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Offline Waxed

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Falling in the dirt
« on: November 12, 2007, 06:19:55 am »
Strange how long I have been riding a bike now and when people ask me have I ever come off I say a few times. However I never take into account the times coming off while riding in the dirt. For me this has always just been a part of the whole experience of doing dirt riding. You expect to fall off and at times while trying to climb a steep hill I may have come off a dozen times until I get it right. Somehow this does not seem to be coming off but a part of the ongoing learning curb of off road riding

 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2007, 07:33:04 am »
Only donnering off on tar counts as "come off"

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2007, 07:34:16 am »
Too true. This weekend I dropped the bike twice and had one big off.(All captured on camera) All part and parcel of the fun. ;D ;D
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2007, 07:36:56 am »
Too true. This weekend I dropped the bike twice and had one big off.(All captured on camera) All part and parcel of the fun. ;D ;D

Stop bragging and show the pics! >:D ;D ;D
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2007, 07:40:32 am »
Technical riding off's are mostly not serious. Read: We usually do it slow and it is mostly just a fall-over. Not talking about our more serious Enduro-type riders here. :wink:

Not always. One can just fall wrong and hurt oneself seriously. Shark broke his collar bone with a gentle fall.

I have been lucky during higher speed riding and city traffic. No off's,

Technical? Numerous.

I had my first two off's on my second outing out on the bike when I got it. OK. It was the muddy canals but there after I had less "fear" to go ride technical terrain.

As you said. All part of the learning curve.
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2007, 07:43:12 am »
Too true. This weekend I dropped the bike twice and had one big off.(All captured on camera) All part and parcel of the fun. ;D ;D

Stop bragging and show the pics! >:D ;D ;D

Busy with a RR and I'm sure Ulitjie will add the fall pics
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2007, 08:33:41 am »
On the BMW ride-schools they tell you that if you moer over but manage to hold onto the bike with a hand, then it doesn't count as an 'off'
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2007, 09:09:14 am »
Someone interested in buying my AT asked me if it had ever gone down..
He wasn't too pleased when I laughed at the question. :D
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2007, 10:10:43 am »
I think the biggest problem with these off on the new bikes is there are so many expensive parts that can get broken and at a huge cost.
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2007, 11:01:03 am »
I think the biggest problem with these off on the new bikes is there are so many expensive parts that can get broken and at a huge cost.

This is what I like about the DRZ, it's all motocross style plastic. full replacement plastics shouldnt be too expensive (i hope)  ::)
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2007, 11:20:45 am »
I think the biggest problem with these off on the new bikes is there are so many expensive parts that can get broken and at a huge cost.

This is what I like about the DRZ, it's all motocross style plastic. full replacement plastics shouldnt be too expensive (i hope)  ::)

The 'bendy' plastic don't break easily and if they do, it's quite easy to repair
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2007, 11:52:33 am »
Many off's imo are more related to rider experience and training than anything else.

Like Metaljockey sig line, "it's only a fall if there's seperation" you, bike and parts :)

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2007, 02:22:58 pm »
Well now I know, but the Terminator went down in Hogsback also and only two slight scratches on the crashbars and mirror, and you would battle to see them, so all that money spent was well worth it.
 

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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2007, 10:51:06 pm »
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Well well well... Now I feel a bit better about smashing my radiator and some other expensive bits and pieces the other day.
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2007, 11:23:10 pm »
Would it be an off, if  I dropped the big bike on the pavement( difference between ground and cement walkway where I've put my foot down) right opposit C.I.T bikes? After getting the bike upright again  with the help of passerby, I noticed there were some guys (and girls) in the driveway of the bikesop.  I wanted to go in there, but after the dropI diediced not to walk over.
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2007, 05:50:40 am »
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Re: Falling in the dirt
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2007, 08:14:52 am »
On the BMW ride-schools they tell you that if you moer over but manage to hold onto the bike with a hand, then it doesn't count as an 'off'

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