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post #1 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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How to bail

I have a rookie question. When I had my little dump last month, I was cornering slowly to the left on loose gravel and hit the front brake, which inevitably made me eat it. I know now to keep my $&@#% hand off the front brake during slow maneuvering. But I'm interested to know if there's a proper way to bail out when your bike's going down. I just stayed on the bike like a statue and did some painful but impermanent damage to my ankle.


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post #2 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 03:56 PM
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any time I've fallen off, I just do without any thought of the process.

Interesting question

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post #3 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 05:13 PM
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Just get away from the bike, don't be the meat in the sandwich.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 06:09 PM
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I'm more of the, "I can save it! I can save it!" kind of rider and will usually try to hang with my bike to a complete stand still.
A couple of times, the bike has ridden my captured boot to a stand still, cause it went down so quick I didn't even get my boot off of the foot peg! Thank goodness for stout boots!

Sounds like you might ought to investigate a pair of Off-Road riding boots.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 07:12 PM
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I've put my KLR down at least 5 times since I got it.
3 of those times were almost at a stand still. I remember trying to keep it up, and the sensation of fighting the weight as it went down.

The other 2 times, it was like .0001 sec's, between being up, and being on my side, under the bike. ( It happened so fast, I don't even remember the actual fall. )
They did involved some forward motion. (About 5 MPH or so.) I have no explanation as to why this type of fall left me with no memory of the actual falling time.
I just find it very strange.

One of those times I was in a mini-roundabout, and being cut off. I hit the inner curb, while leaning the bike, trying to keep away from an aggressive driver.

The other, I stalled on a slippery rock, and made stupid mistake of trying to re-start by popping the clutch. Back wheel locked, and skidded out from under me. (I know better now!)
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-06-2018, 07:46 PM
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Two important suggestions:

1. TUCK your elbows into your sides if you're going down, hitting the ground . . . INSTINCTIVELY extending your elbows outward to "break your fall" can result in fractured upper arm and even shoulder replacement surgery (please, do NOT ask me how I know this).

2. WEAR some decent off-road motorcycle boots. For example: SIDI Adventure Rain Boots (not the Goretex models) remain expensive, although they have come down $ 100 in price. These boots have hinged ankle joints; proven crash-worthy in my experience. I'd look for a hinged ankle joint in my riding boots.

I'll close with the, "Hill Street Blues" roll call benediction: "Let's be careful, out there!"
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-08-2018, 09:57 AM
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I always hung in there until the very end, trying to save the day. Anytime I went down, all I could tell you is where I ended up. How I got there was a total mystery.

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post #8 of 11 Old 03-08-2018, 12:58 PM
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I've crashed twice on the street and literally hundreds of times offroad......IME, you don't have time to think, you just react. Much of the time I ride it into the ground but I've instinctually managed to .....mitigate the severity of the crash by last minute body english on many occasions. I'm not sure there is anything teachable as you don't have time to think and every crash is different, your instincts just get sharper after the first 50 or so! LOL

ditto on the importance of proper gear.

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-08-2018, 03:15 PM
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There are three kinds of bikers: Those that have dropped their bike, those that are going to drop their bike and then there are the liars. It's not "if" it's only when and how often.

ATGATT is an acronym that you may come across. It stands for "All The Gear All The Time"

Boots, Gloves, Helmet at a minimum and a Jacket with CE Certified Back and Shoulder Armor should be next. If you're going off road, the options become even greater as the likelihood of an incident is exponentially greater and far, far more frequent.

FWIW unless you actually hit another vehicle or a person it's called an "Incident." Accidents and Crashes are ugly terms, they only occur when you hit something that has a human attached to it in some way.
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post #10 of 11 Old 03-08-2018, 03:54 PM
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Oh, I don't know; crash1
(of a vehicle) collide violently with an obstacle or another vehicle.
"the stolen car she was riding in crashed into a tree"
synonyms: smash into, collide with, be in collision with, hit, strike, ram, cannon into, plow into, meet head-on, run into, impact
"the car crashed into a tree"
move or cause to move with force, speed, and sudden loud noise.
"huge waves crashed down on us"
synonyms: dash against, batter, pound, lash (against), slam (against), be hurled against
"waves crashed against the shore"
a violent collision, typically of one vehicle with another or with an obstacle.
"a car crash"
synonyms: accident, collision, road traffic accident, derailment, wreck; More
a sudden loud noise as of something breaking or hitting another object.
"he slammed the phone down with a crash"
synonyms: bang, smash, smack, crack, bump, thud, clatter, clunk, clang; More
done rapidly or urgently and involving a concentrated effort.
"a crash course in Italian"
synonyms: intensive, concentrated, rapid, short; More
with a sudden loud sound.
"crash went the bolt"
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