Whenever the camera shakes left, it compensates by translating the image right, making it look more stable. However, the perspective also changes so you get this weird warping.
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  17. Starbucks101

    Starbucks101 1 dark roast 2 cream

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    Classic newbie mistake, hard on the rear brake on slippery roads.

    Tell your Tiger buddy to get off on the left side of the bike not the right, another classic newbie move. Parking on a steep hill the wrong way as well.

    You guys just got those bikes (so clean) and just started riding it looks like, many more falls to come. Enjoy. :clap
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  18. Flying Tivo

    Flying Tivo Been here awhile

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    I really don't understand why in every single fall, the rider wants to pick up the bike immediately. You should relax, make sure you are ok, let the adrenalin ware off and then pick up the bike. Glad you are OK!

    Felipe
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  19. Horizontal

    Horizontal Goatin' Around

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    I think it's an automatic human response to "undo" the accident. Even now, when I make some kind of mistake in the real world, a part of my brain goes, "CONTRL-Z." It's weird.
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  20. pumkin640

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    Did I miss the Hero part?
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