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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-29-2007, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Dropped my bike this morning..........

Pulled into work as usual, but at the last second picked a different parking spot. Didn't think about the loose leaves, dirt and moss there. Swerved over too hard, laid down on left side, jumped off, (I'm ok, thanks for asking), all at about 2 mph.
After looking around to see if any of my co workers saw me, none thankfully, I remembered the video I saw on proper lifting technique. Bike in gear, squatted down, back to the bike, leaned against gas tank, grabbed left handlebar grip with right hand, grabbed under seat with left hand, grunted, and stood up. Not easy at first but I got it up. BTW, I'm 5'6" and 155 lbs.
Almost no damage. The soft saddlebag and PF III windshield took most of the force. Left mirror moved but no scratches. This was on wet leaves remember. Windshield was bent while down, but straightened up ok. Very slight scratches on it.
Just a cautionary tale for my fellow riders.
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Good to hear you and the bike are ok.

The joy of the good old northwet eh? I tried to dump the bike while leaving my neighborhood a while ago (wet leaves).

At least no one saw ya! I remember how hard the bike was to pick up "properly" and I'm a big guy (6'3" 260 lbs) when I DID dump the bike (of course the adrenaline from sliding 30 feet made the bike lighter).

It happens to all of us - at least you are ok.

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I just did the same, but, alas, someone saw me. Clocked my clutch lever and my pride, but that's the way it goes sometimes! Question, though: I was told to pick up the bike by putting one knee under the saddle, and then doing something with the handlebars.... which didn't work the other day. If you pick it up by "lifting with your legs, not your back", but with your back to the bike...do ya ever worry about lifting it right up and over onto the other side? Perhaps I should go home and practice this....

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good that you are ok, this stuff happens.
i actually managed to drop mine on driveway the second day i took it out this year. my driveway is slightly sloped downhill, plus i didn't completley lock the sidestand. went to grab my helmet, suddenly i hear the motor stop and as i turn around i see the bike lying on its side in a pile of snow...

no more facing downhill for me

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Have you run the engine since you stood it back up? The oil pump could be deprimed.

I did the classic walk-away without the kickstand fully forward and the bike dropped over on the left side. Kicked myself, picked the bike up, looked it over and left. When I started it later in the day, oh my god!, no oil pressure! Normal deprime from air trapped in the pump. Didn't know the problem at the time and had to truck the bike home. Simple burp at the filter and everything was back to normal.

I hope this helps.

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When I took the vulcan for a test ride, I had my dad take a test ride as well since he tends to have a better "oh - oh something's wrong" sense than I do.

He hasn't had a bike since shortly after I was born (I'm 26) and has only ridden a couple times since.

Started going, clutch popped (coffee grinder style) and he went down (gravel driveway). Felt bad for laughing but I did once I knew he was ok (I figure my wreck was karma).

As far as picking the bike up by "getting your ass into it", the bike is heavy enough that you really don't need to worry about going "to the other side" (at least I don't) - Push with your legs till you feel resistance start to drop - then you can kinda turn and grab the bars.

That's what I do at least... I'm sure it's a modified version of the "proper" way to lift - but it works.

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with a fall to the left be sure the shifter linkage is ok........push it in and out to be sure you didn't dislodge the clip inside

lmao cindy I could almost visualize that.....I think if it went over the other way...I would call a cab lmao
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I droped LULU the same day I took all those nice pics. I was at a stop in front of my grage trying to fiddle with my opener and forgot to put my foot down. Luckly no damage as it was just a slow role to the left. As for getting it back up i just grabed the bars and picked her up but im 6'4" and weight 300 lbs.
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I know the feeling. I've had four bikes, and I think I have dropped every single one of them at least once by doing something stupid, all while at a dead stop or moving less than 1-2 mph. Aarrgghh!

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Oh my god! this thread is killing me. Dropping your bike is the most frustrating thing, and will piss you off so fast, plus if someone's looking, gawd!

I dodged a deer on the .8 mile drive into the camp where I work, on my KZ1000P and going maybe 15mph ran off the pavement, hit deep gravel and my engine guard dug in and down I went. Had my face shield up, and hit my face on the windshield as it threw me forward. I got up, looked around, no one around, picked up the bike (hugeass bike, heavier than crap) and threw it over on it's right side. Stomped around it and picked it up again and when I leaned over the white gas tank, blood was dripping off my face all over the bike. Took me about 10 tries to get it rolled out of the gravel onto the pavement again and got the side stand down, got a rag out and started mopping up the blood. Mirror on left side was crushed all over the ground so I hadn't seen my face yet when three of the gals I work with pulled up in a car going out to lunch. They started screaming and jumped out of the car like I had an artery spewing all over the place. Freaked me out. Dang near broke my nose, and made a nice hole right under my nose above my lip. It wasn't nearly as bad as it must have looked. I told them I hadn't even really hit the ground as the bike was (until I flipped it over on the other side) sitting kind of at a 45 degree angle because of the slope and deep gravel. If I hadn't hit my face, it wouldn't have been a huge deal. I should have just hit the frickin deer!

You kindof get a rush of strength when you drop a bike!

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