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Old August 28th @ 05:37 pm   #1
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Someone went down in Utah. I know what you're all thinking, but surprisingly it wasn't Tom. It finally happened. Red Lightning has touched ground. Coming out of Bryce Canyon there's a really sharp, downhill left hander. I did almost everything wrong. Lecture away. I deserve it. I was going in too fast. I turned in too early. I began going wide and I looked at the side of the road instead of through the turn, and instead of going full on knee dragger, as I got to the edge of the road I choked, straightened the bike and grabbed brake. The only thing I did right was not braking while leaned over.

The front fairing is demolished, left blinker gone, mirror needs to be replaced. The left side fairing isn't too bad, I think I'll keep it that way. The shifter lever got a little bent but still works fine. I took a nose dive into the rocks and decimated my visor, and my helmet has lots of beauty marks now. Pictures below.

So I checked on eBay, the new fairing is going to be $200, and the mirrors, turn signal, wind screen and visor I'm gonna get at cycle gear.

If I may pat myself on the back, I'm awesome at crashing. The shoulder bumper took all of the damage, my jacket and pants are fine (a bit dusty, but not ripped).

It had to happen some time














And it was such a beautiful day too

The way I look at it, it was just a $200 lesson. As many times as I've been told "Just lean more, don't straighten it" apparently my subconscious didn't believe you. Lesson learned.


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Old August 28th @ 05:52 pm   #2
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: 2006 GSX-R 600 Half Naked Edition
Glad you're ok, especially after seeing the helmet damage. So what happened after you grabbed brake? Did the bike go into a ditch and throw you? Trying to understand how you nosedive.

I'm sure you realize this now, but you really don't want your first time doing an aggressive lean angle to be in an emergency situation. Oh well, at least you know what you need to practice more.

Side note - when you can regulary crash without a scratch, then you'll be on my level.
 
 
Old August 28th @ 05:57 pm   #3
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Glad you're ok, especially after seeing the helmet damage. So what happened after you grabbed brake? Did the bike go into a ditch and throw you? Trying to understand how you nosedive.
I hit the dirt, grabbed the brake and fell forward to the left while the bike slid out to the right... I think. It was kinda fast, as crashes tend to be.
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:05 pm   #4
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From: Las Vegas, NV

Motorcycle: 2006 GSX-R 600 Half Naked Edition
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I hit the dirt, grabbed the brake and fell forward to the left while the bike slid out to the right... I think. It was kinda fast, as crashes tend to be.
Ah... As much as you hear "Don't use your front brake in a runoff" it's hard to remember that in he moment. Any pictures of the turn and crash site?
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:15 pm   #5
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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Ah... As much as you hear "Don't use your front brake in a runoff" it's hard to remember that in he moment. Any pictures of the turn and crash site?
No. we didn't hang around too long. Nosey park rangers...
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:19 pm   #6
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From: las vegas

Motorcycle: 2011 ZX6R
The gp moto champ went down,and he took it like a champ!
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:21 pm   #7
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From: Northwest

Motorcycle: Kawasaki Ninja 250R
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The gp moto champ went down,and he took it like a champ!
Except when I screamed and peed myself
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:28 pm   #8
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From: las vegas

Motorcycle: 2011 ZX6R
The crash could not have happen at a better place because if he would have crashed about ten feet farther he would have gone over the mountain!
 
 
Old August 28th @ 06:54 pm   #9
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From: north las vegas

Motorcycle: 2003 honda RVT1000R aka rc51
glad to hear you walk away and thats what 250 are for kissing the grown
 
 
Old August 28th @ 07:08 pm   #10
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From: Henderson

Motorcycle: 2011 Ninja 650r
Glad your fine man!
 
 

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