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Old 11-06-2018, 04:04 PM   #21
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Re: What did your bike teach you recently?

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Also, scooting your butt over just a 1/4 inch while doing 84mph on the KLR will dang near cause a tank slapper.
That is a STRONG indicator that the suspension is not set properly and the steering stem nut may not be torqued properly. My KLR did the exact same thing. Once I got it setup right, it was nice and stable.
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A few months ago I learned that trying to stop my bike from falling while on uneven terrain with an injured ankle is a very bad idea. I tore my Achilles tendon quite badly and haven't been able to ride since. And to add insult to injury (literally) I failed to save the bike from falling!
Ouch ouch ouch!! Hate to hear that!

When I had my R1150 GS, a BIG HEAVY bike, I too learned that there comes a point where you are better off just ejecting and letting the crash bars do their job. I was fortunate that I never got hurt trying to save it. I also learned from that bike that once it was on the ground, I was better off having a short sit to let the adrenaline come down before attempting to lift it. It was also usually a good idea to study how it was laying for a moment. Sometimes just rotating it slightly or digging around a wheel slightly could make all the difference in the world with regard to the effort that would be needed. I even used to carry one of those collapsible army shovels with me
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:27 PM   #23
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Re: What did your bike teach you recently?

Not today, but Saturday taught me that no matter what people say, the V Strom is a perfectly capable ADV bike, as long as it has a decent set of tires on it.
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:54 AM   #24
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Ouch ouch ouch!! Hate to hear that!

When I had my R1150 GS, a BIG HEAVY bike, I too learned that there comes a point where you are better off just ejecting and letting the crash bars do their job. I was fortunate that I never got hurt trying to save it. I also learned from that bike that once it was on the ground, I was better off having a short sit to let the adrenaline come down before attempting to lift it. It was also usually a good idea to study how it was laying for a moment. Sometimes just rotating it slightly or digging around a wheel slightly could make all the difference in the world with regard to the effort that would be needed. I even used to carry one of those collapsible army shovels with me
The true price of wisdom is first to need it. lol
Agreed, I too have learned to wait a minute or 10 before trying to fix those things, you can end up hurting yourself even more if you don't notice something simple that could save you lots of work.
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Not today, but Saturday taught me that no matter what people say, the V Strom is a perfectly capable ADV bike, as long as it has a decent set of tires on it.
Yes, we both had **** eating grins on our faces that day. Perfect conditions for the stroms and the eo7 tires.
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Old 11-14-2018, 12:49 AM   #26
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Re: What did your bike teach you recently?

Guess its not really bike related per se but, recently I was reminded of the importance of situational awareness, especially when on a bike. As I waited for the 18 wheeler infront of me to finish maneuvering into its own parking spot, I noticed that even though it was moving forward as it was turning, its rear wheels were actually moving backwards diminishing the space between it and its parking spot.

Glad I learned yet another reason why not to get too close to an 18 wheeler, especially if its not stationery and its engine is not off.
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