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post #1 of 13 Old 09-23-2010, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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My First (and hopefully only) Tip-over

I had my first (and hopefully last) tip-over today on my Wee. I was slowly stopping at a traffic light that had just turned yellow when I noticed that a car was coming up behind me fast. I was watching her in my mirror seeing if she was slowing when I went to put my left foot down for the stop. I guess my focus was on making sure that she was stopping because I didn't realize that the road was in rough condition and a little banked. When I got to the place where I thought the road should be with my left foot, there was nothing there. By that point, the bike was already in motion going down. I tried to stop it but couldn't. It caught my leg awkwardly and I went down with the bike.

Luckily, I was able to escape with only a broken left turn signal, a broken clutch lever, a bent bar-end weight bolt, a scuffed bar-end weight, and a significantly bruised ego. The woman in the car was able to pull into the right lane to dodge me. At least she asked me if I was ok before she sped away when the light turned green. I'm not sure if I would have been able to pick the bike up by myself or not. A guy pulled over and helped me lift the bike before I could try. I figured that I would eventually drop the bike but thought that it would probably happen when I was parking the bike. I didn't think that it would happen in traffic.

I guess now I need to start researching replacement parts on Oneida and begin patching up my ego.
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I stopped counting around tip over #50.

The Strom is equally happy standing up, or lying down.

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I stopped counting around tip over #50.

The Strom is equally happy standing up, or lying down.
That made my day!

I just got my baby today, took her around the block ten times to get use to her and as I'm stopping in front of my garage door, she wants to lay down! DAMN! I caught her but I doubt anyone under 200 pounds would of kept her up.

I'm pissed with the Givi crash bars. The VERY FIRST thing I wanted to do, before I took her out is put the bars on but the pressed in fitting is spinning around and I can't tighten the upper portion of them (little add on triangle). That is a bad design and there should have been a weld there or mechanical fastener. No wonder some people are complaining that they rattle. Anywho, going to call my supplier tomorrow and see if he will allow me to weld them and if it doesn't take, change them for me.

Then I'm thinking....maybe that 3/4 inch drop is not a bad idea.
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Chuck, I am trying to say this tactfully...you'll do it again. I've been riding a lot of years and am a pretty good rider. Once in awhile one just does a goof and over she goes.

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Tipped mine over at a light this summer.
Third summer riding (so I'm just cocky enough to think I can do it all, eh?)
On my way home, pull up to the light. As usual.
0515a and alone at the intersection. As usual.
Drop down the left foot and skitter over some gravel. As usual.
Suddenly feel nothing under the foot and slide into a pothole. Not usual.

I fought hard. I think the traffic lights cycled twice, haha. I hopped on one foot for a while. I realized I needed more strength from my left arm, but it was immobilized by freezing the clutch. As I tried to reposition and stretch for the kill switch, I lost it and went over. (I made it to the killy though...I know because it took me 45 seconds to figure out why I couldn't start it once I got upright again.)

Somehow the only damage was the ball-end of the clutch lever. I found it on the road. Should I start a thread about re-attaching it?

And of course the hit to the ego. I couldn't even get my right thumb to the kill without dropping it! Somehow as I was rolling around on the ashphalt, my brain synchronized my embarrasment by connecting two Sean Connery movies.
"I was trying my best" I heard my brain say.
"Your best?" said Sean Connery. "Losers always whine about their Best; winners go home and **** the prom queen"
To which Sean continued "you couldn't even reach your thumb up to that red switch while holding the bike with your other arm? I once fought a man with only my right thumb...but not the left, that was too powerful for him."

And so I rode home, alone and in the dark. As usual.
But only after being castigated by Sean Connery. Not usual.
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I don't know why but my first one just popped into my mind. I thought I had purged it from my memory banks.

It was the summer of 1965 and I was sitting on a Triumph Bonneville at a stop light. I started leaning right and left, you know, fooling around and, whoops, over she went. The light turned green and I am red faced trying to get it up with a line of cars honking at me to hurry up. Talk about embarrassed.
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(I made it to the killy though...I know because it took me 45 seconds to figure out why I couldn't start it once I got upright again.)
45 Seconds? This man is a friggin genius. Usually takes me 45 minutes.

And, dear Chuck, be embarrassed but not alone in the dark. Here is a sign my daughter made for me when I had the old Concours. Complete with removable numbers. There is an entire forum on the Concours page dedicated to stories like yours.

And indeed, you can lift it by yourself. The Connie was a bit more of a problem but I got pretty good at it.

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