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post #1 of 11 Old 11-26-2017, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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My Observation

After having experienced a extremely slow speed dump on a single track muddy trail, I mad a casual observation.

I fell on the right side, most dumps involving a KLR appear to be on the right side, (YouTube).

Is that what you have noticed as well?

Just wondering why. Is it something to to with he torque of the motor? Or have related to me being right handed and naturally tend to fall on that side?

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-26-2017, 11:31 AM
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Every time I've dumped it has been on the left side. Coincidentally, I'm also left handed.

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Right handed people are more adept at going left. Most people are right handed, ergo most unfortunate incidents are to the right.

In my misspent yoot I enjoyed crit racing, but the usual course had right hand turns. I could corner like a wicked bastard going left, but not so much to the right. My career as a crit racer was abreviated.

I have always felt most comfortable going left. On my RT I have cornered to the left so hard that I was off the chicken strip and sliding. I have never so much as scraped a right side peg on the KLR, but the left side is gone.

In my pursuit of GSXR750 and 1000 mufflers (Gixxer pipes) I found it was easy to find left-side mufflers; right sides were often completely trashed or at least road-rashed.

Every fall I have taken (except when the kick-stand spring failed on my CB350 back in '76) has been to the right.

My right knee is almost useless, having had a torn meniscus from hyper extension while trying to maneuver to the right and many subsequent beatings (quite a few beneath the KLR).

'Tis what 'tis.

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My left knee is almost useless, having had a torn meniscus from hyper extension while trying to maneuver to the left and many subsequent beatings (quite a few beneath the KLR).

'Tis what 'tis.

Remind me if we ever meet, not to try and keep up with you.....lol
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Keeping up with me on a ride is easy.

Keeping up with me on the number of times you'll find me trapped under the bike, not so much.

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

~Lewis Carroll
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“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head –
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”

~Lewis Carroll
If you don't mind I may use this Lewis Carroll verse in my retirement email this June. I've been trying to think of something appropriate to say as I'm often referred to as "Dumbass" for all the foolhardy things I do
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It was often said, by my peers, cohorts, and employees, that I was a real man of letters. Erudite and all that. A man born of aristocracy. A real Alexandre Dumbass.

My retirement notice was sent to a few hundred people. It was entitled "Green Grass and High Tides Forever".

Only one guy got it.

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Ah, yes.

“One's work may be finished someday, but one's education never.”
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Oh, be quiet, you silly git.

Gad, the people they let in here...

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This letter has been purloined.

A literary highjacking.
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