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post #1 of 24 Old 05-29-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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dropped it today, need advice

I dropped my 650 today. At idle, not moving. Fell on left side, crash bar and rear case took the brunt of the force. Everything seems fine except my confidence...anything I should pay particular attention to on the bike in the short term??

I'm new at this and I feel like an idiot.
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-29-2011, 05:03 PM
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I dropped my 650 today. At idle, not moving. Fell on left side, crash bar and rear case took the brunt of the force. Everything seems fine except my confidence...anything I should pay particular attention to on the bike in the short term??

I'm new at this and I feel like an idiot.
New at dropping your bike? Don't worry, you'll get good at it. It's taken me 4 times to perfect it.

The Strom is a pretty tall bike and it can be a tricky one to learn on.

I've got a number of miles on bikes and attribute my Strom tip-overs to my short legs...well that, and my short attention span.

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If it runs ok, and looks OK its probably only injury is your pride.
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Probably most of us have done that at one point, or several points. Eventually you'll get used to the top-heaviness, and you'll learn to be conscious of the ground surface when stopped -- dips or holes that mean a longer reach, sand or leaves that will make your foot slip, etc. After I dropped my first strom for the 3rd time, I lowered the bike 3/4" (longer dog bones in the rear and raised the forks in the triple clamps) until I felt more comfortable and confident. Then I raised it back up to normal and have been fine ever since.

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You are in good company. The phrase "I've never dropped a bike" should have the modifier "yet" at the end. Over at the Concours forum they have a thread called Connie Droppers Anonymous. At least Stroms don't need a whole gaggle of do-rags and unkempt beards to get it back on its hooves.

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Aren't you glad you thought to get the crash bars before the drop? You can give yourself a pat on the back for that one. My only advice would be to do what I did not do after my drop: if your bar is scratched or nicked, lightly sand and apply a touch of satin black before any rust sets in. I procrastinated a year and then had to sand pretty rigorously to remove the ever-expanding rust spot. Of course, you may appreciate the way it looks now - like it's seen some action.
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Yep, all of us honest people have done it!

Hard to believe how easy it can go over if your foot slips, or you lean over to look at the oil window, etc. Don't forget it, but don't stress over it either. The zero mph learning moments are the best ones.

Now it has a scratch and you don't have to dread that coming....so get out there and enjoy it!

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Red face Duh...

How'd you like to get peeled off your bike by a chain stretched across a driveway at night and be so knackered by the fall you have to go take a rest before trying to get the beast up on it's wheels again? Oh yeah! Thought I was gonna drop a nut getting that sucker back up, but I did it with brute force and ignorance. Bike didn't get a scratch. Unbelievable.

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I dropped my 650 today. At idle, not moving. Fell on left side, crash bar and rear case took the brunt of the force. Everything seems fine except my confidence...anything I should pay particular attention to on the bike in the short term??

I'm new at this and I feel like an idiot.
First post to tell us you dropped your bike!! Welcome to the club.

Last time I did it, it was on a soft shoulder of the road. Got off the bike, turned my back for a second and my VEE ended almost completely upside down in the ditch. Had to stop a couple cars to get enough people to help get it back on the road.

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I dropped my 650 today. At idle, not moving. Fell on left side, crash bar and rear case took the brunt of the force. Everything seems fine except my confidence...anything I should pay particular attention to on the bike in the short term??

I'm new at this and I feel like an idiot.
Well, the first thing you do when you drop the bike is buy everyone else a beer. How else do you join the club?

Dropped mine on the left on my second ride and the right on my fourth ride......and haven't dropped it since! It kicked my confidence in the balls too so the first thing I did was change the links and drop the bike 3/4 of an inch. The reason I dropped the Beast was that in both cases, I thought I was in first gear and when it stalled.....timbeeeeer.

Don't worry about it. Your brain will adjust to the weight of the bike and soon it wont be an issue. If you lower the bike and have good footing but still keep dropping the bike on your 100th ride then you have an issue.
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