Where the f*ck is the bike?

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

  1. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Wow, what a story! I think you were amazingly lucky, found the one spot off that cliff that didn't kill you, and of course were wearing the proper gear for the adventure. It's not always comfy wearing heavy gear in the desert, but that's what it's for. I've done a lot of solo riding in my life and never gave it a second thought, but as I get older I think more about the SPOT and how it is the smart thing to have. What an amazing response from the passers-by and professional rescue folks!

    I grew up riding motocross, trials, enduros, etc. in the desert of New Mexico and have experienced sudden turns and drops like shown in your video. To those folks who were second-guessing your riding style and reaction times - it's easy to arm-chair the event, but when you've been riding that rough stuff for days/miles and are tired, the first reaction is to just hang on. That shite happens so fast it's hard to fathom. One second things are fine, the next you're a bird, then a splat. Ever done the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands NP? One rock bumping your wheel to the wrong side and GONE; you'd have time to pull the rip cord on your parachute on some of those drops...

    I am not surprised your DR held up so well, they are tough bikes. I put mine through hell and it never flinched. I hope you've healed and gotten the bike sorted out again and are back to riding!

    Doug
  2. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    Listening to you groan is painful from a stand point of having been whacked myself, hard in a crash before and hurting ribs. One of the toughest things was trying to sit up from a lying position. Entire core hurts and flat is where it likes to be. I watched your video several times of the moments just before you go over the edge. I was trying to see if you snagged your luggage on something. If you had, it pulls the bike right making you compensate hard left to keep from falling. There is a video somewhere that has a guy on a streetbike with bags riding through a marina and he catches his left saddlebag on a post and it causes a right turn to compensate and he goes over a ledge and into a sailboat.

    found it:

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dtXFThyr764" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>


    So glad you're OK.

    Can you give Lat/Long co-ords so we can zoom in on Google maps.
  3. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Thanks for sharing Joe. Scarry video, glad things didn't turn out worse. All those rocks, and you managed to hit the "soft" stuff. Count your blessings!
  4. tunp

    tunp Been here awhile

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    Joe,
    that is some stuff, so glad you came out as you did, and thanks for sharing the story.
  5. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Wow! All I can say is Wow! Sure am glad to see that you're ok considering just how bad it looked from the video. I also can't believe, but surely do applaud your strength of character, to attempt to get back on the trail so soon after the crash. In the end though, I think you made the right decision. I sure your buddy Darrel regaled you with exactly what to expect from the TAT post Eagle Canyon, but having been there myself, I know that it's no joke. So your decision not to tackle it at that moment in time, given your condition and that of your bike, was the right one.

    So, are you planning on getting back on the TAT and completing the crossing some time this year!? :ear:D
  6. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    WOW!
    I hope your well! Things can get out of control very quickly! Although the trip ended on a sour note for you, I'd like to hear how Darrel did. I can only image what his thoughts where not finding you! Just crawling up on the road was huge. Just that may have saved you life. You probably not that visible where you landed. The what if's are never ending! Hope you've repaired the damage to yourself and the DR.
  7. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Dude.
    You made the right choice. Riding all busted up is just no fun. Not to mention the mental state it puts you in. Live to ride another day!
  8. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    BTW, I got my shop re-wired, which means I'm back in the fabrication business.

    If you need help straightening your bike out -- stuff like bent brackets, damaged luggage rack, etc. -- give me a holla.

    If you have ideas about custom racks, bring it, we'll make it bigger, stronger, better!

    a
  9. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Joe, so glad it all worked out. Showed it to my wife and she said, "I'm buying you a spot". I tend to ride alone sometimes, not a good Idea. Shared this with my other motorcycle forum as there is a message for all there!
  10. JaxObsessed

    JaxObsessed Near Earth Object

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    Thanks for sharing!!! DAMN>>> your' a badass Sir!!! I think I was hurt more than you from just watching the vid.
    So happy you are ok.
  11. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Sweet hell, that was a scary video. Glad you are ok.
  12. GordoS

    GordoS Pawn in game of life

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    Glad you are OK.
    I am still trying to figure out how the GoPro survived on the top of your helmet.
    Safe(r) riding,
  13. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Eagle Canyon is not easy. And when your in, your in for awhile.
    Your guardian angle was over you that day. Glad your ok.
  14. Nd2Roam

    Nd2Roam Charleston, WV

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    Glad you're OK, that was painful to watch. Pardon if this has been mentioned but I see a Tosh.0 web redemption in your future. I wonder what it pays?
  15. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Holy crap Joe!! That was scary.... :eek1

    So glad to see you came out relatively unscathed...:thumb
  16. Effervescent

    Effervescent Sexiest ADVrider '14

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    "OH F*CK!!!
    Where the f*ck?
    Where the f*ck is the bike?
    Oh, ya gotta be shittin' me!
    Where the f*ck is the road?"

    My new siggie.
  17. Monsignore

    Monsignore Plunger Boy

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    While watching you slip in and out of consciousness, all I kept thinking was, "What beautiful scenery!"

    Glad you're OK and rolling again.
  18. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    Joe,

    Glad your ok.

    I hope to see you at the Mendo Rally !

    Paul
  19. AMEretired

    AMEretired Been here awhile

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    Frightening crash, thanks for posting. You are one tough and resilient sob. Very glad you are going to be ok.
    It has been common for me to carry spot on the bike. Those days are now over.
    Mike
  20. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    It's only a flesh wound! 'Tis not! You just rode off a cliff! :D

    No seriously, that was a really freaky crash. Glad you didn't really get hurt, that could have been so much worse. :clap:freaky