How NOT to lay down an R1200GS in Florida
Planned my first dual sport ride in Central Florida the end of September. Had a great ride up the highway from Ft. Lauderdale to Mt.Dora near Orlando. Rained every hour on the half hour until I reached the hotel for the night. Most of my gear dried out over night and I had enough extra to make up the difference. We met early Saturday morning and there were over 130 riders signed up for the dual sport and road trips to the Gulf Coast. Estimated to be about an 8-9 hour ride. I was very excited and wondered how much of my youth riding motorcross would make up for the very wet and muddy trails, on my big adventure bike.
It turned out that after only a few hours the challenge of riding the off road and mud sections, it became evident that my 30/70 tire choice would not help in these conditions. I did not want to be out there by myself so I hooked up with Justin a guy from Georgia who said he grew up riding on Central Florida trails. His new KTM 1190 R seemed small compared to my Beemer, and he seemed to ride conservatively enough for me to keep up with him.
We just had crossed a big sippy hole, and I lofted the front wheel and Justin powered through with a great display of a watery rooster tail. We laughed and gunned the bikes down to what we perceived to be the next obstacle. I got the clutch enguaged with no time to get both feet back on the pegs when I ran into a huge muddy pile and slowly layed the bike down with either the panniers or cylinders on my leg and immediately felt that I had broken it.
I leaned a lot that day...there is not such thing a too much boot, and to ride and crash with your feet and legs on the pegs safely nestled between the panniers and cylinders. Plus, 30 or more years erases a lot of skill sets. Thanks to Justin, I quickly got medical help and I am planning my next ride as soon as I mend these broken bones.