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FlyFishJeff 08-12-2012 10:48 AM

No longer a virgin - dropped it yesterday.
 
There are two group's of riders, those that have dropped and those that will.

I moved from the latter into the former group yesterday.

Lesson learned: always put your uphill foot down after coming to a stop.

I am used to riding in very flat areas. After a gas stop in a very hiilly area in WV on my way to Pittsburgh. I came to a stop and attempted to put my left foot down as I always do. Surprise! The ground was a long way down, and the bike went over with a thud. It was a hell of a struggle picking it up since it had fallen over downhill of a steep incline.

The most damage was to my ego. Just a few scrapes on the corner of the Trax luggage, bar end, and engine guard. The bike has some character now, and so do I!

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Ben Carufel 08-12-2012 11:48 AM

Welcome to the club! I've gotten used to dropping my 1150GSA now. I think I'm up to 4 drops at zero or one mile per hour. The most recent was last week in the parking lot of a Mexican food restaurant. I hopped off as it went over, stood there and had a good laugh about it, then got to the business of picking her up.

Such is life.

Ed~ 08-12-2012 02:33 PM

Fool of a Took!
 
I had to spend a bit to get a mental picture of what you were describing... then I got it.
Bwah ha ha ha!
:lol3

Come now, a Wee is not even that tall with the stock seat. Climb atop a KTM or XR and you'll see how/where you stop will really become a part of your riding consciousness.

BTW, even accounting for the extra weight, a GS is easier to pick up than most bikes due to the fairly high angle that the cylinder protectors help keep the bike "at rest".

sattwood3590 08-12-2012 02:51 PM

Yep...me too!
 
The first time I dropped my 1200GS was at the motorcycle races in Auburn, Ca. Good a nice round of applause from those that saw it. Oh well!

--Steve

FlyFishJeff 08-12-2012 05:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ed~ (Post 19343744)
Come now, a Wee is not even that tall with the stock seat. Climb atop a KTM or XR and you'll see how/where you stop will really become a part of your riding consciousness.

It's all relative to the inseam, my friend!

I would be dropping a KTM constantly on level ground! My 31 inch inseam pretty much eliminates the big orange bikes for me. :freaky

VegasDesertRat 08-12-2012 10:23 PM

On my XRL, I've dropped it at least 6 times from stop to 2 mph,:roflI have a 34" inseam,,:lurk
Glad I'm not alone....

FlyFishJeff 08-13-2012 05:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VegasDesertRat (Post 19346989)
On my XRL, I've dropped it at least 6 times from stop to 2 mph,:roflI have a 34" inseam,,:lurk
Glad I'm not alone....


I posted the story of my drop for 2 reasons:

1. Hopefully somebody will avoid dropping the bike when stopping perpendicular on a hill by putting the UPHILL foot down.

2. Misery loves company!

67beertech 08-13-2012 05:57 AM

Welcome to the club....on a recent trip to Europe, I gently laid down my Dakar 4 times in the first 2 weeks. Bruised ego and bar ends......I suspect it wasn't the last time either.
I have found that picking up is easier facing away from the bike...and lift with your legs...must be somekind of leverage thingy...

Gillus 08-13-2012 08:42 AM

me too
 
I :muutt Saturday going two (2) mph in a gas station parking lot, taking off from a stop and turning and just fell over :huh......... Bike ('11 GSA) lost it's unscrathed patina and I was :baldy:becca:shog:cry

I try to use gravity and centrifugal precedence to my advantage but gravity won this time as the other had not taken effect yet

ZaethDekar 08-13-2012 08:52 AM

Sounds to me it almost seems like the bike might be the issue :-p

My Versys only layed down once.... Granted I have a 38" inseam and I too put my foot down on the downhill side, where there was also gravel.

I could only laugh when I fell over as my Gerbing gear connector brought me down with the bike so as I tried to skip away from the bike it pulled me back onto itself.

The Evil Twin 08-13-2012 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZaethDekar (Post 19349310)

I could only laugh when I fell over as my Gerbing gear connector brought me down with the bike so as I tried to skip away from the bike it pulled me back onto itself.

I'm imagining one of those paddles with the ball attached by a rubber band! Thanks for the chuckle :) I've been in the bike down club too. All you can do is pick it up and ride on!

FlyFishJeff 08-13-2012 09:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZaethDekar (Post 19349310)
I could only laugh when I fell over as my Gerbing gear connector brought me down with the bike so as I tried to skip away from the bike it pulled me back onto itself.

:lol3 Going down with the ship!

crofrog 08-13-2012 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FlyFishJeff (Post 19345171)
It's all relative to the inseam, my friend!

I would be dropping a KTM constantly on level ground! My 31 inch inseam pretty much eliminates the big orange bikes for me. :freaky

I've got a 30" inseam ride a bunch of different KTM's. It's about technique not getting your feet flat on the ground.

kevlar930 08-13-2012 01:57 PM

Been there, done that. I managed to do it on a K1200S. Downhill foot onto gravel. Over we went!

FlyFishJeff 08-13-2012 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crofrog (Post 19351197)
I've got a 30" inseam ride a bunch of different KTM's. It's about technique not getting your feet flat on the ground.

You're awesome!

I don't think I'll ever be comfortable on a bike as tall as the KTM. Luckily, there are other bikes with lower seat heights for me.


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