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Old 10-24-2009, 11:48 PM   #1
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almost went down saturday

i was on my way home from my girlfriends in the front of kingwood today coming up to the light on kingwood drive near the mobile station when the light turned yellow, i figured the car in front of me would just go through it we were almost in the intersection anyway but nope he slams on his brakes, so i grab a handfull of front brake and at the same time i pulled the clutch in without thinking and put on my rear break pretty hard. when i put on the front break i slid up closer to the tank (not on purpose) and my rear tire locked up and started to slide out from under me, at first i didnt know what was happening (ive never done anything like that before) just that my bike felt wierd how it was going down the road and it was hard to control, then i realized what was going on and let off the rear break, i fish-tailed down the road a good 20-30 feet before i stopped

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on my way home
car in front of me slams on breaks
i brake to hard with the rear
back tire tries to slide out
maintained control
went home and had to change my pants
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Old 10-24-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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lol. happens to the best of us. good thing you werent traveling 80mph when this happened
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Situations like that I always assume they will stop. So I prepare for it. Otherwise I'll just jump to the adjacent lane and shoot it. Good thing u kept your cool bro
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:00 AM   #5
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glad you were able to keep control and keep the bike up.

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Old 10-25-2009, 08:01 AM   #6
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Glad you're ok

Locking up your rear brake is an undesirable situation but we need to know it and get it under control when it happens.

Whenever it's wet out, when you're down to 5-10mph before stopping lock your rear brake up to get used to the feeling of your rear wheel sliding. It'll save you in situations like this one. (This is not my advice but actually professional riding instructor's advice).
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:44 AM   #7
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Glad you didn't bite it, man! Did you have to wash your seat afterwards? lol Fishtailing sux, just the feeling of not having control gives me the chills.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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it scared the outa me this time, ive had my rear tire lock up on me in the rain before on my 250 but it wasnt as bad as this time
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:27 AM   #9
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Glad everything worked out. Kissing the back of a vehicle would be no fun.

FYI, when your rear tire locks up like that you generally want to ride out the skid. If you were riding at high rate of speed, lock up the rear causing it to step out, and then release the brake allowing the tire to regain traction, could cause a high side. The more your end slides out of alignment with the front tire the worse the jerk will be when your bike corrects the alignment issue..
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:33 AM   #10
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im no perfect rider but what works for me is I always down shift before coming up on a light because I never know if one the light is going to change or two the car in front of me going to go or stop.. So I always downshift and be prepared to either break it down or keep going... These drivers are so unpredictable!!!!!
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Glad to hear your okay and you kept it rubber side down. I had the exact opposite happen to me last Friday. Here's the short version 11pm goin down 1960 fixing to cross kerkendal(sp) F-150 on my for some reason. Light turns yellow I lock it up start fishtailing and truck punches it missing me by about 2 feet. I swear I saw myself flying across the intersection for a split second. Glad to hear everything worked out for you.
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it scared the outa me this time, ive had my rear tire lock up on me in the rain before on my 250 but it wasnt as bad as this time
Glad you stayed up. You should pratice sliding the back in by locking the back brake. You can do this on the street before lights(scares the out of cars cause they think you are going to eat it into them..makes it more fun) or in a parking lot..fun buy not as exciting or in the paddock area at the track just don't let one of the track organizers see you because they yell at ya and that sux. Anyway try it more it is really fun it is like flat tracking a sportbike and everyboyd knows flattracking is a rush.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:53 AM   #14
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or pratice keeping a margin of safety, both front and back. sides too
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or pratice keeping a margin of safety, both front and back. sides too
BORING!!! Slide the rear the bike live life to the fullest don't grow old like Ed only to in your diaper.
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You should pratice sliding the back in by locking the back brake. You can do this on the street before lights(scares the out of cars cause they think you are going to eat it into them..makes it more fun) or in a parking lot..fun buy not as exciting or in the paddock area at the track just don't let one of the track organizers see you because they yell at ya and that sux. Anyway try it more it is really fun it is like flat tracking a sportbike and everyboyd knows flattracking is a rush.
Better to 'practice' in a grassy area...

Less wear on the tire, easier to slide the rear and less chance of hitting the car in front of you.
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Better to 'practice' in a grassy area...

Less wear on the tire, easier to slide the rear and less chance of hitting the car in front of you.
yea, I guess if he is a totally new to sliding I have been doing it since I was on my first dirtbike at 12 yrs old. Heck, I even brake slide my chopper that really trips out the harleys dudes.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:20 AM   #20
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one day after i get some frame sliders and a lot of free time ill just take the water hose to the street in front of my house and practice that would save a litle on my tire and less chance of anyone else gettin hurt

anybody think thats a bad idea for any reason besides neighbors?
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