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post #11 of 31 Old 08-06-2019, 05:59 PM
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There was a time when embarrassment would have been my bigger concern. Now if I drop the bike and I'm okay I could care less about the bike or who saw it.

Pick it up, dust yourself off and enjoy the day. Life is too short to worry with a few superficial scratches or pride.
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post #12 of 31 Old 08-06-2019, 08:23 PM
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So I've been watching some videos about getting on and off a bike with luggage. I have a '14 Vee with Givi boxes and have been using the method of standing on the peg in order to get on without banging into the Outbacks. I've also seen videos where the rider gets on and off on the right side of the bike, which I'd never done. I was in this parking lot downtown and thought I'd practice dismounting on the right side. Well, I put my weight, which is considerable, on the right peg and felt the bike going over. I tried to stop it but it was just too far gone. It fell over on my leg and I landed on my hip (my wallet actually!) with my helmet on the nerf bar of the SUV in the next space. Luckily I wasn't hurt that bad, although putting my socks on was a bit of a challenge for a week or two. An older gentleman with a German accent, probably a tourist, came running over and grabbed the bike and started to pull it up and I tried to tell him there's a right way and a wrong way to pick up a motorcycle and leaning over and lifting with the back isn't the right way at all. We eventually got it back on its tires. I got a scrape on the handguard and one on the crashbar, both of which were pretty easily remedied, but I will admit, I was a little cautions with the bike for a while. Seems just as you really get comfortable with a bike, disaster comes along...
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post #13 of 31 Old 08-06-2019, 08:59 PM
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Its actually cruel and inhumane to not let your bike have a good lay down nap once in a while.

Mine went over a few weeks ago on flat smooth concrete right right in my carport. I was tired, hot and lazy while deploying my side stand after a long ride. Didn't quite fully deploy the stand and while leaning it and reaching for the key, the stand folded and over we went. I wrenched my right thumb trying to keep the bike upright. My son did the same thing in his school parking lot the year before so the smirk he was wearing didn't last too long.
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post #14 of 31 Old 08-06-2019, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by scab View Post
Dropped an '85 Goldwing in the parking lot at quitting time. Got her started, remembered something, shut her off and went to dismount but forgot to deploy the side stand again. Boom, all 850 pounds laying on her side. I jumped up and stood her back up and looked around to see if anyone saw me.

Had double-hernia surgery shortly after that. Now I'm the only guy I know with a C-section scar.
Truly sorry that happened. That last sentence though should have been worded differently though. Embarrassingly enough I laughed so hard on that statement. no offense but funny is funny
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post #15 of 31 Old 08-07-2019, 11:02 AM
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A slow drop is about the best way you can have your bike touch down. And it's surprisingly common. Even very experienced riders occasionally drop a bike at slow speeds and in driveways or yards. Don't feel bad, take it as you said - a good wake up lesson. And it might be worthwhile practicing the friction zone slow crawl foot paddle. We all can use it sometime.

My favorite drop was when I was about 19, on my first "big bike" Suzuki GS750E. I got tilted too far waiting at a stoplight on an unlevel road, and the bike dropped over on me (despite my struggle to keep it upright). My leg got pinned under it, and this little old lady about 70 years old was standing at the corner and came over and helped me get my leg out and lift the bike! It doesn't get any more embarrassing than that. I would have given anything for that to have happened in my own driveway instead.
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post #16 of 31 Old 08-07-2019, 11:35 AM
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Dropped a 2017 Versys 1000 in the driveway...lots of hurt pride but we ride on.
Back in the 70's/80's I dropped a number of bikes...on the road at speed. Different story. I got better.
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post #17 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 04:20 AM
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Everyone has the embarrassing drop eventually, I've tipped two bikes over the years. Tipped over once pulling up to a stop light because my shoe lace caught on the peg and I couldn't get my foot down before the weight was too much. Everyone at the intersection saw that one, that was my own wake-up call. The next day I bought proper riding boots. The second time was similar to your case, I was maneuvering on a sloped driveway and the weight got away from me and down I went.

The occasional wake-up call is what keeps us on our toes and conscious of, as you say, how vulnerable we are. Glad you're ok, the bike is easily fixed and the ego heals with time.
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post #18 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 05:07 AM
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I've dropped my Wee 3 times so far. The first time I was riding on a fire road in thick gravel and the front wheel washed out at about 20 mph. Just got a couple scratches on the crash bar and hand guard.
The other 2 times I was riding across the top of a hill stopped and put my foot down on nothing, by the time my foot found ground it was over too far to catch it. All 3 times it was rider error and a learning experience.
One thing that I learned was once it gets past the point of no return just let it go, I don,t want to hurt myself trying to stop it.
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post #19 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by North rider View Post
In Portugal we have a saying that there are only two types of motorcyclists, those who have already fallen and those who will fall.
In the diving world, the saying is a bit different but much better: There are two kinds of divers, those who pee in their suit and those who deny it.

Anyway, haven't dropped my bike yet, but came close a couple of times. All at low speed or when I'm manoeuvering the bike rearwards into the garage. I just know it's going to happen eventually.

The garage is a tricky one by the way. It's narrow so it's all to easy to get trapped between the bike and the garage wall, or other stuff stacked against the walls. That had a potential for a really bad outcome.
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post #20 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by RCE1 View Post
Well, I put my weight, which is considerable, on the right peg and felt the bike going over. I tried to stop it but it was just too far gone. It fell over on my leg and I landed on my hip (my wallet actually!)

This is why the rich people have less health problems. Fall on fatter wallet
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