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Old 04-16-2011, 03:54 PM   #41
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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!
Wearing gear is planning for a crash. Like wearing a raincoat is preparing for rain. Just sayin
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Old 04-16-2011, 07:45 PM   #42
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Wearing gear is planning for a crash. Like wearing a raincoat is preparing for rain. Just sayin
I disagree. I don't wear a raincoat unless it begins to rain. Don't walk around with it on "just in case". That is because I can often see the rain coming - and when it starts I can put the raincoat on. I might get a few drops on me before I get all zipped up, but no harm done. Comparing that to riding a motorcycle or crashing a motorcycle is a poor analogy. I can't "throw my gear on" when I realize I need it. Therefore in the interest of being prudent, I wear it all the time. If you read the line just before the one you put in bold letters, I admitted, I might be the very next one who can't control my circumstances. That, however, does not mean I plan to crash. On the contrary - I always plan on NOT crashing. If it happens though, I'll be prepared.

And to be fair to the OP, I did not realize this was posted in the track section when I started to rant. As I said, on the track you're constantly pushing it and trying to see how much time you can squeeze out of every corner and your machine. Still - if you're constantly wrecking out - you're riding outside of your ability. My comments were more specifically directed to those out on the street that are so proud of how many bikes they've destroyed and how many bones they've broken. I get tired of "scar show and tell" at the bar. As far as I'm concerned - that probably means you're doing it wrong. Again - not in any way directed towards the dedicated track day participants or racers - tons of respect for you guys and gals.
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I agree, We have all seen or heard of car accidents that people have died in that would have survived if they were wearing a helmets, fire retarded suit, and roll cage. But everyone doesn't do that, just in case
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