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broken rule, broken bike, broken body

Always have had a rule.. No one rides my bikes unless I know you Really well, or your family..I have made absolutely zero exception to that rule, until last night. When a Great friend and one of his co-workers stopped by on his way home from work last night to show me his new Nissan Titan. I had my 500 leaning against the building because I had been riding it about 30 minutes prior. Co-worker dude looks at it and asked all kinds of questions etc.. I have known my friend for a decade or so and ride hare scrambles with him on occasion, so when co-worker asked to take bike for a spin I went to friend who said he had ridden with him for a few years as well and he was a good rider.
Long story short, guy takes of across the field about 1/2 throttle for a couple laps. And my buddy signals for him to come back because he's ready to leave..then all hell breaks loose and you hear an open class 2-stroke catching gears across a field. Front end went straight in the air wide open in 4th gear at near 55 mph I reckon, and he panicked jammed the rear brake and the front end nose dived and he cartwheeled across the field.

He is lucky and ends up with 2 broken fingers on his left hand, a dislocated shoulder, and a deep gash across his right hip that in the end I was told required about 15 stitches to close. Not sure about the gash, must have been tangled with the bike at first.

Bike, lost a radiator shroud on the left side, tweaked bars, and destroyed front fender. Nothing major as I had some Plastics I had gotten of Ebay that was 2 years newer, and new KX 500 Decals to put on it anyway.. Love Moto x Bikes, drop em off a cliff and start em up and ride them home. BUT..I thought at my age I was done learning from stupid mistakes..Nope.. still make em.
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I have not learned I still let people ride my bikes. Did he offer to pay to fix it? Or does he want to sue you for letting him ride such a beast. I love my 2 strokes! Sorry about your bike.
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I have not learned I still let people ride my bikes. Did he offer to pay to fix it? Or does he want to sue you for letting him ride such a beast. I love my 2 strokes! Sorry about your bike.

He was in pain and didn't discuss much, Buddy said he would be good for it, if not, he would cover it.. Not too worried about it I was gonna update the plastics anyway and had already purchased them over the winter just hadn't done it yet. Have Factory bars off my 300 KTM in the shop as well I may be able to swap on, so it's mostly just my time.
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and you didnt get it on video? tisk tisk
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My two stroke riding friends think it is funny to put a guy on the bike and let him experience the thrill.

All good until someone gets hurt.

I will let anyone ride my vintage trials bike, and used to keep a '93 XR250L around for people to try out.

No one rides my street bikes unless it is an experienced good friend who I know can handle it, and pay for it.

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Hell Yea, You could have made enough money off that to pay for everything...
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Hell Yea, You could have made enough money off that to pay for everything...
I need to take some lessons from you, you seem to have cameras everywhere, cars, bikes, etc..L
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....then all hell breaks loose and you hear an open class 2-stroke catching gears across a field. Front end went straight in the air wide open in 4th gear at near 55 mph I reckon, and he panicked jammed the rear brake and the front end nose dived and he cartwheeled across the field....
The last OPEN class 2-stroke I had was an ex-factory I.S.D.T. CanAm 400 Qualifier that would do 105 mph WFO in 5th gear!

Better have that pointed in a safe direction when you "pin" the throttle...!


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The last OPEN class 2-stroke I had was an ex-factory I.S.D.T. CanAm 400 Qualifier that would do 105 mph WFO in 5th gear!

Better have that pointed in a safe direction when you "pin" the throttle...!

I have always had a 500 in the garage for the last 20 years or so.. I love them.. I seem to switch back and forth every 5-6 years or so between a CR or KX. . The late 80's early 90s CR 500's were the most brutal, after that, they still made the same massive power but the delivery was tamed a bit and they make Excellent woods bikes.
The Kx has similar Power, however Kawasaki never tamed it like Honda did the CR IMHO. It's just plain brutal everywhere, I mean everywhere from off idle to top end.
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I just finished rebuilding my 78 Yamaha Enduro 2 stroke. Set it up with dual sport tires and only ride it street and light off road. I only let my buddies I ride with regularly hop on... never a noob. I spent way too much time repainting, and rebuilding everything, to watch it go down.
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My previous two stroke project was a 74 Kawi H2. It was 750 cc's of Satan. That was a huge project, but worth it, I never stopped smiling while riding it. Glad to see there's some other folks here that dig two strokes.
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No one rides my bikes. Not friends, not family, not no one. Well, the wife has a free pass. But other than that NO ONE. If you want to ride a motorcycle....go buy one.
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I let two friends ride two of my bikes twice...neither had bikes at the time...I took the BMW and the guy took the Versys and the chick took the 450t...we had a blast...
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I let two friends ride two of my bikes twice...neither had bikes at the time...I took the BMW and the guy took the Versys and the chick took the 450t...we had a blast...
Yea, I have great friends I have known for very long time who I have zero issue letting them take my equipment for a weekend, or even longer (assuming i'm not riding it)
My Mistake was equating a friend of a good friend at that same level in my social circle. He is fine BTW (beyond the stated injuries) and has called me and was quick to offer up money for any damages to the bike etc.. It's all good.
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I have always had a 500 in the garage for the last 20 years or so.. I love them.. .
I am currently trying to work something out to acquire a 1980 Suzuki Gn400 single cylinder I came across. Just need to have some ringa ding ding ding to remind me of my learning days in the late 60's.

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