I cleared off the mud and kept riding. I was riding on some tangly rocky hills, steep and technical with lots of vertical dropoffs, and I was doing some fast 6th gear wheelies, nice and steady. Then for the first time this year (the snow is just melting) I ran up a very very steep sheer rock face. It was just below freezing today so the tire wasn't super sticky, so it was a real good challenge for me. I ran up and down 20 times or so with a bit of spinning here and there but no tumbles.
I knew I was getting low on fuel so I headed back towards home, again 6th gears wheelies on the return trip down the level stretch. About a mile from home I ran out of fuel, but I had a liter with me so I poured it, but that's not the lucky part. I fired up and was cruising along parallel to the street just before mine, in the rough. There's a nice little 2 foot high near vertical rock that I ride over on every trip, and I blipped the throttle to shoot over it. That's when bad things started to happen. It was like someone had remote control of my throttle and pinned it. I shot up that rock like never before and came off the pegs but held the bars, and the bike swung straight out in my hands and I landed on my knees and the bike landed upside down, me still hanging on to the bars. The engine was pinned and spinning in 3rd gear, and my killswitch doesn't work, so I twisted the bike on it's side and jammed on the rear brake and stalled it. Where I landed was soft and mossy so again, looked like no damage. The throttle barrel was loose, and the cable obviously stuck - but not much - maybe 1/4 throttle - no where near what it it should have taken for that launch. I pulled on the cable at the carb and got it back to normal, and decided that maybe it was stuck at WFO and then backed off to 1/4 when it was dancing on the ground.
I started the engine - perfect - tested the throttle - perfect, nice and free so off I went the last 1/4 mile to home. I didn't trust the throttle and thought I must have damaged it during the crash earlier and maybe a broken piece just decided to jam, so I was just putting along in 3rd, basically just above idle. I came to a small hill that needed a very small tap of gas, so I lightly tapped it, and I was back in rocket launch mode. Although the throttle was barely turned, the engine was WFO. I grabbed the clutch, got the front down, stood on the rear brake, and popped the clutch and killed the engine. Again the throttle barrel was loose, like the cable was stuck, but I'd say less than 1/4 turn. I stretched the cable again, got it back to normal, and decided to drive the last little stretch on the paved road to avoid blipping the throttle in nasty rocky patches. I fired up again, perfectly normal, snapped the throttle several times, perfectly normal, and then I rolled through the shallow ditch to get up onto the road. I gave it a tiny pop of gas to get up the side of the ditch and was right back to full afterburner. I wheelie right out on to the road, luckily no cars were coming, and came off the pegs as the bike flipped backwards. I grabbed the clutch and ran behind it and managed to get it down on 2 wheels again, but I still had the clutch in and the engine was seriously screaming like I've never heard it scream before, and I'm in the middle of the road. I jump back on the bike, plant my heel on the rear brake lever, and let the clutch out to try to stall the engine, but the clutch wouldn't hook up, it just slipped. Engine still screaming, in the middle of the road, no way to shut down - I decided to try to pop the clutch with the brake locked to stall it - bad idea.
The bike launched right out from under me and ripped the bars out of my hands, and actually seemed to shoot into the air a little bit, and it was nearly vertical when the spinning rear tire touched down, and then things got really out of control and I can't say for sure exactly what happened. The bike bounced and bucked a bit as the tire touched down now and then, and it was moving roughly forward cause I was jumping down the road trying to get a handle on it. It was a crazy scene - completely out of control, engine screaming, plastic and lever shrapnel flying around, and still in the middle of the road. It finally settled down on it's left side and was spinning in circles, and looked tame enough to grab, so I caught the bars, pulled in the clutch, jammed the rear brake and popped the clutch and stalled the engine, still lying on it's side in the road. The rear fender shattered from the cold and there was plastic and white skid marks all over the road. I'm sure if anyone came along they would assume that I flipped doing a wheelie, so I decided to skip the cleanup and get the heck outta there. I pushed the bike the rest of the way home, the fender dragging along by the wire, and just parked it and sat here to write what happened.
Although the throttle cable was sticking, it can't be responsible for the power output that I experienced. Honestly, I have never felt that kind of power from my bike. So - I'm thinking either a crank seal popped and was sucking in air, or I mistakenly had straight gas in the 1 liter bottle, or both. Anybody ever experience anything like this?
If this had happened during the high speed wheelies I would have had some nasty road rash, and if it had happened on that rock face I would have been in big trouble. I cannot believe how lucky I am that this happened where it did, Jaysus!
Lazer - I need another rear fender (airbox is OK) and another pair of grips, aaaaaaaand a throttle cable, and DEFINITELY a kill switch. Strangely, I have never broken a lever before so I still have my original sets of spares. :-)
Edited by Frostbite, 27 May 2012 - 06:59 PM.