Killboy failure Dragon Fest

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by SCQTT, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. CrustyAPO

    CrustyAPO Been here awhile

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    Don't knock the Ninja 250. After 20 years on Honda V-Fours like the V-65 Magna, Sabre, ST1100 and ST1300 and finally the GSA, I picked up a 2004 Ninja 250 for $800. You can fling that bike around with the best of them. Nice thing is when a 600 blows by you in the straightaway, sure , he may beat you to the corner but he has to start braking for the corner sooner. That is when you can catch up to him (unless he's Ben Spies). On the 250 in the corners you can usually keep the throttle pinned and pass the bastard. The plus side, they are easy to maintain and repair, and don't break your budget if you toss it into a ditch or crack up at a track day.
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  2. NitroRoo

    NitroRoo Been here awhile

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    I don't think anyone was knocking the 250... maybe if you were coming into a corner too hot or the corner was tightening up more than expected - the 250 could help (light - easier to make last minute adjustments), but in this scenario, he's cornering too tight for whatever reason and I don't think the 250 would have helped... other than maybe what was said earlier - maybe he's intimidated by the bigger bike and the edge of the road.

    PS I've been riding my ninja 250 for 2 years now and love it!
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  3. HighScore

    HighScore No More, all done.

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    There's no excuse for a lot of the stuff we all see out there.
    Most of the time it's just from not paying attention, or letting your mind wander. Or just plain inexperience:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A7460-2005Apr21.html

    "More Americans are riding motorcycles than ever as aging, affluent baby boomers recapture the "Easy Rider" dreams of their youth. In 2003, the median age of all motorcyclists in the United States was 41, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. In 1985, the median age was 27."


    I think everyone could benefit from a "refresher course"? (Myself included)
    Just remember, the more stickers you have on your bike doesn't "make" you a better rider.
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  4. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Sadly I am 6'5" and too damn big to enjoy one. :cry I think they are frickin' awesome little bikes. I recommend them often.
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  5. Sam Buca

    Sam Buca a.k.a. Daniel

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    You guys sound as if you never ever made a riding mistake before. I is just that this guy was caught.
    I know that my mind somethimes wander, and when I wake up, I have blown a corner or something like that. It does not happen often, but i have to admit that it does.



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  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Don't do that. :nono It makes riding dangerous. :1drink
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  7. VFR_firefly

    VFR_firefly Buh Bye!

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    I have never once in my 35+ years of riding crossed the centerline while there was oncoming traffic that had to move out of my way while I was in THEIR lane.

    This is NOT a minor mistake. It's pretty damn serious. In fact, it nigh unforgivable. This rider should have his moto-license yanked until he can demonstrate proficiency. At the very least the ADV sticker should be revoked. -yoink!

    It could very well have been deadly. This isn't a missed gear.
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  8. MetalClawWolf

    MetalClawWolf I rode a bike once!

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    The AARP crowd will be leading the way in motorcycles soon.


    Also in the picture it looks like there is a shadow, Maybe it was a stopped/slowing bike he went wide for?


    There are plenty of Killboy pics where people slow down and cause a wreck because they want to chat with the killboy crew.
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  9. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Holy Crap!

    I've never met a real live Saint before.

    Let he who is without scootering sin cast the first hex bolt.
    (clearly vfr firefly, that would be you)

    The guy goofed.

    He got caught and exposed goofing.

    I've been scooting for 44 years now.

    I've goofed... more than once.

    I've ridden with hugely profecient, gifted riders with decades of
    experience who occasionally get it wrong.

    A lot of you guys need to lighten the fuck up.

    jeez.
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  10. VFR_firefly

    VFR_firefly Buh Bye!

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    Good thing it was a sportbike in the oncoming lane that could get out of the way instead of a panelvan. If it were, he'd be dead right now.

    He goofed.

    Oopsie!
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  11. SpiderDan

    SpiderDan Been here awhile

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    Yep, looks like he was going around a bike, but it is still not good going over the line. I scrolled through the Motard pictures and in the interest of fair play if you do so, you'll find pics of them on or leaning over the line also. The Touring or GS bikes don't have a lock on this type of riding.
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  12. Run n Gun

    Run n Gun Adventurer

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    is not a back rest , its a sluice and shovel , hes a miner of gold . Thars gold in them thar hills .......................
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  13. Joson559

    Joson559 Adventure on!

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    + effin 1 :clap
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  14. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    I've gotten into corners too hot before and crossed the centerline while trying to scrub speed and get the bike turned. I'm a former expert level roadracer with lots of class championships to my name, along with a ton of accident free street miles under my belt. I practice safe riding techniques, consider myself a student of safe riding, and am here to tell you shit happens. Usually you get away with it and spend the next two months scolding yourself for the stupid move. Sometimes you don't and make the local paper.

    Everybody screws up.
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  15. Dolly Sod

    Dolly Sod Red Clay Halo

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    So have you gone into a corner so slow that you had to cut across the center line to keep the bike upright?
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  16. Terrytori

    Terrytori Namaste

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    Yup... that pretty much sums it up.
    I was shooting a commercial years back.
    It portrayed a mountain climber who we were going to film
    climbing a frozen waterfall.
    We hired a wonderful man out of Canmore Alberta by the name of Barry
    Blanchard. The guy's real deal... done Everest & K2.
    We were shooting some close up stuff of his pick axe going into the ice
    and his footwork. He was about fifteen feet in the air when he lost
    his balance and fell to the ground.

    So i ask him... : How's that work for you when you're at
    the top of the world. He just smiles... " Shit happens".
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  17. Oilybimmer

    Oilybimmer Long timer

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    Perhaps he got bored on his way to a game of Russian Roulette and thought he would liven the ride up a little, its a good job the sportbike rider in the picture was wide awake.
    Stewart
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  18. Willbilly

    Willbilly Been here awhile

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    horseshit.

    some douchebag snapped a one-in-a-million pic of you at the wrong time.

    don't sweat it.
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  19. duck

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    I hereby join the pile-on and declare the offender a noob/poser. Sure, it's just one split second pic but it doesn't tell a good story. I'd give him a Stebel blast too.
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  20. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I agree. Of course we all make mistakes. Crossing the centerline is not a mistake, it is ignorant, unobservant riding.

    If you have to cross center to scrub off speed to keep from killing yourself you were going too damn fast to begin with.

    I, for one, will NEVER set tire on Deal's Gap. The place looks like a nightmare to me.
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