Stuck, Hurt or Lost--Lessons Learned

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Cpt. Ron, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Sp4rks

    Sp4rks Been here awhile

    Aug 2, 2013
    Well, this one time I went out to a motorcycle ranch for a little ride. It was club only, but this time they were having an "open ride" day, probably to get some members registered. I was a scrawny 13 year old, weighing in at 115lbs. I was using my father's 2007 CRF230L. Street legal dual sport, 267lbs and another important detail I'll get to later. So, we had a Poker run, and did an escargot. But that little Adventurer in me decided that watching bikes ride around in circles just didn't seem like fun.

    I went off on my own, no cell, no nothing. Eventually, I got stuck in some mud. Now, these we some pretty crappy tires, the had some knobs, but weren't very dirt ready. Basically they turned to slicks in that mud. I eventually got them out. At this point, I didn't want to turn around. I pushed through until I got to a hill climb. I had to get up there anyway, so I double back a bit, and pinned in. I eventually ran out of horsepower and came crashing down. Bike stayed up there. I pulled it down, which took a lot out of me. I eventually got it lifted up. Hit the starter, and, nothing. I wasn't really worried up until right then. Because up until here, I was only limited by myself. But a dead battery(we eventually learned a few months later that the battery was fine, but the rectifier had always been bad)? Yeah, now I'm fucked. I found some nice Trials riders who help me get someone to pull my bike out. All's well that ends well.

    Now, this is a typical lesson about a 13 year old going out on his own and fucking up. Lessons learned:
    -Don't go out on your own(I sometimes break this)
    -Keep a cell on you(I always keep my cell in a dry bag in my pack, worse case I try to get to higher ground to get a signal)
    -Kickstarts are good(I now ride a 2002 KTM 125sx, kickstart only)
  2. Flo_Evans

    Flo_Evans Been here awhile

    Apr 25, 2008
    St. Louis, MO
    A few years ago I got into about the worst trouble I have been in on a bike.

    1st mistake: For some reason or another I got pissed at the people I was riding with and took off on my on.

    2nd mistake: left insulation and waterproof jacket layer at camp.

    3rd mistake: did a shit job of chain adjustment before the ride because everyone was waiting on me to start. Chain of course popped off, had no proper tools with me. Lucky to be able to pop it back on.

    4th mistake: I only had an iPhone for a gps and didn't pre-load the maps for the area I was in. GPS on the iPhone also drains the battery quicker than anything. I had a charging cable but if my bike would of died I would of had no way to charge the phone.

    5th mistake: instead of turning around when the trail I was riding evaporated I just kept going. Got turned around, fell a few times and could not find my way back to the trail. Of course I never put any waypoints in my GPS, so I was pretty much blind.

    I eventually found a creek and followed that till it hit a road. At that point I was soaking wet and exhausted, the temp was dropping and hyperthermia was starting to set in. I got the bike back to camp just as everyone else was leaving and luckily got a ride in a truck. There is no way I could of ridden home safely in that state.

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    Watching the video now I made some pretty bad riding decisions on top of all that other stuff. Trying to stop mid-hill to disable ABS leading to a tip over, trying to get on the bike from the downhill side, trying to go off trail and bushwhack on a 650 in the 1st place.
  3. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

    Jul 4, 2011
    Lancaster, PA.
    Last year a deer decided to take me out in the Michaux state forest in PA.
    Result - Broken collar bone, bruised lungs, busted 4 ribs, broken scapula, concussion - blah blah blah. There was no way I was picking my 520Lb GSW up.
    Pulled out the trusty iPhone, had 2 bars of signal. Whew. Called 911, told the nice lady on the phone that there was no way in hell I was able to ride out, and that I needed help. 35 Mins later the rescue squad showed up. Lessons learned:
    1: Stay calm. Stop. Breathe. Think. Act. In that order. Wise words from my old scuba instructor who was an ex navy seal.
    2: Malke sure that your cell phone is charged, and you have a way to call for help. 35 Mins was a long time to wait for help, but I was able to get help. It would have been a long ass, painful walk out.
    3: Carry water. I had my camelback.
    4: If you're going off road - ride with someone. Dont go alone. Its not worth it.
    5: Wear your F"n gear. My helmet saved my life, and my gear saved my skin and ass.
  4. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

    Apr 3, 2006
    Pleasanton, CA
    The most interesting places in the Sierras have no cell coverage. When you're in some deep canyon you won't get a direct path to a cell tower. The cell phones work great up on the tops of the mountains, though.
  5. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

    Jul 4, 2011
    Lancaster, PA.
    Scott, If I were riding deep in the canyons, for sure I would have a PLB or a SPOT. Wouldnt leave home without it!
    Good point though!
  6. kbroderick

    kbroderick Long timer

    May 7, 2009
    Red Lodge, Montana
    So if you didn't read the Death Valley report linked above, or if you didn't follow the link to the article about the tow operator, check this out:

    On the original subject, my brother and I took his Ford Bronco II up a forest road near our parents' place in Maine, on Christmas Eve. We'd been up the same road previously in my 2wd Toyota Pickup, but that was during the summer; at this point, the ground was snow-covered, but I had a new come-along to play with, should we need it.

    Roughly 1.5-2 miles past the end of the maintained roadway, we decided that the sketchy bridge and sketchier hill climb beyond it were more than we wanted to deal with and turned around, having only just resorted to putting the truck into 4WD. While doing so, the vehicle spat out its coolant and refused to restart.

    We walked out, as darkness was falling, and called for a ride from the first occupied building we found (roughly 2.5 miles from the rig).

    I went back the next day with a friend (in his Suburban) to recover my box o' tools (which, given my lack of familiarity with the rig and the time at which it stopped working, had not proved very useful). Unfortunately, we were out there late enough in the day that attempting to tow out the Bronco didn't seem like a good risk, and a snowfall shortly after that point rendered it thoroughly stuck until spring.
  7. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Nov 11, 2005
    Gold Coast
    Don't forget the bike has a kill switch .... They start a lot better once you notice that. :huh

    (Doh !)

  8. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

    Mar 3, 2010
    Sandia Mountains New Mexico
  9. Tinker1980

    Tinker1980 Doesn't ask why, only asks how

    Dec 10, 2012
    Nowhere, OK
    Only time I've really needed to go for rescue was one fine afternoon on my 1986 XL250R. I was following some ATV tire tracks around Goose Island.!3m1!1s0x87b7acec23277003:0xcdbaed56bde8a91c

    I was riding along the banks, and saw a spot where the tracks went across some sorta-dry looking mud. Not being that experienced a rider, I decided to take it nice and slow. And managed to get it buried up to the cylinder head. My 5'10" 130 pound self couldn't get it out of the mud, try as I might. No cell phone, no spot, but thankfully, this was not a plated road-legal bike - I tried to remove the bike until it started getting dark, but every time I pulled on part of it, I'd sink in mud up to my thighs. Ended up deciding to walk back to the truck. Dear old Dad and my brother and I loaded up and went back out there, with some ropes and flashlights. This is when I learned the trick called "Lay the bike down, drag it sideways, and see if you can get it out." Standing on tree limbs thrown into the mud helped too.

    Now of course, I know that I should give it a bit more gas when seeing something like that. Or better yet, ride around it. :lol3
  10. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

    Feb 19, 2007
    Silver Lake (L.A.)