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post #1 of 7 Old 08-16-2007, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Dropped it

Well, I finally got around to dropping the Wee... but the good news is that it was in sand

Here's a pic of where it went down...



I was gunning it to get up this sandy hill when I encountered the traction limit of my new Tourance rear tire... just as I was going past a washed-out area... the Wee started falling over to the left and I couldn't get a foot down before momentum took over and down she went.

It was a real struggle to get it upright because I was lifting from a foot lower than the bike but I got it up, wiggled the front wheel around, and pressed the starter... it fired right up... Huzzah for fuel injection! No flooded carb to deal with!

I got back down to the main road and checked her over... some light scuffing on the Givi sidecase and left mirror but that was it.



I thank my lucky stars that I dropped it on this sandy hill rather than some of the other rocky ones I tangled with today... I could have done some real damage.


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post #2 of 7 Old 08-16-2007, 08:48 PM
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If it makes you feel any better, I dropped mine as soon as we got it into the driveway...broke my foot on that one, then dropped it during MSF (Bitten by the box). Superglue is a wonderful fix for the pain in the butt turn signals, by the way.

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What happened to Wee's being more flickable, and better off road? LOL. Easy fella's I'm just kidding. Glad to hear you didn't do any damage to yourself or the Wee.
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What happened to Wee's being more flickable, and better off road? LOL. Easy fella's I'm just kidding. Glad to hear you didn't do any damage to yourself or the Wee.
Hey, the Wee is more lift-able off-road and I'm glad it is... if mine had been a Vee it would still be lying in the dirt! :mrgreen: because I had to lift it up the hard way (facing the bike) as opposed to the "reverse power-lift" method. I tried the reverse lift but could only get it to about a 45-degree angle and then couldn't budge it.


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The "Reverse Power Lift" is a really BAD idea, IMHO. As a person with a ruined back (not from lifting motorcycles) who will never have a pain-free day again the rest of his life, I'd say it's north worth risking your health over. It's really easy to damage your discs that way.pick it up the hard way and lift smart and steady. Ok, I'll stop preaching now.
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Beach sand

I was riding along the beach road and there was a place the sand dune blew onto the road. It didn't look too deep, but the front wheel dug in and the bars pitched. I came out the other side before getting to the point that I was going to have to drop a foot to stop (Fred Flintstone style)
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