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Whenever I watch these types of videos now, it brings me back to the time, circa 2016, when I very nearly went down the side of a single track on my XT250. Riding along up a steep single track trail in Hungry Valley, CA, at about around 8 or 10 mph, my front wheel hit a rock just the wrong way and bounced up and to the side, bouncing me off of the brakes as it did so. I was able to get back onto the brakes and stop just before careening down, but was already too far to be able to pull my bike back up onto the trail. Even with two people, we couldn't get it back up, so we pushed it 100 feet or so down to the next (lower) part of the single track "snake". Pushing is not the right description: it was more like using motocross boots as skis and the bike's handlebar as a pole LOL. Much of the time (it took a few minutes), both of us and also both the bike's tires with it in gear and the front brake locked up, were all sliding along for a few feet at a time before we could get everything stopped and then start moving again -- as slowly and cautiously as possible. Note that I had the very best/grippiest tires possible for that type of loose-dirt terrain. Oh and, past that lower section of the single-track, which we came out onto, was another piece of extremely steep terrain, but that part did not lead down to another section of single track; rather, it led down into a ravine...probably 200 feet further down.

Another time several years before that, I was sitting at the edge of a ~300 foot cliff-side on my TW200. We were stopped for a moment waiting for others to catch up. I decided to get out a sandwich and was having a quick snack, with the bike in neutral and my foot on the rear brake. I don't remember exactly what happened: I think I just sort of got lazy/lost focus for a second and my foot either stopped pressuring the brake pedal or slipped to the side a little. The bike rolled forward at a relatively slow pace (the hill wasn't steep) for a foot or two. Even so, that was enough to give me quite a scare! I dropped the snack and clamped onto both brakes in about one second LOL!

Be careful out there, guys. Don't get complacent when riding (or sitting!) near steep edges!
 

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It's not uncommon for me to drop my bikes from time-to-time mostly in sand (lots of sand) and mud. But those are somewhat controlled falls to a point in a lifelong pursuit of learning (I tell myself).

Last weekend I had a real "crash", not a fall, when my tires caught a patch of mud and the full knobby Scorpians did exactly what they are supposed to do, "GRIP".
That set me thru a set of trees with the bike going in one direction and me going in the other. I was not wearing my full armored jacket (it was in the 80's) but did have full rib/chest and added shoulder armor too. I had thought the armor on my left shoulder had failed as it spun around and fell mostly off. Later I realized it had taken the full brunt of impact, tore-off and "done it's job", Thankfully.

A few days of pain for me and then seeing this pretty amazing video... THANKS TO GOD for looking over that riders shoulder.
 

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Is it just me? Or was that dude going WAY TOO FAST!!!
 
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Is it just me? Or was that dude going WAY TOO FAST!!!

There's nothing wrong with riding spiritedly on dirt bikes, IMO. That's part of what makes it fun, if you ask me. The same thing can happen at lower speeds easily enough (see my post above -- although in saying that, I WAS able to prevent it from happening to me in that situation; still, it could have).
 

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Too tall gearing makes for a dangerous minimum speed for any bike either with the cutch engaged, disengaged, slipped or throttle blipped. Perhaps even more so for a 40+ hp competition based machine.
The wrong bike or inadequate set-up in those situations is just asking for trouble IMHO.
 

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My way of thinking is "if it's dangerous going slow - then it's treacherous going fast." Lucky man to have not broken a limb or two - even luckier he was conscious when he hit the water and didn't drown. That's a no joke spill. Stay safe out there, friends.
 
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Hard to believe he was so lucky not to snap some bones on that fall. Of all places... that nice big pool of water. Wow!
 

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lucky, damn lucky
 
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