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Well, did my first oil change today after work, then an hour later had my first crash :ROFLMAO:

Got cross rutted at about 15 miles an hour and got chucked off the bike. The Outback Motortek bars did their job (not a scratch on the bike), bark busters held up well, doubletake mirrors folded out of the way. Giant Loop stuff held up well too, Round the World panniers have no damage, one small scuff on the possibles pouch on my crash bar.

No damage to me, my riding Firstgear jacket the kneepad on my jeans saved me. Head didn’t touch the ground. The rest of the body damage is pre existing...

Unfortunately my first instinct was to stand the bike up instead of taking a dirt nap pic, so no new avatar for me :confused:

Of course I call my mom since I have to get some paperwork to her this weekend, tell her I crashed and she starts freaking out. Apparently she thinks I put $1300 in crash bars on this for decoration....


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Then to make my evening even more interesting, I stopped at the gas station to fill my bike up. The guy at the pump next to me was checking out my bike, come to find out he runs ADV rides out of one of the local ski resorts!
 

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Always, ALWAYS good to hear a rider sort-a walks away from ANY crash, of any speed, on any bike. In the old days of poorly designed bikes, LOTS of stuff would have bit the dust. But, it seems that many AT units, mine included, seems to be well protected when the AT suddenly becomes sleepy. Glad you and the AT are able to ride off in to the sunset again.
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Yup, could have been a lot worse. Just before this I was going quite a bit faster due to the trail having some whoops and I wanted to see how the suspension handled them. Very familiar with this trail, but the last bike I took down it was an XR400 about 10 years ago. This is a lot more bike than I am used to off road.

Gotta say, glad I’m a big guy and I do strongman and powerlifting as one of my other hobbies. I knew it was going to be heavy, but it was heavier than I expected.
 

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Also a good lesson in all the gear all the time. I probably would have been banged up without my riding gear!
 

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Yup, could have been a lot worse. Just before this I was going quite a bit faster due to the trail having some whoops and I wanted to see how the suspension handled them. Very familiar with this trail, but the last bike I took down it was an XR400 about 10 years ago. This is a lot more bike than I am used to off road.

Gotta say, glad I’m a big guy and I do strongman and powerlifting as one of my other hobbies. I knew it was going to be heavy, but it was heavier than I expected.
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I don't know if you've read my thread about Twins falling and who's picked them back up, how they did it, and what kind of shape/age they're in but, that thread stemmed from me having an oops when my 2018 AT/AS DCT was less than a week old and, I screwed up and made a U-turn on the pavement and hit some light sand and it was on an incline street. Well, as soon as my front tire hit that tiny bit of sand, that was all she wrote.

Based on the fact that the bike was laying down, with tank facing a down hill incline, there was no way on this planet, that I, all 6' 2.5" and 244 lbs, was gonna pick it back up. Luckily, if ya want to call it luck in that situation, there were two people close by that came to my rescue. They helped get the big girl back up on her feet and, I rode away, damaged pride and all. But, the Twin came away with only a broken brake handle. I welded it up ordered a replacement. Since then, I've ordered and received an Eastbound Motowinch for whenever I hit like circumstances, on or off road.
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I don't know if you've read my thread about Twins falling and who's picked them back up, how they did it, and what kind of shape/age they're in but, that thread stemmed from me having an oops when my 2018 AT/AS DCT was less than a week old and, I screwed up and made a U-turn on the pavement and hit some light sand and it was on an incline street. Well, as soon as my front tire hit that tiny bit of sand, that was all she wrote.

Based on the fact that the bike was laying down, with tank facing a down hill incline, there was no way on this planet, that I, all 6' 2.5" and 244 lbs, was gonna pick it back up. Luckily, if ya want to call it luck in that situation, there were two people close by that came to my rescue. They helped get the big girl back up on her feet and, I rode away, damaged pride and all. But, the Twin came away with only a broken brake handle. I welded it up ordered a replacement. Since then, I've ordered and received an Eastbound Motowinch for whenever I hit like circumstances, on or off road.
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Yup I saw that one. I was actually going to shove my bike over in my yard after reading it just to get a feel for the weight of her. I guess doing the real test in a mud hole is acceptable also.
 

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Yup I saw that one. I was actually going to shove my bike over in my yard after reading it just to get a feel for the weight of her. I guess doing the real test in a mud hole is acceptable also.
Yep, the "Mud hole" incident is a well qualified test for sure.
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Cross-tracking...hadn't heard that term before but am intimately familiar with the problem. She wants to go one way with or without you while you struggle mightily to change her mind. Twice this has happened to me here in Florida. Both times I stayed in the saddle but the ride was shot through with some serious adrenaline dumping. She's a big girl and has a lot of momentum when she's all loaded up. It can take a lot of energy input to overcome that momentum.

Thump-thump-thump...that's Willy knocking on wood, again!
 

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That sounds exciting for sure. Learning and pushing the limits.

Also, be easy on that table. This is a family-friendly forum. :LOL:
 

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Well, did my first oil change today after work, then an hour later had my first crash :ROFLMAO:

Got cross rutted at about 15 miles an hour and got chucked off the bike. The Outback Motortek bars did their job (not a scratch on the bike), bark busters held up well, doubletake mirrors folded out of the way. Giant Loop stuff held up well too, Round the World panniers have no damage, one small scuff on the possibles pouch on my crash bar.

No damage to me, my riding Firstgear jacket the kneepad on my jeans saved me. Head didn’t touch the ground. The rest of the body damage is pre existing...

Unfortunately my first instinct was to stand the bike up instead of taking a dirt nap pic, so no new avatar for me :confused:

Of course I call my mom since I have to get some paperwork to her this weekend, tell her I crashed and she starts freaking out. Apparently she thinks I put $1300 in crash bars on this for decoration....


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Never, ever, ever tell your mom you crashed if you didn't end up in the hospital! When parents who don't ride motorcycles hear "crash bars," they think you are totally safe in the event of any crash. Kind of like people referring to body armor as a bullet proof vest (which we know there is no such thing). As a husband, parent and grandparent, somethings are better kept to yourself like minor crashes, how much you pay for new parts for your bike, and any near misses you have riding on the street. I know more guys who have had to give up their motorcycles because they shared too many stories with their wife. Glad you are ok and enjoy the adventure of an adventure bike.
 

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I have seen parents walk right by their children's crashed motorcycle (but still rideable) without noticing the difference. Example: Broken fairing, windshield, mirrors, scraped extremities, etc.

Similar to parents walking past cannabis plants at the in-law's backyard and saying, " ... the air smells different today ... ", and moving on.
 

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My mother didn't speak to me for a few weeks when I came home with my first bike as a teenager. By keeping every mishap a secret she eventually got over her fears and dropped the subject. Over the years I've even managed to get her on the back of a few of bikes when visiting her in central America and Mexico and she even let me drive her to the ferry on my KLR a few years back. She is too frail to get on a bike now, but I am glad I had the opportunities when I did.

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My mother didn't speak to me for a few weeks when I came home with my first bike as a teenager. By keeping every mishap a secret she eventually got over her fears and dropped the subject. Over the years I've even managed to get her on the back of a few of bikes when visiting her in central America and Mexico and she even let me drive her to the ferry on my KLR a few years back. She is too frail to get on a bike now, but I am glad I had the opportunities when I did.

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I had to join the police force to ride motorcycles because my mom had a rule of no motorcycles under her roof. Then later she admitted to me that she use to ride on the back of guys motorcycles when she was a teenager. I'm glad I didn't listen to her:LOL:
 

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I know more guys who have had to give up their motorcycles because they shared too many stories with their wife.
This is why I have the same rule as I did with snowmobiles and my wife. She has her own. We did the motorcycle course together 3 years ago. She doesn't have half the adventurous attitude I do but she does well. She has her cruiser and I have my AT.

If I have to hide things from my wife I wouldn't be married to her.

And back on the topic of bike dropping:

I dropped mine right after I took it off the trailer from the dealer at home in the garage. These bikes are top heavy. It didn't take much to get the centre of gravity over that tipping point and I couldn't hold it. My wife helped me pick it up. There was no damage on that drop but I don't care about cosmetics. I bought this thing to ride it not polish it.

You can't find the limits unless you test them from time to time.
 
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