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Heart-stopping video shows motorcyclist losing control in death wobble

http://dailym.ai/2uvVWLA

Apparently the woman began recording because his overloaded bike was wobbling routinely over 10 miles and he only kept one hand on the bars!
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Yikes! I'll bet that poor guy was pretty bruised up.


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A lack of protective clothing is his secret to losing 5 pounds of ugly skin every time he goes for a ride. If it wasn't required by law he wouldn't have been wearing the lid either.

However, he did have his safety boots on and loud pipes.

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Very poor write up on that article.

He was "dragged by the road"

as for gear, or lack there of, that shows that a 3/4 helmet is almost useless in that particular type head meets road situation.

that is why I ride with my modular helmet Locked Down.

as for is skin, it will be a long time before he heals up and able to ride again.

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What do you think caused that? I've never seen a bike spin around like that.

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What do you think caused that? I've never seen a bike spin around like that.
overloaded at the rear, lack of experience, grabbing the front brake or panic throttle use.

Speed wobbles happen, you either gently accelerate through them or ease of the throttle while maintaining control, he did neither and went into a vicious tank slapper which threw him off the bike.

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yep, once he let that wheel go hard left/right, it became a solid wall/brake and it flipped him around...

the reason the bike swung around like it did, was because that front wheel was hard left/right and it pivoted around the rubber tire which was crosswise to the direction of travel

and, once it started swing around, there was nothing to stop it for a couple of revolutions

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I have heard, and think it is a good idea, that the way to stop a wobble like that is to pull back with both hands hard, that makes your arms act like shock absorbers and can stop the death wobble.

I know a few years ago when I hit a deer and was thrown forward to where I could see the headlight the trike started a tank slapper but I was intent on pulling myself back into the seat so I was putting a lot of pull on the handlebars. The wobble stopped but I can not say for sure it would have stopped on it's own or if my pulling on the bars to get myself back did the job. The front tire was thrown sideways hard enough to bend a fork tube and bend the triple clamp so it was a pretty violent impact. I still count myself lucky to have got out of that with only bruises on my thighs from the handlebars.

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doug,

I agree with what you said.

back in 1972, I had a Yamaha 750 cc bike and decided to see how fast it would go.
about 115 or 120 IIRC, it started slapping the tank side to side.....

holee sheeet!!! and that was with my hands still on the grips.

I just squeezed down real hard, pulled straight back to lessen the slapping and backed off the throttle and let it slow down.

that was the last time I ever pushed that bike over 75 mph

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Even with all the protective gear, that would still hurt. I hope the guy has a quick and full recovery.
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