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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Ok, so last night, my cousin and I are on the expressway (on 90, just got on 294) on our way home. We were approaching toll booths, so we slowed down to about 50-60mph. With one hand on the throttle and the left hand on my lap, Iím just straight cruisiní. When out of nowhere, I go over a pothole that sends me bouncing in the air. So, as Iím doiní some air time, I get thrown back and since Iíve only got one hand on the handlebar, I hold on for dear life, and then shit went wild! I accidentally rolled on the throttle sending the front end up, and while the front wheel had no contact with the ground, I pulled the bar with my right hand and the wheel came down while the front wheel was not aligned with the rear, so you can guess what happens next. Well, I go through my very first tank slapper. The front end of the bike just kept wiggling and it scared the fuck outta me. For about 4-5 seconds the bike was out of control, till I managed to get my left hand on the bar, while pressing the horn and the brights trying to grab on. As soon as I got some grip on the handlebar, the shaking died down and all was well again. That was THE scariest shit that Iíve ever gone through, and from now on Iím ALWAYS keeping BOTH hands on the bars. Thank you Lord for not letting me hi-side and getting run over by the Pathfinder behind me..

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post #2 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 12:44 PM
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Holy Cow!!! that sounds like a wild ride.




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Crap, dude. I'm glad you're okay. Are ya gonna get a steering dampner now?

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Crap, dude. I'm glad you're okay. Are ya gonna get a steering dampner now?
I'm thinkin a seat belt might be better




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WHOA!

damn dude, that's scary.


you shoulda done the ride to the city!

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holy crap man---nice save

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Crap, dude. I'm glad you're okay. Are ya gonna get a steering dampner now?
You bet your ass i'm gettin' one. I think i still have a few Hershey Kisses on my seat.

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How dirty were your pants after that?

Good thing you didn't hit that brakes.

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damn dude, i just wet myself reading that!!!! wow!
nice save bro!

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How dirty were your pants after that?

Good thing you didn't hit that brakes.
in a tank slapper are you not supposed to hit the brakes or something?

do you power through? let off the throttle? stay constant and hold on for it to correct? Any info on this besides a damper?
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post #13 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 01:02 PM
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Good thing you saved it!

I had a brutal tank slapper in the rain prior to the Flat4. Cold tires and rain.

Made a u-turn, opened up the throttle too much, rear skids, and the tank slapper ensues. I almost high-sided. Grabbed the bars firmly, and it eventually dampened out.

Ask Bob600rr about it
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post #14 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 01:08 PM
 
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damn, nice save dude, glad it worked out (whew!), getting run over after a crash has to be one of my biggest fears

i've been thinking of getting a dampner as well to tame the jigglies
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in a tank slapper are you not supposed to hit the brakes or something?

do you power through? let off the throttle? stay constant and hold on for it to correct? Any info on this besides a damper?
My cousin told me to just let the handle bars catch on it's own and to NOT try and fight it. I did notice that after it calmed down, it seemed as if i was tugging/fighting to get it straight, which is a no-no.

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I had a tank slapper on the 2nd day of the flat 4 tour. The place we went to before WCM. Don't remember the name of it. Tank slapper ending in gravel. Thankfully I was able to get both feet planted in time to prevent a fall. Yeah, that was fun...

I'm definitely glad to hear you're ok. I was in the middle of nowhere. But being on the tollway, wow, that's gotta suck...
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But being on the tollway, wow, that's gotta suck...
Tell me about it, we were on the far right lanes to pay for toll, right in front of semi's.

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I saw the whole thing

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Good thing you saved it!

I had a brutal tank slapper in the rain prior to the Flat4. Cold tires and rain.

Made a u-turn, opened up the throttle too much, rear skids, and the tank slapper ensues. I almost high-sided. Grabbed the bars firmly, and it eventually dampened out.

Ask Bob600rr about it

All I could think was "great he is going to take me out too" and I think one drop of pee came out.
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All I could think was "great he is going to take me out too" and I think one drop of pee came out.
That's fucking gross.

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Ya...those suck. I was merging onto I-88 at night one time...accelrating WOT in 2nd gear on my F4i doing almost 80 mph while leaned over slightly for the on-ramp.... when I hit a bump. The front end got light then landed slightly crossed up The bars went lock to lock for 5 or 6 times knocking my hands loose. I finally regained control before running off teh road.

I bought a steering dampner after that.
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Glad you didn't become a speed bump for those semi's.......nice save.
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post #23 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 10:13 PM
 
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newb question!! Whats a steering dampner?
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post #24 of 45 (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 10:39 PM
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newb question!! Whats a steering dampner?
That "piston" that ties the handlebars to the steering stem is an Ohlins damper:


In a nutshell, the purpose of it is to lessen or attenuate the vibrations from the handlebar at high speeds, making the bike more stable.
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Now I'm wondering how common toll booth mishaps are?..

I was getting off 90 on the 59 exit a few weeks back and decided to roll through the booth at a low speed so I wouldn't have to stop. While covering the throttle I stood up a bit to reach in my pocket for a quarter...chucked the coin and rolled through nice. Then hit a small bump as I crossed the booth which caused me to pull the throttle a bit too much. Front tire flew up before I had even fully sat down or grabbed on with my left hand. Wobbled a bit, bounced once real hard, but got it stabalized safely.

Then I look up and see a cop sitting on the side of the road radaring people traveling southbound on 59. I'm thinking great...how do I explain to him that no asshole would do a wheelie intentionally in front of a cop and it was all an accident.

Either he wasn't looking in his rear view or chose to ignore it, he left me alone
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so that's where you were when i was trying to call you!! couldn't you answer your phone w/ your left hand instead of trying to straighten out the bars?
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I give that incident 4 puckers. ****

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Nice save man... good to hear you're okay..
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thats exactly what i love bout these machines...they dont allow you to relax!!! jus when you think everything is chill, they smack you with an addrenaline kick......glad you recovered ive personally experienced 4 tank slappers on my 600rr and i dont know how many on my f4, but what works for me is jus lettin the bike do its thing....remember, with no rider input the bike will want to straighten up and go in a straight line...jus ride it out and dont fight it...

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And you paid for the privilege of almost ruining a rim, having the crap scared out of you.....suckaa Someone remind me what's so great about tollroads

Glad your okay. Aren't tankslappers fun

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