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post #1 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Red face How to pick up a bike?

I have a 650 and dropped it 2 weeks ago on a scabby gravel road while turning around (double camber and incompetence).
Having picked up the bike before on tarmac I know the logistics, so I backed up, grabbed the left seat handle and the handlebar grip and couldn't get it more than 2 feet off the ground. It then dawned on me, since the bike's saddle was laying downhill, I was trying to pick up close to the full 450 pound weight, rather than a fraction of it. I considered powering it around on it's side, before common sense kicked in and I got help from a local resident, (fortunately before a logging truck appeared round the bend at 50+mph). Safely on my way..........to town to buy the inevitable replacement turn indicator.
Here's the question..........if I had been a few more miles down the track, it's all forest and there wouldn't have been any houses, so how do you pick it up when it's laying downhill?
PS My separated ribs are now just a dull ache and only hurt when I laugh.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-31-2009, 08:21 PM
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"How to pick up a bike? " You could start by buying it a drink...
But when it is tits up, drag it around until the wheels are downhill. Remove any weight you can to make it easier. Some people have carried rope and a couple of pulleys to rig a tackle but you need something to tie to and chances are they would be in the pannier on the bottom anyway!
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Oh wait...you said bike...

To answer your question, in addition to that mentioned above, things will be made a lot easier if you carry a strap of velcro or something else to lock the front brake. Then the bike won't try to roll away while you're popping out both gonads lifting it up. And of course, lift with your legs, not your back!

Glad to hear that you're on the mend, but the ribs must hurt like hell.

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Make sure it's in gear, so it won't roll. I take off my helmet and go for it right away, so I have the benefit of adrenalin.

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i find it easy

i find it easy after years of rideing 300+ lb 5 and 600 cc thumpers . get close to the bike and left with your legs . when you get to the hard bit push like you were trying to push it over . then stop at the right moment when its up right . when i was young and weighed 120 lbs i got stuck under my yamaha xt 550 and was lucky some kids walked by and helped me out from under it

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All good stuff. If it's on the right side, put the kickstand down, so you won't have to figure out how to keep it from falling while you work your way around to the other side.

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lock the front brake,using the handlebars as a lever with the wheel turned away.Hold the end of the bars and lift. hope this makes sense.
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Thanks for the advice, guys; just to clarify, the bike was on it's left side and in gear. No panniers, but did have Givi bars. The wheels were up the hill maybe a foot higher than the saddle, the camber was towards the drop-off (at least 15 feet away, phew) and the tank was 3/4 full .........I weigh 165.
I think I needed to be carrying a come-along to get that thing back on it's feet.

Hey Yak, Quote: "How to pick up a bike? " You could start by buying it a drink...

This is a VStrom we're talking about, it'd have to buy me a drink.

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The main message here is to put your butt against the bike, get a good grip and lift. Facing the bike and trying to lift it can get one injured.

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The main message here is to put your butt against the bike, get a good grip and lift. Facing the bike and trying to lift it can get one injured.
Precisely... I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that the average 165lb male can squat close to 400 lbs using just their legs (more if they're in a 'shape' other than round... ), and that's what makes it easier to lift the bike back-to instead of front-to.

Despite having the wheels up-hill, there wasn't much more weight on the lower side than there would be if it fell on flat ground. Contrary to popular belief, the weight is almost the same whether the wheels are uphill or downhill. The only difference is some additional portion of the weight of the fuel that's sloshed to the top of the tank.... But that could only be a max increase of maybe 15 lbs on a bad day.
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