How many times have you been down...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Snapper, Nov 3, 2005.

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How many times have you been down on the street?

  1. 0

  2. 1-2 Glad that's over with

  3. 3-5 So... I've made a few mistakes

  4. 6-9 Living on the edge

  5. 10+ You guys just ain't riding hard enough

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  1. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    ... lifetime, on the street, excluding: dirt, track, and slow speed tip-overs.

    If you want, let us know what happened.... so we can learn from your unfortunate mistake (s).

    :razor :kurt
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  2. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Went down once on the street when I was 17 on my VF500. Since then I have enjoyed over 600k accident free street miles. In the dirt I have been down probably over 100 times :D and on the race track I have had 2 rather spectacular crashes.
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  3. drrider1

    drrider1 just running amuck

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    found diesel fuel on an exit ramp one time.....oh yea, i wuz goin too fast too........................not my fault though:D . then much later, a guy tried a u-turn, but luckily I stopped him (s-10s will kill r80rts):bluduh
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  4. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    "Rider fails to negotiate the turn" [​IMG]

    In my defense - it was pea soup fog with rain, late at night and I had ridden all day....excuses, excuses.
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  5. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    Last time was Tuesday! Missed a turn on the Dragon in '03, and dropped the BSA back in '68. Trending is not good.
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  6. Schnabeltier

    Schnabeltier CEO, the Brute Squad

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    Once when I was learning how to ride 37 years ago, and again when I had rented a bike in Germany in '94. I was on a Kawasaki 750 and was riding with German friends who took a tourist route through some picturesque villages. I was looking at a church or something and turned back to the road to find I was on approach to a tight left-hander.:eek1 The rear tire was brand new and it locked up when I hit the brakes (release compound), so I let go of the brakes and opted to exit the turn dirt-bike style, more-or-less under control. Cleared a 1 to 2 foot drainage ditch, bumped through a newly plowed field, and dropped her at low speed in a rut. No significant damage to the bike or me, 'cept a goose egg on my knee where I hit cylinder #4 on the way down.

    I chalked it up to years of riding observed trials, where I always seemed to experience more falls (the unofficial kind) than the other guys.
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  7. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    "None of the above"

    Never been down (riding 33 years) and am planning on NOT going down. :nod
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  8. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    Well, I think most of us were *planning* on not going down...
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  9. cRAsH

    cRAsH Banned

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    :uhoh
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  10. AntWare

    AntWare Lost In Translation

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    Why do you hate Steve?
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  11. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    It's just the wording of the first poll choice, I'm a big believer in self-fulfilling prophesies.
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  12. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Yup. Except mine was an entrance ramp. First time ever in 16 years of riding. About a month ago. There was rain and polished concrete and diesel fuel. 10-15 mph.

    I had to have help getting the bike up 'cause my boots kept slipping.:evil




    You said dirt and stuff don't count? Whew!:D
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  13. Snapper

    Snapper Long timer

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    My apologies.... the comments were obviously intended as jokes... but I can understand how one might be superstitious about checking that box, particularly given the subject.

    Can an Admin. edit the comment off the "0" choice? I can't seem to edit it. :dunno
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  14. 309

    309 Special Purpose

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    In my first buch of years riding, I used to crash all the time. I've bounced off cars, lowsided canyon turns, looped wheelies, you name it. I haven't crashed on the street for a long, long time now though.

    I roadraced for a few seasons and crashed three times on the track. I knew guys who would crash three times in a weekend of racing, so I figured I was doing pretty well.

    Now that I'm riding a lot of dirt, I fall off every once in a while, but it's generally not a big deal. I still seem to stay upright more than most of the guys I ride with. :lol3
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  15. motogon

    motogon Like wind

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    Countless! Almost 30 years ago when I started racing speedway I started count how many times I got down. After 70 I lost interest ... to counting.

    <img src="http://www.mike-patrick.com/gallery/speedwayalbums/album582/Adorjan_Z_A.jpg">

    Then I started ice speedway and decided to be little more caryfull. :D

    <img src="http://www.speedway.org/fahrer/svensson/rennen.jpg">

    I don't even count how many times I crashed on motocross. :deal
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  16. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp REMF

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    "...on the street, excluding: dirt, track"
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  17. motogon

    motogon Like wind

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    On street - non, at least last 20 years. :D
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  18. GSDude

    GSDude Banned

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    2 times, both alcohol related.

    I rode off Low Water Crossing in Austin with my JAP girlfriend, no helmet, got 45 stiches to correct my scalp flap, skull exposed. (19 years old)
    Second time, dad was dying, drank myself into a coma and decided to wheelie through an intersection on my new 1986 VFR 700 and met an oncoming car roadhogging the street, and I freaked, slammed the rear brake and slid about 20 feet and stopped underneath a Mazda pick up and blew both of the rear tires out. Had a helmet on which shattered as my head hit the rear bumper. (25 yrs old)

    MORAL to this story,

    2 wheels, 2 drinks!!
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  19. Nimzomitch

    Nimzomitch Adventurer

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    1 time.

    Learned to ride when I was 27. 8 years ago, on a beat-up and neglected-by-the-previous-owner '78 R100/7. Dropped it about 4 times learning to ride in the Seattle Winter complete with wet leaves all over the residential areas.

    About a year later, on a wet early Winter evening I was going about 30mph downhill in the Wallingford neighborhood, house on the right side of the street had a 10' retaining wall running right along the sidewalk, right up to the corner of the next street. Car appeared on the intersecting street to my right, and started pulling out in front of me. I grabbed as much brake as I could, and *almost* missed the car. I clipped the driver's side rear fender, about 1' from the back of the car. A split second later and there would have been no contact. As it was, my thumb left a dent in the tank as the bars were wrenched to my left, and the stub of metal that limits the bars turning(can't remember what it's called?) was broken off. Forks were a little twisted, but was able to straighten them out. Walked away with a jammed thumb and sore pride. It was my fault. I don't plan on allowing it to happen again.
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  20. SeaBass

    SeaBass Long timer

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    Learning to Wheelie my VMax at age 22, came down and squeezed the front brake, failing to realize I was still twisting the throttle, went through an intersection with the front wheel locked and the back churning, had a choice of hitting a telephone pole or a USPS big blue mailbox, chose the mailbox, punted it about 20 feet from it's mooring, slid sideways onto the sidewalk, had the presence of mind to pull in the clutch somehow, hoped off while still holding the handlebars and clutch, picked up the 625 lb dry weight beast in split second and took off. Left my front fender there though.

    Ahhhh, the follies of youth!
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