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post #1 of 73 Old 09-03-2018, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Have you ever laid down your V-Strom? If yes, how many times in how many miles?

I'm curious how many people have and have NOT layed their bike down when riding. I have 2 times so far, both times I was trying to be "adventurous". Once over some train tracks that were sticking up high out of the ground, the other time is was deep sand/soft dirt, fell into a rut and it fell right over.

Yes, twice in about 2,000 miles. Both times it was "off roding".
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car pulled out infront of me with about 50 feet to spare when i was doing about 45mph. so i leaped from the bike as i locked up the brakes. Rear wheel was bent, cee bailey shield broke and my jesse luggage was bent on one side but it was otherwise fine. first car related moto accident for me in 12 years. this happened coming down from the visitor center at mt st helens. i erased that bitterness and climbed st helens the next day with a bum knee after i got out of the hospital. all the gear saved my skin. i was on my way back from Alaska. great trip over all. 10,000 mile trip.
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One at a stop while waving to a little girl, one slow dirt nap on a steep gnarly trail, and one while walking the moto thru a pitched snow patch. All no damage thanks to Bark busters and Altrider guards. It takes practice with a heavier moto. No hesitation, no worries, just go for it.

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Laid the bike down twice in 1 day a few years back .

Riding off road with ABS fuse pulled trying to brake on a wet clay track going downhill - ah no !!

And same day finished off road riding went to stop in the car park and slid out on gravel , duh .

And like Hatchi no damage to the bike because of Bark Busters / Motech crash bars worth their weight in gold
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Haven't laid down my V-Strom yet and have put about 2500 miles on it so far.
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Twice in my offroad skills course. Once on slick grass at home. None of these events was at more than 5 km/h.
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Of the 6 Vstroms I've owned never payed 1 down yet.But have dropped 1 in the garage just recently
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I ride in dirt, I fall down. No big deal. I don't always hurt myself. Sometimes it hurts for weeks. My ankles hate being crushed.
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Never moving amazingly or with my V2. We have some fairly steep inclined roads including at stop signs. My 650A fell over stopped at a stop sign. The road inclined from left to right about 20 degrees (which is a lot). I caught it but had to lay it down to get it back up. The fire roads with loose gravel can be slick on steep curves. That is why I picked up the Versys 300. You can tap your toes and stay up easily.

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I have had my (used) Strom since April. As of yesterday I am at 8 or 9 fall downs . I've been riding a lot of 4x4 roads and have resigned myself to the fact that I'm going to fall off the damn thing. All get offs have been at very low speeds (5mph or less). I've put a nice dent in the gas tank but the crash bars and soft bags have prevented any other damage.

Don't fear the get off, embrace it! At least off road get offs anyway.

I just ordered some badass MX boots for this very reason. I have already banged my ankle a few times and I'm afraid the next time will be more serious....don't want a broken ankle out in the middle of nowhere



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A couple weekends ago I was coming down a steep dirt road. Came around a corner and there was Border patrol parked on the road, not much room to pass. Grabbed the brakes too hard and down I went. Damn! picked the bike up, started rolling and went down again! At this point the border patrol agent got out and asked if I was ok. I'm fine! I just suck at dirt riding! Made it past him maybe 100 ft and fell off again...........

The weekend before that I had a Border Patrol helicopter flying right over me as I fell going around a tight corner. He started circling me. I got the bike up and gave him a big thumbs up and he banked hard and flew away. Seems like even though I'm out in the boonies there is always someone around to witness my humiliation lol
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