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post #1 of 13 Old 01-19-2010, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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I've gone down!

You know what they say, " its not if you go down but when you go down." Ha, so with 200 miles on the new 9er i was warming up in a parking lot to go check out the local twisty section, loch raven for you md locals. I have always been better at dragin my knee on the left side than the right. So i was practicin a little bit in a parking lot to get used to the new bike, I was in second gear at probably no more than 30mph doing a right circle. Quicker than a blink of an eye me and the bike were sliding across the pavement. I was in full leathers so I am compleltly unharmed and am more of an advocate for saftey gear now. The bike only has a scrape on the clutch cover, water pump cover, bar end slider. I was very fortunate, the bars didn't even bend. I guess i'm gonna not be so stuborn and order them motovation sliders. As many times as I shoulda have fallen on my old bike canyon carving, I never would have thought it would be on a better handling bike in a parking lot! I'll post pics tomorrow i'm not at my home comp. Atleast i'm in good spirits about it . Stay safe out there everyone

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post #2 of 13 Old 01-19-2010, 03:23 PM
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Hey Joe, what caused your unexpected getoff? That's no bueno, dude!

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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post #3 of 13 Old 01-19-2010, 03:25 PM
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Well as the cops told me as I completed some donuts in the STI. Parking lots are not playgrounds.

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post #4 of 13 Old 01-19-2010, 03:26 PM
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Sorry to hear! At least you came away unscathed.

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parking lots are usually full of chit and oil.
glad you and your bike are fine

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-19-2010, 04:06 PM
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Sounds like you rode it off the edge of the front tire and it went out. This happens QUICK and is difficult to recover from. I did this exact same thing many years ago, only doing LH turns. My friend, who was following behind me, ran my azz over!

Breaking traction on the rear is much more forgiving.

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Glad your OK Joe. The first weekend I had my bike I had a slow motion drop while practicing slow speed maneuvers in a parking lot. Put my foot down and slid on some loose gravel. Rashed up my alternator cover. I refused to replace it because I knew as soon as I did I'd do it again. Still got the battle scar but haven't done it again

Oh and I got my sliders right AFTER that too.

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Did the same thing at low speed and screwed up my knee as I slammed my foot down to stop the skid.

It's amazing how heavy the 919 is in some situations....

Upon looking at things later, I noticed a large cut from sharp gravel and oil in the same area. Practicing some eights in a parking lot is a good idea, but not for trying to drag a knee.

Glad to hear you're ok and unscathed.

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-20-2010, 10:04 AM
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January in Md and you're trying to get your knee downin a parking lot? No wonder you fell off. There's still ice on the lakes here in In. That ground is COLD. Your tires are cold, not to mention that they are the crap stockers. You'll have a lot better luck in the summer with a nice set of Michelins.

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How often do we hear about riders going down within the first few weeks or first 500 miles? The sad truth is, it happens waaay too often.

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post #11 of 13 Old 01-20-2010, 10:45 AM
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When I got my 919 the dealer had 43 psi in the rear and 40 up front. It was about 35 degrees out. I was taking it easy, and fell off as soon as I turned out of the dealership. That was a hard lesson. I keep a very close eye on my tires.

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post #12 of 13 Old 01-20-2010, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for everyone's replies. The parking lot i was in has been used many a time to practice anything from wheelies, to draggin knees, to whatever. It's a pretty big lot so you can go fast enough to practice turns and it has clean new blacktop. The 9er is my second bike, first one ive ever fallen on. I've been carving the twistys at the raven all winter long on my other bike and haven't had any problems. I guess I just was not used to the handling charactersitics as i thought i was. They are worlds better than my first bike. And the thing is is i did a couple left circles touchin my knee and then went to do a right and boom. Ha I am going to leave the scratched clutch cover on it for good luck and am ordering motovation sliders. I'll get pics of the minor damage soon.

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Quote:
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Well as the cops told me as I completed some donuts in the STI. Parking lots are not playgrounds.
I disagree

If they're empty they make really FUN playgrounds

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