Hit a barb wire gate at 30 mph *video*

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  1. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    I made a bonehead mistake and was watching the ground in front of my bike and not scanning ahead. I was focused on a pipe i had to cross and not what was past it. I smacked into a barb wire fence at somewhere near 30. Hope this helps give someone a wake up call to not do the same thing. I also didn't have on my offroad boots and hit my shin on left leg pretty hard. Cut up right leg and bruised shoulder and ribs. Bike is mostly fine except for scratches and a bent handguard.


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wPh2-gyXl8

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  2. bogey78

    bogey78 Been here awhile

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    Glad you and the bike were unhurt for the most part. If it makes you feel any better, I didn't see the barbwire until the slo-mo replay. It would have been easy for someone to tie a white rag or ribbon around those wires. Again, glad you walked away.
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  3. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    That was an unpleasant looking stop.:huh
    Glad you're ok, mostly. Wire can be heinous, and the posts. Whether they're together, or separate. Fixate is for where you stop. Riding is some kind of dynamic focus. If your focus gets out of sync even slow can be unsafe.

    Buddy of mine riding a mine road hooked a low telephone type line with his neck and managed to stop just as it was at end of slack and pulling him off the bike. A little faster woulda been bad.

    It's easy to look past a wire then actually see it when it's too late. Hell, I've even seen boulders, rocks, stumps, ditches when it's too late. Even big shit can escape your notice when your not paying proper attention.:lol3
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  4. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer

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    You're lucky it wasn't worse. Little pink ribbons were barely noticeable until you were on the ground.

    Thanks for sharing. Glad you were not hurt too bad...
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  5. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    I've got a 4" long scar on my left arm from a similar incident. I'm thankful that my fence wasn't a little higher... My accident was an eye opener that makes me wear my gear 100% of the time.
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  6. mrphotoman

    mrphotoman Long timer

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    damn that was scary, barb wire is some dangerous stuff.
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  7. Pansy

    Pansy Not much of an Adventurer

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    Any idea why the barbed wire was out there in the 1st place?

    Was it new? Shouldn't there have been signage if they didn't want riders on that stretch of road? :deal

    Glad you're OK!
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  8. Oc1

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    Man you were lucky. I had a friend who died on three wheeler hitting a fence when I was young. Scary stuff. Glad you weren't hurt badly.
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  9. riverflow

    riverflow Adventurous Commuter

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    I hit a single strand of barbed wire sliding about 5mph. I was running up cemetery roads in the rural parts and decided to see what was farther up one. Didn't see a no trespassing sign so I kept on the road. There was a lot of mud so I wasn't going more than 10-15 mph to start, but when I hit the brakes I just slid right through it. No damage to me or the bike and I just tied the wire back up. Enough to remind me to pay more attention to surroundings for clues though.
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  10. eric2

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    Glad you were relatively unhurt

    Ran through one of them on my Z50 when I was 12 or so, forgot to stay on the single track next to the car path. Caught the bars and flipped it.


    I got up, amazed I was unhurt, only lose my sight. Came to find i caught a barb in the forehead and needed a few stiches. Talk about bleeding, I soaked my t shirt in 5 minutes.
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  11. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    Lots of pipeline traffic in this part of the country. I'm guessing it was a new road for pipeline access and they had not got the cattle guards in yet. No fences on either side of the road.
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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Riding along in open country,there are fence posts on either side of the road and a gate. All open before the fence posts.

    This happens off and on all day long riding in the Nevada desert,but if your not scanning constantly/watching what your doing,a guy could pop his head off on a wire gate. Fence posts are pretty obvious and signal possible gate.

    Gotta look ahead not down,your camera/helmet is pointing at the ground in ft of the bike before you hit.
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  13. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    the camera angle was off, its not exactly where i was looking, but yes i was looking way to short and not far enough.
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  14. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Yep, easy! :deal


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  15. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    My first "real" bike crash was plowing straight into a barbed wire fence on my brand new Honda XR75 lol

    I had practiced pretend clutch-in-throttle-off-shift-up-clutch-out-throttle-on every waking and sleeping moment for weeks before the bike arrived, and was a perfect natural master of it way ahead of time, if I do say so myself. :evil Not the tiniest problem doing the clutch and shift thing.

    What I neglected to imagine and pretend practice, was the whole "need to brake suddenly" thing. :lol3

    First long road behind the houses and I was off like a shot and into top gear, throttle pegged, shouting for glee.

    Seeing the fence across the path and that very special feeling of utterly frozen Auuuugh! *crash* is one I will remember to my grave :rofl
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  16. Sanjuro82

    Sanjuro82 Adventurer

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    Wow that could have seriously ended a lot worse. Hard lesson to learn, but at least you survived it to ride another day.
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  17. Jason Abbott

    Jason Abbott Long time Idaho rider

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    Can't remember seeing a wire gate across such a wide road (maybe exaggerated by the wide angle video). Don't think I've seen that around here. Wouldn't expect it. Glad you came out alright. Like others, I know someone who caught a wire and it almost killed him. Scary stuff.
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  18. BigWrench

    BigWrench Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing, Glad your OK
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  19. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    Had i been looking far enough ahead i would have seen it. I'm not saying that it was anyones fault but my own. Yes it could have been marked better, but it could have been a tree and i still would have hit it.
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  20. Ironwood

    Ironwood Friday Harbor, WA

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    I just have to ask:

    Were you raised in a city?

    There is a fence on the left that is obvious and a fence on the right with what looks like 4 posts together. What were you so focused on the culvert for?

    Do you normally wear glasses but were not at the time?

    I am glad, of course, that you weren't injured worse than you were. But the fence was screaming for your attention. By the way, we call those gaps where I hail from.
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