Author Topic: Supermoto Practice Leads to High Side Crash - Rider knocked unconscious!  (Read 4618 times)

Brakelate

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While out playing with my GoPro's at Willow Springs Kart Track, I high sided and knocked myself unconscious.   

Despite walking, talking and answering questions from medical aid, I have no recollection of the crash or anything from just prior to the event, until about half way to hospital.

Always wear your gear, and keep an eye on anyone who has gone down.  Even at "parking lot" speeds. 

*Warning;  Not Graphic, but some may find the audio track entertaining, while others may find it disturbing as I apparently quit breathing for a while.

 
Supermoto High Side Crash at Willow Springs Kart Track


« Last Edit: October 05, 2012, 04:54:22 AM by Brakelate »
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Re: Supermoto Practice Leads to High Side Crash - Rider knocked unconscious!
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2012, 10:13:59 AM »
high-sides SUCK !!

It could have been much worse, glad you come out as good as you did.

GREAT video BTW - thanks for sharing that.

How did you get both cams mounted under there?

Sounded/looked like over-breaking in the rear - do you recall anything before the crash?
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Re: Supermoto Practice Leads to High Side Crash - Rider knocked unconscious!
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2012, 10:19:53 AM »
Oo-er, nasty crash. Do like where you mounted the cameras so I have just gone out to the garage to work out how to mount the GoPro under the Fazer.

Don't think much of the Willow Springs rescue dog, he looks to be a little small for dragging crashed riders from the wreckage.

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Re: Supermoto Practice Leads to High Side Crash - Rider knocked unconscious!
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2012, 08:06:50 PM »


Don't think much of the Willow Springs rescue dog, he looks to be a little small for dragging crashed riders from the wreckage.



It is not his size, but the temperature of his urine.  You see, he pee'd on me and snapped me out of my slumber.  Highly effective.

Though I have no recollection of this incident, I knew exactly what it was when I watched the vid.    I typically play around "backing it in" deliberately over using the rear brake or engine braking Supermoto style.   I just switched to a much softer tire and bumped my pressures to resolve an issue I have been having with ruptured tubes that go flat from rashing on the inside of the "tubeless" tire carcass.   To reduce the flex, and thus friction, I raised the pressures.  Thus the nasty hop.   The high side was just me being stupid by either not releasing it immediately when it stepped out past "the point of no return" or just standing on the rear brake and riding it low side style into the ground.   High Sides are so nasty (this, my second in three years) that I always swear I will just stay on the locked wheel.  But, instincts still occasionally get the better (or worst) of me.

The footage was edited to appear like one continual "shoot", when in fact, it was one camera used in the same location.  One session facing forward, the second facing rearward, then blended together.    I was experimenting with the mount, just playing with the camera and not riding "serious", and thus another reason for my crash.   ... not taking it seriously.

The camera was on a adhesive pad stuck to the bottom of the DRZ's aluminum belly skid plate.   I would only use it on this bike for short periods in a "controlled environment", as it hangs too low and would hit something when using all the suspension travel, and also would pepper the lens with sand and pebbles kicked off the front tire when facing forward.  But, that is what I love about the GoPro, the flexibility, size and fact that I can move it all around to capture various suspension, wheel and control functions at speed. 

My bike looks like it is covered with Barnacles, the little adhesive pucks that hold the adjustable camera links.  Though, the stock suction mount has served me well under varied conditions on various bikes.   If risky, I will run a small length of wire to use as a tether, just in case. 

If you are interested in various mounts and views, check my YouTube Channel.  The "High Desert Camera Mount" clip is pretty entertaining if you are into that sort of thing.

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« Last Edit: October 05, 2012, 08:10:02 PM by Brakelate »
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Re: Supermoto Practice Leads to High Side Crash - Rider knocked unconscious!
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 05:49:47 PM »
Yikes, that's some seriously bad news. Really happy to hear that you're doing ok, though.

Every time I see someone doing Supermoto stuff it's like an invitation to a high side crash. It's pretty amazing that it doesn't happen more often given the gnarly physics you guys are fighting.

Here's to a quick recovery, quick repairs and getting back out to doing what you love to do!