Side hill OTE (off trail excursion)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by HellSickle, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Don't do this. The rider must have hit his bars on a tree and launched off the side of the trail into a pile of rose bushes & dead timber. He landed below the bike, and miraculously escaped injury. If riding solo, it would have been impossible to get his bike back on the trail. We tied a tow strap to the front wheel and hoisted the bike out of the bushes.

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  2. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Wow! Amazing there were no serious injuries! Ya know, four wheelers can get winches installed...wonder if some two wheelers should too. :D
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  3. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    sanity?

    I sometimes carry a long medium duty ratchet strap for such occaisions. It doesn't take up to much space and might be the difference of walking out for help.. etc.
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  4. swann

    swann Just practicing...

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    Good thinking
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  5. rgoers

    rgoers Been here awhile

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    I do the same... it takes a LONG time to move something that way, but it does get it moved. :-) In a lot of situations, after getting some tension on the strap, pulling on the center of the strap will get things to move a lot more distance, more quickly than just relying on the ratchet take-up.
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  6. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    Damn orange bikes, always getting distracted and checking things out off the side of the trail...
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  7. Crenshaw

    Crenshaw Bum

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    Rainbow trail? I feel like I recognize that spot.

    Good job getting it out, I always think about that type of situation when riding alone.
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  8. DRV

    DRV Been here awhile

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    Had a similar off trail experience slippery log got me... Ropes pulleys or ratchet straps good thing to bring along..
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  9. Nacho911

    Nacho911 Been here awhile

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    Are covert kit. 50 feet of 6 mm climbing rope and pulleys, binders, and some code. Also some prussik chord to make a 3-1 or 5-1 system. In a pinch if another rider has this kit go with a 9-1 rescue system. We used it for a Triumph 800xc that went about 15-20 feet over bank into trees. Took a lot of work to get it up still. A hand saw is also good to carry.

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  10. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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  11. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    each to their own, but the idea of dirt riding solo ain't for me. glad this guy wasn't injured.

    +1 on the rope, i've got a light weight one that takes up little space but gets used all the time for pulling bikes out of trouble, and could tow a bike back to camp if needed.
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