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So, about 2 weeks ago I had my first "good" spill. Pretty good way to start off my 21st birthday, nonetheless. Second time was in Mexico, San Felipe when I did the El Diablo run, but that was totally my fault, and i'll accept that since I went in too hot into a left turn.

I find myself questioning what happened though. I don't think of myself as experienced, but thinking of inexperience brings me to some what of a comfort level, seeing as I feel that there is never enough improving on one's self/form.

So, I did one pass through the loop just fine. Figured i'd do another before we hit the casino to watch a movie. I went in alone this time. Started to come out onto the last S Turn at about 70.. I didn't get it. I had good form, had a steady line right down the middle, saw exactly where I was going, and it seemed like the front tire just lost traction.

The first time I emerged from the loop, I noticed that I was scrubbing the edge of the tires a good bit.

So at this point, i'm not sure. Are tires normally subject to blame? They are Continentals, and I haven't heard much on them in terms of performance.. I don't remember the exact trim/model on them. Could it be that I was pushing my luck on them?

Of course, I can fully accept the fact of rider error, and I'm at no means trying to blame the tire.. but could that have been a contributing factor?

Thanks,

-Josh
 

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Try to find out exactly what tires they were. I had a front give way at less than extreme lean angles..stock bridgestones that had some off the wall model # on my 04' Z1000. Mag tests I had read said they were sticky tires. Anyway, the front just slid out suddenly with absolutely no warning at all. Dry conditions, no debris, warm day, etc. Just by coincidence that was the fastest day I ever had with cornering speed on street riding, but still not up there with the faster tier of riders. The tires had about 3K on them. Since then I will not push stock tires no matter what reviews they get. I put Corsa III's on my 636 before upping the pace. It was probably still some type of rider error involved in my crash, but it never hurts to have that mental confidence in your tires.
 

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More than likely it's a combination of things; tire pressure, rider inputs, suspension set-up, body position/lean angle, etc. Good thing is you are okay and hopefully can replay it in your mind and learn from it.
 

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If you are sure you did not tap the front brake causing the loss of traction, I bet you hit a patch of lose gravel.
Red Rock has tons of those all over the place. Even if you think there arent.
Most of the long sweepers are full of them.

When you first felt it slide, did you do anything to correct it ?

By the way, I have slid the front tire going through there in several spots.
 

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or just rolled off the throttle since you seem to have been leaned over quite a bit
 
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