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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-21-2001, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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What should he have done?

This is a short vid of someone having a right old tankslapper at the Isle of Man. You'll see he carries it for quite some time.


I'm rather surprised he didn't recover it - he looked like he was just about to when it started all over again. What did he do wrong? Is it just me or does it look like he's accelerating throughout the whole ride?

How would you get out of a situation like that? Stay on the power, get off the power???

I've only been in one situation that was no-where as bad as that one - coming out of my own driveway, leaning it over, and putting on the power, and the back started sliding round. I think when I got off the power I got into a bit of a tankslapper, but managed to keep the rubber side down (phew).
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-21-2001, 08:51 PM
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Pray !

I've seen this a few times & what doesn't come over is the actual speed this guy is doing.

Closest I got to this was on an RC30, 110mph, hit a bad bump & did aprox. 8 lock to locks. Kept the power on through fear more than skill. The bike just carried on and I nearly keeked myself.

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-21-2001, 08:56 PM
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I couldn't play the vidio for some reason, I'll try later.

A little over a year ago, I was just completing a left hand turn from an intersection and I ran over some oil or antifreeze and the rear end started to go away. I was in second gear and I held steady throttle. Well, I didn't low side, but when I got traction again the rear end went the other way and highsided me.

My left foot smacked the ground real hard and as I was trying to drag my fat ass back into the saddle, I noticed that the front wheel wasn't anywhere near the ground. I somehow managed to get my right leg over the bike and my butt back in the seat where it belonged and then the front end came back down a little crossed up.

Well I wasn't about to let the Bandit pitch me off because of a tank slapper so I gassed the hell out of it and everything snapped into shape.

My big toe on my left foot got badly bruised and I burned my right boot when I grabbed the exhaust pipe with my foot to pull myself back into the saddle.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-21-2001, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Sounds like you had one close call Fatman! I'd say you got off pretty light! At least you didn't drop her!
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 12:07 AM
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I have always been told that if you can give it the gas it would help bring you out of a tank slapper. Once at a drag race towards the finish line, due to wind and a bump or debris on the track, my bike started to go into a tank slapper at around 140. Since the gas was on all the way I had to hit the NOS button which pulled the bike out of it but the rear tire was not jumping around as much as on the video that you posted. Mine started to move around but I caught it early. The next thing you need to do is stop and clean out your shorts. Since the rider in the video looks to be slowing down this would put more weight on the front and would seem to make it harder to control. I would think he was slowing due to the corner and the tank slapper trying to keep it between the walls. Also its hard to see how it started and with no sound on the video you can't tell what he tried to do to bring it out of the shit he got into. Due to the corner I doubt he opened it up all the way to lighten the front and get it under control.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 02:54 AM
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Closest I have come to this was cresting a hill on a surface road. Yes I was speeding. Hit a bump and blammo instant tank slapper. Basically I fought back with the controls and rolled off the throttle and got it under control. But I think mine was different b/c it was the front end that got out of shape. given that he is spinning the rear I think he should've rolled off.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 02:58 AM
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If he had rolled off wouldn't that just make his front more unstable (if that's possible)?
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 04:04 AM
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All I know is it worked for me... Of course I was probably only going 2/3rds his speed and my rear tire wasn't spinning uncontrollably....
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2001, 04:09 AM
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Originally posted by Bonk!
If he had rolled off wouldn't that just make his front more unstable (if that's possible)?
I would say yes, but what if there is a turn up ahead and he has way too much speed to go through it?
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