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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I hate myself, crashed my bike

Riding home from work on semi wet ground and the guy in front of me brakes for a yellow turning red. Well I'm still pretty new to my bike so me being the crappy rider I am, locked up my back wheel almost instantly. Ended up smacking into his bumper and doing quite a bit of plastic damage to my bike. I'm pretty mad at myself about that, it will probly be somewhere around a 500 dollar screw-up.

There are two up sides though, the only damage I took was plastic. I'll need a full new front fairing and windshield, and a few other small parts like a front blinker.

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The guy I hit was some random mexican(not to be racist) and I am presuming he didn't have insurance because he insisted that it was just fine and he didn't need my info which I offered like 5 times.



So basicly it sucks ass, but it could have been worse. Plus I learned a nice pricey lesson in riding.(Get a bike with bigger tires so they don't lock up so easy ) lol jk
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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what type of bick do u ride? yea i try not to ride in the rain... or mornings because the grounds still wet... yea
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ummm... why is a bigger tire not gonna lock up as easy?
Try this, increase your following distance when the road is wet or semi wet or whatever.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A ninja 259, my learner bike. And I wasn't following THAT close, I definatly could have had a nice distance, I think my reactions to him stopping just flat out sucked and I overcompensated with my foot jabbing down.

And bigger tires=more grip=harder to lose grip=locking up...but that was just a joke
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Later on today or tomorrow when I work on my van some more.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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A ninja 259, my learner bike. And I wasn't following THAT close, I definatly could have had a nice distance, I think my reactions to him stopping just flat out sucked and I overcompensated with my foot jabbing down.

And bigger tires=more grip=harder to lose grip=locking up...but that was just a joke

You nailed it right there.
And bigger tires = more grip... = doesn't mater when you hit the brakes too hard.
Wasn't trying to bust your balls man. As long as you learned from it, that's all that matters. Show me a rider who has never crashed and I'll show you a rider with things to learn.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah, I just wished I could have avoided that. I had plans to practice my braking next weekend.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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You could always be happy that you didn't **** yourself up too bad. =D
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Old December 10th, 2005, 09:35 AM   #10 (permalink)
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should have done what normal ninja riders do- pass the bastard while still accelerating



oh yea, sorry about what happened
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Old December 10th, 2005, 10:30 AM   #11 (permalink)
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haha @ the mexican guy part..he Def doesnt have insurance...if he did he woulda been pissed..it was probably a crappy car anyways (probably a truck lol jk)
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Old December 10th, 2005, 12:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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It was something like a 2000 Ford F-150, but I wasn't paying enough attention to know for sure.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 01:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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lmao how did i know cuz i lived in cali for 10 years...
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Old December 10th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #14 (permalink)
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damn dude that hella blows. be more careful in the rain!

i dont even use my rear brake, except when coasting to a light and i sit up and just use my foot to brake til i come to a stop
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Old December 10th, 2005, 02:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This is exactly why you were smart to buy a 250 for your first bike.

Just think if you were on a GSX-R 600... You'd most likely be going faster and the damage would have been more costly. I'm sure on a Gixxer you'd be way more cautious and careful but the reaction time could have still been off.

Just curious, wouldn't have you wanted to use your front brake in that situation instead of your rear?

Ninja edit: Yeah I'm with Zpyro.. I don't even use the rear brake.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 02:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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when im ridin in the rain in traffic, i give plenty of space to brake. when/if i do start braking suddenly, i move to the space between lanes AND check my 6, just to make sure i dont get sandwiched by the retard drivin behind me.
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Old December 10th, 2005, 02:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sounds like a good move.

I've never ridden in the rain, so I wouldn't know.
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Most people with bikes hardly even use their rear brakes. Always use the front. Just don't pull those in too much or you could send the bike end over end. I know on Gixxers, when you pull in the front brake to a certain point, it clicks...don't go past that.
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Most people with bikes hardly even use their rear brakes. Always use the front. Just don't pull those in too much or you could send the bike end over end. I know on Gixxers, when you pull in the front brake to a certain point, it clicks...don't go past that.
Yeah I had no idea how sensitive the brake would be when I first rode one. I pulled it past the click and the bike jerked and I felt like I was going to fly forward.

Do the 250 ninjas have disc or drum brakes?
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Yeah I had no idea how sensitive the brake would be when I first rode one. I pulled it past the click and the bike jerked and I felt like I was going to fly forward.

Do the 250 ninjas have disc or drum brakes?
Yup, same here...scared the **** out of me.

The 250 ninjas have disc brakes...I'm pretty sure all of Kawasakis sport bikes have disc brakes.
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Old December 11th, 2005, 01:19 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Front and rear disc brakes. And everything I've read/heard reccomends using both brakes at all times, so that is what I do. And the thing was it hadn't rained, the ground was wet from sprinklers so I wasn't in the wet road frame of mind. I was riding like I had normal conditions, and thats what got me in the end.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 10:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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wait wait wait, ive really never riden a bike before but i would asume you use the rear brakes? this is not true? dont the front if your going fast enough flip you over?
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Old December 12th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I use both rear and front brakes. And yes, if you grab the front too hard and lock it, your bike can throw you off. The rear will just lock and make braking much slower and you fishtail a little bit.
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Old December 12th, 2005, 10:51 PM   #24 (permalink)
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yeah cons to both..hence why u should use both, less pressure needed and less chance to flip or fishtail
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