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post #1 of 23 Old 08-01-2007, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dropping stroms???

Im just wondering why it seems most people here have dropped their bike. Maybe its because im used to lugging around the bird at low speeds (which is a real torture) but the strom feels nice and easy to me. Especially at a stop I can barley put any weight just on my toes and she feels perfectly stable. But on this and "the other forum" I keep reading stories of it.

now Im goin to knock on wood for making this post, but luckily Ive had my fall (since you lay one down sooner or later) with my CBR600F3 into a snow bank :mrgreen:

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-01-2007, 01:33 PM
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I did a survey a while back on the issue of dropping Bikes.

https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=11100

Here are the results:

Never Dropped my V-Strom or any other bike 36 18.75%
Dropped V-Strom but not other bikes 40 20.83%
Dropped Other bikes but not V-Strom 50 26.04%
Dropped other Bikes and V-Strom 66 34.38%
Voters: 192.

It looks to me that there is not a great deal of difference between how often Stroms are dropped vs other bikes.

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Visit any BMW GS centric forum to hear the same. If you haven't dropped that bike several times, you've owned it less than a month.

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IMHO it's clearly the high center of gravity. I have almost dropped the Wee twice in the first 2 weeks. I have never even come anywhere close to dropping my old Buell Blast (which has an extremely low center of gravity). When I had my first close call with the Wee (maneuvering around with my feet down in the parking lot) I was stunned that I almost didn't have the strength to get the bike up from a couple of degrees lean (while standing still) and I'm 6'3" and fairly strong. The Blast, I could lean to whatever angle I wanted while standing still and easily tip back up.

I ordered engine-guards last week, because it is pretty clear to me now that I WILL someday drop this bike :???:
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I agree with artcore. I'm 6'0, the seat height on my Wee is about 33 inches or so...in order to touch the ground with both boots I'm up on the balls of my feet.

On my buddy's honda, which is only 26 inches or so at the seat, I can keep both boots flat on the ground...and also have my feet out farther and still feel stable. On the Strom, if it starts going over, it's going over. It's too top heavy for me to keep up with pure force of muscle alone. I'm not a small guy, either.

That's why when I bought it, first thing I did was put on frame sliders and swing arm sliders before I rode it. And thank god I did, i've dropped it twice this summer. Once on my first ride, as I was getting used to it, and again last week on purpose to avoid getting creamed by a wayward automobile.
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IMHO it's clearly the high center of gravity.
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And yet Stroms don't seem to be dropped significantly more than other bikes.

I suspect that people that have *not* dropped their Stroms (or any other bike) don't want to say so for fear of jinxing themselves. You are only going to hear of people that *have* dropped their Stroms.

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I'm feeling brave...
Haven't yet dropped the strom. It's been about 3-1/2 months, and 4250 miles!
I'm tall, so it's easier for me to handle than some others.
Also, have previous ST1100 experience. I did drop that one in the yard, slowly.
The wee feels like a feather weight in comparison.
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Visit any BMW GS centric forum to hear the same. If you haven't dropped that bike several times, you've owned it less than a month.
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i have it for a month and i dropped it 3 times. :mrgreen:

1st was right in dealer parking lot with 1 mile on bike i got on it and the right side was on down slope so i could not put my foot down .It was just a soft lay down i held it all the way down.

2nd time was in gravel when i found out how bad the stock rear tire handles dirt, anyway it was 0mph crash i just spinned the rear tire and bike got sideways so i had to lay it down. This one was the most damage scratches from rocks to the fender

3d time was my stupidity. I was standing on red light facing uphill and once the light turn green i revved up and fkn unintentionally dropped the clutch lever to quick:rolleyes: the bike jumped sideway and i had to gently lay it down again.

Well I'm 5.6 with 28 inseam so it's a bit challenging to held her up once she goes. I do have few years of experience riding sports bikes and Wee was the one that got dropped the most at 0mph.
I still love this awesome bike , just need to get use to heavy top end.

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