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Old 04-04-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Is there a correct way to fall?
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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When I fell I kinda threw myself off and went limp... Lol! Don't know if that was right or not but it felt good.
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oh, im gonna bet youre gonna get ALL SORTS of answers. Ive heard abot "starfishing," and Ive also heard to go limp. if i know. My crashes have all happened so fast there wasnt much time to think about how I was falling. Except my very first crash - i just remember crossing my arms over my chest because I didnt want to break them. Dont know where that came from, or if its sound logic - just know thats what i did.
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lol! Starfishing?
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I don't have street experience for falling (not yet anyway). I have done alot of dual sport & off road. When I have had to lay the bike down on purpose I lock up the back brake and since the bike is usually light enough I can steer the bars like over correcting when going into a skid. then boom I end up on my side and the bike slides away from me. I don't hang onto the bike I just let her go. I don't think there is any correct way to fall? I am not sure on this matter and I think at times you just don't have any control. Just my 2 cents on how to do it for off roading. Not sure if they are similar.
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lol! Starfishing?
Im not sure, but I think it came from skiers. When you fall, stick your arms and legs out to keep yourself flat and stop yourself from tumbling. Thats starfishing.

I am in no-way suggesting that, or saying its "the way" to fall safely. Just something Ive heard before.
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yep, I treated it like a baseball slide....and then it through me in to a nice somersault...fortunately for me....I just banged my head on the pavement and was able to walk away....you trying controlling a crash at 50 mph+....very difficult to do. BTW, I <3 this pic. lol

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Crashes happen at different speeds for all people. I know when I go down everything seems to run in slow motion and it seems like I "checklist" things as its occurring. More often it becomes a mental tally of what is currently protected by gear and what I need to protect that isn't.
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I went down doing about 70 on the HOV and I didn't know it at the time but I "starfished". It stopped the tumbling and I ended up just spinning/sliding to a stop. I didn't think "how do I best control this", it's just what I did b/c I wanted it to stop
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Crashes happen at different speeds for all people. I know when I go down everything seems to run in slow motion and it seems like I "checklist" things as its occurring. More often it becomes a mental tally of what is currently protected by gear and what I need to protect that isn't.
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Is there a correct way to fall?
try not to.
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yep, I treated it like a baseball slide....and then it through me in to a nice somersault...fortunately for me....I just banged my head on the pavement and was able to walk away....you trying controlling a crash at 50 mph+....very difficult to do. BTW, I <3 this pic. lol

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When I fell, it felt like seconds turned into hours. Real talk. It was fun!

PS. I'm just naturally psycho though...
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When i went down I wanted the bike away from me. I ended up in a feet first baseball slide right into the dirt part of a colvert (sp). this is NOT what you want to happen. multi fractures to tibula and my femur head went through my acetabulum(pelvis) but no rash I think the only correct way to fall is with the right GEAR on, if you ride fast on public roads when you go down the rest is fate.
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You don't really have time to think much. If you do, tell yourself to TRY to go limp, and DO NOT put your arms out to try to stop rolling/tumbling. Just go with it till you're completely stopped.
I'd have to agree... but . What do I know!
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I see all of this "when I go down...." stuff like it's something that HAS to happen. Guess what... it doesn't.

On the track... being competitive, I can see where if you're not laying it down from time to time, then you're not pushing it as hard as you can... but on the street my advice is:

Don't break rule number one.

If you're talking track, then obviously a low side is usually better than a high side. Get behind the bike if you can - you don't want to be under it or have if follow you into the barrier, but if a person is crashing all the time - then they are riding outside of their ability in my opinion.

While I realize that you can never control every circumstance and bad things may happen to any of us - planning to crash just seems to me... well..... wrong.

I could be the one who goes down next and I donít mean to sound like Iím bragging... but I'm 21 years in this sport with over 75,000 miles and I've not been down yet. And quite frankly - I don't plan to crash.

I know, I know... you never PLAN to crash... but it just seems like too many people are proud of themselves when it happens. Like itís some sort of badge of honor.

I sit around tables in restaurants and bars listening to people talk about their surgeries and how much metal they still have in their bodies and "this scar was from my Gixxer and this one was from my Ninja"... and I just think - "they must be doing it wrong" unless racing is their life or their last name is Knievel.

If itís happening over and over Ė get back to basics. Become a better basic rider before attempting the advanced stuff. Itís my opinion that every wreck may just be your lastÖ even if itís your first. Rubber side down!
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