Tipped over down a hill

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MattySull, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:18 AM.

  1. MattySull

    MattySull Been here awhile

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    A friend and I were riding some dirt roads up in NH, street bikes with street tires him on his SV650 and me on my R65. We come across a marked ATV trail and decide to take it as far as we can.
    We rode through a massive mud puddle, up a very rough rocky hill, and down the other side was basically tree root stairs 1ft down each step ad nauseam for 1/2 mile.

    The trail was awesome and at trail end it kicks us out onto a side road with a dirt shoulder with a sharp slope down about 3 feet from the pavement. We agree to stop for a second and shake the mud off and take a breather (we were on street bikes after all). I go to set the kickstand and get off the bike and with my fatigue of that brutal trail the bike begins to lean opposite the road down the shoulder toward the 3ft ditch.
    I can't jump off quick enough and the bike lands hard on my right leg up to the knee.

    I'm basically upside down with leg pinned, gas spilling on my riding jeans, bike still running and I have absolutely no leverage at all to lift the bike up or slide my leg out.

    I was laughing because I had a friend to help but without that I don't know if I'd have been so chipper. It took both of us to right it. We had all the gear so my dual sport boots saved any bruising on the ankle.

    Be careful out there.
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  2. Seth650

    Seth650 Been here awhile

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    That trail sounds like if 2 wheels are on it, it better be a dirt bike or a real DS. The CRF250L weighs 320lbs. The R65, 455 lbs..
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  3. foxtrapper

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    Glad your knee wasn't damaged. That sort of fall can really do a knee in.
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  4. MattySull

    MattySull Been here awhile

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    It was an ATV trail. The weight of the R65 was a little too much to manage on the trail but it was still capable enough to get through it.
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  5. AlwaysSearching

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    Fearing this scenario is what convinced me to get rid of my KLR and get a DRZ. Much happier now. You never know what you might encounter when riding off road.
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  6. Bill Harris

    Bill Harris Confirmed Curmudgeon

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    Weight is everything offroad. My 200 pound Hodaka is a joy to ride compared to the 420 pound Beemer.
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  7. Bucho

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    Sounds like you guys had a cool adventure.

    This is part of the reason most guys (and gals) who ride offroad never ride alone. Ive never been down where I couldnt get the bike off of myself but Ive seen it happen to some friends. And Im talking about relatively light bikes (220-250) pinning them in some awkward position.
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  8. windblown101

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    Glad you had someone around to help! I've never been pinned yet in a way a couldn't extract myself but I have had to spend some time working on getting unpinned where there was a brief dark thought of "Oh, oh.... I might be stuck" and it wasn't always on heavy bikes.

    I need to practice clean get-offs more. Seems the older I get the less likely I am to manage to remain standing when the bike goes down. :(
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  9. AlwaysSearching

    AlwaysSearching Been here awhile

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    I'm curious about what positions the riders were in that they couldn't get a 250lb bike off themselves. It seems to me it would be a very unusual circumstance. In any case it might be helpful to anticipate the scenario.
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  10. AlwaysSearching

    AlwaysSearching Been here awhile

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    I typically fall at slow speed and instinctively I don't try to fight it. I usually just drop and roll and let my armor take the beating. So far it has done the job well.
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  11. MattySull

    MattySull Been here awhile

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    Until now I thought it was impossible to get pinned an airhead because the cylinders stick out so far. (unless thats the pin point Ouch!)

    My foot/knee was stuck by the tank/seat/carb area and I have no ability to use my free leg to move the bike off or slide out from under it. It didn't help at all that I was essentially laying down flat on my back with my right knee & foot turned 90 degrees to one side. I'm very surprised I didnt twist or sprain anything. I was completely and totally stuck. I'm certain given 30 minutes I could've dug myself out but that was the only way.

    It may be time I finally get that WR250R, DRz400 or DR650. I really really really want the DR650.
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