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Old 21st November 2004
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This is a link to a thread in a forum on Motorcycle Safety tips. His opinion is that laying your bike down is a crash.

http://www.msgroup.org/forums/mtt/to...p?TOPIC_ID=152
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At my age and considering my own reaction time, my throught processing might go:

"Oh, gosh golly geewhiz, I do believe an accident is about to...crash boom bam bang scrape................ah ugg happen..somebody uh get this bike off of me"!

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Tough call

It depends entirely on the circumstances.

I've got a titanium rod in my leg from one I held and slid into the car....I nearly stopped and put my leg up to push off...The bike hit it when the leg was fully loaded and snapped it..I still had the bike held upright and only let it go when I realised my foot was pointing the wrong direction.

I put one down in a corner goin up the mountain (only time I've ever layed one with a motor down in a corner)
Concious descision... my mate had high sided into that same fence a few weeks earlier and I just said to myself stuff it lets slide as the fence was too close.
NO probs hopped up, picked the bike up as the car driver (who was the reason I had no bloody road in the first place) came over apologising profusely.

I know of a young lady that started racin bikes...very good/experienced street rider BUT she lost it in corner and tried to keep it up. Went straight into the fence and broke her back.
If she had of layed it down and slid she most probably woulda been fine.
As most experienced racers do on that corner.


AT the end of the day it's difficult call that depends on the circumstances.

Try and brake as MUCH as possible while still keeping control....ya wanna wash off speed.
Try and steer into the gap.
A low side is WAY better/safer than a high side.
AND don't stick ya leg out when ya run inta something 'cos it never heals properly.
Ya can't save everything...sometimes ya just gotta lay it down....no matter what it cost you..it's only a bike...ya can buy another.
Unfortunately ya only get one life and one body....and the injuries stack up over the years (pun intended...as an ex BMX and downhill mountain biker I've stacked HEAPS and the body is startin to feel it )
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My philosphy has been to ride it out.
Mac from McDanials Harley Davidson South Bend, Indiana explained to me some 25yrs ago, the same thing SixMilesFromHell said. It still seams to be reasonable today.

rottenralph, I did T-bone a car. It passed me on the left and turned right in front of me. I held on for the ride. Thanks to the crash bars, I'm sure they saved my leg.
Minor damage to the bike or me... but it damn sure wiped out the side of that old Grand Prix.
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My opinion: It is better to crash under control than to lay 'er down and have no control.

The two times i have been on the ground, once for 60 feet the other for 150 feet, there was no choosing. Both times i slid in a straight line, there were no obstacles, the leather litterally saved my hide.

Both times i remember feeling my helmet hit the ground hard, like a sledge hammer!

I never ride out of the city without helmet and full leather gear: jacket, chaps, gloves.
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I think that the particulars of the situation would dictate which would be best. I guess I'm too damn hard-headed, but I would prefer to ride it out rather that laying it down. I think it gives me the feeling of being in control (yeah, right!) or that I might just be able to avoid crashing. Sometimes laying it down would be the best, but the situation has to be right.
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first of all I never think of goin down much less gettin in to an accedent so I never contimplate how I would do it , I just react when it happens and hope like hell I did the right thing
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I'd pull out my power ranger suit and fix it all right up. At least that what my 3 yr says.
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Flathead45's comment reminds me of a line from the movie Top Gun...

Kelly Mcguinness (sp?) asked Tom Cruise what he was thinking up there. He said, "You don't have time to think; if you think, you're dead."

I think there's more truth in that statement than people realize...
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yeah Red

I've had a few close calls over the years and people often say "did ya shit yaself".

To which I reply nope was too busy concentratin on gettin out of it.......

When I thought about it later I did


FUnny thing I've noticed, I seem to have the ability to slow things down while they are happenin and can concentrate on all the little things as/before they happen
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