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Old 03-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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My First Fall

So I was riding home from work near the galleria area and decided I should take the long way home rather than going on the freeway. I was on Westheimer and riding at the speed limit until the light turned yellow on kirkwood. I eased on the brake like I normally do but I guess I locked the rear tire or something and it started sliding towards the side and at this point I was like " it, I'm ." Nobody helped me until later some big guy in a mustang helped me push it to the side! Some people started honking and stuff but whatever. Thank goodness there are some nice people!

Anyways, the oil gauge is broken so all or most of the oil drained. and my handlebar is bent and is not alligned with the front wheel. I'm not that close to anyone on motohouston so I didn't want to ask for help here and then I remembered my good ol' middle school buddy Shawn (SmartShark). I called him and told him my situation and he came right away. My hero LOL! We had trouble putting it on his trailer cause of no ramp so his dad came to the rescue

Fixing: I know how to fix the oil gauge but not the handlebar. Some people told me to bend the handlebar that is bent. And for the alignment of the front wheel and the handle bar, I don't know how to fix exactly. Can someone tell me what to do?
And are there anything else I should be worried about?
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Ohh you were the one that he called me about. Bummer dude!

Depends on if the forks are bent.. which I doubt.. You can loosen your triple tree and find a pole ... and slam just the tire against it until you shift it back into alignment... its gangsta as to do it that way but I have done it and that particular bike has been to the track twice now.
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so did you stay on the rear brake or let go when it started sliding?

was it wet?

where in lane were you, left center right?

are you a chic?
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Glad you are ok. I hope you realize the rear brake is not the answer. It also should not have caused this accident. Sounds like it was easily avoidable. Letting off the rear would have helped.
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Letting off the rear would have helped.
that depends on how sideways he was and how fast he was going, if/when he let go.

so thats not a complete answer
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I get that. How about " Letting off earlier would have helped?" LOL
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that depends on how sideways he was and how fast he was going, if/when he let go.

so thats not a complete answer
If you lock up the rear .. MSF says you just stay on it and go in as straight a line as possible until you come to a stop. That advice has served me well in the past.
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If you lock up the rear .. MSF says you just stay on it and go in as straight a line as possible until you come to a stop. That advice has served me well in the past.
and its true for the most part, but if your back is only out of line a little bit (thats relative) you can release adn you'll be ok, of your back is 45 deg from center and you let go, your going OVER (and the bike will straighten out), lol
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I like the give it gas approach. Of course Im used to seeing the rear get sideways while on the gas and not the brakes.
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well he was coming to a stop at a light, so gassing thru an intersection could be worse, lol
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It was yellow per his statement
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It was yellow per his statement
He is on a 250

Glad to hear you are alright! Make sure to give the sight glass a good cleaning to get all the little bits of glass out before you put the new one in.
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well, then your front break is doing 100% of the breaking...I don't know if I would do that.

Why don't you guys just practice locking up the rear. Thats what I did/do.

I have been trying to get good enough so I can lock it up and swing it out to the side, put a foot out and come to a stop at 90 degrees from my direction of travle.

kinda like I used to do on the bicycle.

So far, I have only done it once, and it seemed like if I had leaned to much or to little the thing would have thrown me.

I know it won't get me laid, but it is fun.

Anyway, glad your ok.
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Thanks a lot guys! and I'm a dude btw lmao! Yeah I was told in MSF to hold on to the rear so that's what I did. Yeahh noob mistake, I've been riding for about a month now.

It was wet and stupid me, I was in the middle lane and not expecting anything to happen that day.

Yeah I'll definitely clean the gauge before putting the new one in.
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well, then your front break is doing 100% of the breaking...I don't know if I would do that.

Why don't you guys just practice locking up the rear. Thats what I did/do.

I have been trying to get good enough so I can lock it up and swing it out to the side, put a foot out and come to a stop at 90 degrees from my direction of travle.

kinda like I used to do on the bicycle.

So far, I have only done it once, and it seemed like if I had leaned to much or to little the thing would have thrown me.

I know it won't get me laid, but it is fun.

Anyway, glad your ok.
I have done the same. Even on the stretched Busa I have hauled and slid the bike sideways to turnaround. It was dumb but it worked. lol
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well, then your front break is doing 100% of the breaking...I don't know if I would do that.

Why don't you guys just practice locking up the rear. Thats what I did/do.

I have been trying to get good enough so I can lock it up and swing it out to the side, put a foot out and come to a stop at 90 degrees from my direction of travle.

kinda like I used to do on the bicycle.

So far, I have only done it once, and it seemed like if I had leaned to much or to little the thing would have thrown me.

I know it won't get me laid, but it is fun.

Anyway, glad your ok.
Yea i practice locking it up in a empty parking lot so when it does happen i dont freak out.
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Learn to ride it by using both.. :-)
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