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Offline Wasp

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Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:27:22 pm »
After my off at a crossing in Brooklyn on Friday I could not help thinking, what is the most dangerous for us bikers? Accident free for 33-years and there this woman turns right in front of me at a crossing. Knee moertoe...but thank my creator for ATGATT. Please share what other situations is dangerous for the daily commute
 

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2014, 06:36:33 pm »
Sounds all too familiar...............................................................................................guess she told you while you were
lying in the road " she did not see you" :biggrin:
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 06:40:39 pm »
Sounds all too familiar...............................................................................................guess she told you while you were
lying in the road " she did not see you" :biggrin:

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2014, 07:00:21 pm »
I've only had 2 notable "Offs" in 39 years of riding. One at 16 on my MT50, taking a corner with an oil spill. Hurt my knee but didn't break anything, and one 2 months ago. Riding my daughter's Suzuki GN125 up to my brother's house, 4km away. Taxi stops in the road, I stop behind, wondering what's going on, He then reverses over me.. Right ankle still healing, but once again nothing broken. Torn ligaments and bruised from below the knee right down to my toes. "I didn't see you"...

I've always taken the notion that I will assume others have not see me unless I have been convinced otherwise. I do believe that is the key to surviving this pastime intact to a more or less degree. It also makes me MUCH more situationally aware. This also makes me more considerate as a two-wheeled road user.

My other offs have been regular stuff involved in enduro riding and general dirt bike tomfoolery.. nothing to write home about..
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2014, 09:04:30 pm »
I had one when I was offroad on a dt125lc where I tore my acl in my left knee. I also tore some of the cartelidge during that one.

My other notable off was when I rode my djebel 200 on our farm roads. Got a tank slapper that turned into a highside at 90km/h. Very sore right hip and my right hand scapula was sort of torn loose so I can move it upwards unlikey other one.

On the paved roads I just had one off in the rain at low speed with diesel, the other one was when a car sideswiped me but I didnt go down or get hurt.
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2014, 10:42:12 pm »
Het 2 gehad in 35 jaar se ry. Eerste een was in 1991 met die Suzuki in Tzaneen onder by die Engen garage. Het een aand van skougronde gery op pad na die Spur toe ek my gat om daai draai gesien het, die nerwe het gewaai op daai teer. Merke op knie en linkerhand nog daar. Tweede een was met Tenere op grondpad naby Kleinbrak toe ons modder om draai tref. Bike is eenkant toe en ek anderkant toe. Spier in lies geskeur. Flippen seer en neem 'n ewigheid om te herstel.
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2014, 03:59:11 am »
Sounds as if some guys cant ride. Two falls in 30 odd years ??? ??? ???
Nee manne jul moet meer ry........

Just kidding. Thats good going. Unfortunately my data looks slightly different ;D
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2014, 05:33:03 am »
Al die jare meestal so gemiddeld omtrent eenkeer elke 6 maande geval met my roadbikes. ons was n paar goeie vriende  wat maar altyd gehelp het mekaar se bikes regmaak as daar n glipsie was. Scramblers het nie
getel nie want elke naweek met hulle geval. Onthou ek het paar keer my handlebars afgehaal sommer net daar en in die mik van n boom probeer regbuig. Daar was nie geld vir "aftermarket" foefies nie. Soos ek hom gekry het so het ek gery.
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2014, 07:27:54 am »
Sounds as if some guys cant ride. Two falls in 30 odd years ??? ??? ???
Nee manne jul moet meer ry........

Just kidding. Thats good going. Unfortunately my data looks slightly different ;D
As ek al die neerkletter met plastics bytel gaan my statistieke na die maan wees. Kom ons bly eerder stil daaroor.
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2014, 08:31:30 am »
30 years and probably twice as many offs. I lost count.
Most of them were harmless like trying to ramp a wet grassy embankment or parking the bike on the frame side cover in the driveway. Resulting in no consequences at all via minor scratches (to bike and / or myself) to broken (bike) bits and a cracked rib or two.
The majority involved unpaved surfaces.

Very few at speed.
A few involving other road users (MY VF1100 has "kill marks" on the tank :lol8: )
Even fewer resulting in medical self experiments.

Nothing ever (neither bike nor myself) damaged beyond repair :cheers:
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2014, 08:34:00 am »
Sounds as if some guys cant ride. Two falls in 30 odd years ??? ??? ???
Nee manne jul moet meer ry........

Just kidding. Thats good going. Unfortunately my data looks slightly different ;D

Ja wragtig, of hulle het net duallies, maar ry nie off road nie.

I've had numerous off's off road, running out of skills in technical terrain, but never on a tar road, and only once on ordinary gravel when I hit a heap of  sand while they were grading the road between Cathcart and Hoggsback and one of the workers decided to turn in from of me and I had nowhere to go and had to choose hitting the grader on my right, the bakkie which turned right in front of me or the heap of sand and gravel to my left.
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2014, 08:47:58 am »
Sounds as if some guys cant ride. Two falls in 30 odd years ??? ??? ???
Nee manne jul moet meer ry........

Just kidding. Thats good going. Unfortunately my data looks slightly different ;D
As ek al die neerkletter met plastics bytel gaan my statistieke na die maan wees. Kom ons bly eerder stil daaroor.

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2014, 09:16:39 am »
I have been riding since I was 15 and have had a few offs in my 38 years or riding bikes. My most noticeable ones are a car jumped a stop street and I T-boned him behind his front wheel. I summersaulted a few times and landed about 10m away on my bum. The driver stalled car and tried to start it and drive away with my bike still wedged in his car, twatwaffle! My second major off was when I was at cricket at Newlands and had a few at Castle corner. Pulled away from a robot in main road Rondebosch and decided to pull a wheelie to impress everyone. I flipped the bike and the left foot peg went into my foot. Got a few stiches but my ego took a huge pounding as I made myself look like a fool and was stupid. My last one was following a mate of mine on a KTM on the twee spoor road on the way to Darling. Hit a very muddy patch and my dual purpose tyres had no traction and ended up in a huge storm water drain. I tried to stop the bike going in but failed. Not a scratch on the bike and R48K of damage. Fronts screen broke and had to replace front forks and front frame assembly.
I must say to date I have been very lucky as the offs that I have had I was ok and could walk away with a few cuts and bruises, touch wood and hope that I have many years accident free. I am getting too old to fall now, the healing will be pain full and long!
 

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2014, 09:34:50 am »
Sounds as if some guys cant ride. Two falls in 30 odd years ??? ??? ???
Nee manne jul moet meer ry........

Just kidding. Thats good going. Unfortunately my data looks slightly different ;D

Ja wragtig, of hulle het net duallies, maar ry nie off road nie.

I've had numerous off's off road, running out of skills in technical terrain, but never on a tar road, and only once on ordinary gravel when I hit a heap of  sand while they were grading the road between Cathcart and Hoggsback and one of the workers decided to turn in from of me and I had nowhere to go and had to choose hitting the grader on my right, the bakkie which turned right in front of me or the heap of sand and gravel to my left.

and dont forget the 'off' at 5km/h at Clanwilliam dam :)

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2014, 09:53:22 am »
 :laughing4: @ Snafu

That was OFF ROAD, so it does not count :peepwall:

There were many similar ones, fortunately the others without breaking anything. The worst probably was in Baviaans just beyond Doodsklip up the mountain.....riding slowly, minding my own business, enjoying nature with visor open, when I chose a wrong line and the bike came to full standstill on the bashplate balancing on a rock, my feet can't even reach ground, nor were the wheels on the ground. Slowly, toppled over. Good laugh!  :thumleft:
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2014, 12:48:01 pm »
1 lekker off on N1 just before Carrousel toll gate. 1 in 30 years, but dropping the bike after water gat visits, plenty.
 

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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2014, 01:18:18 pm »
Two on tar...
One because of Asteroids (multitudes of dark things crossing the road on un-calculable paths) that forced me to low-side the bike to not kill any of them (I think someone was chasing them 'cos the erupted onto the road)
The other was on a flooded road, half-way up my calf, and a delivery truck actually drove me off the road purposefully, and then raced off...
In both cases was riding the same bike with limited power and below average brakes. 
Was also fairly new to commuting in Jo'burg. 
No damage other than a bent bar and lacerated rain pants.  I have been very lucky!


Off-road... well... that is it's own story.... ;D
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2014, 09:48:32 pm »
March 1981......left wrist moertoe, plastic scaphoid implant. Suzuki GT750.
November 1981......right ankle joint moertoe. Yamaha RD350B.
1984......Tibia and fibia clean off 2 inches below the right knee. Suzuki PE 175.
1985.......Left shoulder joint moertoe. Suzuki RM465.
1995.....cracked bone in foot :eek7:. Suzuki GSX-R750
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Re: Where did you have your meet with mother earth
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2014, 10:26:48 pm »
Brand new CB360 twin, 10 am June 13th and gravel on the intersection compounded by only two days in the saddle and changing gear during a turn... one new helmet, gloves and duffel coat shredded... those rivets on an open face helmet make pretty sparks! ::)
The bike needed a new set of front shocks, the scrapes on the crash bars were proud battle scars till I traded it in for a Z750 twin a few years later.
Since then a number of off's, some minor some ending up in ICU. The first one is the one you remember fondly... :sip: