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post #1 of 12 Old 03-25-2012, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Confession to make

I.... Dropped my bike this evening while I was leaving work. She was parked on a raised concrete slab and I attempted to roll off of it at a weird angle (yes, I should have seen that coming) and... plop... That didn't bother me as much as when I picked the bike up and proceeded to do the exact same thing again (really should have seen that one coming). Oh well, I figured I might as well get that out in the open. Damage is cosmetic only and confined to a scrape on the right crash bar and abrasion on the right barkbuster hand guard. I guess that is why I bought those things.

Someone on here said that they believe crash bars cause tip overs. I have to believe that there may be some truth to this as I put them on less then a week ago.:mrgreen:
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-25-2012, 01:31 AM
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Post 10 helpful posts and spend 30 min practicing threshold braking, and you will be forgiven my child.

Also, I'd suggest a story that involves gnarly single track when explaining the new "character" marks.

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Dude. Just like scars on humans... same goes with ur ride. Just makes em different and have a story behind em. Besides now you won't scream when you get the next scratch. You now have nothing to hold u back from doing the more fun and extreme stuff.
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Hey, it happens.... and happens...... and happens. Just pick 'er up and ride her like you stole her!
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Also, I'd suggest a story that involves gnarly single track when explaining the new "character" marks.[/QUOTE]

I was thinking that myself. "Did something dumb in a parking lot" doesn't sound nearly as cool as "did something dumb jumping a cavern in the Andies."

Anyways, I knew you guys would make me feel better. And for that I thank you.
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Dumped it the gas station last night on slippery concrete (true) . . . errrrr, dumped it last night while fording a creek at 12000 ft in the Andies (not nearly as true).

It does have a ring to it.
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Dumped it the gas station last night on slippery concrete (true) . . . errrrr, dumped it last night while fording a creek at 12000 ft in the Andies (not nearly as true).

It does have a ring to it.
Truth is not as important as delivery.
Did I tell you about how I scratched the end of my handlebar and mirror when I slid it under a transport truck to evade the KGB?

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Truth is not as important as delivery.
Did I tell you about how I scratched the end of my handlebar and mirror when I slid it under a transport truck to evade the KGB?
Holy Crap - I did that too! Must be a Canadian thing!
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Dumped mine for the first time yesterday. I was about 15 miles into a 20 mile dirt road. A lot of it was pretty rutted, which was a PIA, but I cranked up my Scotts stabilizer, kept my body loose and made it through. Then, I was cruising along about 20 mph and rode into a big silt pit. It didn't look much different, but it was like trying to ride in whipped cream. I wobbled around a little, then just went over. The left Givi crash bar got a little paint abraded off of it, and the left handguard got a little scratching - that's it. Walking around, the silt was about 25 feet long and DEEP. Funny because it wasn't even too much of a low spot in the road. Anyway, I got it back up, drank some water, and in 5 miles I came out onto a twisty, paved mountain road (). This was at 7,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristos, so not quite like 12,000 feet in the Andes.

Oh, and when I first turned onto the dirt road off the pavement, there was a "Dead End" sign - I paid it no mind, since I wanted to explore the area anyway. And, in the end, there was no dead end.

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Someone on here said that they believe crash bars cause tip overs. I have to believe that there may be some truth to this as I put them on less then a week ago.:mrgreen:
That was me -- hope I didn't jinx ya Anyway, welcome to the sleeping Strom club and may your first tip over be your last! (well...your second tip over anyway)

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