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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, 03:51 PM   #4
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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, 06:49 PM   #5
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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 08-12-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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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   #7
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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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Old 08-13-2012, 06:57 AM   #8
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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...
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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me too

I Saturday going two (2) mph in a gas station parking lot, taking off from a stop and turning and just fell over ......... Bike ('11 GSA) lost it's unscrathed patina and I was

I try to use gravity and centrifugal precedence to my advantage but gravity won this time as the other had not taken effect yet
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:52 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:08 AM   #11
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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!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:47 AM   #12
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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.
Going down with the ship!
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:13 PM   #13
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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, 02:57 PM   #14
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Been there, done that. I managed to do it on a K1200S. Downhill foot onto gravel. Over we went!
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:09 PM   #15
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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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