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Its been a terrible three days....

Discussion in 'Your Near Misses - A Place to Vent' started by Jimbo14, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. First of all. Im a fricken idiot! I am so angry and upset at myself. I have put my nice new bike down twice in three days. I am fine - the bike could be worse, but my mental state is bad.


    I was doing a u-turn in a side street and i was in first gear, I gave it a bit of throttle however it was not smooth enough and bunny hopped the bike right into the curb and the bike fell over onto its right side. Bike was okay, just a little scratch on the exhaust and clutch cover on the engine block.

    Two days later I was comming into a really really tight right hander. I was comming in a little to hot. I straighten up the bike and hit the brakes. I went over road 1 meter and was in the gravel. As soon as my wheels hit the gravel under heavy braking the bike went straight down (on the right side again).

    The exhaust is more scratched, and the right mirror is all scratched. But worst of all the handel bars now have a slight bend in them. Lucky because its a naked bike I didnt do any paint damage.

    Im a jackass - I know.

    Here is the picture of the bars, you can see the right handelbar is pushed towards the fuel tank slightly. Is there anyway I can fix this? or will I need to buy a new handlebar?

    Yours moronically
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  3. Proably the handlebar can be bent back but check that the forks and wheel are aligned by standing astride and sighting down along the headstem towards the wheel first.

    As for you mishaps, well they can happen when you are learning, get yourself mentally back in to gear and get out again. Three words, Practice Practice Practice. Good Luck.
  4. Go for a ride tonight and see if you can make it 3 from 3. :p
  5. Unlucky mate!

    Always do those u-turns in 2nd gear, balancing your throttle, clutch and brake. Its less likely to lurch or hop, and is less twitchy on the throttle.

    Sounds like you paniced and looked at where you were going (ie off the road) rather then looking through the corner. How was your road position coming in? Were you in the right spot or did you come in too narrow and fast and give yourself nowhere to go? Remember: Start wide, finish narrow, and look through the corner!
    Practice slowing in corners and changing your lines during a corner - its something that i picked up here and went out for many hours, practicing and practicing at my own pace.
    Ive got it down pat now but as soon as i upgrade my bike in a few months ill likely have to start all over again :p.

    Dont be discouraged, get back out there and try again!
  6. Thats just mean :p

    And yes Mr Messy I think I did panic, I should have keep looking through the corner and angled harder.
  7. Theres more to it then just dumping the bike over - if you are going to run wide you are better off doing it upright then trying to turn sharply in gravel (depending on the presence of crash barriers, cliffs, trees, etc ;)).
    Its an on the spot judgement, and the likes of robslavv has made some fantastic posts about survival reactions, road postioning and the like.

    Even if you already have read through them, have a read again after whats happened, as you will be in a different frame of mind now.
    They are stickies at the top of the new riders forum ;).
  8. Definitely get the front forks checked out. I wouldn't be surprised if they are out of alignment if the handlebars are bent.

    go back to the car park and start from scratch. remember everything you were taught originally and learn it again.
    look where you want to go, chin up.
    you have not broken your natural instincts yet and are still reacting to them. have faith in what you were taught, good luck idiot.
  10. you probably will have to replace the handlebar, from memory it is about $70 but you can do the labour yourself

    as for the falls, don't reproach yourself, you aren't the first and you won't be the last :)
  11. LOL, go easy.

    I agree with the post though. You, the original poster (as we all did at some stage) have a lot of learning to do, get some help, find a rider who has some more experience and get some help, or go to one of the many places that specialise in teaching these skills (eg HART).
  12. Im feeling the love lol
  13. Ahh the memories, of making stupid mistakes resulting in damage to a bike :LOL:.
    As others have said don't stress about it too much, just try to think about what you did wrong and try to avoid doing it again. This is how we learn. :).

    But defintiely make sure you check the bike is okay mechanically ;).
  14. Are you aware that when doing a uturn you tilt the bike rathe aggressively toward the direction of turn and lean AWAY from the turn with your body. Use a fixed throttle and slip the clutch if necessay to keep control, and regulate your speed with the REAR brake only.

    As for standing the bike up and bailing on the corner, than happen but you must get off the brakes soon as you hit any dirt and reapply them gently. Not enough room doom for that? Then you reall stuffed up and should been practicing your "turning while braking" technique. ( very few riders do it, and it's why they crash in many cases.

    The bars could be weakened by the time you straighten up, so replace the bar and while it's in the shop get them to PROPERLY check the alignment to ensure you did bend a fork or twist them in the triple clamps.

    And stop crashing. :)

    look... That happens... Move on from it, by doing above, and just ride. Chose your destiny, be the one in charge , and make every mice you make, purposeful.
    You'll be right. :)
  15. The only mistake you really made was to buy a nice new bike to go and learn on, which then turns it into a not so nice new bike. Dunno why noobies feel compelled to do this, just one of life's mysteries I guess.

    The other thing they do is prang it, spend a small fortune returning it to a nice new bike status, spend hours convincing themselves that their pranging days are over and behind them for good. And then they go out and prang it. Another mystery.
  16. I bought a new GS500 because it was $7500 on road, and second hand ones were barely cheaper...
  17. Ok well that's fair enough, but yours is now both second hand and dropped, making it cheaper than the second handys that haven't been.
  18. Funnily enough mine was much cheaper with heaps of extra's :-s..

    Oh and check out your compliance plate .. from what I was told ( hearsay)
    The GS500's last build date was 2009 ... making your bike the same model as mine ... only diff is you get the 2 yrs warranty .

    Anyways just keep practising and practising :)
  19. Grab a set of VH4 from Ventura/Kenma, costs about $60 from a bike shop. About the same price as you can get from Kenma. They are a little bit lower and more forward than the stock bars. When you put the new bars in you need to drill a pair of holes, but it's not hard. Some people will file off the tabs on the switches.

    Might need to swap out the brake lever as well. If its bent, I'd replace it. Plus for not much cost ($25, or so) you can upgrade to an adjustable one. Mine is for a Kawasaki Ninja 750.
  20. If the handlebars are rubber mounted loosen everything off then adjust the washers and retighten.