2012-05-10 22:21:49+0000
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... Gotta love the learning experience of a crash that doesn't maim you ... I had a little " incident " myself a couple years back, up in Northern Ontario, after just having come back the week before from Deals Gap ... 313 curves in 11 miles, and I managed to crash on a road with 11 curves in 313 miles ... Truly odd, but very true ... I learned a lot from that experience, a whole lot .... I went to Canadian Tire and got the Industrial/Heavy Duty Training Wheels , the same style that are used successfully by toddlers ... Everything fine now, will post pix soon !!! 8)

  • Gemini
  • 2013-01-25T16:48:06-05:00

A plausible theory... although I examined the road very thoroughly, to the point of laying my head on it to get a perspective that would show me dips... excessive maybe, but there it is. Maybe a dip in the road that couldn't be seen by the naked eye from any perspective. Anyway, food for thought.


Often just a slight dip in the road, small enough that you won't see it, can cause this. If you're creating enough g-forces in a turn, that little dip will cause just enough loss of traction on the rear tire.

  • Gemini
  • 2013-01-25T13:34:11-05:00

I'm not sure there's anything that could put me off riding. In fact the wait to get back on the bike was hard to endure, but during that time I went back to the site of the crash to look at it again, and try to make more sense of it. I spoke to the wife of the firefighter who had initially helped me, since they lived on the bottom end of the corner, and she told me that there had been many accidents in that spot... mostly in the winter. This sparked me to think more about the environmental factors, and I came to the conclusion that it could only have been my tires lost grip because the road was too cool. It was early May, later in the day, and the whole corner was completely shaded by trees on both sides. If it had been mid-july I suspect the outcome would have been different. On a positive note I'm okay, and my bike is okay, and I only lost a small portion of the riding season.

  • alex
  • 2013-01-25T11:50:04-05:00

This is a wonderful piece that truly evokes what it feels to low side. I know that everytime it's happened to me (twice - on a track) my first thought was always why. I'm glad to hear you were (mostly) OK and that it's not put you off riding.

  • marina
  • 2013-01-25T09:30:57-05:00

@alex check this out.

  • marina
  • 2013-01-25T09:25:52-05:00

Despite what many people think, riders often walk away from a motorcycle accident. Glad to hear you're fine and riding again. Have you heard from anyone on what may have caused the rear end of the Ducati Monster to slide out?