Where the f*ck is the bike?

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by joefromsf, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    That was quite the adventure! (Glad you are okay.)

    But crashing IS part of the off-road game. It's a contact sport.

    In this case it would have been better to have "crashed" as in stopping on the trail and tipping over standing still after the bike got directionally skewed, rather than keep riding it out and as a result go over a cliff. You can't always save it, on a bigger bike that is also heavily loaded with baggage.

    My bare 990 probably weighs in a similar range to your loaded 650. If a low-speed maneuver doesn't go as planned I hardly ever can save it and mostly don't even try. That slow, I'll just dump it right there and then my buddies can help me pick it up rather than to have to find me down a cliff!.

    Ah well, hindsight is easy. And again, glad you are okay.
  2. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    Yep, sometimes you just need to accept the little crash instead of the big one.
  3. COXR650L

    COXR650L Long timer

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    Kudos to you for being a good sport and sharing the video. Glad your ok and that it turned out fine:deal. That could have really been ugly.
  4. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    Yep. You're 100% literal, 100% of the time. I'm sure it must lead to some interesting disagreements:

    A: "I always wear my seatbelt. ATGATT!"
    B: "I call BS. You're telling me you wear your belt while taking a crap?"

    :deal:huh
  5. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    Wow, Joe, just found this thread. Saw the video elsewhere earlier but didn't realise it was you.

    Glad your doing well. We met at the ADV Central Rallye when you were on your long ride about a few years back.

    I should be heading out to DV at the end of March but I suppose you already said you're not going to make it.

    I'll stand a pint for you!

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  6. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    When you decide to go to Moab to finish it up, if I have the time and money, I may just want to join you if you want the company. Any chance to go to Moab is good. Although I'd do it on my KLX250S and not my DR650. :)

    Rob
  7. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Thanks for the well wishes Vince, and back at you. Been following your thread and am glad you're enjoying some quality time.

    Don't worry, I'm still expecting to take my lumps on some dumps, just trying to avoid the hospital visits.

    Its been a strange week reliving the crash through this thread. My blood pressure has been up 10+ points all week. It will be interesting to see what happens when I get back out on the trails.
  8. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    I've seen this video popping up on various forms over the last few days and finally my curiosity got the best of me. I watch the crash and think, "I hope he's alright." Then I finally look at the screen name and realize this is the really nice guy who bought my old DR650.

    (<---- pic in avatar).

    Glad it wasn't worse and hope everything healed up. From our discussion when you were loading the bike in your van, I know you'll be back on the trails soon. :thumb Hope the rebuild goes well.
  9. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Hey BS. Yeah I remember meeting you at that rallye. Sorry I'm going to miss you and everyone else that's headed to DV this month. It's my favorite place to ride.
  10. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Thanks Steve. I promise to take better care of it in the future. :lol3
  11. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    ...So I don't own them, and yes I've had some interesting disagreements because people sometimes speak before they think, myself included but I try not to make statements like "I cover the levers 100% of the time when I ride" when it's not really the fact. I also have not chimed in here and tried to explain to Joe from SF what he did wrong, could have done differently or should have done differently. I've had the same thing happen with a different outcome. Joe obviously has anylized this over and over again, kudos to him for posting this up and leaving himself wide open for critisism and being a class act the whole way. No, I'm not a very popular guy sometimes but that's ok. I accept that. I hope you all ride safe and never have anything bad happen to you. Keep those levers covered. :D
    Ride on.:ricky
  12. Chivvalry

    Chivvalry Been here awhile

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    Glad you made it thru with such minor injuries. A 12 foot fall could have been one helluva lot worse... your luck was fantastic.

    Thanks for posting this up and all your thoughts on it... affirms the choice of a SPOT as an essential piece of safety equipment on rides. The various pieces of "analysis" and "feedback" contained in the thread have been enlightening as well. My dirt experience at this point is minimal and out of date so I am trying to soak up dos and don'ts as I go through some of these threads and you sharing your experience here has been very valuable to me.

    :thumb
  13. Kampfire

    Kampfire Trucky on two wheels

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    I was catching up on this thread and some retro rock came on,
    so I just had to share what a fellow Adventure Rider once wrote (and recorded, yes- trivia)

    "What's the deal? Spin the wheel.
    If the dice are hot, take a shot.
    Play your cards. Show us what you got,
    What you're holding.
    If the cards are cold,
    Don't go folding.
    Lady Luck is golden,
    She favors the bold. That's cold.
    Stop throwing stones,
    The night has a thousand saxophones.
    So get out there and rock,
    And roll the bones.
    Get busy!

    Why are we here?
    Because we're here
    Roll the bones
    Why does it happen?
    Because it happens
    Roll the bones "

    Corny? Silly? Yes, maybe.........But we ride and flirt with the "what if's" every time we ride. I can only hope to make that trail someday.
  14. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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  15. Trane Francks

    Trane Francks Been here awhile

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    In the spirit of smooth conversation, I often find it helpful to agree with what I know to be the spirit of a statement rather than choose to pick apart a literal impossibility. I understand the impossibility of speaking in absolutes. That said, it's just not functional to dispute "always cover the levers" when it's understood -- or should be -- that the meaning amounts to "(endeavor to) always cover the levers (as much as possible)".

    Getting back on topic: The plunge that the OP had has given me a hint that I might want to take an offroad riding course prior to trying anything even remotely gnarly. Originally, I had thought to just start off easy and work my way up on my own. Now I'm not so sure that's the best idea.
  16. Vaalseun

    Vaalseun n00b

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    Thanks for posting Joe you are surely one lucking rider who were Spared to do some more biking!
    Respect :clap
  17. Stan Dalone

    Stan Dalone Gotta get me somma dat

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    I always cover the levers, 99.9999999% of the time. :D
    Glad your ok Joe, that was a nasty get-off:puke1
  18. ARZ

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    I loves me some Rush!!!

    Its funny how music finds its way to you at just the right time.
  19. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    Glad the OP is ok. Pretty hairy crash. The phenomenon of people riding with cameras, and thereby recording their crashes, has lead to some interesting data. It turns out that the last thing you said, "F*ck", and "S*it", are the most common last things said before impact in 48 of the 50 states. In Utah, it's actually "Oh, my heck!" In Wisconsin, it's "Hold my beer, I'm gonna try something."
  20. jsb223

    jsb223 ADV Rookie

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    That line "where the f*** is the road?" is gonna be burned in
    my mind like "we're gonna need a bigger boat"

    EPIC