Jaybird180 Posted February 6, 2009 Report Share Posted February 6, 2009 A few years ago, I went down and still to this day I don’t know how it happened. I am hoping to provide as much detail, so that in hindsight I can understand what happened and not do it again. At the time I was about 230lbs (fully dressed) riding stock suspension on my F4i. I was wearing Dunlop D208 tires which had about 3 trackdays and an unknown thousand street miles of use on them. Visually, they were fine and never exhibited any slipping issues except once in the wet on the left side in a residential area (suspected to have happened due to wet autumn leaves). I was consistent with daily tire pressure checks but I’ve thrown away that pen-style gauge after discovering that it was cheap and faulty. This day I’d caught up with a previously unknown rider on a newer 600rr where we tested our straight-line speed. After that was over, we met at the gas station and talked a bit and decided to venture over to a nearby twisty road that I’d been through several times. The road was unfamiliar to him, and I kept looking back to ensure I wasn’t leaving him. A bit agitated by the break in rhythm, I kept trying to encourage him to stay closer so he could observe my lines, but he either didn’t understand or wouldn’t comply. Either way, I wasn’t going to leave him. This was a bright and sunny midday with no adverse weather or visible fluid spills, road debris, etc to my knowledge. The section in question has a mild elevation change with a mild ess. I glanced back to see where the rider was and decided that he was falling a bit behind again. I then went through the right and decided to slow a bit before the left by using a little front brake. I also downshifted so I could gain some rpm back. I’m off the brake as I tipped into the flat left (not a quick turn). I fully expected to get to my desired lean angle and glide into the left turn. Instead, I was on my left side and sliding on the ground towards a light pole off the road into the grass. Stopping well short of the pole, I was unharmed. The frame sliders did their job, but my new leathers weren’t so new anymore. No harm except a little embarrassment and a broken left mirror and clutch lever. The following rider said he saw the rear tire lockup, but I felt NOTHING except the impact of the pavement. ANYONE have ANY suggestions or clues as to the cause of this crash? (even if it's wild and crazy) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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