Posted: 02 Apr 2003 18:00 Post subject: A couple ways to drop your bike...(got any more?) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Putting your foot into a hole when stopping. 2. Putting your foot down on something slippery when stopping (gravel, dog shit etc). 3. Locking the front wheel during overenthusiastic braking. 4. Missing the driveway and sliding on the grass. 5. Not putting the kickstand down when getting off. 6. Make a turn from stop in gravel or sand at high throttle. 7. Not putting a board under the kickstand on asphalt on a hot day. 8. Letting overenthusiastic people sit on your bike who have never been on a bike. 9. Missing the driveway and sliding on the grass. 10. Riding on wet grass with street tires (Almost as bad as ice!!) 11. Riding on wet asphalt with dirt tires (Almost as bad as ice!!) 12. *Thinking* the kick stand was down when it wasn't 13. Kick stand slowly burying itself in hot asphalt 14. Kick stand slowly burying itself in soft ground 15. Backing up perpindicular to a steeply sloped driveway and attempting to put your foot down on the downhill side while on a large bike with a high seat. (By the time your foot reaches the ground the bike is so far off center balance you won't be able to hold it up.) 16. Backing your bike down a plank, by yourself, from the bed of a pickup truck. Works great as long as you remember that once you start moving stopping for any correction is out of the question. Get two people to stand on each side of you and the bike. 17. Losing your balance when coming to a stop because of fatigue from a long trip. The wind and the buzz of the bike induces an unexpected case of vertigo. Stop often and rest. 18. Riding beyond your limits while trying to keep up with someone who is probably riding beyond their own. Always a temptation. The best riders/racers understand and use discipline when riding. 19. Not paying attention. Always strive to anticipate what could possibly go wrong and be planning what your going to do when it happens, eventually it will - and you'll be ready, instead of surprised when your much more likely to do something stupid and reactionary. 20. Assuming that all wet roads are created equal. They are much more slippery when it first starts to rain - until the oil and dirt are washed away. 21. Assuming that the condition of a blind corner is the same as it was the last time you rode it. Instead you find sticks, road kill, oil, rain wash, stones, pot holes, garbage etc. etc. 22. Not understanding how to get set-up for a corner when pushing the limits. In most cases the bike could have made the corner but the rider decided it couldn't and while in a panic attempted to correct the situation with the brake. WRONG! MSF course will discuss this at length. 23. Riding without all of the protective equipment because I forgot to bring it and after all it was just this one time. Turned out to be the wrong time! I forgot my MX boots and fell on a steeply banked corner and the foot peg attempted to drill into the back of my right calf. On crutches for 3 weeks with a deep bruise. 24. Placing your foot on a treebranch which rolled like a rollerskate. 25. Forgetting the bike's in gear when you jump on the kickstarter. 26. Revving the enging, releasing clutch, and putting feet on pegs when the light turns green, but the bike's in neutral. 27. Not putting your foot down when stopping on red light. 28. Parking the bike without realizing how much of a downgrade you're on. 29. Doing a U-Turn on a steep hill and leaning inside too much (originially going uphill). 30. Putting the kickstand down only partway when getting off the bike (I guess this could be under #5) 31. Taking off with the disc lock still on, racking oneself so badly that the rider could no longer hold up the bike. Ouch. 32. Running into a bus after a 120mph+ high speed chase where there is helicopter pursuit and you are being taped by 5 local news stations. 33. Parking your bike so that it stands upright w/the kick stand down and then having a slow leak in the rear tire which causes the kick stand to push the bike over (long story). 34. Revving bike in impressive squidly fashion at red light, thinking it's in neutral; dropping clutch and standing in place while bike wheelies and backflips into intersection. (saw it happen) 35. Trying to kickstart your first bike over and over 'cause you didn't realize that it was really out of fuel, and getting the goofy metal ring on the side of your boot caught in the kickstarter, causing you (and the bike) to go over on the right side. 36. Losing balance when putting it on the centerstand. 37. Wife gets foot caught in saddlebag while getting on before you. 38. Rebuild carbs and treat bike like it still needs full gas away from a stop. 39. Add bald tires, and a smattering of rain to 12. 40. Look at the sand at the edge of the exit ramp rather than through the turn. 41. Neither you nor your dad watching while he's backing his car up to the woodpile to unload wood. 42. Not putting the pin that holds the center stand all the way in and then trying to put the bike on the center stand. 43. Trying to hold the bike upright before deploying the center stand only to find your knees are too weak from riding. 44. Park behind friend's mom's minivan figuring "If anybody goes anywhere, they'll surely see it. 'specially since there'll be 5 of them getting into the van. Why can't at LEAST ONE OF THEM LOOK AND SEE THE MOTORCYCLE SO PLAINLY IN VIEW BEHIND THEM?" "Damn." 45. After getting fuel at gas station and holding the bike level with your legs in order to fill it completely, jumping off forgetting that your legs were holding it upright not the kickstand. 46. Entering a DR ("decreasing radius") turn at too high of a speed... This is especially dangerous when making a right turn where if you attempt to straighten up and brake, you'll plow into oncoming traffic... 47. Getting your boot/ shoelace caught on the gearshift. (I wear laceless boots now). 48. Trying to countersteer (or wheelie) your shaft dirven bike? ;-} 49. Take an hour ride in 30 degree weather with no gloves, stop at a stop sign and pop the clutch when you start cause you've lost feeling in your hands. 50. Getting pissed off for dropping it in the first place, yanking it vigorously off the ground, only to have it dropped on the _other_ side. doh! 51. Putting your foot down at a toll booth on the thick layer of grease that builds up when cars stop. 52. Using too much power when you pull out of a greasy toll booth. 53. Ignoring the sand that builds up in the spring at the side of the road in places that sand and salt roads in winter.(my wife dumped her bike at the end of our driveway last week) 54. Kicking your kickstand in a cool fashion and having it bounce back up instead of staying down. 55. Getting off your bike while it is running and forgetting that is in gear. (should have seen my wife do this one) 56. Having your fat-ass brother (as a pillion) lean waaay over to the side to look at something on the ground while at a stop sign. 57. Being to short for the bike you are riding, and comming to a stop sign. 58. Your rider hops on before you are ready. 59. Pulling out the swingarm stand, and forgetting to put the sidestand down first. 60. Backing down an inclined driveway, turning to either side with a full tank of gas. 61. Taking the bike off the centerstand and forgetting the sidestand. 62. Using a little too much power turning the first corner after you've put on new tyres (with that nice slippery release compound on them). 63. Trying to start out in a quick turn (leaning in anticipation of giving it throttle) and stalling it out because the engine hasn't warmed yet - it's a nice, slow drop... 64. Reaching down to pick up your gloves/keys/glasses. 65. Paying too much attention to the tiltometer on your valkarie 66. Forgetting to put your feet down. 67. Unbolting too many components from the back so that the bike falls off the jack. 68. Having an internally rusted CX500 centre stand come apart whilst putting the bike onto it. 69. Attempting to kick start a cantankerous '84 CR500, whilst standing on a picnic table bench, and she *kicks* back! 70. While pushing your bike in an attempt to start it by compression, jumping on side-saddle with excessive vigor. 71. Deploying the centre-stand without noticing that the ground falls away on the other side. 72. Successfully compression starting your bike while running alongside, only to find out that you'd held a BIT too much throttle! 73. Pushing your bike into the garage and letting it get leaned just a little away from you, pulling you on top of it to the ground. 74. Getting help from a neighbor in pushing your 750 up a steep ramp into a moving truck. Though he might assure you that he used to ride a motorcycle, it turns out it was a 125 in Bombay. He gets 2/3 of the way up the ramp, looks panicked, and his knees buckle. Crunch. 75. Discovering when you stop and try to put your foot down that the kickstart lever is up your pantleg. 76. Starting your brand-new electric-start trail-bike, riding around an ornamental shrub on full left lock, throwing it to the right and accelerating to wheelie over the kerb onto the street and _then_ discovering that you hadn't unlocked the steering-lock... 77. On same bike, getting the dual-range lever caught inside your jeans as you come to a stop... 78. Having your boot/jeans catch the gear-lever and putting your running bike into first gear whilst reaching for the side-stand (which is why I now automatically pull in the clutch whenever deploying or retracting the stand). 79. Having "green" racing linings which have much higher coefficient of friction on the slight rust that forms on the polished drum when you've not ridden for a few hours, and lose the front-end holding the brakes on against the throttle to wear off the rust, with your brother on the back... 80. Having a three-cylinder two-stroke that's so smooth you think you're in second when you're actually in first, so you spin out when the undercarriage touches down in a tight corner passing a car and you think, "just a bit more throttle will help here..." 81. Bopping down the freshly-oiled farm lane to see the neighbor kid with my brother on the back, cautiously toeing the rear brake, feeling the rear wheel slide as we headed straight for the barn, grabbing a panicky handful of front brake, doing a slow highside despite dabbing mightily, sliding right up to the barn door prone on the well-oiled bike with my brother on top of the pile, and hearing the neighbor say "Didn't that thing used to be orange?" 82. Pushing it over. 83. Covering it with a windsail (aka canvas cover) and letting the wind push it over. 84. Taking the wife on a ride on your brand new, first bike in 20+ years and making a slow, tight, turn on gravel.... 85. Riding in stilettos and getting stuck on the footrest 86. Swinging your legs too enthusiastically over the bike with tight trousers on and kicking it over 87. Dismounting while trying not to wet yourself (cold weather..tuh!) 88. Riding short distances side-saddle fashion 89. Pulling off with a blood alcohol level exceeding the stated limit... 90. Spending 3 hours washing and waxing your bike and then stepping back to admire it with some buddies and then watch it fall right off its side stand while it was warming up. 91. Trying to get a wasp out of your jacket while sitting on the bike, got stung twice before the bike fell. 92. (related) Dropping your dirtbike on the side of a steep hill covered in pine humus, then while getting it righted go over the down side because it's too far of an angle to get a foot down. 93. Trying to ride away on the side of a steep hill covered in pine humus which is slipperier than sand. 94. Falling asleep. 95. Looking at the pweety curb to your left on a right-hand bank. 96. Oh, I remember another one... taking off fast into a turn with new-unscrubbed tires! 97. Wacking the throttle open on the highway when you think there's no cop around then slowing to normal speed again only to realize that a tropper has been trying to catch up with you for two miles and he's pissed so he decides to run you off the road because he thinks you were tryin to run away from him, even though you explain to him that if you were trying to run that he wouldn't have caught you then getting out of any tickets because the *@!!$#, uh I mean cop, felt bad even though he never said "I'm sorry" . . . .but I'm not bitter 98. Turning onto a busy street and in the middle of the turn you suddenly remember that this street has trolley tracks. So you look to your left to see how close you are to the tracks, you spot the tracks and of course now you are headed directly at them. Your front wheel fits nicely into the dug-out asphalt around the track and your front wheel jerks to the right as it goes into the dug-out while your body continues going straight. 99. Pull into parking and failed to ensure proper extension of the sidestand....concluding then with near perfect execution of the Laugh-in scene where the bike topples over onto your leg, and your going down, pinned beneath. 100. Starting bike while habitually squeezing clutch lever,standing to the left of the bike, remembering too late that the bike is in gear. Realize too late that the choke gives the bike enough power to drag you 30' across the parking lot in first gear... 101. Let your buddy ride it. And if you are really stupid let him ride it again. 102. On your third ride with your first ever bike. Stop at a red light. When the light turns green, you have to start uphill, and turn right at the same time. Somehow that overwhelmed me. I was probably "thinking" too much and just dropped it. Did a lot of uphill practicing after that!! 103. Parking on a bit of an incline (slopes down right to left), having your left foot slip a little when getting back on the bike, and slowly loosing your balance. (actually, may not have been slowly, might have been on of those "time slows down" moments) 104. Put armor all on your tires to make them look nice and pretty and then ride on the white safety lane line as you take a HARD right turn at 35mph. 105. Sit on your bike and lean down to check the oil through the oil sight glass. 106. In a big biker meet with about 500 spectators, decide to show off and burn some rubber when you have never tried it before. Was truly a spectacular rubber burning even though the whole bike catched fire after landing and rolling on the track.