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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie with a sore body.

Hello my name is Ducky I live in the central Florida area, I have had my endorsement for over a year now but just a month ago got my own 08 Ninja 250. I had previously been riding my stepdads 2013 (not sure about the year) KLX 250 SF it was nice and i used it to practice and gain skills every weekend. One day i decided I wanted to ride everyday and have my own bike so i started saving, about two months maybe three months later i had got myself very beat up 08 ninja 250. I knew there was a lot wrong with it and I bought it for cheap but in my mind I was rescuing the bike from an owner who did not take care of it. So I took it home got the run down and found out I may have just bit off more than I can chew but thanks to my stepdad things were moving fairly steadily and smooth. Until one night I was going out with some friends to just hangout and I took an unfamiliar back road to their house, I always take it easy on roads I don't know but this time (like an idiot) I got too comfortable. The speed limit was 40 the corner seemed pretty soft so I took it maybe at 40-45 soon I realized that the corner got sharp fast and (again like an idiot) I wanted to slow down so i straightened up got on the brakes hard but couldn't stop in time, i ended up going into the grass, laying the bike down on the left side and taking a nose dive-front flip kind of deal right into the side of the road. Lucky for me my bike only took the slide on the pavement for a small amount of time in the rear and i only hit grass and dirt so the only damage done to my bike was in the plastics and to me well my knee was bruised up an my neck was sore from wacking my head into the ground but it wasn't all that bad, I got right up took off my helmet and picked up my bike. once i noticed the only damage i could see was to the plastics I called my step dad for some help. Now I'm here typing it all out at my computer because I'm still a little too sore to go out riding. So that's my story so far, and thank you if you made it this far in my stupid newbie story.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 07:00 PM
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Welcome here.

My 57 years old eyes do much better if you add more spaces between sentences.

I would be taking long hot baths with Epsom Salt in the water, and alternating ibuprofen and naproxen sodium pain pills. (from a lot of reading Tylenol is mostly an outdated liver killer that they mix with opiates to keep their factories going). Walk as much as you can without too much pain, to get more blood flow to your knee. Swimming would be less painful.

Instead of straightening up and running out of room, leaning more (and not touching the brakes, and not closing the throttle much more which is like using some back brake) might have worked if the pavement was clean, especially since you were at about the posted speed limit for the corner.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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No need to flame me pal I'm new to forums, if I just posted a introductory post in the newbie corner you cant expect my post to be exactly top notch or perfect in any way.

I will use more spacing in the future but before now i didn't think to because that's just not how I write.

Also I know what went wrong in this small wipe-out I even called myself an idiot for it so there is no need to bother me about it, i said in the post i should have just leaned into the turn more and kept on the throttle so don't call me stupid I'm capable of doing it myself.
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Hello and welcome!

I don't think he flamed you at all. I also didn't see him call you stupid at all. He was just giving you some good advice. It sounds to me like an MSF course would be very beneficial for you at this point.
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You can probably heat weld the plastics, but I'd probably wait a bit on that.

With more training and experience, there's other ways of handling situations like this that will be worth learning. Plus the MSF ARC class is a ton of fun. I took it after about 10 months and 2k miles. Money well spent.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 07:50 PM
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I was a newbie in the hospital with a broken leg after a bike crash in 1974.

I learned a bike leans a lot farther than I thought it would back then.

I also learned to stand the bike up in a corner and start a new line, when I took the MSF advanced rider course in 2002 and from starting to ride in the dirt in 1968 and on the street in 1980. This method is more of a last resort, such as if a car coming from the other direction hogs your lane.

I recommend taking trips to other states- Florida roads are generally too straight and flat to learn much about cornering.
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