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The last time i was on was around the middle of may, i had just made it back from a 3000 mile 8 state trip on my 09 and had crashed on the dragon. luckily i was fine and the bike still ran. made it all the way from tenesee back to new mexico in fact. Luckily i had the camera rolling at the time so that i can share what happened to me. but i decided to refrain from sharing with my fellow riders until now because at the time i got back a few of our fellow riders had some accidents and didnt make it. i thought it would be in bad taste to post a crash video at the time. but i still think everyone should watch this and take this as a learning experience and as a warning to a simple thing you can do to your bike so that it wont happen to you as well.


 

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Scrapper -

Glad you came out that one OK, and hope the rest of your trip was enjoyable and uneventful.

T
 

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well riding is never uneventful but i had no problems at all. although driving in texas could be considered an issue. but everything went well.
 

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I've often wondered how close I've come to scraping pegs... I never look down at the time. Maybe I should attach some curb feelers under the pegs. :) It didn't seem like you were overdoing it.

But by far the best part of this video is the snake. I'm pretty sure that makes this crash unique.
 

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Welcome back, Scrapper. I recall you telling us about your accident. As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words. The crash comes as a surprise because it seems like you were riding at a reasonable pace and had things well under control. The peg must have been scraping pretty good to make that much noise on the video. Glad you walked away.
 

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Scrapper thanks for posting your video.

" but i still think everyone should watch this and take this as a learning experience and as a warning to a simple thing you can do to your bike so that it wont happen to you as well. "

In the interest of learning from your experience - what do you think caused the the two crashes - yours and the rider following?
 

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I thnik it what the snake that bit him and died. I would have kicke dthe snake but yo walked over it many times like itwasn't there but.

There.

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Weird, I guess you stuck the peg. It's easy to get over real far on a KLR. I've scraped my crash bars...I know that sounds like BS, but I have witnesses. ;)

Took the stock pegs off a long time ago. On my old honda I stuck a peg, didn't crash, but it was too close for comfort for sure.

Glad you're OK, man.
 

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Quite the video! Was all that extra plastic that you didn't pick up from other bikes that wiped in that same corner?
 

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@stew, there was a minicooper rally going on and that was from a cooper crash a lot of it. i was still kind of in shock just grabbing plastic that might have been mine.

@slowpoke, without a doubt my crash was caused by the peg hitting. as soon as it hit i couldnt lean any further over so i knew eight then i was going in so i righted the bike and got on the brakes, i let off just before i went off the road. i was aiming for the center of the ditch in an attempt to ride out but the back wheel hit the slope and slid out from under me. my buddy behind me saw it happening and was on his brakes immediatley but instead of riding the road he was focused on what was happening to me and followed his eyes right into my bike. luckily nothing was wrong with him or his bike as well.
 

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Glad you're OK and the bike only semi hashed. Man, I've watched that video in the seconds prior to crashing over and over again and just don't see enough lean angle to drag a peg. You say you did and I can hear it. Maybe with the bikes angle and the cameras angle it's just an optical thing that's not coming through on the vid.

A couple more questions.
Again, with the angles involved was that particular corner a little off camber?
Were you using the stock pegs with those little "nipples" at the bottom?
Did you feel the peg pivoting up or was it locked?
Is the bike lowered in any way?

I only ask so that something positive can be taken away from this.

And thanks for delaying the posting of this as that was a dark time on the forum.
 

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yeah the road is sloped on that turn, i was using stock pegs and it was the aluminum nipple that hangs down that scraped, i never felt the peg come up but i couldnt be positive about that. and the bike isn't lowered. i had been riding twisty roads all day and had no problems dragging pegs all that day or ever for that matter. i think it was mostly due to the sloped roads but knowing that it can happen i feel everyone who has stock pegs should take off those little pegs hanging down off the pegs.
 

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Yep, what I was thinking. There's an "S" curve here leading to an onramp that's a double whammy... decreasing radius AND off camber, plus the apex is higher than the entry and exit. The worst of everything. Has caught many a rider (myself included) and drivers unaware.

Ride safe and be aware.
 

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After watching this I immediately removed the "curb feelers" from my pegs. Glad you & bike are alright. Thanks for the advise. Phil
 

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I don't run the stock pegs anymore so it doesn't really matter with me, but if you take the "curb feelers" off the stock pegs, what's going to make contact with the pavement? Is it going to be metal or rubber? If rubber was going to touch first, I think I'd rather have the soft aluminum peg/feeler things.
 
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