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How many times have you crashed on a motorbike in the last 10 years

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by geofferz » Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:32 am

This surprises me. I thought there would have been very few zeros. I think everyone in my biking squad has crashed, except me. Good to hear this!
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Gerontious » Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:27 am

Twice since 1980, but only once since 1981.

First was youthful inexperience, gravel on a roundabout. And the second was at Mummelsee when the German pensioner pulled out in front of me and I had no alternative but to cause €10,000 worth of damage to his car. I was kind though and turned down the offer of allowing the polizei to prosecute him for attempted murder. They were really quite keen on the idea.
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:13 am

Gerontious wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:27 am
Twice since 1980, but only once since 1981.

First was youthful inexperience, gravel on a roundabout. And the second was at Mummelsee when the German pensioner pulled out in front of me and I had no alternative but to cause €10,000 worth of damage to his car. I was kind though and turned down the offer of allowing the polizei to prosecute him for attempted murder. They were really quite keen on the idea.
If we followed that policy most of the school run drivers would be behind bars.
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by fastbob » Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:41 am

I'm looking forward to the temperature dropping and ice forming on the roads . This year I have decided to crash four times . I've already started buying up GPZ 500's and knee sliders . It's quite easy once you get the technique right . Just find an icy road and set aside all thoughts of self preservation and public safety while flicking the bike nonchalantly into a corner . Whoosh , scrape , bang ! Easy .

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Bender » Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:53 am

fastbob wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:41 am
I'm looking forward to the temperature dropping and ice forming on the roads . This year I have decided to crash four times . I've already started buying up GPZ 500's and knee sliders . It's quite easy once you get the technique right . Just find an icy road and set aside all thoughts of self preservation and public safety while flicking the bike nonchalantly into a corner . Whoosh , scrape , bang ! Easy .
Excellent, unfortunately you want the
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by manxie49 » Sat Oct 03, 2020 10:31 am

Yes but more than 10yrs ago, come off a few times when off roading, but hey, that’s part and parcel for that game
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by S-Westerly » Sat Oct 03, 2020 11:51 am

fastbob wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:41 am
I'm looking forward to the temperature dropping and ice forming on the roads . This year I have decided to crash four times . I've already started buying up GPZ 500's and knee sliders . It's quite easy once you get the technique right . Just find an icy road and set aside all thoughts of self preservation and public safety while flicking the bike nonchalantly into a corner . Whoosh , scrape , bang ! Easy .
You should let us all know when you were planning on doing it and sell tickets to spectate. Need to have some special effects like blood bags and make a real buck or two.
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Tigs » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:05 pm

I don't own a bike yet.. so have not fallen off one yet.

I was under the impression it is inevitable I will fall off.. fall over.. or crash..

Is there hope for me - or does everyone fall somehow in the first year?!

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Bender » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:07 pm

Tigs wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:05 pm
I don't own a bike yet.. so have not fallen off one yet.

I was under the impression it is inevitable I will fall off.. fall over.. or crash..

Is there hope for me - or does everyone fall somehow in the first year?!
It is not an inevitability it is a risk, ride like a tit beyond your skills and that risk will increase to the when not if.

Ride sensibly, keep learning, take nothing for granted, keep the bike in good order, expect every other road user is going to try and hit you or not see you and it all becomes a much lower risk.
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Blackholesun » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:10 pm

Had my 1st crash today...only passed CBT 2 weeks ago :( not quite sure what I did wrong but went to turn right from lights it was a long turn as was a filter and I slowly went round i think I went up to 2nd but felt myself drifting and not turning right...not sure what happened next but bike went from under me....no real injuries except for a few cuts , whacked helmet on floor and my feckin right arms now kills ! Also scratched bike and smashed mirror...2 nice people stopped for me to see i was ok ..feel like a dick now

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by XTreme » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:19 pm

Blackholesun wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:10 pm
I went up to 2nd but felt myself drifting and not turning right...
Sounds like you were starting to run wide (possibly in too high a gear) then target fixation kicked in - where you focussed on where you were now heading rather than where you actually wanted to go.

Always be in a lower gear than what you would normally think on a tighter corner as it'll help to prevent overrunning.

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by Blackholesun » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:31 pm

So should I have remained in first gear ?

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by dynax » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:40 pm

Blackholesun wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:31 pm
So should I have remained in first gear ?
Did you change gear during the turn if you did that is probably why, always complete a maneuver before changing gears :thumb:
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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by XTreme » Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:57 pm

Blackholesun wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 2:31 pm
So should I have remained in first gear ?
Impossible to say without actually seeing the environment you were in, or how your bike is geared.

It's just that it sounds like the bike was running away from you......which is usually caused by too high a gear.

Get in the right gear prior to entering the bend........get on the right line for maximum visibility.......look where you want to go.......then maintain a consistent throttle throughout it if possible.

As you start the exit then increase throttle and move through the gears.

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Re: How many times have you crashed?

Post by James in Brum » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:01 pm

Sorry to hear you had a smash, bet you are shaken. After a bit of time have a think about where hurts. Adrenaline might mask an injury.
Regarding what happened it would be hard for anyone to second guess I think. How well do you know the junction? Is it on a bus route (maybe bits of diesel and or oil deposits particularly I f a tight turn where vehicles may have had to stop to wait for their turn), is there any toad furniture like drain covers which may have low friction in the wet?
Did the front wheel slide or the rear?
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