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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 02-07-2010, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Hit some gravel and almost crashed. What did I do right?

We had some serious rains yesterday and against my better judgment I was going pretty quick at local canyon when I saw some gravel in my path. No time to avoid it so before I hit the gravel, I pulled in the clutch and closed throttle and hoped for the best.

Well the bike slid (and lateral scrub marks all along the perimeter of tires show that BOTH tires lost traction less than 1/4 of an inch away from edge of the tires). I then when into two serious tank slappers and was sure I was about to go down. I raised myself off the seat (so 100% of my weight on the pegs) because I was ready to jump off when the bike when it was about to go down. Miraculously, the bike settled down.

So, did my rising off the seats have anything to do with the recovery? Being off the gas and clutch? Thanks for our input. It was a very, very, very, very close call.

(It's also a good thing I didn't jump off the bike prematurely because I was about a few tenths of a seconds away for ejecting because I really thought it was a lost cause. )
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The best thing you did was NOT hitting the brakes.

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hey Allan glad your ok. I guess the MV God's where looking out for you that day
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best thing you did was hold on thru it, standing up helps get a better feel / perspective to wrestle it around, just like on a dirt bike. Close one.

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hey Allan glad your ok. I guess the MV God's where looking out for you that day
No, the MV Gods were pissed at me when I trade in my MV. This was on the 1198 base model. I wonder how things would have played out if I had the S model.
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If you were on a MV, this would not have happened Just kidding

Wow that sounded close to an off. It sounds like you did everything right at least, proof by staying up. Not jamming on the brakes I think was a main contributor to staying on.
As you know, it was all over in a second and a half, maybe two, instinct of balance kicked in I suppose. I don't think you can train for a save. And that split second on weather to jump off or not..... I'd go home and pour me a striaght double shot of something 120proof on the rocks
"S" model, just more expensive to fix when you crash
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Allan, what did you do wrong to put yourself in that position in the first place?
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No, the MV Gods were pissed at me when I trade in my MV. This was on the 1198 base model. I wonder how things would have played out if I had the S model.
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Allan, what did you do wrong to put yourself in that position in the first place?
Hahahah. That's a very easy answer. The Red Mist! Didn't even abate nor did I let up after that side!
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And here are the pictures. It's like this all the way around each tire:



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