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Old 01-13-2015, 10:53 PM   #1
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Noobie mistake

Sometimes your brain just isn't functioning 100%. It can be subtle, but a few days of sleep deprivation, a distracted mind and you can make the silliest mistakes.

Park, put the kick stand down, lean the bike the opposite direction, bike and I on the ground. Cool.

First time I've done something like this after 25k miles of riding in 2 years. Just stunned I managed it and my brain was 100% convinced I was behaving normally until I was falling sideways.

Fortunately no real damage to the bike or myself, but my lapse could of happened at an intersection or at speed the consequences would have been worse. For now my pride is wounded and I'll be going to bed early tonight.

Ride safe guys.
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Old 01-14-2015, 06:29 PM   #2
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Pride can take a while to heal sometimes. Laughing at yourself may help the healing progress more quickly.
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Old 01-14-2015, 08:23 PM   #3
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A couple of years ago I broke my elbow playing basketball. After about 8 weeks the doctor released me to ride but because of weight restrictions at work I couldn't go back for a couple more weeks. Sounded like ride time so I took off on my first ride in 8 weeks on my 860 lb bike. Rode about 350 miles down through southwest Mo and back. Pulled in the garage pretty beat and promptly leaned the bike over without putting down the kick stand. Probably couldn't have caught it even if my arm had been right. Threw me right over against a work bench but I had just enough room to get out. Luckily the crash bars kept it from going all the way over and I got to practice the proper technique for getting it back up.
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:08 PM   #4
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Park, put the kick stand down, lean the bike the opposite direction, bike and I on the ground. Cool.
I try to figure out why these things happen to avoid repeats, so don't take this as criticism.

Do you have an explanation as to why you leaned the bike the opposite way? Do you normally get off to the right, or was there an odd angle you were dealing with?
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:19 PM   #5
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I try to figure out why these things happen to avoid repeats, so don't take this as criticism.

Do you have an explanation as to why you leaned the bike the opposite way? Do you normally get off to the right, or was there an odd angle you were dealing with?
I did it once when nobody was around just to see if it was possible.

Once.
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:04 AM   #6
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At least you didn't record the fall for posterity like I did.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:38 AM   #7
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I try to figure out why these things happen to avoid repeats, so don't take this as criticism.

Do you have an explanation as to why you leaned the bike the opposite way? Do you normally get off to the right, or was there an odd angle you were dealing with?
Is it even possible to get on on the right? Isn't it like a horse?

I may need to try it, too...

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Old 01-16-2015, 03:13 PM   #8
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Is it even possible to get on on the right? Isn't it like a horse?

I may need to try it, too...

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When I pull into my garage with the panniers still attached, I have to exit right. It feels very awkward.
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Old 01-16-2015, 04:57 PM   #9
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Is it even possible to get on on the right? Isn't it like a horse?

I may need to try it, too...

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I get on and off on the right all of the time. BTW, next time you get stopped by a motor officer, watch to see which side he gets off. 90% chance it will be the right side. Nice thing about getting off on the right, if you forget the side stand (and lean it to the left, unlike the OP) the bike won't fall on your leg.
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:38 PM   #10
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I get on and off on the right all of the time. BTW, next time you get stopped by a motor officer, watch to see which side he gets off. 90% chance it will be the right side. Nice thing about getting off on the right, if you forget the side stand (and lean it to the left, unlike the OP) the bike won't fall on your leg.
the uk bike cops get off on the left side like 99% off other riders like my self.
if you get on the bike from the left side you can use your body weight to help get the bike upright off the side.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:05 PM   #11
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the uk bike cops get off on the left side like 99% off other riders like my self.
if you get on the bike from the left side you can use your body weight to help get the bike upright off the side.
...and in the UK getting off on the left means they're dismounting away from traffic, with the bike between them and the highway. It's the opposite in the U.S., where in most cases dismounting to the left means the officer is stepping toward the lane of moving traffic.

It is, in fact, possible to dismount on the right side, though a bit awkward on even a middling-tall bike. I had to do it daily for a couple of years because of a rather tight garage-sharing arrangement.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:43 PM   #12
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the uk bike cops get off on the left side like 99% off other riders like my self.
if you get on the bike from the left side you can use your body weight to help get the bike upright off the side.
You guys that drive on the "wrong" side of the road don't count.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:17 AM   #13
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You guys that drive on the "wrong" side of the road don't count.
when i worked in france were you ride on the wrong side of the rode i still go on from the left.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:18 AM   #14
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You guys that drive on the "wrong" side of the road don't count.
when i worked in france were you ride on the "wrong" side of the rode i still go on from the left.
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Old 01-17-2015, 07:31 AM   #15
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That would NEVER happen to me!!

oh...oh...no ... oh... wooo... oh oh-noooooooo shit! #welcome to the club!
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