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Yeah, I've seen that before. That's amazing. I wonder how long the pit stop was to change his leathers...
 
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tank "flapper"? i'd only heard it called a tank _slapper_. but an awesome save nonetheless!
 

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awesome...just awesome
 
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That guy is my hero. I wonder: Was it instinct that saved him or did he think about it?
 
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come to think of it, i wonder if he went into the pits at the end of that lap to change his leathers?
 

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That guy is my hero. I wonder: Was it instinct that saved him or did he think about it?
I dont think it was instinct and I dont think he was thinkin about it...

i think it was like weeble wobbles , you push them over and they stand back up ;D

but seriously...ya gots to give it to the guy....that was 99% experience and 1% luck!
 

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I have a different technique of recovering from a tanl slapper. I usually spend a week in the ICU, a few operations and months of physical theropy. I find it works well.
 

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Okay, time for a dumb question....

Since a tank slapper is an oscillation of the front wheel and practically impossible to control to stop the wheel movement, theoretically wouldn't a wheelie stop it? I mean once the wheel is no long in contact with the ground, wouldn't the oscillations stop? After all, you're going to crash anyway, so what do you have to lose? ;)
 

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Re: Okay, time for a dumb question....

Since a tank slapper is an oscillation of the front wheel and practically impossible to control to stop the wheel movement, theoretically wouldn't a wheelie stop it? I mean once the wheel is no long in contact with the ground, wouldn't the oscillations stop? After all, you're going to crash anyway, so what do you have to lose? ;)
most folks (including me) would be too busy panicking
 

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Re: Okay, time for a dumb question....

Since a tank slapper is an oscillation of the front wheel and practically impossible to control to stop the wheel movement, theoretically wouldn't a wheelie stop it? I mean once the wheel is no long in contact with the ground, wouldn't the oscillations stop? After all, you're going to crash anyway, so what do you have to lose? ;)
With the handlebars swinging back and forth so quickly, it's almost impossible to crank on more throttle. Plus they don't happen at 20 mph where you would have enough power to wheelie, it's more like 40 mph and up. So yes I think a wheelie could save it, but no I don't think a normal rider could get it to wheelie when needed.

It did work once for me on a dirt bike, though.
 
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wouldn't a generous application of the rear brake be the best thing to come out of a tank slapper?
 
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The rule of thumb with a tank slapper is to throttle thru/out of it. Once the front wheel leaves the ground, it stops.
 

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Remember to pump the front brakes a few times after a tank slapper. The brake pads will have retracted in the calipers and it will require two or three pulls on the lever to seat them against the discs again.

Ask me how I know... :eek:

-R.
 

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Remember to pump the front brakes a few times after a tank slapper.
After my last tank slapper, there was no front brake lever to pump. :'(
 

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relax your arms, the natural reaction is to hold on to the bars tightly making it worse. If you have big ones, wheelie out of it. Yes that will work.
 
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