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Old 05-07-2007, 08:27 AM   #1
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How to crash

I searched the forums but I didn't find what I was looking for. I have been riding my gs500e for about 1.5 years but I haven't been in an accident thankfully. I wear my gear MOST of the time to be as safe as I can.

I just wanted to ask some of you who have crashed or who know about crashing......what is the best way to crash? Please give examples of a certain situation and what you should do. How should you position your hands and legs? Do you curl up on a ball or slightly curl up?

Please give specifics and possibly a story of how you crashed and what you did to minimize the damage. The best thing would be to avoid crashing obviously but it will eventually happen to most people so how do you make the best of a crash.

First and foremost, obviously wear your gear and follow the 50 tips listed in the sticky but what if something goes wrong and you go down? What do you do?

I have crashed my fiddy plenty of times but I normally just bust my onb a wheelie and sometimes I ghost ride it. Please discuss in term of big bikes and riding on the streets. Thanks a lot and ride safe.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:54 AM   #2
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There are many ways to crash lol. It all depends on the situation. All of my crashes have been at the track. I have had 2 lowsides at about 40-50mph, only thing i did was let go of the bike and didnt get up till i stopped sliding. My other wreck was at 110mph, had a tank slapper. On that one i did not break my fall with my arms or anything, and once i hit the ground i did everything possible to not start flipping. If i would of started flipping i would of just tucked my arms so i did not do more damage to my self. Last, when you crash get the off the road/track so you do not get run over.
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^^ pretty much sums it up. do what you can to not roll or flip thats when starts to hurt. go practice sliding on your down a hill and keep from rolling or diiging into the grass. (a grassy hill not concrete) it would have to be a steep hill
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:18 AM   #4
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When it comes to crash, it's not easy to teach and learn.
In that kind of situation (when everything happens so fast), your body will do what it's natural.
If you play a lot of sports, it really helps (most the time, you learn how to fall).
You can only try to remember to keep your limbs together if you are rolling and keep your head up if you are sliding over your back.
Crash teaches you a lot of things about your riding and your bike (IF you can remember).
I suggest you to learn that from riding mini or dirt, before on the street or track.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:42 AM   #5
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i owe most of my walking out fine from crashes to my orthopedic surgeon and physical terrorist...all my metal pins hold me together.

as far as crashing...there's not a whole lot of time to set yourself up for the landing between knowing-you're-about-to-crash and the actual crash...the other day i had my first highside: i just remember hand stand...air time...impact. I had no control of the body, and this was at about 20 mph.

on the lowside in my signature, i just did a baseball slide on my left side and then did a little roll when i hit the grass...even at 20 mph you really can't do much...you just kinda hit the ground in whatever position you are in at the time, and eventually stop.

in some of my dirtbike crashes i had time to bail from the bike and spot my landing...but from my experience...if you bail from the bike, you are probably going to be seeing your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist again.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:51 AM   #6
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Seriously.
Learn Judo.
It's an accellent martial art which teaches you how to fall/land.
At the beginning, that's all you learn.

http://www.martial-arts-info.com/111/judo/
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This has to be the wierdest thread ever. How about... try not to highside. Being tossed 20 ft in the air, doing a half gainer and landing on your back hurts. Avoid solid objects. Suddenly stopping will kill you. The clincher... more often your bike will do more then what you think it will or what you currently have the skill to do. So, lean... in my opinion I would rather lowside then many other scenarios. Have Fun!
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HPD Clayton The Crash Artist needs to come out of retirement I see...

For Crashing lessons just pm me :icon_bigg, $100 / night. you will start off on my phiddy then you can use my F4i and I will teach you how to crash like a pro.
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HPD Clayton The Crash Artist needs to come out of retirement I see...

For Crashing lessons just pm me :icon_bigg, $100 / night. you will start off on my phiddy then you can use my F4i and I will teach you how to crash like a pro.
Actually sounds like a pretty good deal
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$100 and get to total his bike?
, yeah!
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Seriously.
Learn Judo.
It's an accellent martial art which teaches you how to fall/land.
At the beginning, that's all you learn.

http://www.martial-arts-info.com/111/judo/
+1...first few weeks (months with some instructors) for anyone beginning Judo is falling. One thing you always want to remember is to distribute any impact to as much of your body as is possible (hence why most Judo folks tend to slap the ground) so that that energy is absorbe to the widest area. When energy is absorbed by smaller areas, stuff starts to go "crack"...
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Oh, get involved with TMGP so you can get lots of practice. :laughing6
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Oh, get involved with TMGP so you can get lots of practice. :laughing6
we've all had lots of practice crashing in TMGP. like i always say, you gotta practice crashing also, its good to know how to crash! Plus its sometimes fun to crash on the minis...
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$100 and get to total his bike?
, yeah!
blah.. you saw me crash it 3 times at la hac. that night its a honda, with crash protection
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Actually sounds like a pretty good deal
i got ins. on my stunt bike.. :icon_bigg
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in some of my dirtbike crashes i had time to bail from the bike and spot my landing...but from my experience...if you bail from the bike, you are probably going to be seeing your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist again.
+1

Ride that out, and see what the bike does...
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Ride that out, and see what the bike does...

def. ride it out. try to slow down as much as you can b4 you hit the ground. and if you can use your bike as a bob sled do so :icon_bigg
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Learn Judo.
It's an accellent martial art which teaches you how to fall/land.
At the beginning, that's all you learn.

http://www.martial-arts-info.com/111/judo/
Now that would be something to watch.

Bike starts bucking, rider jumps up, manages to push off the bike with one foot, does a double-flip in the air and comes straight down on both of his feet. Maybe we should ask Jackie Chan for some lessons. :laughing6
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Now that would be something to watch.

Bike starts bucking, rider jumps up, manages to push off the bike with one foot, does a double-flip in the air and comes straight down on both of his feet. Maybe we should ask Jackie Chan for some lessons. :laughing6
stunt crashing. :laughing6
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