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MSF saved my life

Old 08-20-2010, 12:18 PM
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Default MSF saved my life

Hey Guys, glad to be here to talk about it (rather than in a hospital bed or worse...)

So yesterday I was trying to fix the idle of my sister's Ninja 250. I rode down the hill on 3rd or 4th (bad idea) and I noticed I was going a tad fast and I knew a turn was coming up, so I downshifted to 2nd while easing in the clutch....

needless to say, the bike started wobbling and it was right at the entrance of a turn.

I was scared as hell, thinking I am gonna down the bike, or worse do a high side when I hit the curb. (there was a parking lot about 10 feet below the road I was on, so yeah... that would've been bad).... and suddenly my training from MSF came back, bikes wanna go straight and don't slam on the brakes.

So I slowly depressed both front and rear brakes while applying progressively more on the rear and straighten the bike (even though i was aiming at the apex of the turn). the bike slowed down and I was able to drag my foot a little (with my boots) to keep myself from over correcting.

needless to say, it was a mistaken in my judgement and I should've kept the revs high instead of being on 4th gear at 2000rpm.

Glad to be alive, glad I took the MSF course, and sure glad that I decided to wear my boot and not my sneakers or flip flops.......

edit: btw chime in if what I did was still wrong =) it's better to look like a fool and get it wrong than to be on a stretcher....

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Old 08-26-2010, 04:42 PM
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nice save but rookie move... too bad not every one can take a msf class to learn that
Old 08-26-2010, 04:56 PM
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Would need more info to offer any informed advice. But good save
Old 08-27-2010, 12:05 PM
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gotta use your head. At least you learned something
Old 08-29-2010, 03:10 PM
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Uh, I'm not entirely sure what you really did there, quite frankly not sure at all why you tried downshifting instead of braking!?
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