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post #1 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Last Saturday evening I was out on a rural stretch of highway when I took a turn too wide and went of the road. I went over the handlebars and the KLR ended up upside down.

Fortunately, I'm doing quite well with nothing more than some bruises and aches. The bike needs about $400.00 worth of replacement parts but is mechanically intact.

It could have been much worse and I'm pretty thankful I wasn't injured more than I was.

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post #2 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 08:13 AM
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Glad to hear you are healing well and it wasn't any worse than it was.....plus a $400 smack isn't too bad either....you're lucky to say the least!

Heal fast and get back in the saddle....enjoy

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Over the handlebars? Yikes. Glad you didn't get badly hurt. Do you know what happened? Why did you go wide? Was it the lighting or a lapse in concentration?

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post #4 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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I was simply going a few miles an hour faster than the turn required. I let off the throttle to slow down but it wasn't enough reduction in speed to keep me on the road. Then, I thought I could come out of the turn on the shoulder and get back on the road but the shoulder just wasn't as wide as it appeared. It was operator error. A stupid mistake.

I learned a valuable lesson about keeping the turns slower on unfamiliar roads. With any luck, I'll never do the same thing again.

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post #5 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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By the way, I wasn't driving recklessly. I wasn't even going all that fast. The posted speed limit was 55mph and I was going 50mph as I went into the turn which seemed, at the time, more gradual than it was. I was probably going 40 - 45 by the time I went down.

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The bike was upside down like when you were a kid working on your dirt bike chain. Upside down on the handlebars and the seat. My top box had busted off.

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post #6 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 02:06 PM
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Glad you're OK, man. Those unknown turns can be a bitch.




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post #7 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 04:09 PM
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Sorry to hear about the accident but glad to hear you're okay. Was it a decreasing radius turn? I hate those things. Main thing is you're in one piece and also glad to hear the damage to the KLR wasn't bad.

I would venture the first and also the last time somebody on this forum reports a bike completely upside-down on its handlebars and seat following a crash.



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post #8 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 07:09 PM
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This is in NO WAY talking down to you or chastising you for what happened..

Give us some more info. I'm just interested in what happened and let's break it down to see if we can figure out what went wrong and make some suggestions so that next time you ride through the same situation with much better results..

What tires do you have? Did you touch the brakes? Have you taken an ERC class? Have you ever spent a day riding with faster riders to get a chance to watch and ride similar lines with them?

I ask these questions for one reason.. Is there a chance this could have ended up with a "Wow, that could have sucked" instead of "Wow, that sucked"??

Answer what you can, and let's work on the issues, politely and like adults.. We all have our own comfort levels when it comes to corners.. Taking a corner too fast and riding through it is what I'm trying to help you with.. I typically ride 65mph and unless the corner is marked at 25 or below, I seldom slow down. Instead I enjoy the challenge of technical corners.. Even when I'm riding my scooter I'll often ride 30mph over the posted corner speed.. Again, it's comfort level.. But getting to the comfort level requires correct procedure and I'd like to help you with just that..

So, fill us in on what happened as best as you can recall, and let's break it down and see if the next time you have a much better outcome..
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Good call, Dan. Smart. We'll all learn something I bet.

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This is in NO WAY talking down to you or chastising you for what happened..

Give us some more info. I'm just interested in what happened and let's break it down to see if we can figure out what went wrong and make some suggestions so that next time you ride through the same situation with much better results..

What tires do you have? Did you touch the brakes? Have you taken an ERC class? Have you ever spent a day riding with faster riders to get a chance to watch and ride similar lines with them?

I ask these questions for one reason.. Is there a chance this could have ended up with a "Wow, that could have sucked" instead of "Wow, that sucked"??

Answer what you can, and let's work on the issues, politely and like adults.. We all have our own comfort levels when it comes to corners.. Taking a corner too fast and riding through it is what I'm trying to help you with.. I typically ride 65mph and unless the corner is marked at 25 or below, I seldom slow down. Instead I enjoy the challenge of technical corners.. Even when I'm riding my scooter I'll often ride 30mph over the posted corner speed.. Again, it's comfort level.. But getting to the comfort level requires correct procedure and I'd like to help you with just that..

So, fill us in on what happened as best as you can recall, and let's break it down and see if the next time you have a much better outcome..



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post #10 of 31 Old 09-25-2012, 10:14 PM
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In one of my riding class they told us...and it works....just push HARD on that inside of turn handel bar more and more to keep in the bike in the turn, and if you must use the break push even harder. I practice this from time to time. I must say that this works a lot better on a street bike then the KLR.
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