Dropped the bike today...

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by ToySldr, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Many of us have done the same thing. While the MSF teaches left foot down first (as part of the beginner training) I also tell my MSF students to scan/search their stops as much as other cycle riding that requires visual control. Scan/search, and plan before you make the stop, know where your foot will go down and know what to expect. RIDE on!
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  2. moggi1964

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    My mate was first to drop my bike. Being used to riding a Ducati spoortsbike (and being a bit of a shortarse), he was not ready for the weight of the Explorer when we came to a stop. He leaned against the slight gradient and it was enough to have him on the ground with the bike almost on top of him.

    I came close to dropping it in exactly the same situation as you OP, not paying attention to the slope of the road when i came to a stop. Strained a few muscles keeping it from tipping over and very, very slowly eased it back to vertical but it was a close call.

    I have since dropped it when moving it around by hand in my driveway after a few beers (silly idea, right!).

    Learn from your mistake, it's as simple as that.
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  3. ToySldr

    ToySldr Been here awhile

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    Guys, thanks again for the great advice. I got over dropping it five minutes after it happened, I wasn't looking for people to tell me to get over it. My last bike was a really low Harley and I was able to flat foot with my knees bent, this bike is way more maneuverable but sits way higher!

    :ear
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  4. SkiFastBadly

    SkiFastBadly A beer? Yes, please

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    Show me an 'adventure' bike that hasn't been dropped, and i'll show you a bike that's never been on an adventure.
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  5. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    As Andy said, this oddball situation isn't covered in the MSF.

    You have to prepare for the stop by getting into first gear before taking your feet off the pegs, then set your right foot down so you can lean uphill. While stopped, you have to use your right hand to activate the front brake. This complicates things leaving the stop sign, because you will need to use the same hand to transition from brake to throttle.

    I think I learned this technique kickstarting dirt bikes on hills. When my wife first got her license (before she took the MSF course) she only rode around our neighborhood. We have 3 of these types of intersections, so she dropped the bike a couple of times while practicing how to do this.

    I suggest finding a steep uphill you can practice on that is not side sloped. Try taking off without using the rear brake. Once you have that down, your side sloped corner will no longer be a problem.
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  6. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Dropped mine Saturday, stopped for light, put my foot down on spilled diesel. Went down slow, and the big guy behind me jumped out and helped pick it up.
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  7. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen

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    Actually, it is now in the new revised BRC which most MSF sites are teaching this year. The new program puts all of the first 3.5 hours of class (this is the clutch, this is the sidestand, this is SEE, etc) into an online e-course that the students MUST complete AND pass on their own before even showing up for class. Class time is now spent on more actual riding scenarios, details and strategies. The emphasis is much more real on road prep, including discussion on how to stop on slopes, uphill/downhill and side slope.
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  8. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I ride bikes that a bit too tall for me and I have to be careful when I stop in those situations. But even though I work hard at being mindful of any surface I stop at, I still manage to drop the goddam thing every now and then for the exact same reason. :kboom
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Jeepers, I have done that too! Who knew diesel was so slippery!
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