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Old 03-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #1
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If Your Bike Falls Down a Cliff, How Do You Get it Back???

So I've been on some nasty single track in my day, and some of this single track has a dropoff on one side such that I call it a "no shit trail" because you are puckered so tight.

My questions is this: If you do make a mistake, and the bike falls down into a ravine, how do you get it back out? Someone told me once that you are required to pay for the government to use a helicopter to get it out. I wonder if this has happened to anyone here...

Just curious...
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #2
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So I've been on some nasty single track in my day, and some of this single track has a dropoff on one side such that I call it a "no shit trail" because you are puckered so tight.

My questions is this: If you do make a mistake, and the bike falls down into a ravine, how do you get it back out? Someone told me once that you are required to pay for the government to use a helicopter to get it out. I wonder if this has happened to anyone here...

Just curious...
You attend a Trials clinic, learn to appreciate steepness, get your ass down the cliff, start your bike, and ride back up said cliff you originally sent the bike down.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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So I've been on some nasty single track in my day, and some of this single track has a dropoff on one side such that I call it a "no shit trail" because you are puckered so tight.

My questions is this: If you do make a mistake, and the bike falls down into a ravine, how do you get it back out? Someone told me once that you are required to pay for the government to use a helicopter to get it out. I wonder if this has happened to anyone here...

Just curious...
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:41 PM   #4
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You attend a Trials clinic, learn to appreciate steepness, get your ass down the cliff, start your bike, and ride back up said cliff you originally sent the bike down.
Hahaha! Right? I wish. Sometimes I wish they made a street legal trials bike with a big enough tank to go all these places...
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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So I've been on some nasty single track in my day, and some of this single track has a dropoff on one side such that I call it a "no shit trail" because you are puckered so tight.

My questions is this: If you do make a mistake, and the bike falls down into a ravine, how do you get it back out? Someone told me once that you are required to pay for the government to use a helicopter to get it out. I wonder if this has happened to anyone here...

Just curious...
Winch it back up?

http://www.warn.com/atv/winches/XT17_portable.shtml

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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I helped recover a V-Storm sidecar rig that went 30 feet down a 45 degree embankment.

Oops,


Clearing brush,




BMW rig with winch,


Ural as an anchor for a rope puller.


Starting the pull, winch doing most of the work, rope puller keeping it going in the right direction.


Made it to the top,


Rider and rig ok,



And best line of the day,
"I have service, should I call AAA?"
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #7
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:42 AM   #8
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Disassemble Bike, Carry Pieces Up the Hill

Did a quick search and didn't find it - but I remember seeing an amazing story w/ pics here that showed a guy taking his bike apart, hauling the pieces up the hill and then putting it all back together again and riding away!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:26 AM   #9
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My wife went over a 30' cliff once on an old quad I used to have. I was able to find a slightly easier place to ride back up to the trail.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:43 AM   #10
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So I've been on some nasty single track in my day, and some of this single track has a dropoff on one side such that I call it a "no shit trail" because you are puckered so tight.

My questions is this: If you do make a mistake, and the bike falls down into a ravine, how do you get it back out? Someone told me once that you are required to pay for the government to use a helicopter to get it out. I wonder if this has happened to anyone here...

Just curious...

I've used a Z Drag system of ropes, prussic and small pulleys to rescue a snowmobile from down in a creek. It's a pretty simple setup assuming you have an anchor point. Web search will come up with lots of info.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:11 AM   #11
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I've never been in that situation myself thankfully but I know one inmate here who told the story of him parking his XR650 waaaay down a steep rocky slope. After all else he had failed he spent a day disassembling the bike into pieces, carrying them up the slope and then reassembling it again!
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:30 AM   #12
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I helped recover a V-Storm sidecar rig that went 30 feet down a 45 degree embankment.
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That's a great "ride report" !
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:12 AM   #13
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That's a great "ride report" !
I read the full ride report story over in the hack section. Sucks that the guys rig went over theedge but all in all a good story.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:30 AM   #14
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Well mine is just a little Wr250R and no Ural sidecar, and having a winch onboard seems a bit, well, "heavy"... :)

I'm just surprised it doesn't happen more often, given some of the precarious trails I've seen.

There's always this video I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVUo0qXClw4

And this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXiqgD5EKeA

Both of these guys got so friggin lucky...
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #15
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