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I have a short, steep driveway (it goes uphill from the garage). I have to ride up the driveway at a bit of an angle to get between my utility trailer and my jeep. Today I lost my balance and couldn't catch it on the downhill side. We just got back from two weeks vacation and I guess I'm just out of practice. The bike went over and I went over, tumbling backwards down the driveway. Scratched up the crash bars and the stock plastic hand guards a little. I rolled backwards bumping the back of my helmet and sliding in my textile suit a little. Thankfully neither the neighbors nor my wife saw it happen. That would have been the biggest injury.
It was a weird, interesting wake up call. I'm grateful to have been wearing all my gear (I always do). It shook me up a little and reminded me how vulnerable I am. I'm trying to view it as a positive experience.
 

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I've dropped mine a few times, fortunately all were slow speed or no speed. I think many, if not most, have. My first (back in 06) was a tight turn into the companies motorcycle only parking area and using too much front brake. Just a busted turn signal. Oh, and only about 20 co-workers watching.
 

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Horrors, the embarrassment of being seen.
I gave a guy with a broken down car a ride to Newcombs Ranch to use the phone. Upon arrival he departed my bike before i could deploy the side stand and over i went in front of the Dawn Patrol Gang.
Some clapped and some came to help me back up. No good deed goes unpunished!
Not to worry, it happens all the time!:grin2:
 

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Dropped an '85 Goldwing in the parking lot at quitting time. Got her started, remembered something, shut her off and went to dismount but forgot to deploy the side stand again. Boom, all 850 pounds laying on her side. I jumped up and stood her back up and looked around to see if anyone saw me.

Had double-hernia surgery shortly after that. Now I'm the only guy I know with a C-section scar.
 

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A friend once got off his harley without putting down the sidestand. Crash bars front and rear so the bike sat at a 45° angle on the bars. As we walked away I asked if he was going to pick it up. He said no, just let all the guys in the parking lot think he did it that way on purpose.
 

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The worst ones happen when your on a slope or sitting on top of a ridge with deep tire grooves on both sides, and you put your foot down, but can't touch the ground. That always sends a shock up my spine because I know what's coming next.. either a lot of effort to save it, or effort later to pick it up again, and you really do not want to roll out into oncoming traffic.
It happens, not a big deal usually.
 

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A friend once got off his harley without putting down the sidestand. Crash bars front and rear so the bike sat at a 45° angle on the bars. As we walked away I asked if he was going to pick it up. He said no, just let all the guys in the parking lot think he did it that way on purpose.
I’ve been to Police Motor Comps where many officers remove or zip tie the kick stands on their HD’s and just lean them over on the crash bars when parking. Pretty funny to see 5-20 bikes parked that way.
 

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Soon after I got the bike I had prior to the V-Strom (a Honda CTX700) I dropped it trying to exit my driveway. My drive is steep and ends at a big, curved gutter that lines the street. I tried rolling backwards down the drive and letting the rear wheel roll over the gutter. Big fail and down I went into the street. My neighbor saw me and helped me pick it up. Learned a lesson and always after I turn my bike around completely in the drive before negotiating the gutter front wheel first. Only other time it fell was on its own (sorta). I had it parked in front of a store, but had not checked the slope of the parking space carefully. Came back from shopping and was standing there maybe five away when it fell over. This time the new side cases caught it at about a 45-degree angle. No fuss, no muss.

Yet to drop the V-Strom. Fingers crossed!
 

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There was a time when embarrassment would have been my bigger concern. Now if I drop the bike and I'm okay I could care less about the bike or who saw it.

Pick it up, dust yourself off and enjoy the day. Life is too short to worry with a few superficial scratches or pride.
 

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So I've been watching some videos about getting on and off a bike with luggage. I have a '14 Vee with Givi boxes and have been using the method of standing on the peg in order to get on without banging into the Outbacks. I've also seen videos where the rider gets on and off on the right side of the bike, which I'd never done. I was in this parking lot downtown and thought I'd practice dismounting on the right side. Well, I put my weight, which is considerable, on the right peg and felt the bike going over. I tried to stop it but it was just too far gone. It fell over on my leg and I landed on my hip (my wallet actually!) with my helmet on the nerf bar of the SUV in the next space. Luckily I wasn't hurt that bad, although putting my socks on was a bit of a challenge for a week or two. An older gentleman with a German accent, probably a tourist, came running over and grabbed the bike and started to pull it up and I tried to tell him there's a right way and a wrong way to pick up a motorcycle and leaning over and lifting with the back isn't the right way at all. We eventually got it back on its tires. I got a scrape on the handguard and one on the crashbar, both of which were pretty easily remedied, but I will admit, I was a little cautions with the bike for a while. Seems just as you really get comfortable with a bike, disaster comes along...
 

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Its actually cruel and inhumane to not let your bike have a good lay down nap once in a while.

Mine went over a few weeks ago on flat smooth concrete right right in my carport. I was tired, hot and lazy while deploying my side stand after a long ride. Didn't quite fully deploy the stand and while leaning it and reaching for the key, the stand folded and over we went. I wrenched my right thumb trying to keep the bike upright. My son did the same thing in his school parking lot the year before so the smirk he was wearing didn't last too long.
 

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Dropped an '85 Goldwing in the parking lot at quitting time. Got her started, remembered something, shut her off and went to dismount but forgot to deploy the side stand again. Boom, all 850 pounds laying on her side. I jumped up and stood her back up and looked around to see if anyone saw me.

Had double-hernia surgery shortly after that. Now I'm the only guy I know with a C-section scar.
Truly sorry that happened. That last sentence though should have been worded differently though. Embarrassingly enough I laughed so hard on that statement. :grin2: no offense but funny is funny
 

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A slow drop is about the best way you can have your bike touch down. And it's surprisingly common. Even very experienced riders occasionally drop a bike at slow speeds and in driveways or yards. Don't feel bad, take it as you said - a good wake up lesson. And it might be worthwhile practicing the friction zone slow crawl foot paddle. We all can use it sometime.

My favorite drop was when I was about 19, on my first "big bike" Suzuki GS750E. I got tilted too far waiting at a stoplight on an unlevel road, and the bike dropped over on me (despite my struggle to keep it upright). My leg got pinned under it, and this little old lady about 70 years old was standing at the corner and came over and helped me get my leg out and lift the bike! It doesn't get any more embarrassing than that. I would have given anything for that to have happened in my own driveway instead.
 

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Dropped a 2017 Versys 1000 in the driveway...lots of hurt pride but we ride on.
Back in the 70's/80's I dropped a number of bikes...on the road at speed. Different story. I got better.
 

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Everyone has the embarrassing drop eventually, I've tipped two bikes over the years. Tipped over once pulling up to a stop light because my shoe lace caught on the peg and I couldn't get my foot down before the weight was too much. Everyone at the intersection saw that one, that was my own wake-up call. The next day I bought proper riding boots. The second time was similar to your case, I was maneuvering on a sloped driveway and the weight got away from me and down I went.

The occasional wake-up call is what keeps us on our toes and conscious of, as you say, how vulnerable we are. Glad you're ok, the bike is easily fixed and the ego heals with time.
 

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I've dropped my Wee 3 times so far. The first time I was riding on a fire road in thick gravel and the front wheel washed out at about 20 mph. Just got a couple scratches on the crash bar and hand guard.
The other 2 times I was riding across the top of a hill stopped and put my foot down on nothing, by the time my foot found ground it was over too far to catch it. All 3 times it was rider error and a learning experience.
One thing that I learned was once it gets past the point of no return just let it go, I don,t want to hurt myself trying to stop it.
 

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In Portugal we have a saying that there are only two types of motorcyclists, those who have already fallen and those who will fall.
In the diving world, the saying is a bit different but much better: There are two kinds of divers, those who pee in their suit and those who deny it.

Anyway, haven't dropped my bike yet, but came close a couple of times. All at low speed or when I'm manoeuvering the bike rearwards into the garage. I just know it's going to happen eventually.

The garage is a tricky one by the way. It's narrow so it's all to easy to get trapped between the bike and the garage wall, or other stuff stacked against the walls. That had a potential for a really bad outcome.
 

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Well, I put my weight, which is considerable, on the right peg and felt the bike going over. I tried to stop it but it was just too far gone. It fell over on my leg and I landed on my hip (my wallet actually!)

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This is why the rich people have less health problems. Fall on fatter wallet :) :) :)
 
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