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Dang...sorry to hear!

Which beach is that?

I have a 29" inseam but I don't understand this part:
...to top it all my left foot slid on the sand and down I went.
So, after you kicked the kickstand up with your left foot did you switch footing to your left and that's when you slipped?

I'm really sorry for your spill but if it that happened to me I'd take a broken collarbone over damage to my bike. Only because I really enjoy the healing pains of broken bones (collarbone/ribs). Besides they heal quick. Sorry for the sick humor but I've broken bones so many times I've grown accustomed to it. LOL

That and I feel blessed to even bones to break and know it'll be healed when there are others who probably wished they had said bones to break. That's how I look at it.
 

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Ouch !!
Sounds like a freak fall. Hope you heal quickly.
 

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This was at Marina State Beach. yeah, I had my right leg halfway across the bike with all my weight on my left foot when it slid in the loose sand and I fell back onto my left shoulder.
gotta get this
May I ask what kind of footwear you had on?

Honestly, I know exactly the feeling of trying to mount on a slight slope with our short inseams. The motorcycle parking spot by our work is on a slight slope. I didn't realize it was slightly sloped towards kickstand till I tried to upkick the kickstand with my left foot--foot couldn't reach the kickstand. [email protected] these short legs of mine!!! :laugh:

So I walked it over to what looked to be slightly less sloped area and mounted from left, positioned over to my right foot, then up kicked the kickstand and took off from the right foot. And that would be my suggestion to you: Don't switch back to your left foot.

This being my first ADV bike I didn't understand why the kickstand didn't have a toe/heel kick arm on the kickstand like on sportbikes.

Like so:


I plan on having my fabricator weld one for me after I install all my goodies.
 

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I almost did the same thing backing out of a really steep parking lot. Now I just push my bike from the side or reverse park when I am in this situation. You can see why they put reverse gears on those big tourers, imaging trying to push around 350kgs plus.
 

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Onlookers helped my up and got the bike upright.
Onlookers - oh dear! When I had my own 'dumb fall' experience turning the bike on a sloping road, at least no-one witnessed the debacle! I managed to extract my badly bruised foot from underneath the bike and heave the AT upright before anyone appeared. A broken handguard and slight fairing scratch (heartache!) later, I was on my way. These bikes are tall and slow speed/carpark drops are all too easy, even for those of us with enough experience to know better!
 

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This was at Marina State Beach. yeah, I had my right leg halfway across the bike with all my weight on my left foot when it slid in the loose sand and I fell back onto my left shoulder.
gotta get this


Sorry for that bad luck you have had. For the protector vest i would choose something with a bit longer back protector... This one seems fairly short.

something like e.g. this one Spidi-Warrior

I can not post links here yet, but if you google it, you'll get the picture :)
 

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My guess is that if the truth be known there are plenty of others that have experienced their own dumbest fall ever! Like the time I tried a U turn on the Blue Ridge Parkway .........

Here is hoping that you heal quickly.
 

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1. Always plan your parking. Don't just blindly pull into any parking spot without observing and thinking. Look at slope and things that can cause slipping like sand or oil. I never pull into a spot that is sloped down unless I can pull forward out of it. If that is the only spot, then I back it in. Sometimes that means dismounting and walking it back in. But usually, i look for a wider space, like 2 or more adjacent parking spots, and do a sharp u-turn so that I end up facing out without having walk it back much if at all. And, with a bike like the AT, you can ride over sidewalks, berms, etc. to get into or out of a spot without backing up.

2. Drink more milk.
 

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I was shocked at the force of the impact on my shoulder when I landed as I was fully geared up in this https://shop.revzilla.com/motorcycl...2q1QrOVD-8-pdXA3WT0ROEJwbtInDaahoCPNAQAvD_BwE with shoulder armor!
Granted all crashes are different I personally do not trust foam padding. Though they may be okay on dirt.

From personal experience, hard shell armor provide better protection on pavement than foam padding. Which is why I inserted a hard shell on top of the foam in shoulder area and removed the knee padding and wear a stand alone hard shell knee protector. Still trying to find a hard shell elbow armor that will insert in elbow area.
 

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Get better soon....

I always plan my parking, it?s just so hard to park the Africa
Sometimes the side stand won?t extend, so I just park on the other side of the road when possible, less stress
Ran into a tri-color on the way to Yosemite this past weekend
A lot of riding the last month.
Solvang via 166
The Southern border via Julian & Sunrise Hwy
Lake Isabella via Caliente Bodfish
Benton Hot Springs & Yosemite via 395 & 120
Just racking up the miles 18k+ miles now
 

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I was shocked at the force of the impact on my shoulder when I landed as I was fully geared up in this https://shop.revzilla.com/motorcycl...2q1QrOVD-8-pdXA3WT0ROEJwbtInDaahoCPNAQAvD_BwE with shoulder armor!
That's interesting...I tipped over in my driveway when I stopped short on departure due to a bike suddenly appearing around the blind corner left of the driveway entrance. Was right over the deep part of the curb swale and I couldn't reach the ground (30" inseam) with enough pressure to stave off the fall. The bike landed on my foot and my shoulder hit the ground. Both foot and shoulder still hurt more than two weeks later, though I don't think I broke either. Was wearing Klim Badlands jacket but must have hit the ground just above the shoulder armor.

I'm convinced the best physiological protection against fall injuries is more muscle tone, so I'm working on core and upper body strength ahead of my Rawhyde class in December. We'll see how it goes...
 

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Also, learn to bail once you realize the bike is going down. You don't want the bike slamming you into the ground. Get away from it before impact. A lot of people's first instinct is to hold on for dear life to bitter end. Let go and jump, push, or roll off and away.
 

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Yikes that's a bad one hope you get better soon and back riding again. I had one where I was mounting the bike in a parking lot from the downhill side on the left side of the bike. I tossed the ol leg over and couldn't slide into the center of the seat and fell over on the right side since I couldn't get enough of my foot on the ground. It's good to get your weight biased on the uphill side to try and insure you'll fall on that side if something goes wrong. Get lots of calcium, glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen into ya.
 

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Also, learn to bail once you realize the bike is going down. You don't want the bike slamming you into the ground. Get away from it before impact. A lot of people's first instinct is to hold on for dear life to bitter end. Let go and jump, push, or roll off and away.
I think this is by far the best advice. But putting into practice is a different story.
 

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I find if I relax my body and try to hit the ground like a limp sack of jello, I don't get beat up as much. I never try to stiffen up and fight the gravity/earth thing. Don't try and stop the earth from rushing up to smite thee. You lose everytime. There's a reason why drunks are usually the sole surivers of horrific car accidents. I've tossed my sack of jello (ME!) a few times now on the Twin. Either doing a j-turn with power or stopping and trying to dab the earth with my downhill boot being a foot or two too short.
"And down goes Frazier!" .Again...Booo.
 
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