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Offline Combustify

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Lessons of Hubris: U-Turn + Front Brake
« on: March 09, 2016, 06:15:23 am »
I was riding around town this morning, happy that I could fit my new torque wrench and socket set into my saddlebags somehow. I'd been having a little buyers remorse from the tip-over bars I hadn't yet installed; I was feeling confident at low speeds and there were other performance/maintenance costs on my mind. As I was pulling in to grab some lunch, I swung a U-turn through an empty space so I could park facing out...

Whoops! I didn't fully straighten the wheel out before I pulled the front brake, and inward it went. I was able to lay it down gently, hit the kill switch, and pick it up before anyone could notice. Not a new scratch on it, but I'll be installing the tip-over bars in the morning.  :))

Given the pain I now have from hossing that beast gingerly to and from the ground, I'll jokingly call them murph's secondary knee-savers.
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Re: Lessons of Hubris: U-Turn + Front Brake
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2016, 11:22:14 am »
AVOID using the front brake at extremely slow speeds when the front wheel is turned. DAMHIK.  :'(
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Re: Lessons of Hubris: U-Turn + Front Brake
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2016, 11:19:33 pm »
Or, don't stop with either brake until your bike is squared up.

Did exactly the same thing, left hand sharp U-ey into a strategic parking space, stopped the bike with the REAR brake with the bars nowhere near center.   :o

PLOP.  :-[

Someday I'll post the video.  :-X
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