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post #1 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Dropped my 13' DL650 Adventure.

And I'm actually glad it happened the way it did. I came to a stop on a super steep street with a stop sign. The start did not go as smoothly as expected and I dumped it on it's left side. I learned a few things. Once a 475 pound bike starts to go..it's pretty hard to stop it. If it had not been for a few videos you guys had recommended, I would have been lost or hurt in trying to pick the bike back up. I remembered one of those videos was using your back against the bike. Put the bike in gear, one hand on the bar, the other on the hard bag, and lifted with my knees with my back towards the seat. Came right up. The bike was still on the vertical incline when it came up, so I was glad it was in gear. 1/4 inch scuff on the Barkbuster and the little rubber corner protector of the hard bag. The actual bike never touched. Glad I got that out of my system and no longer have to worry about when my first drop was going to happen. Thanks again for the video suggestions. They probably saved me from blowing out my back.

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 07:32 AM
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Glad you are ok and no major damage to the bike as well.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 07:46 AM
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I know my day will come, but knock on wood, one year and 26k miles and no drop yet with two bikes..

edit: although, my dad has been riding since the 70's and no drop yet for him..

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post #4 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 08:25 AM
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Glad your first down was a easy drop. Now when you look at the little scuffs you can laugh it off. "It ain't yours till you scratch it".

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post #5 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 08:27 AM
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I got the "sleepy bike sydrome" on day one. No harm, no foul.

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post #6 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 11:35 AM
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Good lifting technique is key, good to hear you remembered how when you needed it. Trying to keep a sleepy bike up is a great way to get a hernia.

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post #7 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 08:31 PM
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I've plopped mine down twice now. once in a muddy muddy rut. The other time on a 180 switchback in the dirt going 1 MPH with a steep steep incline on the inside of the turn where my foot couldn't find the ground, I landed on my feet.

I picked the bike up myself the second time using the same technique but forgot to put my kickstand down! I was just lucky enough to be able to reach it without having the set the bike down.

No damage to the bike no damage to me but I do see the crash bar is bent a little bit and I need to figure out some way to pull it back out to ensure the bike doesn't hit the next fall.

I have to say I'm really glad I got a bike I can take in the dirt but I sure do need some better tires.

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post #8 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 08:46 PM
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I've dropped mine two or three times. I find it easier to pick up than my DR650 despite the extra hundred pounds. I think it's the lower center of gravity!


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post #9 of 17 Old 11-07-2013, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Gentlemen. Makes me feel a bit better knowing I'm not the only one.

Be safe.
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-08-2013, 12:02 PM
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Been there. Done that. A lot more damage to the ego than the bike. Welcome to the club!

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