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Offline Prescott Dave

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Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« on: November 29, 2016, 09:18:42 pm »
With less than 200 miles on it and owning it for only about a month, I dropped my new 2015 Connie on the "range" at a MSF Confident Rider Course in Phoenix. The instructor had me and one other student doing the figure eight pattern inside a painted rectangle. He encouraged us to attempt to progressively reduce the size of our figure eights. After about three or four repetitions, I started feeling more confident and cut the second loop of the figure eight a bit too tight, lost momentum and toppled over on the left side. The bike went down with a sickening crunch. I landed on my back, but didn't get hurt (except for a bruised ego) due to having all my gear on. The instructor rushed over, asked if I was okay and then showed me how one (he) could right a 700 lb. bike by oneself. The main and lower fairing were scratched, the left mirror access cover broke off and the left foot peg "bank indicator bolt" broke off. I thought I was going to be sick  :-\ when I saw the damage to the bike. After the instructor asked me several more times if I was okay, I collected myself and completed the remainder of the exercise and the course. As the instructor pointed out, at least it happened there and not out in traffic somewhere.

I humbly apply here-in for my CDA#

Dave

Offline Prescott Dave

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Re: Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 03:40:51 pm »
What I learned from the above "drop" was that when I'm going less than 5 mph, that I need to pay a lot of attention to balance and control input. I also learned that I definitely want to put crash bars on ASAP!

BTW: My COG # is 12477

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Re: Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2016, 04:29:03 pm »
Hey Dave,  Sorry to hear of the drop.  At least you were not in the parking lot at a COG event.   :rotflmao:

One other thing I do for slow is to keep the engine speed up and use feathering the clutch to get the mo back if you loose it.
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Re: Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 04:41:23 pm »
Sorry about the drop I also dropped my C10 when I had it at an MSF advance course. We were doing the quick stop during a curve drill and I came to a nice stop and then proceeded to fall over. This class was exclusively my other COG peers so lots of concern and then ridicule.

Be sure to check your mirror mounting bracket and support bar that runs across the front of the fairing closely this piece is known to break also on your type of incident. I will never reveal how I know.
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Re: Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2016, 10:43:29 am »
Sorry about the drop and scars on the bike. Bright side is you won't have to worry about any more scratches. Congratulations on finishing the exercise and the course!  :great:

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Re: Confident Rider Course? Yeah, Right!
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2016, 04:33:51 am »
That sucks... a few times I've felt my bike wanting to go down when practicing the box or full lock s-turns.  :o When in doubt, gas it!
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