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Been there, done that. A v-twin has quite a bit of torque even at idle... combine that with some grass and it just happens. In my case, I was feathering the clutch at basically idle speed on the grass with the front wheel slightly turned and was on my a$$ before I knew it!
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Thank you Darth! That's basically what I was doing. That slight change in the front wheel probably brought me down. Just another tool in my toolbox of MC riding. This school of hard knocks is just a tad painful though. I'm a beautiful shade of purple today!
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Who are you trying to kid? Tires were not the problem, loose nut behind the bars was the real culprit. Hopefully, it is now tightened up a bit.

Welcome to the club, been there, done that, a few times, and last time was at about 40 mph. That's why I were full race quality leathers, full face helmet, racing boots and gloves every time I ride.
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Saw the doc today. Nothing broken. Just lots of bruising. I think that loose nut behind the bar has been tightened up a notch. ;-) Just need a good riding day to check everything out.
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There are no street tires that won't scare the crap out of you on grass, tho. lol Heck, even full knob dirt tires will give you a good pucker on grass, if you're not paying attention.
This ^^^^^^^^^^... Grass is more dangerous than ice because we don't think it's nearly that slippery... Keeping the bike upright and balanced is the only way to move it across the grass - slowly & safely...

Glad you're mostly OK... glad to see you're not giving up... every spill can be a learning experience if you make it so... If you're committed to ride, you will probably find more lessons ahead, like we all have...

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Glad to hear nothing severely bad happened.Speaking of tires I've got a 13'xlc with 20k km ;front tires only about 1 mm tread left,back are bald.Ya I know not a very good combo.esp.with spring gravel still all over pavement in this area.
Can anyone help with this:My rear is above tire 150/80B16.I put longer shocks on rear and have plenty of clearance to fender.,am wondering about going to a different tire(maybe a radial as opposed to a bias ply w/aramid bc they are slightly lighter/better performing in a sport touring type.Also want to go larger aspect ratio of 150/90.I've read that should give higher gearing which should be ok as I drive like a raped ape usually...lots of longer drives point A to B kinda thing.Speedometer being out I don't care about.
Anybody done this and can take time to give a heads up?Interested about cornering and turn in too.
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