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What a scary experience. I drove my bike from work today to my brothers wedding rehearsal. I was leaving the church when this all happened. It was rather cold this evening, let's say about 45 degrees. I hit the throttle a little too hard while leaving the parking lot. The whole rear end kicked out and the bike started to go every which way. Luckily I used instincts, kept off the brake and was able to regain control! God I would have been devastated if I dumped this bike! Only have 150 miles on it! That is what I get for buying a new bike in October. It is going to be a long winter! I have to remember to be careful in the colder weather in that the tires take a while to heat up. Lesson learned!
 

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Glad to hear that you didn't drop it. I've found (and some people may think this is anal) that keeping a log of all of the close calls helps me remember that I'm not as good of a rider as I feel I'm. The log has helped me from repeating the same mistakes twice. Also buy some frame sliders.
 

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i think the threads that explain how someone "ALMOST wiped out" are extremely helpful.
i think the threads that explain how someone "DID wipe out" are extremely helpful, too.

Looking back to a thread I read about someone's throttle getting stuck while it was wide open in a pass. This caused them to crash because they forgot what to do, and grabbed the brakes. THE POST saved someone else from the same mishap, because they knew what to do! KILL SWITCH!
--> http://www.ducatimonster.org/smf/index.php?topic=47821.0

And the recent passing BIG RIGS n MOTORCYCLES thread... very good!
--> http://www.ducatimonster.org/smf/index.php?topic=59005.0

Thanks for the post [thumbsup] [thumbsup]
 

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DuCaTiNi said:
i think the threads that explain how someone "ALMOST wiped out" are extremely helpful.
i think the threads that explain how someone "DID wipe out" are extremely helpful, too.

Looking back to a thread I read about someone's throttle getting stuck while it was wide open in a pass. This caused them to crash because they forgot what to do, and grabbed the brakes. THE POST saved someone else from the same mishap, because they knew what to do! KILL SWITCH!
--> http://www.ducatimonster.org/smf/index.php?topic=47821.0

And the recent passing BIG RIGS n MOTORCYCLES thread... very good!
--> http://www.ducatimonster.org/smf/index.php?topic=59005.0

Thanks for the post [thumbsup] [thumbsup]
I agree. As a new rider all of these stories are interesting but they are also good learning-by-proxy. Keep 'em coming!
 

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Yup. Cold Tires and Street, a recepie for disaster...

Be careful, don't show off, esp on cold tires, etc.

Frame Sliders? Installed on my S2R before I picked her up.

Read "Twist of the Wrist" and "Sport Riding Techniques", as well as all the Safety articles in all the bike mags.

Practice. Learn the limits of your bike's brakes, suspension, etc.

Have Fun.

LJB 8)
 

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Can one of you nice DML'ers please direct me to where I can purchase some frame sliders. I'd like to have them installed at my 600 mile service which will probably happen in the Spring. :D
 

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cycle cat has them


I did what you did ( ???) this morning, but It was purpuseful [cheeky] [thumbsup]


To learn to control those little "power" slides, I had taken my old SV to a dirt lot and tooled around for a little while.

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600 mile service which will probably happen in the Spring. :D
This is unacceptable. If you already have 150. the remaining 450 is just a day's ride away. :)

Glad you recovered from your slip-n-slide. [thumbsup]
 

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I know it is unacceptable, but it is 32 degrees here this morning in CT! I did pass two Harley riders this morning on my way to work. I got chills just looking at them! Hopefully there will be a few more nice riding days before winter comes.
 

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I'm not sure why, but I have been riding for several years and have never once had a close call or mishap of any kind. I had a KZ GPZ750 that was my only method of transportation for years. I rode it all year around in Colorado, on snow days and everything. I now have a 2002 S4. I hear people often saying the S4 is a bad first bike for people who ask ask about it, because of its power; but it seems that unless you are crazy, the power is totally controllable.

There are a lot of stories on here of people going down, or almost going down. In all cases, you have to respect the throttle, and learn to see ahead. Always allow distance. Never go through an intersection with car at a cross street unless you see the driver actually see you; otherwise, slow down to where you can stop/move if they pull out.

I guess I just don't understand how so many mishaps occur. I am by no means trying to stroke myself here; its just an observation.
 

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Gracie I totally agree with you. S-I-P-D-E Scan, Identify, Predict, Execute
Just a little something I learned in my motorcycle training class back in 2001. Owning a motorcycle has made me a better car driver.
 

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Gracie said:
the power is totally controllable.
slow down to where you can stop/move if they pull out.
Yes, by seeing things up ahead you can ease up and let things happen before you.
It's better then HDTV.
Let the Honda Civic racers battle it out.
Let that old lady pull out.
Let that coyote get across the road.
...then proceed.

Once your in the middle of things there is no room for error.

And back to the thread.

Of course we are glad you're ok. That goes without saying.
I try to take it around the block "slowly" a few times from home or from wherever I am BEFORE I head out into the Matrix.
It helps warm the tires and get me back in the zone of riding.

Ride Safe
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