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    RXP - Danger!?

    Hi Guys,
    during practise for the national champs last weekend I came around a sweeping left turn WOT. I made a driver error and the ski hooked and I got highsided.
    My right foot got stuck in the foot well cousing it to twist and break the leg in several places.
    I allways had fear of getting stuck during an accident and hurt my foot or leg but thought it would neverhappen.
    Well, does anybody have had similar experiences?
    Does anybody know how this can prevented from happening (the breaking, not the accident
    I thought about filling up the foot well till it is flush and the foot can rotate freely.
    Cheers,


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    Prevent either foot from coming out. This is one technique that lots of racers use.

    Usually an added device like side lifter wedges.

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    i never understood why the wells needed to be so deep????
    the outside upper of the hull is not involved with handling, even in deep hard turns , nothing above the rubrail is holding the turn...
    you want a low center of gravity, so raising the level of the footwell isnt a good idea, but
    if you sawed the outside of the footwell off and made it flush with the traction mat, or maybe a 1 inch lip, what would the harm be??
    nothing.
    your ankles might get splashed more often...
    water wouldnt always form a small green scum pond in your footwells...
    and you would never get your ankle caught in there and break it.
    theres nothing inside the hull in the raised footwell gunnel, you could sawzall it off, and glass it over in a few hours.
    might also be interesting to widen the foot print of the foot well, if you could gain 6 inches of width to the footwell, you might get better leverage for better control in turns and in the rough.

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    A motorhead, drag car dude where I ride did the same thing, 1st or 2nd ride on his RXP stage what-ever it was
    high sided it and got chucked, foot got stuck, twisted and broke both leg bones......horrendous break another bloke i ride with pulled him out of the water...and I won't go into details
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    sold his RXP, pretty well straight away
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    the guy who bought it,,,,his freind, renamed the RXP

    side decal

    "The Leg Breaker"

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    WOW! be careful out there Patrick. Hope your leg gets better soon.

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    ooops, so I'm not the only one.
    I have to say i was racing and I had an idea about the danger, so I'm not blaming anybody here!!!
    Just to spoil nobodies fun here on the forum I didn't post any pictures of the leg but all I can say, the foot is pointing in a funny direction
    Anyway, I thought filling out the footwell first and see if it is OK to ride like this would be worth a try. Has anybody tried this yet and what would be the dissadvantages?
    Cheers

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    If you can make it work for you, then have at it.

    Some disadvantages:
    -Loss of control of an already skitish watercraft. Your legs do a lot of work.
    -Weight if you didn't fill them in hollow.
    -Your knees would be in your chest. Very uncomfortable. Now your seat needs to be higher. Now your bars need to be higher. Now you are 6" higher than when you started, making it even more unpredictable.
    -The footwell provides some protection from collision. Kiss that goodby.

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    what does got high sided mean? this sounds like something i should wanna see coming!

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    motorcycle/bike/atv/whatever, sharply turns left or right...you keep going over the "high side" of the vehicle.

    "Low sided" refers to a motorcycle, when in a corner, and the back end washes out, and you are pinned under the side as it slides down the pavement.

    Neither one is very fun, and can be very dangerous.

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    ya i agree, if you go higher how are you gonna get the bars that high?? and the seat will be too low.
    you gotta chop the sides off
    stay low, keep center of gravity as low as possible.

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