DOH! It really does happen to everbody . ..

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by bhmav8r, Jun 7, 2018.

  1. bhmav8r

    bhmav8r Adventurer

    Oct 23, 2017
    birmingham, al
    No comparison to some of the real (and scary) faceplants here, but . . .

    Entering the parking lot at work yesterday, pickup truck behind me, doing a u-turn to where I usually park. Turning up an incline of maybe 15 - 20 degrees then down to the spot. Slowed down to give the truck time to clear and physics took over. Centripetal force disappeared and downward force did not.

    Stuck my leg out and attempted to stop it, but it was to late and the bike dropped on its side at about 1mph. Once I knew I was going down I let go and cleared the bike as I willingly fell backwards. Somehow I just rolled over backwards and popped up on my feet, said a few expletives, took a quick trauma evaluation, looked around to make sure nobody saw it (like your pet does when they do something graceful), shut the bike off and picked it up.

    Not so much as a scratch or bruise. Back armor and boots prolly helped here.

    Busted mirror, scuffed valve cover (boxer), and small scuff on rear luggage box (pelican), which prolly saved lots of other stuff.

    Be careful out there.
  2. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

    Jan 7, 2012
    Corrales, New Mexico
    Don't feel bad. My last drop, excluding lots of dirt naps, was directly in front of a busy Starbucks. I was in a hurry and didn't get the kickstand all the way down, because of the slope of the parking space. It knocked me down as I was getting off. Just a small scuff on the crash bars and a large bruise on the ego.
    Of course my wife was pulling in on her bike right behind me. :muutt
  3. ivantheterrible

    ivantheterrible Long timer

    May 27, 2009
    Hillsborough, NC
    I had just bought a pretty rough BMW k75 and I was walking it to it's parking space on my porch, after unloading it from my truck, when I lost balance and it started to fall away from me. I held on to the bars trying to save it, to the point that it kind of pulled/catapulted me over the bike. I tucked my shoulder and rolled, popped up, throwing my hands in the air like a gymnast does after sticking a landing. Holding the pose, I turned to face the judges, then the crowd. Big laughs from the on lookers.
  4. D R

    D R Been here awhile

    Sep 14, 2007
    Glad you're okay.

    Just don't do it while pulling into a line of parked motorcycles.

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  5. bhmav8r

    bhmav8r Adventurer

    Oct 23, 2017
    birmingham, al
    Looking on the bright side - seems the impact with the concrete may have jarred some air out of the brake fluid - seemed very firm this morning. Ha.
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  6. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

    Jun 14, 2011
    SW Virginia
    My last drop was in my driveway, and I wasn't even on the bike!

    My most memorable drop was in Mexico fighting insane cross winds for an hour. I see two senoritas in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere and decide to pull over and ask directions. Well I learned quickly I should have parked parallel to the wind because the moment my bike stopped I was straight over. I took my helmet off and set it down and it started across the lot like a tumbleweed with me hunched over chasing it. It was a really sexy show I can tell ya. But then up walks a Mexican with an incredible mullet and a guitar slung over his back and helps me right my bike. He spoke a little English and I speak a little Spanish so we talked awhile before I headed on my way. It was an insane day of terrifying riding in the wind.
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  7. Chainwhip

    Chainwhip Been here awhile

    Apr 1, 2015
    Flatlandia, IL
    My (not last) but most memorable...

    In a busy bank parking lot, sitting on the bike doing my checkbook (yeah it was awhile ago), just stood up and got off. Completely forgot to put the stand down.
  8. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

    Apr 5, 2011
    Western Sierras
    Yes, it happens to everyone. Now that it's scratched, you don't have to worry anymore.
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  9. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Dirt Seeker

    Dec 5, 2015
    Cypress, TX
    I had one in a parking lot that I'll never forget. I was just getting off like normal but hooked my heel on the large stock turn signal. Down I went, bike racing me to the ground. No injuries to me or the bike, but it must've been quite a show if anyone was watching!
  10. KMM696

    KMM696 Devout Agnostic

    Jan 10, 2007
    DPRofMA, West
    Rode new-to-me bike home, parked in back yard. Grabbed some junk food, got rid of dealer paperwork, and headed to the bike for a real ride. Big radius U-turn slightly uphill in the backyard, I applied an amount of clutch and throttle that was probably right for the bike I wasn't riding anymore. The Tenere rolled over on it's side in the grass. It appeared to enjoy it, too.
  11. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

    Dec 31, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    In my first season, I was pretty intimidated to tackle city traffic (Toronto is almost as congested as LA, and much more hostile), but I finally got the gumption to take my little CBR250R into the belly of the beast. A couple of hours later, I returned, adrenalized and pretty damned chuffed that I'd got through the ordeal without incident. I backed the bike into a parking spot, switched it off, dismounted and walked away like a swaggering badass.

    Those things sound a lot like a full recycling bin when they hit the ground.
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  12. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

    Mar 19, 2008
    Between the Great Lakes and Appalachia
    Doing u-turns or full circles on steeply inclined surfaces is a task that is easy to screw up and result in a fall... probably especially so in your case when a pickup truck is running down your rear. I once picked the "wrong" (i.e., steeply inclined) surface to pull a u-turn and ended up doing a full 360 plus another 180 while dabbing my inside foot before regaining control... all while carrying my passenger. I chuckle at what the group of people sitting on their porch must have wondered I was doing.
  13. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

    May 18, 2014
    Mountain View, CA
    Forget to put the sidestand down? Surely no one could possibly do that! I've never done such a thing! Except when other people were watching. Darn it... :D

    I figure you've got to do this once every 8-10 years to get it out of your system.
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  14. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Scottsdale

    Oct 25, 2004
    Scottsdale Arizona
    I have dropped every bike I have ever owned I think. My last was a new Honda Africa Twin. I was unloading it from my Kendon trailer, which is quite low with a modest step down from the rear deck. It should have been a piece of cake, but the maneuver was new to me. The Honda is quite tall at the handle bars and also very top heavy with all her gas on top. Anyway I am always nervous about losing my footing on stepping down while trying to balance the bike and rolling it off the ramp. Anyway I stepped down too soon and pulled the bike over on top of me with my foot brake hand. It took three of us to get the bike up and off the trailer. I envisioned a crushed gas tank, but my crash bars took the hit so not damage save a scratch on the silver crash bars. I have since learned to back the bike as far down the ramp as possible before I step down. No problems since. Meanwhile the rest of my bikes were dropped in parking lots or my garage...
  15. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

    Mar 7, 2014
    NW Illinois, Driftless Zone

    I've only had a bike fall twice in 50 years of riding, and both were at Filling stations, under the exact same scenario.

    Super hot day, been riding non-stop for 4 + hrs. Pull up to the pump and can't wait to get the helmet and gloves off, and guzzle some water. Hop off the seat to stretch the legs... and....

    Oops... forgot to put the kickstand down.

    Trick is to act like it was intentional.:augie
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  16. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

    Oct 6, 2011
    Washington, D.C.
    About eight months ago on my XSR900, I was entering an underground parking garage with a ticket machine and an automatic gate. I grab the ticket, gate goes up, I quickly stuff ticket in my tank bag, pull forward... BLAMMO! Gate comes down early, crashes right into my head, I slip to the left, bike comes on down with me. I get up, have to slide the bike forward out from underneath the gate to lift it up, look embarrassed at the people walking through the busy garage, find myself a spot, and go about my day.

    Helmet took a nice scratch, thank God I was wearing it. Bike was fine, I've got crash guards, shorty levers, and bar ends for this very purpose. I don't park in that effing garage no more.
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  17. Nicksta43

    Nicksta43 Been here awhile

    Mar 5, 2015
    Central Texas
    I've done that twice with my FJ-09. Pull up to a spot and dismount, start to walk away and hear crunch. That crunch is the reminder I forgot to put the kickstand down. I've never done that with any other bike I've owned. Just something about this one...