Sitting here waiting to hear if I am going to have to wear a cast for the next six weeks. The doc says it just a small fracture of the Tibia but orthopedist will have to make the call.
This is the fourth time in that last year that I have gone down on my '12 DL1000. Three of those times have been on a set of TK80s, the first time was on the factory tires and the reason for my upgrade to the nobs.
The first incident was screwing off and playing on the shoulder of a back roads of coastal FL. I had just finished jumping a small sand berm and was making my way back onto the pavement at around 35mph. The front tire made it to the asphalt and the bike instantly spun around until the bike swapped ends and flopped on its side in the middle of the road. This all occurred while traversing the uneven ground of the roads shoulder.
While admit to riding like a knuckle head, I did expect more out of a bike billed as an adventure bike so I though I would remedy the situation by purchasing a set of aggressive tires.
The second incident was when I had to exercise a panic stop from 10mph while exiting a gas station parking lot. This time I applied the brakes while traversing the uneven pavement and the front break locked up washing out the bike.
The third incident was while participating in an enduro event in Central PA. I had just finished a two mile section of jackhammer rock garden when I came upon a large compression at the edge of the woods. I applied the brakes prior to entering the the dip but still found myself airborne as I exited. When I hit the ground the brakes were locked up and the bike washed out and ended up on its side.
This last incident involved braking to avoid a car that was in a panic stop right in front of me. I was stopping quickly without any lock up when my front tire hit a manhole cover that was 6" below grade. Somewhere in that process, the front end locked up, washed out, and I once again found myself laying face first in the middle of an intersection.
I have owned many bikes throughout the years and have not had this sort of thing happen. I admittedly may have developed some bad habits in recent years learning to depend on linked brakes and ABS, both of which are not on my DL1000. Regardless, it seems as though four incidents in one year and 11k miles is extraordinary. I also ride two other bikes and have not had these types of issued. I am wondering how much of it is due to tires, the bike, and how much is due to rider error.
My brother who rides a BMW GS1200A has ridden my bike, refers to it as unbalances and twitchy. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience or has any recommendations.
Wondering if I can bring my bike into the orthopedist so he can set my cast in the riding position