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Old 11-17-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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Learned a Valuable M/C Riding Lesson Today

When you're traveling at speeds above 10 mph, it is extremely painful and useless to put your foot down to try to catch a falling motorcycle.



Was riding along about 60 on 1485 when traffic slowed for a turning car. It wasn't sudden, and I wasn't too close; I grabbed the front brake and slowed a bit - at about 40 mph the front wheel locked and washed out to the left. I immediately let go of the brake (thanks Awesome!) as the bike leaned over to the right. I dropped my foot to catch it and it SLAMMED the ground, skipped, and hit again. Pain radiated up my leg and I put it back on the peg. The bike stood up and I stopped in plenty of time. My leg still hurts, but I saved the bike. I guess in all it's a win, but I won't drop my foot again. Those things belong on the pegs while the bike is moving.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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We have all done that at some point..human reaction to "upright " yourself..

Well I can't say glad you didn't hurt, but considering potential outcomes...

Glad you are ok







It will hurt for the next few days..have ween rub some...ween on it.
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That sucks, sorry Brandy. At least no major damage to your body nor the bike.
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I did that the other day when I tried to enter the HOV lane on a Saturday.

When that gate was approaching at knows what speed I locked everything up and dropped my foot as the bike started sliding sideways. It stopped, but my ankle felt the weight of that zx14 bearing down on it pretty bad :(
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I'm *still* trying to condition my legs not to pop off the pegs like outriggers. I don't/haven't touched a foot down at speed, they just fly out automatically like a balance toy on a wire.
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Sorry about the pain, but really glad you didn't crash.
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agreed. prolly 2 weeks after i bought my first bike i was taking a left at about 15-20mph from hwy 6 onto the feeder road of i10 early in the am when the ground was still damp from the morning dew. the front tire slipped on one of the traffic turtles and i instinctively put my left foot out to the ground. as soon as my foot hit the ground it immediately got kicked straight back and the back of my heel smacked into the rear fairing. the only reason i kept the bike upright was because i gave it gas and accelerated through the turn. (thanks msf!) my foot didn't do a thing to help me stay up.
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agreed. prolly 2 weeks after i bought my first bike i was taking a left at about 15-20mph from hwy 6 onto the feeder road of i10 early in the am when the ground was still damp from the morning dew. the front tire slipped on one of the traffic turtles and i instinctively put my left foot out to the ground. as soon as my foot hit the ground it immediately got kicked straight back and the back of my heel smacked into the rear fairing. the only reason i kept the bike upright was because i gave it gas and accelerated through the turn. (thanks msf!) my foot didn't do a thing to help me stay up.
I've saved two bikes like that, but got lucky because it was at low speed.
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I've saved two bikes like that, but got lucky because it was at low speed.
i may have been going slightly faster than the foot could help. i had a good lean going at the time.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:25 PM   #13
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try smashing your shin into a stunt cage... not fun...
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I'm fine - just a bit sore. I was surprised by how much force the moving ground caused. Who'd a thunk it?

Anyway - I am pretty sure that Guitarman did the same thing in a turn several years ago and shattered his foot/ankle. I feel pretty fortunate that I was able to keep the bike up (quick thinking), and that I didn't injure my foot/leg like I could have. Keeping my feet up is one of the hardest things I've had to learn.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:04 AM   #15
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I'm fine - just a bit sore. I was surprised by how much force the moving ground caused. Who'd a thunk it?

Anyway - I am pretty sure that Guitarman did the same thing in a turn several years ago and shattered his foot/ankle. I feel pretty fortunate that I was able to keep the bike up (quick thinking), and that I didn't injure my foot/leg like I could have. Keeping my feet up is one of the hardest things I've had to learn.
Glad you came out of it ok and learned a (relatively) easy lesson. I saw a rider snap an ankle that way once because it folded under the peg.

Survival instincts like that can be tough to override, but hopefully you've got this one licked now.
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It's good that you're not hurt! Overcoming reflexes is a , but I doubt you'll drop a leg again.
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well at least youre not TOO hurt!! hope your leg gets better
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well at least youre not TOO hurt!! hope your leg gets better
Nope - Hardly any pain at all today, and it's only with I step a certain way, or turn my foot a certain way. I'm good. Much better already - and I HOPE I won't do it again.
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