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Old Yesterday, 08:29 AM   #21
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Re: Finally happened... my first real crash on my SFV650 Gladius

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I had at least 3 to 4 cars worth of distance. That gets eaten up quickly if someone brakes card though I should of uploaded the video that has the GPS on it. I went from 65 to 45-40 before the hit. Why did that guy break that hard? Was he avoiding something? I find it hard to move the bike when breaking, I don't have this issue as much on my ninja 300. But I think I will take your advice and practice hard breaking again. Last time I did that on the freeway, the rear end came forward. Terrifying I was lucky the bike didnt throw me over.
You might want to look at your front forks. If you're heavier than like 155lb, you might want stiffer forks and thicker oil so that the front doesn't dive on hard braking.

Other than that, it's really worth to go out and practice emergency maneuvers so you know how the bike will react and how hard it can be pushed.

As far as why they would brake so hard, who knows, maybe they saw a duck in the road, or looked up from facebook to remember they were driving and panicked. You have to read the traffic. You can usually tell who the bad drivers are, and stay away from them, or leave extra room and cover your brakes.
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Old Yesterday, 10:16 AM   #22
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Re: Finally happened... my first real crash on my SFV650 Gladius

Your video is giving me flashbacks. It's eerie how similar your accident was to mine. I started a thread about mine but do not have video footage:

https://www.svrider.com/forum/showthread.php?t=394349

Basically the same thing happened at about the same speed and with very similar injuries to my leg and ankle. The cars in front of me slammed on their brakes, one car veered left, the other veered right. I felt like I had nowhere to go so I slammed on my brakes and front tire locked up and I took a spill.

IMO, there is no point in criticizing a rider for what they did or didn't do "in the moment". It all happens so fast that our reactions are just instinct. Unless you have a lot of training for emergency situations where you can react purely off of muscle memory, you are just going to do what your instinct is.

As you said, the best thing to do is to wear all the proper safety gear and ride very defensively.

You did a good job saving it after the impact. Good to see you walked away in one piece with nothing broken. Congested traffic like that on the highway is dangerous for riders; there is just no way to maintain a safe following distance because people constantly turn into your lane if you leave a big enough gap from the car in front of you. I avoid riding in those conditions whenever I can. Also I'm very cautious when riding on weekends after about 10pm because that's when the drunk drivers are out.
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Old Yesterday, 12:13 PM   #23
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Re: Finally happened... my first real crash on my SFV650 Gladius

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What kind of idiot logic is it to teach someone to not cover the brakes so they have immediate access to them in an emergency.
Troll alert. Every post by this guy lately is just trolling.
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Re: Finally happened... my first real crash on my SFV650 Gladius

He does have a point.

I always covered my front brake with two fingers when riding.

My ring and pinkie were more than sufficient to maintain throttle.
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