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Finally a day off where it isn't raining, so I can go for a ride.


Ride out of Vegas to an old mine, and the Colorado River overlook. Take some nice pics of the bike. Roll it around to the blue truck you see in the background. Well the gravel there was loose AF and front end sunk about 2in. Right side dip, desperately hold it and right it only to have the gravel shift and dump it down left.



Am I a fucking moron for trying to go where I did? Ye probably. But in the struggle to keep it up in did no damage to the fairings. I got super lucky. The clutch is bent a tad, and the bar end has a tiny bit of rash. Other than that I escaped 99% unscathed. I was too pissed off when I got home to wipe down the bike and make sure there are zero scratches, but in my 15sec overlook it looks ok. Enjoy the pics and remember folks, it's a sport bike, not a dirt bike :brutale::bash::banghead::toothless:crazyeyes























































 

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Ouch...... I know all about loose gravel. !! Unfortunately. Brutales don't like it either.

Nice photos and landscapes.
 

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The USA requires side reflectors, front and rear, that meet a standard. On my 910R they were reflective decals on the front fender and rear cowling (yellow in front, red in back).

I pealed them off.

We also have spacing specifications on turn signals that are wider than most other countries. The front turn signals on my 910R had 50mm spacers that pushed them wider. I took them off to match Euro spec bikes. Looks much cleaner.
 

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The USA requires side reflectors, front and rear, that meet a standard. On my 910R they were reflective decals on the front fender and rear cowling (yellow in front, red in back).

I pealed them off.

We also have spacing specifications on turn signals that are wider than most other countries. The front turn signals on my 910R had 50mm spacers that pushed them wider. I took them off to match Euro spec bikes. Looks much cleaner.
Hol' up.
You're allowed to add or make spikes and sharp objects to your bike. But removing a reflector isnt legal... LOL didnt saw that one coming to be honest.

In Netherlands it isnt required... and thats says ALOT. We are required a red reflector on the rear(underneath license plate)pointing towards vehicle behind you. But not the sides of front or rear.
As for turn signal space we have a minimum of 28cm of space inbetween them. Internal blinkers in rear brake light is illegal.

Required or not. That orange slice needs to come off :laugh::laugh:
 

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Cool location for photos! Sorry about the drop. I am the only person on this planet to have NEVER dropped a bike...:stickpoke
 

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Hol' up.
You're allowed to add or make spikes and sharp objects to your bike. But removing a reflector isnt legal... LOL didnt saw that one coming to be honest.
Not illegal to remove...but must be installed by the manufacturer to be sold in this country. Most people do take them off.

We also have to have a rear reflector, and the integrated turn signals are illegal, too (ask pampalini23 ...he just got a "fix-it" ticket from a motorcycle cop in LA for illegal rear turn signals on his F4....integrated).

The police in the USA, for the most part, don't pay attention to little details like those, and most states have no routine inspection regimen. A few do, and they can get sticky about things like turn signals and registration plate lights etc.....but I don't think anyone looks at the reflectors after the bike leaves the dealership.
 
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ccc,

Gravel, yeah buddy. You got off light in my opinion. I just don't take my street bikes on gravel. When in high school, in Durango, CO USA about 1971 I was riding my Honda 175 scrambler. Crossing the narrow gauge railroad tracks, I went through gravel. But, the crews had just filled a foot deep pothole between the tracks. Down I went in a flash. Lots of nice rash on me, and a bit on the bike. The good part: of course: the train was coming! This is a steam train, and about 75 yards away. I had a good adrenaline rush, got the bike picked up, but doing that in the gravel hole was not so easy. I was strong back then, and bikes were light, but I burned my hands on the engine. Just a fun time all around. Nobody helped, but lots of lookers.

Gravel is not your friend, mostly. Gravity always wins.
 

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Anytime a sportbike isn't on pavement is a high risk moment. Grass is slippery and can have a soft spot making it impossible to even roll. Luckily I never dropped a bike but I've had those struggle moments!

I like the 2nd pic the best.
 

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Great shots like these often come at the risk of rolling over something sketchy...
In hindsight, do you think it would've been wiser to push your bike?
Like others have said, you got off light. Might have been that your bars were straight, or turned to the right, that played defense for your fairing, which is very fortunate...
 

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Hol' up.
You're allowed to add or make spikes and sharp objects to your bike. But removing a reflector isnt legal... LOL didnt saw that one coming to be honest.

In Netherlands it isnt required... and thats says ALOT. We are required a red reflector on the rear(underneath license plate)pointing towards vehicle behind you. But not the sides of front or rear.
As for turn signal space we have a minimum of 28cm of space inbetween them. Internal blinkers in rear brake light is illegal.

Required or not. That orange slice needs to come off :laugh::laugh:
It's actually required in Europe for models registered since 2017. And as for indicators, european norm says they should be 240mm between them (https://www.louis-moto.co.uk/rund-ums-motorrad/schraubertipps/tuev?_ga=2.36258656.152729477.1548658919-1431681425.1540232776). I never saw they should not be integrated, but for most bikes the distance is not allowing that (on most, however, I remember some bikes with integrated blinkers back in the past, when tails were wider).
 

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Hol' up.
You're allowed to add or make spikes and sharp objects to your bike. But removing a reflector isnt legal... LOL didnt saw that one coming to be honest.

In Netherlands it isnt required... and thats says ALOT. We are required a red reflector on the rear(underneath license plate)pointing towards vehicle behind you. But not the sides of front or rear.
As for turn signal space we have a minimum of 28cm of space inbetween them. Internal blinkers in rear brake light is illegal.

Required or not. That orange slice needs to come off
It's actually required in Europe for models registered since 2017. And as for indicators, european norm says they should be 240mm between them (https://www.louis-moto.co.uk/rund-ums-motorrad/schraubertipps/tuev?_ga=2.36258656.152729477.1548658919-1431681425.1540232776). I never saw they should not be integrated, but for most bikes the distance is not allowing that (on most, however, I remember some bikes with integrated blinkers back in the past, when tails were wider).
24...28. the point is it isnt legal for integraded.

As for bikes having their blinkers mounted in the bodywork, some suzukis and i believe aprillias have this.
Older models though
 

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Glad that was all that was damaged.

Don't get rid of the reflector on a street legal bike. It may prevent you from being t-boned.

Get rid of the reflectors on your MTB!
 

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24...28. the point is it isnt legal for integraded.

As for bikes having their blinkers mounted in the bodywork, some suzukis and i believe aprillias have this.
Older models though
Actually, the minimal distance is 180mm (took the wrong part) as per EC regulation. Local country regulator may require more. (180mm corresponds to what is between the two indicators of Rivale, Dragster, Stradale and TV with the license plate fixed on the swingarm). If it 240 or 280 mm, I'm curious how they get registration EC model.

And I remember some bikes where it was almost like integrated, with a very tiny line between blinker and rear lights. The key difference being that when it blinks on one side it doesn't polute the other side with light...
 

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Consider yourself lucky. Emma, not in motion at the time, fell over in grass and mud (yes, while I was on her, footing issue involving a drop from the pavement to the ground...stupid mistake from not being aware there's a ditch next to me :|) anyway. $7500 in damage. :frown2:
 
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