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My crash video, 7/3/2010 BHF




So I figured I would post this after it lost some of it's painfulness to me. This is my highside crash post bump to "I". Yep, I was one of the statistics of the post bump crash. Needless to say I felt like an asshole crashing on my first run out after the bump, but hey, shit happens. I felt like I was riding smooth and within my comfort level. I attribute the crash to fatigue and obvious poor judgement. It looks like I grab a handful of throttle for no apparent reason exiting turn 6b at BHF's. I didn't get knocked out and never hit my head, though I did break my left foot (2 metatarsals) which required surgery and sidelined me for the season.

I post this as a reminder that no matter how smooth and careful we think we are, we all are capable of dumb actions and ridiculous throttle applications as seen here. My focus has always been to get home safely after each track day and until this track day I had done just that. I can always speculate as to what if, but hey, on the track, it's pretty much a matter of time for most. I have learned a lesson and can't wait to get back out there. I hope by posting this, it might be a reminder for newbies to keep it smooooooth!

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bro, I am by no means an expert, and I'm sure some of the supposed experts will chime in. I wouldn't necessarily blame that on throttle though. How were your tires? You also upshifted (which I do too) and maybe that upset the susp enough to spit you off. It just didn't seem too extreme from the video to me. Hope you healed up ok.

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Looks like you definitely chopped the throttle when the rear started to slide. Tough...glad you're healing up.

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You did a nice job on that one, glad OK.

I would say work on body position more and hit the apexes better. Your crash shows you about three feet out from apex of turn, which is not the race line. Body position, get butt and chest are off to inside of gas tank more. It almost looked robotic watching in the video.

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i agree with your evaluation of the cause that throttle whack was definately abrupt
how did the laptimer fare?

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I rolled by right after this happened, didn't look good at the time, glad you healed up

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You were late on the turn in for 6b for some reason. You never made it down to the apex.

I'm guessing you early apex'd 6a. As a result you may have been thinking you were going to run wide on the exit of 6a toward the access road. You chopped the throttle at that point. You then never let the bike finish the turn to get down to the apex of 6b. You were mid track at best. Like you should, you probably see the straight away and want to accelerate. So you WHACKED that throttle open. BIG TIME. The problem was you never took away lean angle and you were not smooth. That crash hurts just to watch.

It takes time, but when you make a mistake, you need to recognize it. Then you need to not let it affect you. Don't get mad or frustrated. It is what it is. Regroup or make adjustments as you can. If you can't fix that corner before the exit, wait it out, finish that corner and regroup on the straight. It's easy to say, but it's hard to do when the adrenalin is flowing and the bikes ahead of you can accelerate because they were on the right line.

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The Laptimer is in pieces but I believe it can be revived with some soldering and duct tape.

Thanks for the Well wishes, I'm still limping a bit, but much better.

Also thanks for the input everyone.

CP, yeah, I'm proud that I at least got it on video!

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bro, I am by no means an expert, and I'm sure some of the supposed experts will chime in. I wouldn't necessarily blame that on throttle though. How were your tires? You also upshifted (which I do too) and maybe that upset the susp enough to spit you off. It just didn't seem too extreme from the video to me. Hope you healed up ok.
Tires were PP 2ct's, track temp and air temp were about perfect.
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Good you learned a lesson here...... sorry about the off.

Congrats on owning your mistake here.... that's what it takes to improve - accountability.


Greg Nailed it above.... missed the apex of 6b.... then WHACKED the throttle open
before removing lean-angle and overtaxed the rear tire.


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i just want to say that in the screen cap your helmet makes it look like you are one of the power rangers or something.

didn't watch the video yet.. just complained about being too busy the other day - don't need someone walking by at 9am and seeing my watch motorcycle videos

I remember when this happened - and I met you at ACC (actually you were having your suspension done by Ken and I was waiting for him to look at mine which oddly enough started another thread on here )
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lol, you didn't look like you were ready for take off, "No, no, please come back..."

glad you were ok. Excellent camera work staying in frame, though some of the tumbling looked theatrical. i keed, i keed.
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lol, you didn't look like you were ready for take off, "No, no, please come back..."

glad you were ok. Excellent camera work staying in frame, though some of the tumbling looked theatrical. i keed, i keed.
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its amazing how people always seem to immediately blame the tires

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i just want to say that in the screen cap your helmet makes it look like you are one of the power rangers or something.

didn't watch the video yet.. just complained about being too busy the other day - don't need someone walking by at 9am and seeing my watch motorcycle videos

I remember when this happened - and I met you at ACC (actually you were having your suspension done by Ken and I was waiting for him to look at mine which oddly enough started another thread on here )
Hey man! Yeah my whole outfit makes me look like a power ranger, that's the style ya know.

Yeah, Ken cracks me up, he says that my shock is junk but then still puts his SB sticker.
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Hey man! Yeah my whole outfit makes me look like a power ranger, that's the style ya know.

Yeah, Ken cracks me up, he says that my shock is junk but then still puts his SB sticker.
doesn't the vent on your chin bar look just like one of those power ranger face mouths (i am not even sure how to properly use tense in that sentence)

I have to admit - he is in the business of selling suspension stuff - and while he always says he is broke - every time I talk to him he is working till midnight 6 days a week and he charges a lot for labor.. I think he is broke like my dad was broke my entire childhood
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reading that you broke your foot and the video at the end I can only imagine you felt like;






Sorry to hear about the crash sad watching your equiptment go sliding forever.

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Hey Rocky, you went on throttle like you were trying to open a beer bottle!

Glad to hear you are healing up. Use it as a learning experience and put it in the "wisdom" bank.
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Hey Rocky, you went on throttle like you were trying to open a beer bottle!

Glad to hear you are healing up. Use it as a learning experience and put it in the "wisdom" bank.
I know right! I will never know what the hell I was thinking, and yes, I do know better. It makes me wonder though if I have just been getting away with it so far. Lesson learned my man.
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A "2" on the landing Steve? Come on!
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