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post #1 of 31 Old 11-04-2019, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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the sea was angry that day my friends...

Huge winds last week. I park my bike every day at the subway/metro. I make sure my side stand is up against the curb. When I came back from work the bike had fallen down. Should I have been better in the center stand? The wind must have pushed the bike forward and this caused the stand to go up. No damage to the bike other than the reflector on the fork was bent.
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Prob should have left it in gear
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I am glad there is no real damage. I can't tell much about the slope, if any that the bike was parked on.

I always park facing uphill in low gear with the side stand side lower if at all possible.

Then again strong enough winds move cars and trucks around and there is not much you can do against those winds.

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yup. uphill and in gear. all the Suzukis I've had have been prone to falling forward off their side stands.
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No hill, all flat. I did not think to ever leave it in gear...good eye cyclops...good eye... :-)

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My Experience: I NEVER park my bike in neutral!!!
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My DL650 got blown over three times. I live in the Tri-cities area of WA state at the time which is known for 45 to 60 mph winds in the spring carrying huge amounts of dust that got int everything. During the Manhattan project they were referred to as termination winds. After these winds kicked up the next day wives convinced their husbands the jobs weren't worth it and there would be mass terminations.

My pelican cases saved my bike form any damage all three times. Like a second set of crash bars for the bike.
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In the 90's I had an '82 Seca 750 with full factory fairing, it got blown over in a high wind and cracked the plastic up pretty badly.

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Yep, when in doubt, I always turn the bike off and put it in first, and then roll it forward until all the slack in the driveline is taken up, and then put it down on the sidestand. That way it can't roll forward.
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Yep, when in doubt, I always turn the bike off and put it in first, and then roll it forward until all the slack in the driveline is taken up, and then put it down the sidestand. That way it can't roll forward.
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