The dreaded lowside

rnexussix's picture


Two days ago, I scraped my beloved Speed Triple. The frame sliders from OES Accessories prevented  serious and expensive damage and right there and then, paid for them self's.  Without them I could easily be looking at $500 to $1000 in damaged  motorcycle body parts. If you do canyon runs on your Speed Triple, RUN and order your  OES sliders today.

Click Image to Zoom (OES Frame Sliders saved the day)

However there was some minor damage to the bike on the side that hit the pavement: Right side control plate (where foot peg and break pedal attach) is broken and there are some deep scratches on the engine casing. In retrospect, I should of gotten some protection installed there.

Click Image to Zoom (Right control plate Broken)

Click Image to Zoom ( right side engine cover scratches)

Once the shock wore off, I sat down and mentally ran through the sequence of events to figure out why I laid my bike (and at such a low speed).

There is right handed hairpin turn at the beginning of the Dexter Canyon, Malibu Beach, California (just as you take it away from the PCH towards the mountains. And It is not a simple decreasing radius hairpin turn.  I have ridden through that turn several times heading towards the ocean (downhill). Taking it  in the opposite direction - heading uphill was a very different story;

 Just before the turn the road points up at a fairly steep angle , then as the turn begins, it flattens out, and at the last portion of the decreasing radius turn it begins to climb up again.

 I began to accelerate as I entered the turn, but did not expect the flat portion and when the road dropped from under my front wheel I started to lose steering and began to run wide. A tap on the rear brake corrected the lightness of the front wheel but that caused more  speed loss, just as the next uphill portion of the turn began, my lean angle was set for a higher speed and I started to simply fall to the right. To correct , I rolled on the throttle to gain some of that lost speed back, but by then my rear wheel was rolling over yellow center divider's  line's slippery paint and that additional bit of power to the rear wheel,  and my lean angle caused the rear wheel to slide from under me so fast, I barely realized what was happening.

Then came the grinding sound of the metal and the scraping of my leathers, as the bike hit the asphalt.  All in all I was lucky.  My bike didn't break anything big and the OES frame sliders took the brunt of the punishment.  Protective gear I was wearing ( helmet, leathers, gloves and boots) kept my head, skin and my bones intact. And I did not get run over by the oncoming traffic as I span in to the opposite line.

I was lucky and I learned a lesson. Same roads should be ridden differently, when  ridden from the opposite direction.

Hope this story entertains some of you,  and prevents others from making the same mistake I made.


rnexussix's picture

Issey, I'm really glad you

Issey, I'm really glad you were riding with me that day ! Thanks for watching out for me and picking up the bike parts ! Can't wait to get the replacement control plate and go out riding with you and the rest of the group :-)


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