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Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by hexnut, Apr 13, 2012.
As Forrest Gump said: "Shit Happens"
Glad you're OK.
Seconded... looks like a nasty bruise though. At least now you've got an accident story to share!
I've turned at least one motorcycle over...at 0 mph. Stopped the bike and put my foot down...on a twig I didn't see and it rolled away with my foot on top of it and I couldn't stop it! Pebbles can cause the same problem.
The thread starter related dropping a 250cc motor scooter.
In a different league, is my case of dropping my 08 Burgman Exec [ Curb Weight 278 kg (613 lbs) ] three-times over the course of 14 days.
Drop during tight turn, with brake application, in loose gravel car park of metal fabricator business.
Drop during tight U-Turn in main street outside Post Office, with brake application to avoid running into parked car.
Drop on sloping wet grass verge while positioning Burgman for reverse push into shed.
Dang long-wheelbase heavy bikes with triple disc brakes, and instance-response throttles! Yet, I've never lost it when man-handling it about with the trailer attached.
I do make it a point to step out wide when 'loosing it'. It just wouldn't do to have 278 kg of steel, fuel, oil, and plastic sitting on top of my leg.
nasty looking bruise.
there are only two types of scoot riders:
1) those that have gone down, and
2) those that haven't......yet.
my last dump was a broken mirror. the one prior was three broken ribs.
yep, it was the triple discs on my sportcity that resulted in the busted mirror. they take some getting used to.
if that was your "off" youre a lucky fella!
Thats all I have to say about that.
It wasn`t the discs at fault....it was the technique.
On loose,wet or other low grip surfaces you need to avoid using the front brake.
Once the front locks up it`ll almost certainly tuck in and tip you off....as what happened to you.
If the rear locks up it`ll just skid,slide or at worst step out a bit and is easily controlled and corrected.
Get well soon!
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Good thing you're not younger any more huh?
That's a heck of a bruise for a drop in the grass. Hope ya get to feeling better soon!
That looks like a dead ringer for what I got almost dropping my Big Ruckus clone coming off the trailer.
And that was a lot lighter...maybe 175 pounds.
Doesn't take much, as you get older...worst of it is, I got an infection. Had on dirty riding pants when I did it and I didn't change or wash the scrape under the pant-leg. Laid up ten days with a leg like a sausage...
Gawd,it DOES look painful.
Hope it fixes up soon.
Ouch. Glad that didn't turn out much worse!
I deal with wet grass constantly as I have to park my Linhai 300 on it. It became evident very quickly that extreme caution is necessary, and forget that front brake while on wet grass. Might as well be on an oil slick. Even brand new Michelins don't help much in that case. Grass, loose gravel/sand, oil spots, wet roads and especially wet pavement painted markings are all things to avoid entirely if possible. And if you can't avoid them, then I try to use the back brake almost entirely on them- if having to brake at all while on those elements. I am also very careful with applying too much front brake pressure if I find myself in a curve going too fast, even on dry pavement. Best solution is to slow your ass down before ever touching that curve.
I don't guess this is mentioned from this angle much, but when a tire looses traction on any slick element, all of a sudden your braking power to the wheel increases exponentially. It will lock up that wheel without hardly any pressure at all on that brake, because the counter pressure of tire traction to keep the wheel spinning is lost. So you effectively have mega brakes at that point.
Woman rolled a stop sign and I ended up with a broken leg for my effort. Vespa now needs a bit of work. Haven't been down back to see it. I got the chrome hardware, seems like most of the time it is titanium now. I think I'd like the titanium instead.
Sorry Hexnut. Hope it is feeling better now. Heal fast.
Damn that looks painful.
Hope they give you good meds for the pain.