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Old 02-09-2014, 01:30 PM   #1
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Did I save a high side or did I get lucky?

I went out for a frigid ride this afternoon. Cold tires = bad.

I was going straight at about 30 mph on a city street with two lanes in each direction. I decided I want to pass a car who was in the lane in front me. I swung into the right lane and grabbed throttle. My lane change meant I was a little leaned over.

The rear tire lost traction. As soon as it did I cut back the throttle (this was NOT a conscience decision. Right or wrong that's just what I did.) I did not chop the throttle all the way closed, but quickly rolled off.

Just as quickly the spinning stopped and the tire hooked up. The whole bike shook back and forth 3-4 times - obviously a high side in the making. I held the throttle, squeezed the tank with my knees and kept my hands loose on the bars.

She straightened herself out and I just kept on riding. This all happened, very, very fast. Oddly my pulse didn't shoot through the roof after it happened.

So... should I have kept the throttle open and lined her up kind of like backing into a corner? Or would I have low sided? Maybe held the throttle and eased off slower as she came back in line? I wish I was that skilled.

Maybe it was the right thing to luckily applied some quick RWTC (right wrist traction control) and regain traction before the rear stepped out too far.

Either was it turned out to be a cheap lesson learned. Don't ham fist the throttle when it's 25 degrees out!
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:41 PM   #2
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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You stayed on your wheels, you did it right.
How's the saying go - I'd rather be lucky than good
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:17 PM   #4
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You done did good.

I hereby declare you Cool Hand Luke for a day.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:06 PM   #7
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You got lucky, but my first instinct is to say that if you lost traction due to acceleration than stick with it and steer into it. IMHO, you made the likelihood of a high side more likely by rapidly stopping the spinning rear wheel by reducing throttle input rapidly.

Is that they right answer? Fuck IDK, but it's my first instinct which means, hopefully, it would be my first instinct if in the same situation.
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Out of curiosity, which bike? The K12?
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:19 AM   #9
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Out of curiosity, which bike? The K12?
No. Ninja 1000.

And yes, I'm sure I just got lucky and it was the bike that saved itself, not me!

Likely the only smart thing I did was to hold the bars loosely and let the bike straighten itself out. As soon as I stopped doing stupid things, all was good. Can I be Cool Hand Luke for one more day?
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Likely the only smart thing I did was to hold the bars loosely and let the bike straighten itself out.
And it was the smart thing to do.
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Happened to me once with my ST1100. I stayed in the gas and rode it out. Mine could have easily turned into a low side, but I would prefer that over a high side.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:37 PM   #13
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For what?
To scoop out your underwear!!
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To scoop out your underwear!!


I did need one!
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:05 PM   #15
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Reading your thread, I can't help but think of this. You did good.

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