Why we wave

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by WildmanSam, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. WildmanSam

    WildmanSam Adventurer

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    Hi ADV,

    I'm a relatively new rider and unfortunately I'm all too familiar with "face plants". Out of the many that I've had, I've fortunately never caused much damage to myself or my bike and I've always learned a valuable lesson afterwards.

    I made what I think is a good video showing how over confidence on a familiar road coupled with rider exhaustion can lead to that tiny mistake that sends you off the road.

    I also captured a fellow enthusiast (possibly another ADV member) who showed what real motorcycle camaraderie means.

    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c7soxYexa2g" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>
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  2. 390beretta

    390beretta Long timer

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    Good Vid. Nice that he stopped to help you. Tell me about those rear view mirrors on your bike.
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  3. RZRob

    RZRob Long timer

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    Stuff happens. Glad you came out unscathed.

    RZ Rob
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  4. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Wow, nice video.

    I ride a pig with lipstick as well (2009 KLR) and mine don't sound that nice :cry

    What program did you mix the video with, nice job actually.

    Great stretch of road, that's a neat ride, except for the dump. Ouch.
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  5. WildmanSam

    WildmanSam Adventurer

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    Thanks everyone.

    The mirrors are from fleaBay. completely worthless for intended purposes. I've since switched to cheap-o OEM style mirrors with a much larger viewing area.

    the exhaust is just the "low buck" mod where I drilled out the "tweety" with a 2" hole saw and bolted on a turn down end cap.

    the editing program is Power Director. it can do so much more but I can't bring myself to really edit my videos properly (too time consuming; i'd rather be riding).
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  6. Spacelord

    Spacelord Mutha Mutha

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    That curve has got a few, I think you could have made it if you had just trusted the bike.
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  7. WildmanSam

    WildmanSam Adventurer

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    perhaps. this is the second time i've approached a turn going too fast and brake instead of going in for a lean. bad instincts that i'm working on correcting.
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  8. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    4.5 for originality
    6 for calm
    8.9 for the lay'er her down
    Would have been a solid 10 if you had meant to.
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  9. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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    Speed will do that. Glad to see you were fine, the bike landed great, it was almost standing.

    There is no greater lesson than one without injuries or damage. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    If there was perfect crash, this is it!

    You know why.
    You learned.
    Your unharmed.
    Bikes unharmed.
    Fellow biker helped out.
    Caught on video to share.

    All is well.

    Flawless.

    :clap
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  11. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Thanks for sharing dude. Glad you are ok. You had plenty of time to slow down the bike enough to make that corner. Next time keep focused on looking all the way through the turn, and counter steering that bike. Turn your head, point your chin where you want to go, Decreasing radius turns can bite quickly. I know this because I did the same thing once.
    Good luck!! Highly recommend you read "Proficient Motorcycling" by David Hough. Great book. Ride safe brother.
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  12. duck

    duck Banned

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    Sure was nice of someone to put that tree there to catch your bike.

    Interesting vid. Thanks for posting it.
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  13. Unca Fud

    Unca Fud nrpetersen

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    Do you have deer in the area? An incredible road!:clap
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  14. Falconx84

    Falconx84 Lurker

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    Simple target fixation and you got spooked... happens to the best of us.

    Definitely learn to trust the bike. Even on knobbies, as long as you're smooth the bike will lean a lot farther than you may realize. That little voice in the back of my head saying "push harder" has saved my rear more than once.

    And you low-sided... not "laid it down." Makes you sound like more of a n00b. It implies that it was intentional to "avoid" a crash by crashing. Only used by lifestyle bike owners.

    The real fail is missing the milkcrate... totally screws with the balance of the KLR.
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  15. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    I certainly "get" the distraction factor, you come around a corner and find a cager partially into your lane, takes you a bit to get over that, and then "oh shit".

    I get it.

    Does not just happen to new riders.

    This past fall, three of us were on our way back from a 3 day trip. I saw a guy in the oncoming lane starting to drift into our lanes. I strongly felt that the point rider saw it coming, or the SUV would miss him. I know I saw it coming and could avoid him or take the ditch (my KLR loves the ditch at speed :evil). My biggest fear was for my chum that was somewhere behind me, and was not sure he saw his potential fate.

    Hearing multiple weak-ass bike horns simultaneously, I figured everyone knew what was coming. He missed us all, and I fixated on my rear view mirror, because I was convinced the guy had come all the way across and smacked a rock wall or ditched, but we continued on. For miles, I wanted to turn around and chase the bugger, but traffic was heavy. Took awhile to let go of it.
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  16. exoff-roadgoat

    exoff-roadgoat Will ride for food

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    :clapNice video! Seeing all those beautiful green trees makes me hate winter even more. All those tar strips were making me nervous.:eek1. Hopefully I'll be more cautious the next time I'm on a similar ride. I've been lucky so far. Glad to see everything turned out well.
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  17. wizze

    wizze Wizze = Wise

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    Thanks for the video. Classic "look where you want to go NOT where you it's going to hurt." I watched it several times. It looks like you could have made it and you can see where you looked at the edge of the road. I agree a milk crate would helped. :D Those mirrors are pretty blingy for a KLR. You're going to give the rest of them a bad name.
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  18. ohgood

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    don't beat yourself up. a lot of us are working on correcting that

    thanks for the reality check video, sub'd your channel.

    oh, the "new tires rock" video by the creek, that's great. rock on. :)
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  19. DirtReeper

    DirtReeper Been here awhile

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    :deal
    This was the real reason, your aerodynamics were all off. Glad youre ok and that guy stopped to help.
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  20. 903cc

    903cc n00b

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    I'm just curious, what is "left of the six" ?
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