Leonelli Moment!

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Greg one of the Tryals Shop regulars, coined a new phrase a couple of weeks ago..... "I had a Leonelli moment!" That's how we now describe when rider and bike part company on an obstacle or in a section and the lanyard gets pulled. I unfortunately missed the regular Saturday evening ride, due to family stuff and Greg had a one in a million Leonelli moment! He had a fail on a log up a bank obstacle and came off the bike in a way that fully stretched the lanyard pulling it off the kill switch and popping it off his wrist too! An urgent search for the errant lanyard began, but to no avail..... until Mike walking up out of a ditch in the section, looked up and saw it hanging in a tree limb 15 feet in the air! A long snow rake was fetched from the shop and used to pull the limb down and with some jumping Greg snatched it back to earth. Sorry I missed that one!:photog
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  2. lineaway

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    That reminds me, I need to carry my spare in the fanny pack instead of my parts box.
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  3. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    Dang, I would have loved to see that! :photog
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  4. 1fxstbi

    1fxstbi Been here awhile

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    I have a small rare earth magnet that is stuck to the bolt that holds my tank on. If I loose the switch magnet I can pop the rare earth one on the switch and keep riding. I just kill the engine by stalling it.
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  5. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Have one too and stick it to a triple clamp bolt. Keep it there for total emergency and carry a spare complete lanyard in my hydration pack.
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    Champe Been here awhile

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    Most kill switches have a plug that connects to the wiring harness. Just disconnect the kill switch and you can start and ride again. No need for extra magnets. This will get you home.
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  7. lineaway

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    No killswitch strap and you get an automatic 5. We sre talking compitition.
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  8. Ymirtrials

    Ymirtrials Been here awhile

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    Had one yesterday, a Leonelli moment....you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to get my Montesa timber harvester off that tree! :lol3
    Put a pretty good dent in the bottom of the silencer too....
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    Next time, make the rock. That is one of the better one`s that I have seen.
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  10. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Wow! Thanks for bringing this thread back to life! Glad that wasn't a Beta rear fender!:photog
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    Or TRS...
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  12. jonnyc21

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    Come to think of it... my best Leonelli moment was going over the large tire in my backyard. My wife was standing near bye as I hopped up on it and held a wheelie across it with all the stile and grace of an expert rider. :photog

    My wife's excited compliment then provided the fuel for me to then request she video me doing it again... I then commenced a nearly perfect reproduction of the first event but decided I would try and hold the wheelie as I landed on the other side.

    Well, you can just guess how glad I was the lanyard popped off as the bike spun straight at my wife and stopped about 12" short of running her over.

    :fpalm

    The only sad part was she forgot to start recording so I didn't get a good video of the episode.

    :doh
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  13. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    :photog
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  14. Brewtus

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    My "best" Leonelli moment occured on the loop at the Colorado National. I was hairballing it around a corner trying to keep my rider in sight (I was minding for my buddy K-Rad), and washed the front end out big time. Bars tucked, low slideded, and watched in slow motion as my arm stretched the cheap-assed lanyard to it's limit, breaking just as the button came off. It flew off into the trees as we ground to a halt. Bike up, grit out of the throttle pipe, and spent a few frantic moments looking for the damn button. Found it after a short search, put it back on and roared off. Later on, BetaRambo told me they are only required to be on the competitor's wrist in sections only. Yet they are mandatory for Minders.

    Screw those stupid things. I've seen more branch-snag caused 5s and broken straps after crashes with those damn things than seen potential injuries prevented. They remind me of spark arrestors - a sillyassed solution to a non-existent problem.
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    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    Let's not forget this moment when you were a total NOOB at San Ysidro with Big Al!

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    Don`t laugh, I picked up a rock like that going into a section at a National in Colorado. It was a downhill entrance at the bottom. The rock locked up my rear wheel and I fell, slide my front axle a couple inches into the section and Kerrie B. gave me a five. Why, I asked? The rules are the rules. But I crashed before the damn gate!
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    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    My old TXT270. What a great bike that was! :D

    I have a dent in my left kneecap to this day from that tumble. :lol3
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    Oh I just thought of another recent one. At a trial last month there was approx 2000’ of elevation gain in the first half of the loop and of course back down again on the way back to camp. Riding between sections on a steep, long, narrow, sandy section of trail I was starting to feel like my front brake was pumping up a bit due to heat and I thought it would be a good idea to back out the thumb screw on the lever to be sure I still had free play.... any how took my hand off the throttle to try and back the screw out a tad but couldn’t quite get it. So I reached below the grip to get it and rolled the throttle WAY open, looped the bike instantly and I landed on my back sliding down the trail and of course the tether came off under full stretch of the wrist strap and broke sending the magnet flying never to be found again. :bluduh No one there to see it either....
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  19. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    It could be worse. You could have an Apico Moment. That's when you lose your Apico-lanyard strap and magnet, then find out the magnet polarity is reversed from Leonelli.

    As for for me, Mr. Lanyard has been kind, saving me from myself more than being silly or problematic.

    I must admit to being a dinglefutz once and leaving 'my key' on the bike during transport. Strap and magnet are now mystery roadside archaeology... somewhere. I had to learn to pull any keys and stick them to the side of the Casita's kitchen vent Hood.

    Yes, a key. It's some consolation that if some scuz steals my bike, a million-kick scenario will unfold after the initial thrill of theft. That is, if I remember to not forget to remove the key....

    I've learned in nationals to fit the strap to my wrist just so (not tight, not loose), and always keep it on my wrist, even when walking sections. Before I ride through the start gate I make sure the magnet is fully on the perch and the strap is just so and the strap is laying above my thumb before riding through the start gate.

    Also helpful has been to replace the strap some months before the thing starts looking like Tiny Tim's threadbare pants.

    But I still play the fool after transport! At the third kick with no lighting off, "What the... oh, the $uc&in key!"

    I have never though to actually carry a spare! Note to self: slip one into the Osprey tool pocket so it can mate with the 20-ounce CO2 tire inflator cartridge!
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    Ymirtrials Been here awhile

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    Another, not holding pressure quite right that time!! Trying to keep Norman amused while he is recovering....:-)
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