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Old August 14th, 2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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Dropped the bike! :-(

Soooo...any other members of this club? I dropped mine, not too hard thank goodness, on Monday AM in a parking lot near my office.

I'm not only posting this to complain, but also to flag something to be careful of, because I would never have thought of it: if you're backing up your bike don't let one of your feet get too far out in front of you because if your weight shifts, you're in a prime position to go down.

The quick story is I was backing the bike to park it alongside a low concrete curb. Just as I'd pushed backwards with my left foot, the lot attendant, who for some reason felt the need to "help", scared the crap out of me when he yelled at me from my back right side. It caught me by surprise and when I turned, my weight shifted to the left but with my left foot still well forward. In short, it caught me completely by surprise and by the time I realized I was going over, my leg was completely out of position.

Although that sucks, two very good things happened: one is I laid it down relatively easily and two, by some miracle, my ankle went between the gap of the concrete curbs that are laid end to end and spaced apart by 4 inches. Literally a couple of inches of difference in either direction would have resulted in my ankle getting pinned between the bike and curb.

The result was a cracked left tank shroud, slightly bent shift lever and a bruised ego. The shroud will set me back 750 with installation. Ouch. The cost of inspecting the bike to ensure that there wasn't any non visible damage and straightening the lever was 107.

Anyway, that's my story of the first and hopefully last drop. If this helps anyone to avoid doing the same, then I'll be happy.

Here's to this being a club with very limited membership!!

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Old August 14th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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Well now you got that out of the way!
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Old August 14th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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Glad there was a gap in the curb for you

I have a mangled ankle due to a bad bike accident 20-odd years ago.

A bit of money, but looks like an exclusive club. Enjoy
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Old August 14th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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I dropped mine about 6 weeks ago. I was rocking it to shake water out after bath; went too far and slipped out of wet/sweaty hand. Luckily, my brand new VW TDI took brunt with rear door...double fook.

Bent rear brake lever (which broke when tried straightening), broke right mirror, light scratches on muffler shield. Drilled out brake lever and mounted bolt with electrical tape for new lever. Taped up mirror. Took a sharpie to scratched muffler shield. Eventually replaced mirror and lever.

I found out foot levers and mirrors should have been designed to break away or separate at joints to be repaired as consumable items. These often get damaged when a bike goes over/down and you have to buy entire assembly at about $100 USD each.

Good news was levers were not damaged. My bike did tip very slow but hand guards took force and frame sliders would prevent clip-ons from hitting deck.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 04:00 AM   #5
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I joined the club about 2 weeks ago also. I got caught in the rain (which turned out to be fun because I got to really "play" with the traction control). Then I returned home and rode into the garage. I turned the bike around and went to pop it up on the center-stand, and my wet boot slipped off the stand about 3/4 of the way up and the bike tipped away from me. I held on to get and "guided" it to a slow crash. LOL If my girlfriends car wasn't parked where I put it to do some maintenance, a scratched hand guard and exhaust guard would have been the only issue....but the front fender hit her car and dragged its way down the bumper taking the clear coat and some of the paint of the fender. Her car merely took some of my paint and buffed clean....damn.

Shit happens I guess.
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Old August 15th, 2013, 05:51 AM   #6
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I was much smaller then, but I remember having many more drops and almost-drops on my old sport bikes. Despite the high seat, I always feel like I'm in control. The weight and balance is amazing.

Oh, it's good to know I can pick the bike up by myself, which I yanked up like the Hulk not believing what had just happened...
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Old August 16th, 2013, 11:11 AM   #7
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Addendum to this event: I will be investing in anything and everything that will mitigate damage from a tip over, crash, etc. Those frame and axle sliders that others have commented on look like a good start

One bonus in buying those: I need to break the ice with my sig other on add ons to the bike. She unfortunately thinks that you just buy the bike and ***never change anything*** unless it breaks...The problem is I really want the Marzocchi forks, so I figure a soft entrance into the realm of upgrades and bling is needed
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Old August 16th, 2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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Starting with sliders is easy to justify to sig others, just protecting you're expensive investment, glad your okay and the bike was minor! If you don't mind me asking what was the price of the tank shroud without install, I bought the short rear hugger off a hyperstrada and it was less then $30. I've been thinking of buying all the plastic for a black hypermotard and making a black strada
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Old August 16th, 2013, 05:28 PM   #9
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I dropped mine a few months ago. I was trying to get the kickstand down and was fighting the center stand. I'm short so was on my tippie toes. Well I now have a lower seat which helps, center stand removed along with replacing the mirror and hand guard.
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