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post #1 of 12 Old 12-13-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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My First Spill

Well it had to happen. But so soon? I took my first spill on the brand new KLR. No major damage to the bike, just a nasty gouge on the plastic and a bent clutch handle. Also the hand protector thing is cracked. My trunk bag also ripped off the mount. My left hand is little sore and two of my toes may be sprained. All in all, not a good day. But I didn't buy the bike to sit in the carport and look pretty. I'll just consider the damage battle scars. Sad thing is the first 600 mile checkup was coming up in a week or so.

How, you might ask, did it happen? I was looking for a hidden ghost town out here and went downhill on a road full of very large rocks (football sized) scattered around. Maybe I was going too slow. I'm not sure. But I went down got back up went down again. Geez.

Lessons learned: Know your limitations. Either I'm not skilled enough to take this kind of road or the road just isn't made for bikes. Oh yeah, wear boots. Not tennis shoes.

Assuming my physical ailments are better and weather permits, I'm going back tomorrow or next weekend.
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-14-2008, 11:43 AM
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Glad you are ok.

I am ashamed to admit it but my first spill almost happened yesterday when I thought getting off the bike without the sidestand down would be a good idea. Just got back from a ride and started to get off the bike in the garage and then realized it was getting really really heavy! Pulled a muscle in my leg keeping it upright but got it back to vertical in time!

Its way too windy to ride here today so I guess I will just sit and stare at my bike. Be safe.
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when I thought getting off the bike without the sidestand down would be a good idea. Just got back from a ride and started to get off the bike in the garage and then realized it was getting really really heavy! Pulled a muscle in my leg keeping it upright but got it back to vertical in time!
I've done stupid stuff like that a couple of times, no big deal.
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Oh yeah, wear boots. Not tennis shoes.
Sorry to hear about your fall. Glad you are okay though. I've debated getting boots. Tell me why you recommend them over tennis shoes. Did you twist your ankle or something? I just picked up a new pair of Caterpillar work boots. Do you think they would work for light trail riding?
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Why boots? The answer is because they protect you from twists, sharp objects and possible shin damage. If you are planning to ride offroad do it right and get the gear. Even with gear you can seriously injure yourself but I've seen some amazing accidents where riders walk away because gear works. Caterpillar boots or similar work boots have long laces that you need to tape up so they don't get caught on the bike or ground debris. Work boots also won't protect your shins as well as a good pair of offroad boots.
As to riding a KLR over football sized rocks, yes it can be done. But like most forms of offroad riding it is more about the rider than the ride. Best bet when testing your limits is to take a friend. Someone who can help if you hurt yourself or damage the bike to the point it won't run.

We all go down at some point, try to make it a learning experience instead of a life changing one. Glad you and your ride survived. Have fun but be safe.

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Glad you are ok.

I am ashamed to admit it but my first spill almost happened yesterday when I thought getting off the bike without the sidestand down would be a good idea. Just got back from a ride and started to get off the bike in the garage and then realized it was getting really really heavy! Pulled a muscle in my leg keeping it upright but got it back to vertical in time!

Its way too windy to ride here today so I guess I will just sit and stare at my bike. Be safe.
Holy crap, the same exact thing happened to me, leg injury and all. Except it was outside my garage and scared the hell out of the hot neighbor as I twisted the throttle pushing the bike up. Owned it for 2 hours at that time. Yeah, not a proud moment.
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my first spill

My first spill happened 35 yrs ago.
My '08 klr has hit the ground twice in 8k mi. both times standing absolutely still.
I mean 0 (zero) mph.
Once on the left, then 5000 miles later, once on the right. big dummy. scratches on both radiator covers.

But, in the big scheme of things, I have fallen off motorbikes so many times only some of them stand out in my memory, like the stupidest, the fastest, the most painful, the most embarassing (that takes audience).
From the standing still ones to crashes at well over 120mph, most of them taught me things.
Things like control, self-control, bike control, throttle control, balance. Traction, line choices, momentum, balance, wheel placement. did I mention balance?
Things like; gear is good. I hate crashing thinking; my knee gaurds are in the gearbag, not on my knees. or something along those lines. I wear all my gear.

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Glad you are ok.

I am ashamed to admit it but my first spill almost happened yesterday when I thought getting off the bike without the sidestand down would be a good idea. Just got back from a ride and started to get off the bike in the garage and then realized it was getting really really heavy! Pulled a muscle in my leg keeping it upright but got it back to vertical in time!

Its way too windy to ride here today so I guess I will just sit and stare at my bike. Be safe.
I haven't done that yet. I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I seem to only take the falls when the bike is going less than 5 mph. I guess it beats the alternative.
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As to riding a KLR over football sized rocks, yes it can be done. But like most forms of offroad riding it is more about the rider than the ride. Best bet when testing your limits is to take a friend. Someone who can help if you hurt yourself or damage the bike to the point it won't run.

We all go down at some point, try to make it a learning experience instead of a life changing one. Glad you and your ride survived. Have fun but be safe.
I did get a little nervous right afterward. When I picked it up, it didn't want to start. I thought the engine may have been damaged. But my guess is it just flooded since it was on it's side. It started fine after a couple of minutes. I definitely learned some lessons that day.
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0 mph crash

Mine happened at the first oil change. I had the kickstand on a 2x4 block. Just finished refilling, turned around to put the funnel away and crash. Smashed a new one gallon of 15/40 and broke the rear turn signal off. ($60.00) Needless to say every drop of oil exploded all over the garage. Try and dead lift a bike when your standing in a flood of oil. I'm still trying to find someone who can say how tough the fairing is. I want to do more off roading, but don't want to put out 5 or 6 hundred bucks to repair it. Love my bike.
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