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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Went in too hot to a corner and lowsided my Versys. I was doing like 60MPH I guess. I'm OK I just have a very little scratch on my left knee, I was wearing full gear (textile, not leathers). My pants are completely busted up on the right knee. The jacket was torn up a little bit around the right wrist section. My gloves are also scratched and one of them is a little torn. Boots and helmet have minor scratches. The bike is all scratched up from the right side and the front brake wouldn't work, it is leaking brake fluid, I'll have to check what is going on. I limped home using only rear brake. So yeah, I feel really stupid right now. Wear your gear people, if I wasn't wearing mine I would have some really severe road rash right now.
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Glad you are ok. A lowside is a heck of a lot better than a highside.

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sorry to sound stupid, but what does it mean to lowside a bike?

glad you are ok.
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When you lean into a corner, the tires lose grip and you fall down into the corner and slide, that's a lowside. A highside is when something similar happens but instead of falling down into the corner the tires regain grip and the bike tosses you above it. That one is way worse.
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This will help you understand better:

Lowside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJYi4_sBUiQ

Highside: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKsV6a278gE
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Sorry to hear about the accident, Pepe, but glad you are mostly OK. The bike can be fixed or replaced, so don't worry about that too much.

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Glad you emerged mostly OK, Pepe. Your gear did its job...another reason to always wear mine.


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Actually I just checked it, and apart from the right fairing being scratched, it is OK. The brake not working was just a loose screw, and everything else is in good shape. I'm just glad I was using full gear.
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Bummer to hear. Glad your relatively ok. Bikes can be fixed. Were you on stock tires still? If not what brand?

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Not stock tires. A Shinko 005 Advance on the rear and a Metzeler M3 on the front.
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Glad to hear you okay Pepe! I also always wear my gear when riding just for that reason. Also thinking of getting the Happy Trails guard they sell to help incase of lowside or fallover. Glad to hear the V suffered well!
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Sorry to hear about your accident... Glad you are okay...

Do you know which tire gave?

Looks like you like to go fast in the canyon... You should be wearing full leather next time... Textile just not good enough... Mesh is even worst... I have seen too many crashes...

You might want to get better stickier tires also...

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What the heck is it about the Versys that just sucks you into pushing the envelope?
I just did a 37 mile ride from Westcliffe to Florence Colorado through some twisties and long flowing curves. It took me less than 30 minutes and hit speeds over 100mph. The bike just loves carving. I gotta smarten up, I'll be 68 in November and I'd like to get to be 85 yrs old at the minimum. Jeezus, fast cars, agile bikes and young women, will I ever grow up?
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What the heck is it about the Versys that just sucks you into pushing the envelope?
I just did a 37 mile ride from Westcliffe to Florence Colorado through some twisties and long flowing curves. It took me less than 30 minutes and hit speeds over 100mph. The bike just loves carving. I gotta smarten up, I'll be 68 in November and I'd like to get to be 85 yrs old at the minimum. Jeezus, fast cars, agile bikes and young women, will I ever grow up?
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What the heck is it about the Versys that just sucks you into pushing the envelope?
I just did a 37 mile ride from Westcliffe to Florence Colorado through some twisties and long flowing curves. It took me less than 30 minutes and hit speeds over 100mph. The bike just loves carving. I gotta smarten up, I'll be 68 in November and I'd like to get to be 85 yrs old at the minimum. Jeezus, fast cars, agile bikes and young women, will I ever grow up?
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Sorry to hear about your accident... Glad you are okay...

Do you know which tire gave?

Looks like you like to go fast in the canyon... You should be wearing full leather next time... Textile just not good enough... Mesh is even worst... I have seen too many crashes...

You might want to get better stickier tires also...
I think I'll get leathers now, yes. It was the rear which lost traction.
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Diesel fuel and/or antifreeze is a big cause of lowsides, especially on urban streets and on-ramps. Also watch out for metal sewer lids and plastic road markings, especially in wet weather.

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I think I'll get leathers now, yes. It was the rear which lost traction.
Just curious if footpeg was scraping well before traction was lost?
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No it wasn't. I went in too hot, but still tried to make the turn, so I leaned it too much and lost it.
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