A couple ways to drop your bike...(got any more?)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by kehale, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    How about forgetting to turn off the ABS on a muddy dirt road with Tourance tires?
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    Note the ABS skid marks!:huh

    Then digging a hole so deep you have to lay the bike down to get it back out.

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    Sorry for the blurry picture.

    Second lesson learned: "Don't ride alone off road!"

    Third lesson: "Get more agressive tires if you intend to ride in the mud!"

    Jim :brow
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  2. celtic

    celtic now ale capone

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    the hard part is getting it up in the first place. she had no trouble helping to push it in.:viking
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  3. DaleB

    DaleB Been here awhile

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    ...trying to be cool by driving off the centerstand the first day you own an 1150GS...
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  4. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Though I have dropped every bike I have ever owned, mostly due to dumb mistakes, my favorite drop happened as I was preparing to leave for a rally on my R80 G/S, fully packed including several bags strapped to the luggage rack behind my solo saddle. I had moved my bike out of my garage and into the alley to fire it up and warm it a bit while I suited up and closed the garage door. What I did not notice was that the sidestand was on a little hump in the asphalt, leaving the bike almost staight up. I go to mount the bike and as I am piled high in the rear, I have to step through the saddle, which I do, but the heel of my boot ever so lightly touched the saddle, which was just enough to cause it to start falling away from me ever so slowly. There I am with one leg up in the air and almost over the bike, holding the handlbars and trying, in vain, to prevent the inevitable drop to the ground, engine running and gas leaking from the float bowls.

    With a mighty shrug and grunt, I righted her and had a very uneventful trip!

    Rick G
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  5. PawnBroker

    PawnBroker Banned

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    What he just said.


    PB :thumb
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  6. drrider1

    drrider1 just running amuck

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    Jeebs I thought you had to drop each new bike to make it truly yours:huh .............ya mean..........I'm wrong??????????:eek1
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  7. TxDieHart

    TxDieHart Been here awhile

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    I think you missed
    Riding a GS in the mud until the mud clogs up the front fender, locking it up more effectively than ABS ever could. Watching (from the ground) as the following GS's experience the same fate. Then realizing that you will have to remove the front fender if you want to get out before the mud dries. Then realizing that you have to remove the front brakes, and front wheel to get at that bolt that holds the fender on. [​IMG]
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  8. Skyd1v

    Skyd1v ABSRA Co-Co-Founder

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    Ah, hell, I gotta reply to this.


    Attempt to ride your shiny new-to-you Honda Cruiser out to your parents house in Godforsaken Nowhere, Alaska on a unimproved clay and mud road in the middle of spring breakup ........ in the rain.

    Guaranteed to keep your attention.

    Blue skies/
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  9. Vance

    Vance On my meds...

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    Don't choo mean "Bumfuck Asia?"[​IMG]
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  10. Robert in TX

    Robert in TX Insane Genius

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    Don't get this one... could someone 'splain it to me?
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  11. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Quote:
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    Me either, both are quite easy, and commonly done!

    Jim :brow
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  12. LandRover

    LandRover Road Warrior

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    Good Lord ... this list is enough to keep one laughing for hours ....
    Of course, I've never done any of those foolish moves .... :evil :D
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  13. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    How about...... The kickstand is slightly too long on my ktm 950. Just finished a 5000 km trip through Laos and Cambodia without the sides of the bike touching anything except air. At the very end of the trip in the garage I took off the heavier left side saddle bag. Of course the second I took the bag off the bike teeters for a second then executes a perfect slow crash on the right side into my friend's Africa Twin that he had foolishly parked right next to me. His bike sort of caught mine about half the way down, with only my rear view mirror dying and a few tiny scratches. I looked stunned for a few seconds then started laughing at the irony. So now I pull off my right side bag first. :evil
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  14. woodsrider-boyd

    woodsrider-boyd Wow, these guys are fast

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    How about just being a complete idiot?

    Had just finished washing my dirt bike (KTM 520 EXC) in my driveway and like usual, I started it up to dry it off. No problem so far. Next up is to drive it around the block to dry it off a bit. I usually grab my helmet and gloves for this, but for some reason I decided I didn't need to (mistake #1).

    So I get on the bike and ease it out of the driveway. Ahh, what a beautiful day! Somewhere in the next millisecond, my brain decides that I MUST do a stand-up wheelie down the road.

    My first ever!

    With no helmet and gloves on. Just like I had seen my buddy do out on the trails recently (mistake #2).

    I'm still in 1st gear (2nd gear would have been better - mistake #3), and I crack the throttle (mistake #4) instead of just easing it on.

    What the hell was I thinking?!!!

    Anyway, the front end came up way fast. I do remember thinking "holy shit that front end came up fast!" as I chopped the throttle right before I looped it.

    Next thing the front end came crashing down with me and the bike leaning slightly to the right. My right foot came off the peg as we went down and the bike and I proceeded to bounce of the pavement in a shower of sparks and noise.

    Ouch.

    As I got up I realized that I wasn't seriously hurt and that my melon had somehow managed to not bounce off the pavement. I then noticed our 7 yr old neighbor kid staring at me with eyes as big as plates and her mouth hanging wide open.

    After assuring her that I was alright, she proceeded to lecture me on not wearing my helmet.

    Smart kid.

    I did manage to get the bike back in the garage and my hand and knee bandaged up before the wife and kids got home though.

    :stupid
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  15. bruno twip

    bruno twip On Island Time

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    Pulling a U-Turn in a wet resturant parking lot and not seeing the stick that lifts your front tire while leaned over. The speed that your can pick up an RT is directly proportional to the number of people who saw you drop it.

    Thinking the RT is a GS
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  16. notmike

    notmike Been here awhile

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    How about lending your Tiger to your friend and have him pull into a gas station fully loaded for camping with his girlfriend riding pillion just plain dump it. Can't wait to borrow his Dakar.
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  17. flaterik

    flaterik wannabe adventurer

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    on sunday i went for a little ride up into the mountains north of LA, exploring dirt roads as i saw them.

    went down the first one, thought "gee, some of this is awfully soft, I should take some air out of my tires"

    put the kickstand down, put my foot down, tried to test the ground to see if it'll hold...

    nope. bike went right over - with me still on it.

    ....it was REALLY soft.

    (holy shit that was a bitch to get back up by myself)
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  18. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    Funny thread! I've done a few of these and invented a new (to me) method this weekend...
    Went on a trail ride down an old rail road line with a bunch of KLRs, a V-strom, and a couple of real dirt bikes. After riding 1.5 hours through hellish traffic and heat to get to the trail head, I manage all of 500m before we come to a bridge with a 1 foot tall lip. The V-strom gets high centered so I have plenty of time to sit and stare at said lip while a few riders in front of me muscle the 'strom over the bridge.

    Finally, it's my turn...no wait, one rider needs to get off and pile more rocks up in front of the lip...wait some more...NOW it's my turn. Stand up, approach carefully, and grab WAY too much throttle in my impatience to get going...get both wheels airborne and crash hard on the left side. ATGATT saved me but my KLR suffered badly. All my protective stuff on the bike including my HT nerf bars did their jobs but gave their lives to the cause. Ripped my Pelican side case off and trashed my fairing support bracket too. Worst part was having 20 other riders for an audience :lol3
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  19. bruno twip

    bruno twip On Island Time

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    What no pictures. We need pictures. We want pictures.
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  20. Jeff Sumner

    Jeff Sumner Boxerator

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    Hmmm. I seem to recall something about punching a buzzard at speed, and the resultant feathers EVERYWHERE issue...

    Got a CBX from my father- big old Honda 6 cylinder job. He'd stored it for 13 years, and I was riding it from California to the native Ohio- only had 2,700 miles on it. First gas stop in Nevada, and I tried to put it on the centerstand, only to figure that the pothole underneath was going to e--a--t the right hand extension to the centerstand...

    Only damage was to the crash bar, oh! And my pride. I picked it up myself, with my back, so juiced was I on adrenaline. Sore for days.
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