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OK, here's the story behind this one. This was on the last day of a three day trip to the Hatfield McCoy trails in WV. Another rider and I were cruising along on a nice green trail that twisted back & forth and up & down. I guess I got a little too speedy through one section when I ran into big trouble. I caught my right handguard on a tree root that was sticking out of the inside of a slightly uphill right hand turn. The bike sort of bucked back & forth and I lost control. As the bike started to get away from me, my hand kept twisting the throttle (d'oh!) and the bike launched off the side of the hill throwing me the same direction (although not quite as far). I got lucky and landed in a soft area that was left from an overturned tree when the roots pulled up out of the ground. It was an amazingly soft landing. Thankfully, the bike got caught by that same overturned tree. It ended up wedged between it and a smaller upright tree about 15 feet down off the trail. I can't believe how lucky I was on that one. If that tree hadn't caught the bike, who knows how far it might have tumbled down the hill. The hillside where this occurred was pretty steep, so the other guy went on to get two other riders that we were meeting us the next trail intersection. It was going to take more than two of us the get the bike back up on the trail. After quite a bit of effort, we got it back on the trail. Luckily, the bike sustained very little damage. I rode it the rest of the day.

Some more pics...

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This is the tree root I hit.. It's on the far right of the above pic (out of frame). The trail was cut into the side of the mountain, which placed this right at handlebar level.

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She looks so peaceful...

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This last pic gives a good overall perspective.. The arrow on the left points to the area where the exposed tree root was. The arrow on the right shows how far down the bike is and gives an idea of how steep the hillside is. It took four-five people to drag the bike back up to the trail since traction on the hillside was so limited. To the right of where I'm standing is where I landed (next to the big root ball from that downed tree).

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Amazingly, almost no real damage from this incident. The header didn't get hit at all. My left radiator guard took a good hit and is slightly bent. The front fender was folded under in the rear, but snapped right back after we got it out. There are lots of scratches all over the plastics, but that is likely from dragging it up the hill. I did notice my handlebars and handguards were tweaked a little, but didn't worry too much about it until I got home. Upon closer inspection after washing the bike, I discovered that my right handguard triple clamp mount is bent and it looks like the bolt for my right lower handlebar mount is also bent. However, I think this damage is from the day before when the front end washed out on slippery smooth rock. It went down hard on the right handguard.

-Mike

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When I rolled up as me and another rider were hitting some single track I must have laughed for a good 10 minutes (once I knew he was OK).

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Glad you're ok. That is pretty funny though. To bad you didn't have a helmet cam on. Makes for a good story.

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dude that poor X, oh well. im glad to hear your okay. and also glad to hear the bike is okay, in a crash like that the bike could have had hige amounts of damage. with my luck the bike would have fallen down the hill onto a road, and ran over by an 18 wheeler. only to get to the bottom of the hill to find the monster hauler backing up and running over my 450 again! but good thing i wasent invited on this trip

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how long did it take to get the bike back on the trail that looks insane glad you and bike are ok

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bet gettin that bike back up on the trail was just tons of fun :banghead:

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how long did it take to get the bike back on the trail that looks insane glad you and bike are ok

It took 4-5 of us about 10 minutes to get the bike back up on the trail. The steepness of the hillside is what made it so difficult. There was very little traction (especially with MX boots).

It's funny that switchingearz mentioned riding it back up. One guy's initial assessment upon arrival was it might be easier to go down the hillside to a trail below than drag it back up. I took one look down and said "no way!" :banghead: I have not idea how far down it was, but I couldn't even see the other trail through the trees. It must have been at least 100' or more. Plus, it appeared to be just as steep the whole way down.

-Mike

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Great Pix! Good to see you both survived?

Do you remember what trail number that was? HM's a KILLER place.

I'm guessing the weather ended up being good this weekend?

We started to go down to Georgia (Durhamtown Plantation), but the rain stopped that - Georgia Clay SUCKS when it's wet.

We considered HM, but figured the rains were headed that way next, so we ended up at Little Sahara, OK instead.

Man I LOVE the sand!!!

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