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post #1 of 27 Old 06-07-2014, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Welp, had my first crash at the track

So today was an awesome day at the track with perfect weather, good people, and good vibes. As the morning turned into afternoon I started amping it up more. Things were feeling really good. I entered a right hand turn (probably too hot) and got on the gas as soon as possible and next thing I know I'm sliding across the track staring up at clouds. Big lowside. Surprisingly I walked away without a single scratch or bruise! The bike seems to be in solid shape too. I rode the last couple sessions and it felt ok - forks and triples might be misaligned, but thats it. Definitely lost a TON of confidence. Had to go beginner pace the rest of the day. This was my first crash on a motorcycle. Ever. Feel like I got as lucky as one can possibly get in this situation. Next time I need to be more responsible with my throttle. Sedici leathers don't hold up very well either. Wonder if the lifetime warranty applies? Bottom photo is of the damage.
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post #2 of 27 Old 06-08-2014, 01:41 AM
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Well all things considered it doesn't look to bad some rash on the bike but it could have been worse. Main thing is you were not hurt that's a huge plus. Your leather's seemed to have taken the biggest hit hopefully the company will make good on their warranty. Sucks to crash but it happens you have to adopt the short memory like the racer's forget about it and move on. Those guys get right up and go fast again. LOL
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Yep, in my experience, these lowsides happen so fast that you've no time to react. One minute you're riding through the bend and in a split second you're sliding down the track watching your bike and hoping it comes to rest before it starts to somersault

Dont know what crash protection you're using, but I've found R&G to be excellent. The bungs seem to be placed in exactly the best position to minimise any damage and the bolts are designed to bend to avoid any energy transfer to the frame. I've twice had good reason to be thankful to R&G

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Well all things considered it doesn't look to bad some rash on the bike but it could have been worse. Main thing is you were not hurt that's a huge plus. Your leather's seemed to have taken the biggest hit hopefully the company will make good on their warranty. Sucks to crash but it happens you have to adopt the short memory like the racer's forget about it and move on. Those guys get right up and go fast again. LOL
Agreed. Definitely glad I'm not hurt. That seems to be the most costly thing in this sport. I got back out there and had an instructor pace me a few laps to get some confidence back.

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Yep, in my experience, these lowsides happen so fast that you've no time to react. One minute you're riding through the bend and in a split second you're sliding down the track watching your bike and hoping it comes to rest before it starts to somersault

Dont know what crash protection you're using, but I've found R&G to be excellent. The bungs seem to be placed in exactly the best position to minimise any damage and the bolts are designed to bend to avoid any energy transfer to the frame. I've twice had good reason to be thankful to R&G
Yep...happened to fast I didn't even have a chance to correct. I think I came into the turn too hot, initiated a stupid low lean angle, cracked open the gas and then all was lost You know, I am not entirely sure what sliders are on the bike. They are short and stubby and kept the bike from flipping at a decent speed. Rash on my fairings, brake lever, and rearset are minimal.
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That was a great idea to have the instructor pace you.
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Glad your okay. Looks like the bike faired okay too.

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Here is a picture from the second session of the day. I think I wrecked in the 3rd session in this very same turn. Looks like I could hang off more from the pic.
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I don't know looks pretty good to me.
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you're a bit crossed up. definitely can push the bike up more. glad you're ok though, i'll take a lowside all day everyday over a highside
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I guess I need to over exaggerate and "push" the bike up more. It already feels like I'm hanging off a ton but obviously I need to experiment more.
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