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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs up Terms, Slang, and Lingo

i was thinking if we can't have a terms forum i'll just start a thread and then when someone says something like "what's a burnout?" we can look annoyed and say "search for terms" and continue on our high and mighty way.

and now to reveal my own ineptitude....

what is a "tank slapper"?
other then the obvious gas tank slapping you in the chest, how do you cause it and how do you recover from it?
having heard of many an accident involving this and resulting in life support i would surely like to avoid it.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 11:42 AM
 
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Re: Terms, Slang, and Lingo

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what is a "tank slapper"?
You have to be European and ride a TL-S to fully understand.
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Tank Slapper

A "tank slapper" usually means when you are riding along and your clip ons wiggle side to side really hard either from riding hard and you hit a bump or some other situation. Steering dampers usually eliminate these from happening.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 12:43 PM
 
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Grrr....steering dampner? or Steering dampener?
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Grrr....steering dampner? or Steering dampener?
Steering Stabilizer.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 02:47 PM
 
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Tank Slapp-er {tangk slap-pur}n. rapid, violent back and forth oscillation of the front wheel of a motorcycle which causes the handlebars to travel from lock to lock uncontrollably. Usually caused by an upset of the lateral gyroscopic stability of the wheel followed by an inability of the front wheel to stabilize itself, and nearly always occurring when the front wheel is under heavy, sudden acceleration, such as from landing a crossed up wheelie. See also, related items: headshake, bad wreck, and Holy Shit! I'm gonna die!
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See also, related items: headshake, bad wreck, and Holy Shit! I'm gonna die!
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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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[B] headshake, bad wreck, and Holy Shit! I'm gonna die!
um...is there any other way to save the situation?
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Yeah, you can save it sometimes. Some people advocate more throttle, but if you are in a real tank slapper, it's almost impossible to hang on to the bars, much less twist the throttle. Don't brake, don't try to keep a death grip on the bars, just try to ride it out. Sometimes as you gradually decellerate, the front end will stabilize of it's own accord. If not..see above post. I know a guy that got into this after landing a wheelie at probably 120 mph and left S-shaped black marks down the pavement for 140 ft (measured), and saved it. He tried accellerating, but it just got worse. When he let off and relaxed, it stabilized, That was on a Suzuki Bandit 1200. (Not stock by any means.)

The best thing is to avoid situations that cause tank slappers and put a steering stabilizer on.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-29-2001, 04:12 PM
 
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By the way, Ducatidrms,
It's really neither...dampner isn't word that I'm aware of and dampener would be something that made it slightly wet. It's really damper. Or, stabilizer.
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