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Glad your alive.
Sounds like you're getting towards the sort of mileage where you know the bike a bit.
Stay safe and enjoy yourself mate.
Okay, so ... how do I start?
Braking, yes! Um, "skilled" riders braking ...
You see, I bought a KTM 1190 RC8 yesterday while braking. Well, not the whole bike, just the smashed up parts and I'm not even sure how much I paid for it!
I crashed big time! Low sided--which would have been kinda okay except another rider who was following me too close slammed into me and sent me sailing, tumbling in every direction 4 times before I stood up and ran for the safety wall and climbed over.
I'm okay, just sore all over. My leathers are marred on every side but they held up fantastically well and absorbed most the shocks. My helmet is toast. My gloves (Knox Handroids, for which I am most grateful because they truly saved my hands) are probably spent, too. And my Sidi boots! Somehow my right boot got punctured on the bottom! They're toast as well.
I will never, ever ride without full leathers. Anything less would have been disastrous.
Oh, and I really wasn't enjoying the bike. I was trying to connect with it--it's real edgy and super sensitive (especially the brakes! ) but I wasn't on my game at all. I should have known to back off more. I was only going 70 mph when it happened --meaning I wasn't going full speed like I normally do-- but I should have listened to my feeling of disconnectedness and backed off more.
I learned that my Triumph is more forgiving than other bikes, and the dangers of carelessly throwing an unfamiliar bike around the track. (I've got what I recognize from my teaching Hanggliding as Intermediate Syndrome where I think I'm better than I truly am. This exhibits as well a sense of false security and untouchability, and unfortunately only nature's course can cure this affliction. )
I've been studying and practicing braking skills but I was not prepared to brake this bike so hard. Hubby says my 675 is unusually forgiving braking in corners. I was unaware of this as well as stupidly clueless as to the braking characteristics of the RC8. Investigating braking characteristics first is critical to successfully riding different bikes. I knew this before but now I intimately know it.
The guy following too close was unnecessary because there were only 15 riders in the group and it's a huge track. We could have all travelled without ever coming close to one another, really.
Hubby saw me tumbling and said he felt absolutely helpless. It was a wake-up call for both of us.
On a lighter note, I really enjoyed the Super Duke. But I'd much rather ride a Street Triple.
Thanks, and you're totally right. Really getting comfortable on it. Even started working on rolling burn outs a bit in the fall.
Sledding season up here now.
Run to the hills!
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