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Low sided...kinda.

Well I finally did it, been riding for several years now and I finally went down on the bike. I'm fine but the bike is a little banged up. I was going up a very steep, up hill climb and a very sharp right hand turn on the ZR 7S. I slowed down to make the sharp turn, didn't keep enough gas in to climb the hill, and she went over on her right side. I was going so slow, I didn't even fall over, I landed on my feet. The bike hit the ground though. The mirror bent in, easy enough to bend back out but the right turn signal is trash and I broke the expensive zero grav windshield.

I picked the bike up on my own but was in a REALLY awkward spot on the hill. I couldn't hold it up on my own, get back on it and start it. A good samaritan saw me wrestling with it and stopped to help. He was an old dude but before long another guy stopped and we got her up the hill to a flat spot. I throttled some gas back into the engine, hit start and she fired right up. I rode home sweaty and panting but rode home. Could have been worse I guess. Just remember, going slow through tight turns is a good thing but there IS such thing as TOO slow! LOL!!! Careful out there fellas!
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Glad you made it through that unscathed.

Sorry to hear about the issues on the bike



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was this the new bike?

sorry to hear that she got banged up a bit....but glad you are OK!
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...but we old guys are always around to help...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeLkr...eature=related
LOL....when a full dresser like that "falls over" it really only leans over about 45 degrees.


Lets see a bike with no saddlebags and no crash bars where the handle bar is wedged in the asphalt... LOL.

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I was going up a very steep, up hill climb and a very sharp right hand turn on the ZR 7S. I slowed down to make the sharp turn, didn't keep enough gas in to climb the hill, and she went over on her right side. I was going so slow, I didn't even fall over, I landed on my feet. The bike hit the ground though.
Hey OD, wasn't that you who performed this trick a few month's back ?

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when a full dresser like that "falls over" it really only leans over about 45 degrees
Agreed, and it does make it easier. But there's a vid of a skinny lil chick too, that lifts and rights a lowrider. Its all in the legs. I been watchin more and more of those vids, as its happened to me in the garage while working on them. Im gonna dump my EN on its side next few days to see just how easy. y do need to bend yer knees a lot though, guys like me with arthritis could have issues. Gonna try anyway.



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It worked for me on the Vulcan.
Tipped over to the left making a U-turn on the road, kind of "duck walking" the bike instead of keeping my feet on the pegs where they belong.

The peg caught my left ankle and down I went. No damage to me but a bruised leg and ego. I remebered the way Paladino taught to pick up the bike, and even with my gimped left leg and right hip replacement, I got the bike up and pushed to the side of the road before the truck driver who saw me go down could get out to see if I needed help.

Hey LP, I'm thinking we both could have avoided going down if we had used the fiction zone (slipping the clutch a bit while keeping engine revs up), and trailing some rear brake to control speed.

I did break the ball end off the clutch lever though.
Will post a WTB over on the buy and sell forum now.

OH BTW, glad to hear no serious damage to you or the new scoot too.

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Don't feel bad, I dropped both my Vulcan and my FJR making the exact same manuver ... Doing a U turn on a steep hill into my driveway.

Going slow is so much harder than going fast. If you lose enough momentum and the front wheel is turned, the bike will go down pretty quick.

But..... Better to drop it going under 5 mph than over 50.

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Being honest I have had the bike go down while making a similar turn but I did not so it was just a matter of lifting the bike back up (using my legs) on an incline and in the middle of the road. I have a particular sharp hairpin turn near me that starts flat but as soon as you get into the hairpin it ramps up very steep and then cuts back the opposite way. First ten times I tried that turn I had to walk the bike through a u turn and go another way home. Finally I got to a point that I could do it but with difficulties. Now I try it every so often when I am feeling good and ready for a challenge. It is the most difficult thing I have faced on the bike not involving other vehicles.

Glad you are alright, Mike. Sometimes we need a little reminder that we are at risk on a bike and things can get complicated in a hurry. Lesson learned I am sure and you will be better for it especially with the Julz up.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
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but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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