Where the f*ck is the bike?

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

  1. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Was that the trip we were riding in Mexico . . . at night . . . in the dirt . . . in the mountains . . . in the rain? Yeah, fun times. :lol3 That was certainly a memorable trip.
  2. Burnszilla

    Burnszilla BurnsMoto.com

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    Jeez. Glad you're ok Joe!
  3. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Holy shit!!

    I saw this on "Right This Minute" this morning!!

    You are famous!! You made the "morning news"

    Glad you are ok. Keep the rubber side down.

    JG
  4. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Wow, I got a youtube pm from someone there a few days ago asking about the video, but I never replied. Did you see it on their broadcast tv show or just on the web?
  5. K. L. Rocket

    K. L. Rocket Big bouncy make big happy

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    Biff diving midnight-riding Joe, glad you came out of that alright. Looking forward to seeing you at Mendo III. :freaky
  6. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    Dude. I hope you bought a frickin' PowerBall Ticket. Seriously. You are one tough sonofabitch. Glad you're alright.

    Wow.

    Just. Wow.
  7. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    Yikes! Glad to see you are okay Joe! I watched the video and followed the thread for a while, didn't realize who the rider was until you came on here and claimed it.

    For the people questioning technique or skills, I have a few comments. First, having ridden with Joe a few times, he is not just a casual rider and takes that bike places most would not consider taking any bike, let alone a loaded DR650. I don't think covering brake and clutch would have made much difference in the short distance to react, too much momentum between the bike and luggage. That really changes the dynamics of the bike and the braking system.

    Second, riding on "alert" like that all the time is okay when you are out for an afternoon ride, but not something like the TAT. Not saying you are not paying attention, but you ride much less aggressively and your technique changes a little bit. You go into that "alert" mode when you think it is necessary, but it's not realistic to stay at that level all the time. Having my own TAT experience last year on the eastern TAT to the OK/NM border, I can tell you that day after day of 10+ hour riding days over all sorts of terrain wears on you. Most of us have done long day trips or weekend rides, but try putting those back to back for days or weeks and it really changes the equation. You have to manage your energy and evaluate the trail and decide how aggressive to be. If you have been riding through similar terrain all day without issue, it is pretty easy to misread a 50' section of trail.

    Glad to see you doing well Joe, wish I could be at the Mendo Rally again this year so we could ride together. I learned a lot trying to follow you on some of those goat trails! If you find your way over to Montana, give me a shout, I've got a parking spot and a cold beer here with your name on it!

    Tim
  8. DOGSROOT

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    OUTSTANDING :nod
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  9. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I am 56 now, and cracked some ribs skiing. Damn that hurts. I have lots of things I enjoy, no need to add DS to the mix. I did DS some in my 20's so it is not a bucket list item. Besides, I think my guardian angel had to retire from overwork and stress. Kind of like yours in a few more years.

    Glad you are OK.

    Rod
  10. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    ^^^ do what I do, see it as motorized hiking. There's a lot to see an experience off the pavement.

    I'm pretty slow and cautious so when I venture off the pavement I just take it very cautiously like, well, motorized hiking.

    Problem is if you are the type that cannot keep self control and inevitably wicks up the throttle. In that case, you can get in trouble and best to stay away from DS.
  11. Ironheadziggy76

    Ironheadziggy76 What the hell?

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    Glad to hear you are okay and getting everything sorted out! From watching the video and reading your details you have helped me make a decision for my return trip back to Alaska. I was considering the DR or a KLR, it looks like it will be a DR. I bent a wheel on my Wee on the way to Prudhoe Bay, and turned back for fear of it cracking or breaking after I beat on it to get it to hold air. That and it was really out of round! :lol3 I didn't have enough time to head back up the Dalton after replacing the wheel, so I'll head back north in 2015 on a DR650. Thanks for sharing this, it's an amazing story!
  12. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    Wow...I gotta tell you, when you sat up and I could see the shadow of your helmet on the ground, I thought man it looks like he might go out. When you fell over I feared the worst. Luckily you were able to move and get back to the road it could have taken a long time before anyone found you. Glad you're OK.

    Tech23
  13. Skooter

    Skooter people suck

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    56! Hats off to you sir. :thumb I'm pushing 50 and your story is even more inspirational after seeing your age in your profile.
  14. PMC

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    WOW
    watched the video and read your follow up posts
    Really glad you faired so well
    You just burnt one of your 9 so take care :deal
  15. chrish4ku

    chrish4ku Been here awhile

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    I think all the grey hair happened during the fall. It was completely all black 5 minutes prior. :rofl
  16. joefromsf

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    Thanks Al. I may be getting in touch with you regarding the rear subframe bracket. For now, I deferring all cosmetic and chassis type fixes until after I sort out getting the bike running smooth again.
  17. nfldsteak

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    Wow.....I'm speechless. Kudos to you man.....glad to see you're OK. Take care.:clap
  18. twowheeladdict

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    Man Joe, your video makes me sick to my stomach. A friend emailed me a link to the youtube video and it was so shocking I posted it up at a couple forums. Someone else found your posts here and linked them in. This video will probably go viral.

    So glad you came away with minimal injuries.
  19. joefromsf

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    I'm honored that I was able to provide a sig worthy quote. Though it feels strange that they were uttered during my blackout period, so I have no recollection of having said them. BTW, I changed my sig line too. :lol3
  20. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Hi Joe, That was spectacular - especially because you walked away (figuratively speaking). I recently crashed on my XR650L and I think the reason was similar to yours. In my case, I had so much weight on the back of the bike that once things started going in the wrong direction, there was no stopping it.

    Mine wasn't near as spectacular (about the 1:30 mark).

    http://youtu.be/3xskUfsXcaM

    RZ Rob