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Old 05-25-2013, 12:19 PM   #21
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I had a bad tank slapper bitwen gut-check and the launch (MSRH) on the first track day this year with Ridesmart. There was a slow rider in front of me and a fast one behind me. Coming out of the the gut -check we decided the slipt the slow rider in front of us, I took the left and the fast rider behind me took the right. I guess I was holding on to the handle bar too hard and I went to some bumps on the road which cause the bike to give me the tank-slaper of my life. It was so hard, it made both of my feet out of the foot-pegs and I begin to climb the launch thinking this was it. I'm going down. My arms up in the air, my feet dangling from the side of the bike and I'm looking at the right turn passing me when all of the sudden the bike stopped shaking and I grabbed the handle bar and I somehow made that right turn on the dirtiest part of the track. It took me the next 3 turns to fix my line. I hot pitted right after that but when I went back out my confidence level was "ZERO" I had to call it a day... :( But I was so happy to be able to take my bike back home all shiny and in one piece
It definitely sucks the confidence out of you. I felt the same way with mine and it took me a little bit to get back in the groove after repairs. I wished you would have caught yours on camera. Sounds like one that would have made me as well.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:15 PM   #22
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And here is a tank slapper at 145MHP LUCKY SOB!!!

http://www.break.com/index/what-it-l...145mph-2446622
What's a tank slapper? How did that happen
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What's a tank slapper? How did that happen
When your front end gets light because you are probably at a high amount of torque (throttling) and holding too tightly to the handlebar or somehow upset it. The front end lifts enough to lose its line and the handlebars "slap" the tank back and forth, they can actually leave dents and break your hand if you're still holding on.

Steering dampeners can help prevent this (my GPR is set to 3.5 since that happened, I found out the hard way that 1 doesn't do ).
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Yes sir got mine set at 4 right now. You can also have it happen over small dips on bridges like mine did.
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