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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 08:45 AM
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Redbird, I agree 100% about farting around with scraping

Its good to practice panic stopping and swerving around points in the road everyday when there is no one behind you, so you have a well developed reflex to avoid accidents

practicing turning to the point of just starting to scrape, and then backing off is also good. When you need to execute the escape path in traffic, or to miss a deer, you need to know the limit,

or you will be one of those guys saying "A deer jumped out, and I had to lay it down" because he leaned it too far onto the frame.
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 08:59 AM
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I worry about deer around here more than anything. Especially on my way home from work at 11pm. The good news is i am only going 40mph. I have heard if you are going to hit one hit the center. I don't know if that is a great idea but at lower speeds it may be a functional idea.
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I do practice in parking lots especially since the riding season where I am from is relatively short in comparison to some other areas of the country. It does my confidence good to shake off the rust after long periods of not riding. I am just not one to lean it over during cornering to the point of scraping as a part of my ride.

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Guess I meet explanation in the video above. I do know this road pretty well and doing around 60 plus in 35-45 MPH listed speed suggestion. I looked pretty close and only found one time I had to do a mid corner correction.

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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Deeksvstarclassic View Post
...if you are going to hit deer hit the center. .
I would be either swerving or on the brakes with everything I had - to hit the deer in the center you have to aim into it - if you have time to do that, aim away from it.

We have deer hits here in upstate NY. When Im riding the factor for me is how far back the brush and trees are cleared from the sides of the roads. On the thruway its clear about 50 yards - you have plenty of time to see animals, even at night (glowing green eyes).

Some of the roads on my commute have foliage 3 feet from the edge of the pavement. Im as close to the centerline as I can be, and not quite hitting 40mph in those few sections.

The sales guy I bought all my riding gear from hit a deer. He was going 55mph, does not know how much the brakes slowed him down. He went over the handlebars and got to ride the slide. Got up bruised, all his gear looked like he was attacked with an angle grinder, including the whole one side of his full face helmet.

He got up with bruises but no injuries. The deer was killed.

There is a memorial on one of my favorite roads for an older guy who hit a deer on his harley. He died.

So... sometimes your skills and gear save you, and sometimes there is nothing you can do.

But thats how life is for everyone.

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I'm a bit of a fan of knowing my limitations on my bikes. Making sparks fly is just a bonus
Seriously though, any time I get a new bike, I have to know I can dip and recover so I test it out on low/no traffic curves to make sure I don't have doubts during regular rides
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Confuscious says: go around curve too fast, wind up with hole in as.. !
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 09:51 AM
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I had the same issue with my 650 when I first started riding again. Totally unexpected since I wasn't riding aggressively and it spooked the crap out of me. Plus that's a really loud and expensive sounding noise coming from an unexpected direction.

Anyway, the general consensus here was very helpful to me. Basically: "Get used to it." Go someplace where you can do it intentionally until you get used to the noise. The board flexes, the pads that scrape are replaceable. Unless you are really throwing your bike into a hard curve and hitting the board really hard, you shouldn't need to worry about it. Practice a bit. It's kinda cool when it stops bothering you.

I rarely scrape the 950 any more, but when I do it is no longer the nerve shattering experience it was at first.
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