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post #1 of 31 Old 08-05-2019, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I dropped it in the driveway...

I have a short, steep driveway (it goes uphill from the garage). I have to ride up the driveway at a bit of an angle to get between my utility trailer and my jeep. Today I lost my balance and couldn't catch it on the downhill side. We just got back from two weeks vacation and I guess I'm just out of practice. The bike went over and I went over, tumbling backwards down the driveway. Scratched up the crash bars and the stock plastic hand guards a little. I rolled backwards bumping the back of my helmet and sliding in my textile suit a little. Thankfully neither the neighbors nor my wife saw it happen. That would have been the biggest injury.
It was a weird, interesting wake up call. I'm grateful to have been wearing all my gear (I always do). It shook me up a little and reminded me how vulnerable I am. I'm trying to view it as a positive experience.
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I've dropped mine a few times, fortunately all were slow speed or no speed. I think many, if not most, have. My first (back in 06) was a tight turn into the companies motorcycle only parking area and using too much front brake. Just a busted turn signal. Oh, and only about 20 co-workers watching.
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Horrors, the embarrassment of being seen.
I gave a guy with a broken down car a ride to Newcombs Ranch to use the phone. Upon arrival he departed my bike before i could deploy the side stand and over i went in front of the Dawn Patrol Gang.
Some clapped and some came to help me back up. No good deed goes unpunished!
Not to worry, it happens all the time!
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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.
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A friend once got off his harley without putting down the sidestand. Crash bars front and rear so the bike sat at a 45 angle on the bars. As we walked away I asked if he was going to pick it up. He said no, just let all the guys in the parking lot think he did it that way on purpose.
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The worst ones happen when your on a slope or sitting on top of a ridge with deep tire grooves on both sides, and you put your foot down, but can't touch the ground. That always sends a shock up my spine because I know what's coming next.. either a lot of effort to save it, or effort later to pick it up again, and you really do not want to roll out into oncoming traffic.
It happens, not a big deal usually.
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In Portugal we have a saying that there are only two types of motorcyclists, those who have already fallen and those who will fall.
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You're not alone. Twice on the same day I got off my bike while forgetting to put down the side stand. Not a good day. Lol
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A friend once got off his harley without putting down the sidestand. Crash bars front and rear so the bike sat at a 45 angle on the bars. As we walked away I asked if he was going to pick it up. He said no, just let all the guys in the parking lot think he did it that way on purpose.
Ive been to Police Motor Comps where many officers remove or zip tie the kick stands on their HDs and just lean them over on the crash bars when parking. Pretty funny to see 5-20 bikes parked that way.
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Soon after I got the bike I had prior to the V-Strom (a Honda CTX700) I dropped it trying to exit my driveway. My drive is steep and ends at a big, curved gutter that lines the street. I tried rolling backwards down the drive and letting the rear wheel roll over the gutter. Big fail and down I went into the street. My neighbor saw me and helped me pick it up. Learned a lesson and always after I turn my bike around completely in the drive before negotiating the gutter front wheel first. Only other time it fell was on its own (sorta). I had it parked in front of a store, but had not checked the slope of the parking space carefully. Came back from shopping and was standing there maybe five away when it fell over. This time the new side cases caught it at about a 45-degree angle. No fuss, no muss.

Yet to drop the V-Strom. Fingers crossed!
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