Just got back on campus this week, and of course I had to go on a ride with the boys. I met a new kid at the gym who had a pretty sweet build (12s lipo, dual SK3 6374, dual Torqueboard 4.12 vescs, etc), so I invited him to join us last night.
After riding around for a bit, I made the foolish decision to drag race the new DIY board against a Boosted V2+. Of course the DIY board has more power, but I weigh 180lbs and my friend on the boosted weighs 120lbs, so I thought it would be interesting.
We do a rolling start since the new board was unsensored. After some initial hesitation, my board starts to pull away with oodles of torque. Then, I feel the vescs cutout and I go flying forward. Going from extreme acceleration to nothing at all caught me off guard. See for yourselves what happened next.
Total damage wasn’t so bad. Road rash on my knees, hips, and elbow, swollen knee and elbow, sprained wrist and ankle, gash in my thigh from my keys in my pocket, and worst of all, my favorite jeans, bag and water bottle all scuffed up.
The new kid felt really bad for what happened, but I assured him it wasn’t his fault. He was still very much new to the hobby, and I should’ve known better than to push the 4.12s to the limit at 12s lipos.
Moral of the story. Always wear a helmet, learn how to fall (I could’ve fallen better), and never drag race an untested board that doesn’t belong to you.
Stay safe out there, and keep on shredding! On an unrelated note, someone please buy my board (not the one that failed, but my personal build from a while back, link here) Not because I’m abandoning the hobby, but because I’m looking to do a new build.