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Well gents, and ladies, I had my first accident today. It wasn't too bad. I was about to hit a tight curve on a country road and I thought I could do it, but just before I hit the turn I lost confidence and hit the brake to slow it down before hand. I locked up one of my tires and went left, right, left, right, and down. Luckily I was wearing my helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots so I am ok. It happened so quick. One minute I was up and the next I landed on my left shoulder and the back of my head. I was truly blessed in so many ways that I was ok and that there was a shop who towed my bike to get fixed. WEAR YOUR PPE GUYS!!!
 

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Well gents, and ladies, I had my first accident today. It wasn't too bad. I was about to hit a tight curve on a country road and I thought I could do it, but just before I hit the turn I lost confidence and hit the brake to slow it down before hand. I locked up one of my tires and went left, right, left, right, and down. Luckily I was wearing my helmet, gloves, jacket, and boots so I am ok. It happened so quick. One minute I was up and the next I landed on my left shoulder and the back of my head. I was truly blessed in so many ways that I was ok and that there was a shop who towed my bike to get fixed. WEAR YOUR PPE GUYS!!!
Thanks for sharing. It's a great reminder to newer riders that an accident can happen in a blink of an eye. Super glad you're ok too! Take it easy and build that skill!

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Thanks for sharing. It's a great reminder to newer riders that an accident can happen in a blink of an eye. Super glad you're ok too! Take it easy and build that skill!

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Thanks will do. I was wearing heavy duty boots too and I think I have a small tear or fracture in my foot. I was only going like 30 mph too, I can't imagine what would happen to those idiots that wear flip flops lol.
 

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Thanks will do. I can't imagine what would happen to those idiots that wear flip flops lol.
Well, well, well ... Within this forum you can find what does happen to someone that wear flip flops ... Warning you it is nasty. I don't remember the title though ...

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Glad you're alright, I always wear gear, even if some of it still need to be purchased. I wear, helmet, jacket, surplus Army boots, surplus military gloves and regular pants. I almost got taken out by some idiot in a Mercedes yesterday. Guy was parked on the street and went to pull out and turn completely around to go the other way and never looked once. I had no time to honk, I just swerved a bit into the next lane to go around him, albeit it was around the front of his car, but it was either that or hit him and I wasn't in the mood to deal with that.

Amazing how worse drivers seem when you have full coverage insurance, but how mediocre they are when you don't have any insurance. Glad I have my insurance back!
 

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i got in one too man, i feel your pain. someone decided they had to slam on breaks cause they missed a turn. luckily i slowed down enough while i was sliding that i just bumped into them and cracked my fairings.
:( Nooooo. Cagers eh! Cracked or scratched fairing is still better than cracked or scratched skin and bones. Glad you can share the story!

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Glad u are okay man i just got 13 ninja 636!!! Love it!!! Im new to riding and wanted to ask you guys that are more skilled then me.... Other then wearing my gear im afraid to lean when turning specially going like 65 or 70... How can i avoid been afraid haha?
 

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Glad u are okay man i just got 13 ninja 636!!! Love it!!! Im new to riding and wanted to ask you guys that are more skilled then me.... Other then wearing my gear im afraid to lean when turning specially going like 65 or 70... How can i avoid been afraid haha?
legs are a big part of riding but don't forget shoulder,elbow , and head placement. In proper position. Your head should extend past where your mirror would end. You elbow pointed out and slightly forward as if driving itself through the curve and your inside shoulder should be as close to being above your elbow as you can get it. Add the top Of the body to the lower limbs. Shift you butt half way off the seat in the direction of the curve you are taking. Ie. Left turn shift left. Outside leg right against the bike. Essentially keeping you on the bike. The inside leg pushing hard on the foot peg while being extended away from the bike out pointing in the same direction as your elbow. Not only will this help you drag a knee but also will help the bike be more stable in the curves. It's not something perfected overnight but once you get it right. You will be surprised at what you can do on the bike and still feel safe. Good luck and ride at your own pace but stay rubber down. Hope this will help you learn the proper way to ride the 636. And will help build some confidence. Riding is a learn quick sport but learn at your own pace. Don't try to be the fastest or do the sickest wheelie etc. you will learn them eventually. First learn body position and smooth throttle control.
 

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Thats man i appreciate the input! Will definitely remember this!!!
no problem. Work on the things I told you and you'll be faster than the other riders who didn't learn this before you know it. Plus 85-90 % of riders don't know how vital proper body and weight placement is so they never learn it. Proper tech along with proper throttle control is key to being better than the rest
 

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no problem. Work on the things I told you and you'll be faster than the other riders who didn't learn this before you know it. Plus 85-90 % of riders don't know how vital proper body and weight placement is so they never learn it. Proper tech along with proper throttle control is key to being better than the rest
Amen ...

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Thats man i appreciate the input! Will definitely remember this!!!
Definitely pay attention to what byte has to say. Amazing how your skill improves following what he teaches. I'm finally at the point where I'm ready to start hanging off the bike. I was awfully tempted to try it today in the twisties. But a more-controlled environment would be better. :)
 
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