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post #1 of 52 Old 05-10-2007, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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If You Dropped Your Strom - How Did You Do It?



I'm a bit of a realist and understand that there are really two kinds of bikes those that have not been dropped yet (or lied about) and those that have been dropped.

Please understand that there are many ways to drop a bike, I've heard at least 132 different ways.

Let's face it, it happens at all kinds of different times.

I dropped my V-Strom one day while installing Progressive Springs in the forks.

Picture this - I had the handlebars off and the bike on an ATV/Motorcycle lift.

I had the left side completed and was just finishing up installing the right side spring. The fork cap was giving me fits, so I decided to take the bike a little higher to take the pressure off so I could get the fork cap back on. Well, that put the bike a little too high to get good leverage on the fork cap. So I decided to lower it.

How did that work? Not too good!

When the front tire came in contact with the floor, the completed left side was much stiffer than the right side without a spring in it. As the bike started to go over, I went to grab it. However, the handlebars were not on the bike and over it went. I was lucky enough to have it fall towards me, so I was able to kind of let it down slowly. After it laid on the ground, I put the handlebars back on and was able to get the bike back up.

It can happen in so many ways, this was just one example.

What is your experience?

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post #2 of 52 Old 05-10-2007, 08:50 PM
 
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I was trying to push my week old Vee up a gentle incline in the snow, and my feet slid out from under me. I did my best to impede it's fall, and all I got was a broken indicator, a small crack by the screw in the handguard, and a small scratch in the paint on the left pillion footpeg.

I was completely heart-broken, give how new the bike was. But it was relatively cheap to fix, and I was impressed with how resilient the rest of it was!
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Made the mistake of trying to mount my Wee like my cruiser - by stepping through it. My inseam is not quite that long, and I came down still left of center instead of centered on the saddle. Timber! . . . right into a bush next to my shed. No damage except to my pride, especially with my GF laughing her butt off at the sight. That bush hasn't fully recovered to this day.

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Dropped mine at one week old while putting the key in the gas tank, station attendant said something to me and my son thought it was me saying ok for him to get off. Needless to say 130 lbs on one footpeg when you don't have a hold of the bike sends it over pretty quick. I managed to catch it and just kinda gently set it down. Minor scuff on the end weight and hand guard. And one Very frightened 13 Y.O. Picked it up filled it up continued on our way after I told him it was ok. And then he laughed hysterically when I had to pull off the road a few miles down becuase it had crushed the cookies and I needed to catch my breath and adjust them.
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Twice. First was at the empty MSF course, where I was practicing really tight (and slow) S-curves. Rats! Second time I had just filled up the tank (ergo, top heavy) and needed to come to a full stop to wait for traffic to clear. Got the cuff of my riding pants caught on the footpeg. Freed it too late to stop a tipover, but soon enough to get my tootsie out from under the bike.
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post #6 of 52 Old 05-10-2007, 10:20 PM
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Entirely gracelessly is how I did mine. Killed a cold engine in a low speed turn and fell over both times.

And then there was the kick-stand-ain't-all-the-way-down fiasco in front of the whole Sunday riding crowd. That one was painful to the ol' ego!

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... fiasco in front of the whole Sunday riding crowd. That one was painful to the ol' ego!
+1 Dropped mine in front of the SoCal Stromtroopers trying to make a hard 90 from a stop in 2nd gear. *motor* cough, stall, plop! In front of God and a shitload of Wee riders. Oh, the shame!!!!
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Just like many others, went to get off of it part way through a ride to check the chain adjustment that I had just completed. Was pretty sure the sidestand was all the way down, but must not have been as she went over on her left side as I dismounted. One broken clutch lever and scuffed GIVI sidecase and crash bars. Thank God, no one saw it except the cows in the pasture.

And only 300 miles on it to boot! :mad:

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I didn't drop her in "garage-situations" YET! But I drop her in a MC safety course. There was a slalom-exercise with long and wide curves. Speed was about 50 kph. Based on my performance in the morning I thought I can do it with higher speed and with pegs scrapping. Well, at the first few curves I could, but I focused too much on leaning the bike and didn't pay enough attention on the road surface. There was a 10 inch wide stripe right on the side of the track with shiny smooth surface. I went on it right in the middle of a tight lefter. Rear tyre immediately slip out and we were down. My left foot was between the road and the bike, so no major damage on her but on my peg.
It was about 5 weeks ago and I am still lame in left leg.

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Well, it happens

One cold morning going to a patriot gaurd ride for a fallen soldier I pulled out onto the highway.... after checking for traffic to merge I look forward and theres a nice minivan at a dead stop in my lane.... couldn't aviod it, but I didn't hit it square.... caught her left rear 1/4 and that threw me on my right side sliding across the highway.... I was so lucky, I had the bike up and pushing it to the outer shoulder before anyone could even get out there vehicles. 0730 and 32 degrees.... the trooper asked "what in the hell are you riding for?". Niether one of us got a ticket, a blinker and gear shifter later I was back and running. I can't believe how well the lil Strom took all that. Def. proved itself to me.

Second time I was at Deals Gap and just loaded up the bike for the ride home.... went to turnaround... and well wasn't used to the weight of a fully loaded bike. So at damn near a stand still it laid over and rested on the hard bags.... maybe it was tired.....lol

All in all, this little bike wins my heart everytime I ride it.

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