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post #21 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 01:45 PM
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The only time I dropped my Strom in 7 years of ownership was once at the end of my driveway.
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post #22 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 07:18 PM
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Did the very same in my driveway with a similar arrangement on a steep concrete slab. (Twice, if I'm honest!) At least my roll aways were graceful.
Then again, I bought a rough Wee Strom so I wouldn't be scared to add to its "patina." Been a couple decades since I've ridden, so the low speed stuff is requiring much practice.
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post #23 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 08:45 PM
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My big fall happened after meeting my wife for lunch. She followed me home.
Stopped at a red light going to turn left. Blinker on. Kitty corner is a 12 year old or so on a bike holding himself up with a hand on the crosswalk lamp post.
Light goes left turn green arrow and the do not walk sign is on.
I give him a long eye contact moment to make sure he is NOT going to ride across in front of me and against the do not walk. Satisfied I start my turn and damn if the kid doesn't launch himself.
Hit the brakes or hit the kid. Bad choices either way. I am leaned so when I brake I go right down.
New rule in house. My wife will never follow me on the bike ever again.
I still wonder if that kid was smart (and evil) enough to bait me into the trap....
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post #24 of 31 Old 08-08-2019, 09:12 PM
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Wish I had a dollar for every time I dropped a bike over the last 40 years. Back when drinking and riding wasn’t such a big deal, I was on a Harley and pretty loaded. I dropped it it at every stop light trying to get out of town. I finally had to stop at a gas station and add two quarts of oil because so much had drained out of it from being on its side. Glory days. Don’t miss them a bit.
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post #25 of 31 Old 08-10-2019, 11:53 PM
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I dismounted my Wee on the right side of my Wee, when parked in my garage, and it ended up on too of me. It was a bitch to get it uprights, as I was very close to the wall. I guess I;m al little to heavy to stand on the right peg fot dismount.
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post #26 of 31 Old 08-14-2019, 02:59 PM
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I've owned six bikes since 2002; only one I haven't laid down yet is my 2007 Yamaha FJR1300; my 2009 DL650 Vstrom has gone down twice in the last 4-years. Guess I should park the FJR in the front yard and lay it over on purpose; just to get it over with!
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post #27 of 31 Old 08-16-2019, 01:50 PM
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I was on a road trip with a couple buddies recently, bike loaded with camping gear, and was backing into a parking spot at a tourist attraction. Turned the bike too sharply and couldn't keep it upright, dropped it in front of about 20 people. Good times. One of the audience ran over and helped me pick it up, so that was nice.

A month before that I was riding in dirt and crashed hard, scratched it up pretty well and broke some plastic. Sad but at least I don't worry about the parking lot drops any more, the bike's not pristine and I've grown immune to embarrassment (mostly!).

Friend of mine dropped his Triumph in his garage and broke his ankle, I'll take a few scratches to the paint over that any day.

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post #28 of 31 Old 08-16-2019, 01:54 PM
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All bikes drop.

I don't believe I have one in my stable that I hadn't one way or another dropped. All are minor except the Vstrom. that was a big drop and ended up with a broken collar bone. LOL

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post #29 of 31 Old 08-16-2019, 07:47 PM
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My second time backing it out of the shop, lost my footing on the right side and watched in slow motion as I fell sideways
just knowing my right leg was going to be caught underneath and then snapping when I hit the ground. Luckily that didn't happen
but I did separate a rib on my right side and hit something with my left shin that caused a huge baseball sized knot to pop up there.
The rib is good now but still have some mild pain in left shin area. Long way of saying I now back the bike out by walking it to the driveway. Am so glad I had put the givi bars on it a week prior. No damage. Needless to say my neighbor's wife saw me and
proceeded to call my wife to let her know what happened LOL.
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post #30 of 31 Old 08-17-2019, 01:54 AM
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I've dropped the Wee twice and the Connie three times, once in the driveway, once in the carport, and the last time in the basement. I'll most likely do it again. My advice is, when you buy a bike, just go ahead and kick it over and get done with it.
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