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Old 04-18-2017, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Front tire broke lose....down I go

We had some massive rains here the last few days. The skies finally cleared and I went out for a nice romp on my Scrambler.

I was enjoying a lovely ride when I turned left onto a side road. I had slowed down to a proper speed to take the corner.....when suddenly I am down on my stomach next to my Scrambler wondering what the heck just happened.

I picked myself up, checked myself over, and then picked up my Scrambler.

Looking back......Arrrggghhhh.....There's literally about 2 to 3 inches of sand all the way across the road.....Run-off from the storms, and it was that soft fine sand that feels like tiny ball bearings. Shame on me for not being more careful and mindful of the conditions. It was completely stupid......I was caught day dreaming, and I could have been injured.

The bike is fine. I scuffed up a bar end mirror, snapped off a shifter peg, and scuffed up a passenger peg block off......Replacements have already been ordered. The side of the clutch cover has a minor scrape that I will sand and spray this weekend. The forks are slightly out of line, but that's a simple fix. I think my bars are fine, but I am still considering swapping them out for a Renthal. All-in-all....it is minor stuff and the bike will look like new in about a week.

Knowing my primary mistake was not paying close enough attention to the road conditions, I still wondered if there was something I should have or could have done to save it. But in rethinking it......I don't think so. The front tire broke loose pretty darn quick and I am happy to report that I did not make it worse by grabbing the front brake. But regardless, it was too late and it was a millisecond before I was down.

So it's been about 36 hours and I have been through the stages of emotions. First = Shaken. Second = Pissed off. Third = Sadness. Fourth = Reflection.
As crazy as this might sound.....I am happy this happened. It was the wake-up call I needed to not get complacent. Stuff can happen really fast. Be vigilant. Be alert. No need to ride in fear, but complacency can settle in so quickly. When I think what might have happened.........What if my turn was in traffic? What if I was going a bit faster? etc. So I am truly thankful for the wake-up call.

Take heed all you who have become complacent.......
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:31 PM   #2
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Glad to hear the damage was no worse, especially to you! And yeah, excellent lesson about complacency... that can sneak up on a fella and he's in trouble before he knows it. Good luck on the damage repair!
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:39 PM   #3
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Thanks for the well wishes. Very happy it was minor. Good lesson.
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Old 04-18-2017, 05:59 PM   #4
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The front end washing out is almost always suprising and a total shock when it happens.

Glad everything worked out!
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:20 PM   #5
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Glad to hear you are ok! I can't totally relate about the wake up call - anything scary sharpens me up quick.
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Old 04-23-2017, 04:30 PM   #6
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Just returned from my first long ride on the Scrambler since my mishap. WOW! It put me back to little girl stage.....at least for the first half hour. I didn't think much about it until I got to the first corner....and then It took a little while to shake the willies and just ride. I think it will take a few rides to lose that memory....or at least put it in the proper context.
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Old 04-23-2017, 05:30 PM   #7
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Glad you are okay and the damage was manageable. Best to get back in the saddle and work through it.

I did something similar a few years ago. Only For me it was gray pea gravel on faded gray asphault. Instead of my usual semi-dirt style I normally use on sketchy country roads, I had slipped into "get home" mode and was not paying attention to the changing conditions. Thankfully I was not hurt, and other than some scraped up handguard and mirror, I had ripped out the right fork bleed screw. I trimmed a stick and jammed it in to get home. A new screw fixed that, and I've chosen to keep the scarred lower fork on the bike as a visible reminder to respect the road and keep my mind in the moment.

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Old 04-24-2017, 08:20 PM   #8
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Glad you are ok. Us old guys don't bounce very well any longer and even a soft down can be a bit more serious than expected. Most of my 'crashes' were while racing and like you I would go back and analyse what happened. 99.3% it was the idiot who was holding onto the bars. You identified what it was. Book mark it and remember it. Every time I pull into a gas station the first thing I look for is green diesel handles. If they are present I slow down so much old granny's in walkers have passed me.
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:33 PM   #9
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Glad you are ok, that is a danger this time of year. I have been riding for almost a month so far this year, all of it on my KLR. On the Triumph if it goes down.......one side panel is almost a $1000.00 all by it's self.
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:56 PM   #10
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It's a good idea to ride the KLR until the roads are in better shape. But in this area I need to always be alert. There's always sand, gravel or other crap (literally) on county roads. My little mishap was a good wake up call.

The Scrambler is back to like new. I replaced both mirrors with another model of Joker Machine that I like a lot better. They're expensive but worth it. I also replace the snapped off shifter peg with a Joker Machine peg that looks cool and works well. For any possible future whoops I installed a set of LSL frame sliders up on the engine case and a set of British Customs frame sliders that mount on the passenger peg mounts. The front and rear sliders provide good coverage. About the only expensive item still at risk is my Zard exhaust, but there's no way to fully protect it. I guess I just need to stop crashing my bike. 😬

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Glad you're fine. I agree, those front tire washouts are unnerving as they seem to occur without warning. Not to mention early season rides, besides offering challenging road surfaces, are challenging for another reason. As riders it takes a while to reboot all those spidey danger senses we had when the previous riding season ended. My internal alert system is much better in Oct/Nov when two travel ends in Central Orygun than it is in March/April when two-wheel riding season begins.

I have yet to go down on a front tire washout on the Ural.
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So it's been about 36 hours and I have been through the stages of emotions. First = Shaken. Second = Pissed off. Third = Sadness. Fourth = Reflection.
Glad you are alright, however you forgot the cold beer stage.
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Old 05-03-2017, 07:00 PM   #13
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Check that 4th Stage.....Reflection. What does one need to properly reflect?
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Hey Mitch, Glad your OK and got off cheep! A few months ago I dropped my common sense , Got lazy , Stupid, Whatever, I was just running up and down my gravel road trying to chase down a carb problem on my new to me 250 Kawai SF . 17" wheels, Dual piston caliper ,320 mm rotor, Sticky tires, Came down my driveway and grabbed a little to much front brake on wet asphalt and pine needles , Went from about 20 MPH to pavement in about 1/2 second ...No gear what so ever ,Hit my head, Shoulder , Elbow ,still have some nerve damage in my arm , Hit my hip , knee and chipped a bone in my ankle..Idiot...I know better ,Rookie mistake .. All from not having my head in the game .Cost me about a grand .And a week of work . I was goina post about it but never did ,too pissed, A little embarrassed..It took weeks to mentally get over it ..I guess I needed a refresher course ....

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Hey Mitch, Glad your OK and got off cheep! A few months ago I dropped my common sense , Got lazy , Stupid, Whatever, I was just running up and down my gravel road trying to chase down a carb problem on my new to me 250 Kawai SF . 17" wheels, Dual piston caliper ,320 mm rotor, Sticky tires, Came down my driveway and grabbed a little to much front brake on wet asphalt and pine needles , Went from about 20 MPH to pavement in about 1/2 second ...No gear what so ever ,Hit my head, Shoulder , Elbow ,still have some nerve damage in my arm , Hit my hip , knee and chipped a bone in my ankle..Idiot...I know better ,Rookie mistake .. All from not having my head in the game .Cost me about a grand .And a week of work . I was goina post about it but never did ,too pissed, A little embarrassed..It took weeks to mentally get over it ..I guess I needed a refresher course ....
I'm really sorry that you too had a wake-up call. Sounds like you landed a little harder than I did. It definitely gets your attention and puts you back a bit. I took the Scrambler out today and I'm still not over it. I found myself slowing down a lot more in the corners. It really messes with your head. Happy to hear you weren't​ hurt too badly. Go ATGATT and get back on the pony.

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I'm really sorry that you too had a wake-up call. Sounds like you landed a little harder than I did. It definitely gets your attention and puts you back a bit. I took the Scrambler out today and I'm still not over it. I found myself slowing down a lot more in the corners. It really messes with your head. Happy to hear you weren't​ hurt too badly. Go ATGATT and get back on the pony.

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Absolutely, I broke my own rule no ATGATT no ride , Just got back from a nice little ride into town for some M&M's needed an excuse ...
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