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    ElConesaToLoco Active Member

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    Motorcycle enthusiasts, I summon thee

    Discussion in 'Research' started by ElConesaToLoco, Jun 25, 2019.

    Technical question here: if, say, a motorcycle falls sideways, would the engine stay on until it runs out of gas? If not, how long would it stay on? Is there a difference between some motorcycles and others?
     
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    Iain Aschendale Potatoes again? Supporter Contributor

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    I'm pretty sure they'll stay running indefinitely. I found this video (which is really long and may not be to everyone's taste) which is cued up to a couple of people who lost control of their bikes, only to have them keep going albeit on their sides:



    You can watch the rest or not, of course. I'm not a big fan of "fail" videos personally.
     
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    Not exactly the situation I'm going for, as the motorcycle in this scene has already stopped before it falls on the protagonist's leg, but still, it's good to know. Thanks a bunch, mate.
     
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    It varies depending

    a) on whether the throttle stays forward without the riders hand on the grip , an
    b) in regard mostly of race bikes, if the rider has a kill cord (ie a leash that attaches them to the bike which when pulled by a dismount cuts the engine... they arent common on roadbikes , but some countries make them mandatory for racers
    c) assuming its four stroke engine they don't like being inverted - in that case the oil from the sump will flow up into the cylinder and foul the plugs... two strokes like you find on scooters and such don't have a sump
     
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    It would definitely have to be stopped or going slow to fall on your leg.
    I’ve had it happen two times, once when I was coming off of a side street the cold-blooded Harley coughed and died in mid-corner. I was too close to the curb to put my foot out, trapping me and it laid over pinning my legto the curb . The next I was hot dogging my Yamaha into every corner as hard as I possibly could when the foot peg didn’t fold up which lifted the front wheel catching my leg under the bike for a long slide down the road. It kept running for a minute or so.
     

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