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post #1 of 5 Old 05-27-2007, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I go bump on the gravel, but bedliner wins!

This past week I went on the Central meet to Galena (advrider). It was a blast and saw us riding on some gravel roads. I've got pure street tires on my vstrom, and they were slipping up some on the gravel. I'm inexperienced at gravel riding and was taking it pretty easy. However my technique is not 100% yet.

We came up over a hill, and on the other side was a downward hill with turn to the right. To the right of the turn was a small washed out area, and to the left a small ditch. As I descended down the hill I felt a bit unsettled, and was going about 15-20mph. Then there were some fist sized rocks at the bottom, and I felt the front end sliding. Yuck! I continued to turn, but was not looking far enough through the turn, and was somewhat looking at the washed out area. I continued to give it gas but halfheartedly (should have given way more). The front end continued to slide, and as I reached the half point in the turn it slid out on my, and I superman'd into the gravel at about 10mph.

Its always weird to see the ground rushing up at you, and reminded me of missing a tackle, in football. I tried to stay limp, and next thing I knew I was standing up and was ok!

Fellow riders helped me pop the bike back (lifting it with technique is pretty easy), and helped me straighten the handguards. Thanks guys I really appreciate it! :clap

My oxtar matrix boots were slightly scuffed at the toes but were ok. My mesh motorport pants still looked like new minus the dirt. The knee armor on my right knee was slightly offset, and so I banged my knee which made it a little stiff. The other knee was perfect. Highly recommended. My Joe rocket ballistic 6.0 jacket took a bit of a slide on the chest and armpads. It also worked perfect and I did not incur even stiffness. I had the CE rubber armor in at the time. My JR race gauntlets also worked great. My shoei helmet took a slight bump on the chin, which scraped it. Shoei says its still ok, so I'll continue to use it. Wear your helmets! I'd probably be missing teeth or worse without it on. First I was ticked that I may have wrecked a $300 helmet, then I was very glad I had it on.

Lessons learned:
Street tires on gravel is a poor choice.
When it doubt keep your head up, and give it gas.
Look through the turns!
On gravel, the bike slides, get used to it :evil
When you do fall keep limber.
Wear your gear, it keeps simple events from turning into major trouble.

Of course I need pics. I had bedlinered my strom, and it worked perfectly. The handguards once again save the lever, and just bent a 10cent bolt (I keep spares in the tankbag). A few scrapes on the crashbars, and along the fairing.
With dirt in it:

Cleaned off with water:

Repainted with a single coat over the top:

Bump on the chin:

Thanks and ride safe!

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-27-2007, 08:41 PM
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Guess it's time to bedliner your helmet!
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-27-2007, 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by zed88 View Post
Bump on the chin:
Nope. Bump on the helmet. :mrgreen:

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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Glad you didn't get hurt. ATGATT is a good habit. Ride On.

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post #5 of 5 Old 05-28-2007, 11:44 AM
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Hepco Becker crash bars would have stopped most of those scratches. They are much higher.
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