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Should have been a crash but I...well... - January 27, 2007, 04:53 PM

Ok, first off I wanted to say thanks to the man above because without him who knows if I'd even be here writing this.

Secondly...this was entirely my fault so I hope others learn from it.

Well, I want riding with some neighbors who are very new to riding. We went into Clifton (which I swear has it out for me) and all was good. I've only been in Clifton a few times, some of the roads we hit today I've never ridden (ok...remember this part of the story)

We ended up at fairfax county parkway so I decided to turn around and head back. Well, I informed the group that I was heading back the way we came and told them to have a nice ride...CIAO

So I'm heading back, this is the part of Clifton I've never ridden so I couldn't even tell you the name of the road. Well, on the way up there was a 10mph turn which wasn't anything fancy but a turn you'd want to slow up a little. So that being said I'm rolling through at a "brisk" pace when I came up to the turn.

So...I see the turn and the road pretty much disappears as it goes right, I knew I came in way hot. What I did is straighten the bike and got on the front brakes very hard...well that helped but I was still heading off road so I figured...maybe I'll try to back it into this turn. So I downshifted twice and let the clutch out and the rear started to slide and I was heading sideways towards the side of the road. At this point I was about 30 feet from the side of the road where there was a small ditch and some bushes. Anyhow...as I'm sliding I remembered what to do from all the other times practicing how to back the bike in so I pointed my front tire towards the direction I was sliding and pushed down on the bars to bring the bike even more sideways hoping that it would allow me to still make the turn...well it didn't and I slid at least 30 feet...I looked up once I stopped and saw the skid marks. Anyhow...as I'm sliding I was laughing because it was the furthest I've backed it in and the most sideways I've ever gotten the bike for that long...and kept telling myself...do NOT let off the brakes or I'm highsiding into some bushes. Well...just as I went off the road I eased off the front brakes and applied the rear brakes...holy shit if I didn't end up stopped exactly 2 feet off the road and was standing...bike running and all.

At first I couldn't believe I was up...I was all ready to take a tumble and fully expected to...thank goodness I usually ride in full gear So I stopped for a second...said my thanks to God and looked at the road which is where I noticed the skid mark going all the way to the top of the hill to where I was...at least 30 feet if not more. I laughed it off and pushed the bike out and went along my way...

Lesson I learned...if you don't know the road SLOW THE F#$% down! It was my fault and the only thing that saved me were the drills I do on my Supermoto...mad props to the dunlops which allowed me to slide in a nice controlled manner and the DRZ for being so amazingly balanced.

That's it...the crash without the crash...


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January 27, 2007, 05:15 PM

glad you are ok!

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January 27, 2007, 05:34 PM

Cool!

I dumped my DR in a creek today.


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January 27, 2007, 05:42 PM

Good save!! Almost crashes are always the best!!
You shoulda taken a skidmark pic with your phone!!
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January 27, 2007, 06:09 PM

mad props to you man for handling that so well, glad you're okay....one question though, could you tell me what "backing into the turn" means? sounds cool
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January 27, 2007, 06:28 PM

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Cool!

I dumped my DR in a creek today.
Ahh shit Travis...hope you and the mighty DR are ok!

You know the funny thing is I remembered when you and I last went out and you made a left hand turn and I came in hot thinking you were going straight and ended up backing it in that turn by accident... I was thinking of that on the way home.

Thanks everyone...for the concern...it's all about the drills!!! Practice turns it into instinct!

As far as backing it in, well...in a nut shell basically it's the rear tire rotating slower than the front tire so it will actually slide. The proper technique is usually performed by downshifting and working the clutch...some will feather the rear brake but I've found that the downshifts and clutch bring consistent results. Part II is braking late and very very hard...once you break the rear loose you need to point the front tire towards the slide and press down on the bars to help the bike slide even more...I would highly recommend NOT doing this on a sportbike...they are not set up for backing it in. You can but a supermoto has a longer suspension travel so it's better balanced for backing it in.


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Good save!! Almost crashes are always the best!!
You shoulda taken a skidmark pic with your phone!!
I only had my work phone which doesn't have a camera...what really sucks is that I was going to film my ride today and decided I was just going for a chill ride so it would have been a waste of time....grrrr


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January 27, 2007, 06:41 PM

I was a little impressed until you mentioned you were on your DRZ. What do you think that bike is for?

About what time were you around there? I was in them parts around 12:30-1.



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January 27, 2007, 07:02 PM

Hey one other thing about backing it in. If you have a slipper clutch, the way Devious said to do it will not work. I have one on my KTM and have to use the rear brake and then that only works for left handers cause on righthanders your foot will not be on the brake for me. This is why I amlooking into a left hand brake lever. Glad you didn't toss it down the road and watch yo speed on a new road.


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January 27, 2007, 07:21 PM

Damn, glad you made it through that without crashing.


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I was a little impressed until you mentioned you were on your DRZ. What do you think that bike is for?

About what time were you around there? I was in them parts around 12:30-1.
I hear you...but it's one thing to back it in when I know I'm going to back it in rather than the unexpected 60mph slide...

I was out there around 2ish...


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You scared the crap out of me!!! I'm glad you're fine and sorry to hear about Travis in the creek. Hey, don't do that anymore!!! I got a heart condition now!!!


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Wow. Experience counts.


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wicked! glad you are okay and managed to pull it off.

there are a few of those hard turns in clifton.


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