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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2002, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Low Side / High Side?

I guess thats the right words?
I see there used alot on this site.
What do they actually mean?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-21-2002, 05:51 PM
 
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What’s a high-side/low-side?
A high-side is where the bike suddenly regains traction after beginning to skid and spits the rider over the bike. The rider typically exits on the high side of the bike—the side not closest to the ground. A low-side is simply where the bike loses traction and skids into the ground with the rider remaining on the low side of the bike—the side closest to the ground.
High-sides are usually more severe. The most common high-side accident scenario is where the rider loses traction at the rear wheel (due to excessive power or overbraking), the bike starts to skid, the rider regains traction suddenly by releasing the brake or chopping the power, and the bike immediately regains traction and spits the rider over the bike and tumbles. The key to avoiding this is learning not to chop the power and not to overuse the rear brake.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2002, 07:35 PM
 
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Thumbs down High side/ low side

What all this technical and not so technical stuff boils down to is this:

High Side-- the number one least favorite way to leave a bike!

Low Side-- the second least favorite way to leave a motorcycle!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2002, 09:52 PM
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Re: High side/ low side

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What all this technical and not so technical stuff boils down to is this:

High Side-- the number one least favorite way to leave a bike!

Low Side-- the second least favorite way to leave a motorcycle!
Or..another way to look at it is..

Lowside..= mostly no pain..

Highside=almost always mucho pain..

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-04-2002, 03:14 AM
 
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Yep...if ya gotta get off before you stop, lowsiding is definitely preferred. A highside will result in a broken collarbone (and a roadside/trackside nap) maybe 50% of the time, plus a much more severly wadded motorcycle.
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Re: Re: High side/ low side

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Lowside..= mostly no pain..
Depends on if something suddenly stops you!
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Yep...if ya gotta get off before you stop, lowsiding is definitely preferred. A highside will result in a broken collarbone (and a roadside/trackside nap) maybe 50% of the time, plus a much more severly wadded motorcycle.
They've also been known to result in broken arms......Doh!
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Depends on if something suddenly stops you!
O.K...my answer was assuming you have on full gear..and there were no guradrails, or other obsticals to hit.. And that your not riding like a maniac on city streets..

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In that case, yeah you'll prolly be fine so long as you're sure you've stopped sliding before you try and stand up
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