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Old 08-12-2012, 11:48 AM   #1
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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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Old 08-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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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!


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".
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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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.

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Old 08-13-2012, 02:13 PM   #5
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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.
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.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:09 PM   #6
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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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Old 08-14-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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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.
Macho macho Maaaaaan,
I wanna be, a Macho Man...
Macho macho Maaaaaan,
I wanna be a MACHO!

But it's true... Don't think you need to put the feet down and you will ride differently.


Knowing your bike also helps:

MACHO!
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #8
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been there, done that . My bike isn't a GS, but I'm tiptoed on it. leisurely stop at a red light turned into a fall-off when I put the left foot down and initially didn't feel any ground there. doesn't help if you negligently let the handlebars turn in the direction of the drop all the while clamping down on that front brake. now I take a quick look before I stop to know what I'm up against. and keep the bars straight. and don't let that left foot step on any loose gravel or oil. (these really are all the thoughts going through my mind when coming up to a stop now).

It's helpful when there's a transient gentleman at the red light next to the interstate on ramp who will come out and help you pick up the bike
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:37 PM   #9
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A few weeks ago I pulled over on highway 1 to let 2 cars go by, the bottom of my left jeans leg got caught on the footpeg....my right foot was on gravel and the onshore wind was blowing me over to the left. I fell over right into the road and thought somebody was going to run over my head.

Cars pulled over everywhere to help, one car just drove right around me. After the bike was righted with assistance I told everybody "that was my first dump" with a big stupid grin on my face. Everyone left pretty quickly at that point.....

Either a car almost ran me over or it looked far more dramatic than it felt, everybody was very concerned that I was ok. Nice people to stop and help.

Later in a cafe I heard somebody say. "there's that bike...."
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:31 PM   #10
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yup done that. Front wheel on the flat road while the rear wheel was still on a steep driveway. Needless to say where i wanted to put my foot was way way down.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #11
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Knowing your bike also helps:

MACHO!
Pretty sure that is a robot cop form the future.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:48 AM   #12
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I got schooled

My DRZ when down and took me with it. First time laying it down happened on Saturday a nice day ride circumnavigating Mt. Hood began with a burley detour up Mt. Defiance. I was way in over my head skill wise for that trail. I fell 3 times on the way up and once on the way down. My bikes not so shiny anymore! Lucky it only suffered a half busted clutch lever. I learned a lot and didn't crash again... well, until the next day.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:51 PM   #13
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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!

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #14
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On my XRL, I've dropped it at least 6 times from stop to 2 mph,I have a 34" inseam,,
Glad I'm not alone....
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:13 AM   #15
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On my XRL, I've dropped it at least 6 times from stop to 2 mph,I have a 34" inseam,,
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!
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