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post #1 of 28 Old 07-11-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Why I plan to invest in engine protection...

Saturday, July 9, 2011. Approx 10:00, EST.

Gaelton, PA.

Leaving a cafe parking lot, turning back on to West US-6 to continue my 700 mile trek home after a week in Boston/Danbury/Tunkhannock.

Sharp right turn downhill at 3-5 MPH. A car coming up the hill in my lane. With a gut-reactionary handful of front brake to keep me out of her path, my handlebar tilts to full lock. Velocity drops to 0 (along with my balance).

The right foot goes out, searching for support...but finds only air as it drops 6 inches onto the low downhill side of the bike. I've already gained a falling velocity with my recently filled tank, and when my boot finds gravel, the wraith of gravity has already taken a strangle hold.

Going...going...going...OH $**T...gone.

With all the agility and grace of a flipped cat, I land safely on both feet. My iron and plastic steed is not so lucky. The elderly woman driving up the hill pulls over and steps out. "I'm so sorry! I'm so sorry!" The look on her face tells me her sentiment is genuine, but I'm only angry at myself anyways. A little more caution and foresight would have prevented this tragedy for my beautiful Beatrix (Blue K7 650).

"Gotta get her outa traffic." I step to the low side, sink to my haunches, pull the right side control in tight, and with the small of my back to her seat, I give a hefty heave and lift. I've never lifted a downed bike bigger than my old RT-180, so I'm surpirsed how quickly the Strom comes back up with this previously unpracticed technique.

I wheel Beatrix to the side of the road, drop the kick stand, and take a deep breath before I assess Damage Control.

Surprisingly, the only victims are a turn signal assembly, a knocked tip of the brake lever, and an unnatural bend to my throttle side Napolean Bar-End. All body work looks clean. No leaking fluids. Breath exhaled.

I assure Grandma that I'm completely fine, that it was not in the least bit her fault, and I thank her for her time and concern.

Re-saddle myself. Flick the kill switch back to on (hm..I don't remember killing the engine before going down...strange) and she rumbles back to life. A few parking lot figure-8s to verify steering and control. Head over to the local carquest for a new bulb and some electricians tape, and I piece back together the signal.

All in all, I got lucky. I'm sorry Beatrix, Daddy loves you and he promises to never drop you again (I hope). They say there's a first for everything. Well, whoever "They" are, they were right.

All in all, after an 1800 mile trip solo, I've ended up with an excuse to switch to Buell signals, I get the shortened lever I always wanted, that mirror never looked right anyways, and now I rub my hands together hungrily as I consider a SW-Motech protective convenience makeover (Bars/Guard/Centerstand). Not too shabby.

Ride safe, folks. Keep the shiny side up, and may all your inevitable get-offs be done exiting parking lots at low speed with nobody around to run you over/laugh at you.
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. . . may all your inevitable get-offs be done exiting parking lots at low speed with nobody around to run you over/laugh at you.
As if. I invariably drop it with a Standing Room Only audience. They just shake their heads and walk away. Sorry about the drop, but like you, I've learned to regard damage as an opportunity. When I had a Concours there was a permanent thread on their forum on dropping, so people could commiserate.

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A car coming up the hill in my lane.
I assure Grandma... that it was not in the least bit her fault...
Does not compute.
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yup. just dropped my wee last night at the hotel, in the parking lot at 0mph, last night of a 25 day 9000 mile trip. gotta get them crash bars. I don't think there's even a scratch on the bars or handguards or anything.
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i dunno, but it sounds like danthemanc1 and rconti's experiences argue for the superfluousness of additional protection.

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Knock wood but I've been riding street bikes for 26 years and never dropped a bike...I've had one tip over parked due to soft asphalt. If I had to do it over again I'd probably pass on the crash bars on my wee.

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[...] the only victims are a turn signal assembly, a knocked tip of the brake lever, and an unnatural bend to my throttle side Napolean Bar-End. All body work looks clean. No leaking fluids.
So, why do you need engine protection then?
I thought this was going to be an oil thread...
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i dunno, but it sounds like danthemanc1 and rconti's experiences argue for the superfluousness of additional protection.
Thanks, I thought perhaps I misunderstood something. Maybe those guys work for the TSA: regardless of the outcome of an incident, the result is always more money spent on dubious protections.

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Dropping a motorcycle or get offs= matter of when, not if. Glad you and your bike are ok. I'm planning on the same additions to my bike. And just like the rule of thumb for dropping a bike it will be a matter when, not if.

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In nearly 20 years of riding and over a million kilometres, I have dropped bikes three times.
Twice the bike was stationary, and once it was moving at 50 some km/h when I hit a patch of ice.

One drop caused no damage, and the other two combined cost me three turn signals and one brake lever. That's a lot less money than crash bars.

If you want to spend money on your bike instead of riding it, that's fine, but don't try to justify it this way. I advise you to spend the money on gas, or maybe ABS; those two items, combined with luggage space are the only real things of value when you're talking about motorcycles.
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