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Old 06-16-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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First dirt nap on my new F800gs today

I was on my way to work and it was a rather benign section of the trail, however, I was going too fast (having fun) and the front tire washed out and subsequently high sided me off the bike.

I was launched several feet (I was standing on the pegs when it happened) and landed on my shoulder and head.

Thank God for good gear. I hopped right up, but I knew I whacked my head pretty hard. My right knee is a little tender, but other than that, I walked away unscathed.

My protective gear on my body saved my body and the protective gear on my bike saved my bike.

My SW-motech bar on the left side is a little closer to the plastic now. I think it might have bent an eighth of an inch. I don't remember it being asymmetrical with the other side. I remember the bars being equal distance from the plastic on both sides before.

Here are some pics:



Probably the easiest section of the trail. It gets narrow, steep, rutty, rocky, etc. Here on the widest, smoothest part, I crashed.



sleep on now...



Crash bars and bark busters doing their job.



See how the plastic is kept off the ground.



Helmet got jacked up.



I've been using this helmet for almost a year and this is the first permanent scratch I've got in it so far. Every other time I've gone down with this helmet on, I seem to have kept my head off the ground. I was launched today.




However, It is a beautiful place to crash.

I've been anticipating the first dirt nap with my new F800. It's inevitable if you do a lot of off-road riding. However, it's always disconcerting given the price of the bike.

Stay safe out there and remember: ATGATT

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Old 06-16-2010, 05:47 PM   #2
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Glad you and the bike are ok. Nice commute, for sure.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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Where is the trail at? It was after some spills like that when I bought a Leatt neck brace. Food for thought.
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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I've been anticipating the first dirt nap with my new F800. It's inevitable if you do a lot of off-road riding. However, it's always disconcerting given the price of the bike.

Close! It's disconcerting given the price of replacement parts! (if and when you need them...)
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Old 06-16-2010, 06:47 PM   #5
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Glad to hear you are ok. Good to see your gear and the bikes added protection did its job.
I've got cycleport Kevlar jacket and pants. Cycleport has more armor coverage compared to much of the dual sport riding gear available.

I'm glad I had shoulder protection since that's where the initial impact was. I think the secondary impact was the helmet.

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:54 PM   #6
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Where is the trail at?
I work in the two communities of Greeley Hill and Groveland just outside of Yosemite NP.

There is an entire network of old mining trails, forest service roads, and some crazy stuff between these two communities that I ride on daily.

There are a few paved roads that connect the two communities, but they are long and a roundabout way.

The trails between the communities are about half the distance and much more fun to ride.

Actually, the entire area (in my opinion) is a dual sport riding paradise.

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Old 06-16-2010, 07:34 PM   #7
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Hey, glad you and the bike are OK. If you hit your head hard, your helmet is due for replacement. Once crushed, that EPS liner is toast.

I've got the Cycleport Canyon II, a great dual-sport jacket, though mine has seen better days.

Many happy commutes!
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:04 PM   #8
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I've got the Cycleport Canyon II,

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Old 06-16-2010, 09:34 PM   #9
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I may have met you at the Duel Sport ride a few weeks back at Groveland. I see you are getting your use out of the bike and getting it dirty. To bad about the scratches.

How are those tires and what air pressure do you run ?

Glad you and the bike are ok.!
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:08 PM   #10
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That'll buff out...

Congrats!
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:37 PM   #11
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I may have met you at the Duel Sport ride a few weeks back at Groveland. I see you are getting your use out of the bike and getting it dirty. To bad about the scratches.

How are those tires and what air pressure do you run ?

Glad you and the bike are ok.!
Hi,

They are having another dual sport ride in the fall; I think it will be a KTM sponsored event this time.

I like the K60s, they grip better than the stock tires off-road, and the decreased on-road performance compared to the stock tires is (IMO) negligible.

I'm running 36psi in rear and 34 in the front. I transition so much between dirt and road during my commutes that I don't feel like increasing and decreasing tire pressure constantly. So I keep the tire pressure to accommodate on-road values.

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Old 06-16-2010, 11:08 PM   #12
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That'll buff out...

Congrats!
It seems deep to me.





I guess it adds a little character.

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:33 AM   #13
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What pannier racks are you using there? They seem to have protected your pipe well enough!
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:57 AM   #14
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I have to say I think I hate you!
As I dodge cars and feel the heat from
miles of concrete and asphalt on my way
to work. I must have done something wrong.
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Old 06-17-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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What pannier racks are you using there? They seem to have protected your pipe well enough!


That's an SW-Motech Evo rack.

It's a pretty neat design. They have quarter-turn fasteners that allow me to remove them in just a few seconds if I want to.

There is an adaptor kit I bought so that I can use them with Pelican/Caribou cases.

The cases and rack design works very well and I'm happy with it.

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David

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