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Now THIS Is How You Save A Low Side.

Posted in Crashes, Drifting, General, Motorcycle, Racing, Videos by Kurt Ernst | August 16th, 2010 | 3 Responses |

Ride long enough, especially if you push your limits and your luck, and bad things will happen. The first time you unexpectedly wash the front end or slide the rear will cause you major puckerage, but it’s no big deal once you’ve recovered from a few of these. Ditto with scraping the hard parts of your bike on pavement; after you get over the initial shock of grinding metal and flying sparks, you can generally prevent these from turning into a full on low side crash if you’re style is smooth enough.

My style is nowhere near as smooth as the rider in this video, and the same circumstances would have left me eating asphalt. I bow before the master, Alex Debon, whose save of this low side at Brno was nothing short of epic. Debon uses his knee, hip and elbow to recover from imminent doom, caused when the hard parts of Debon’s FTR M210 made contact with the asphalt. Aside from losing a few tenths of a second in recovering the bike, Debon appears to be none the worse for wear. Just another day at the track when you do this for a living.

Source: TwoWheels

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  1. DaveMofo says:

    Damn. Those guys have a combo of insanity/skill that I’ve just never had. You’re right, though, about learning how to recover from stuff with some time in the saddle. I’ve washed out the front twice, and since I’ve gone to great lengths to avoid it. It hurts, parts are expensive, HOSPITALS are even pricier, and my pride gets the absolute shit kicked out of it. The study of all things front-tire-traction related payed off just the other day whilst coming in hot for a right turn at an intersection. I was under braking on the front and back stoppers, about to let off while beginning the tip in for the turn. Front tire locked up in oil left from some jacked gas guzzler, and I released front brake, made turn, got home and realized HOLY SHIT I COULD BE IN THE E.R. Still no where even close to this guy, but still fun to think about.

  2. Kurt says:

    Good call on releasing the front brake – that was the difference between riding home and eating pavement.

  3. ds440 says:

    I remember Colin Edwards making a similar save years ago:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNza3prc0PY

    The best part is when he waves to the crowd afterward. Oh, those wacky Texans…