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Don’t land downhill on a trike without brakes!

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Model: Mojo PWR XL
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August 5, 2019
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I went to a site with a friend, that is more suited to foot launch than trike. I was on trike. Wanting to make the best of it, I went ahead anyway. It was a sloped field, I estimate 15% grade. I launched uphill and barely had enough climb rate to make it out. When landing, I decided rather than do an extreme brake pull to avoid “slamming into” the uphill grade, I’d land downhill. Really not sure what I was thinking, I certainly wasn’t fully taking into account the fact that I… had NO brakes… Did my landing flare, all went smoothly. Until I didn’t stop rolling. I couldn’t take my feet off the front wheel (trike), to brake that way, because then my front wheel could go sideways. My wing was still above me, and I held landing flare brake or close to it, but it did little to slow me. If my wing had gone to the side I’d absolutely have rolled. Somehow, turning left/right, steering with the front wheel, I managed to keep the wing above me, going over multiple terrain bulges/obstacles in a zig-zag that required me to turn right/left in order to avoid rolling from sheer inertia going over the bumps. Somehow I kept the wing above me. I really don’t know what I was thinking. Don’t be like me. Trikes can’t do what foot launchers can. With the benefit of hindsight and experience I think I could manage it now, but I wouldn’t want to unless I was on foot. Also, brakes might be a good idea for trikes…

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