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post #1 of 22 Old 10-10-2013, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Had my first "almost" drop

Parked on my slightly sloped driveway after getting home from picking up Chinese food to open the garage, and must have not extended the side stand fully because as soon as I stepped off, she slipped! Somehow I managed to catch it (barely) by the left side of the handlebar. It was most of the way down and I managed to sneak my hands onto the rear grab bar and crash bar and muscle it up

Thankfully the side bags were not on. But it freaked me out! First time I've ever dropped a bike in about a year of riding. Also, the gas tank only has about a gallon in it so I'm sure that helped. I'm glad to have had the experience though, now I know what to expect and I know I can lift it without too much trouble!!

I only wish that side stand gave a little more feedback! It's kind of easy to miss extending it all the way, and it "slips" easily...

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You probably should have let it drop to get it out of the way.

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You probably should have let it drop to get it out of the way.

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One might watch what ones foot is doing so that the side stand won't be a problem.
Almost doesn't count for squat except for the hernia you could get holding on to a falling bike...or the sprained wrist.
Sucker can get heavy...eh?
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Just go out and kick it over. It's gonna happen sooner or later.

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I stepped off of mine in a big muddy mess. it was soft and muddy enough that nothing happened to the bike outside of getting muddy.

made me realize that those stock tires don't belong anywhere near mud.

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Time to fix a broken bike that's toppled over a day or two. Time to fix a sprained back / leg / shoulder / etc, months.

Cost to fix a toppled bike, a few 's / $'s. Cost of chiropractors etc hundreds of 's / $'s.

If the bike starts going over I'm seeing how far I can get away from it.
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One might watch what ones foot is doing so that the side stand won't be a problem.
Almost doesn't count for squat except for the hernia you could get holding on to a falling bike...or the sprained wrist.
Sucker can get heavy...eh?
Yes, I agree! I'm normally very careful about that. You know what I think it was... I (stupidly) left my sneakers on and didn't change into my boots before running out. It was a super short trip down the road so I rolled with it. I think the feel of operating the bike / stand in sneakers was just enough to throw me off from the norm... I won't be doing that again

The bike does feel very heavy when one tries to catch it from the handle bars. However, I actually found it to be quite light and easy to lift up when i had my left hand on the crash bar and right hand on the rear grab rail.

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Time to fix a broken bike that's toppled over a day or two. Time to fix a sprained back / leg / shoulder / etc, months.

Cost to fix a toppled bike, a few 's / $'s. Cost of chiropractors etc hundreds of 's / $'s.

If the bike starts going over I'm seeing how far I can get away from it.
Wise advice. I'll keep that in mind in the future. I think the only reason I even attempted to correct the fall was because I managed to catch the seat with the lower part of my hip, or something. I dunno - happened very quickly. But it certainly wasn't all in the wrist!

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The same thing happened to me about 2 weeks ago. When I found a parking spot at work and turned off the bike and dismounted. I noticed the side stand was on a weak piece of blacktop so I rolled the bike backwards about 2 feet so it would rest on solid concrete and then started to lean the bike back on the side stand. All of a sudden the bike is coming down while I'm still holding it. I managed not to let the bike come all the way down as if it did I'd get my shins pretty scraped up and maybe a smashed foot. The only damage was some scuff marks on the crash bars and some dirt caked on the left bar end. The real "enjoyment" happened when I turned the key all the way so the parking lights stayed on and then had to deal with a drained battery 9 hours later. Not a good day!!

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