How to get a bike upright after a fall

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Akhenaten, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    That's an excellent idea! I was vaguely thinking (slowly) about those lifting straps I see sold.

    Cudo's to you!
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  2. dancerdave

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    It happened to me.. I have started riding trails after over 25 years of just street,I bought a xr650l to ride,first time out I fell over and had to drag this thing to find a hill to get the wheel down hill to pick it up..I am 71 years old and should be home in a chair but the urge hit me to ride some dual sport stuff and my wife said I didn't have to justify another bike..She said a man my age should be able to do what he wants.. Got to love her for that
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  3. Warin

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    BS .. it is your life, live it the way you want. Keep going.

    Yer got a good wife there too.
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  4. ParaMud

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    The key is to lift up the bike before the adrenaline from crashing wears off. It may hurt a bit later though. lol
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    +1
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  6. YOUNZ

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    If we could see a bit more leg, I believe we could make a better assessment, from a scientific point of view.
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  7. Kat013

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    Could you post pics? Perhaps a diagram and hints on construction? It would be greatly appreciated by all 125 lbs of me.
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  8. Jnich77

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    Romanian deadlift:gdog
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  9. atomicalex

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    Both good ideas. I made myself a strap with a hook on the end when I was learning to put my bike on the centerstand, and I imagine that this will eventuallget used to pull the bike around. But I also like the idea of a ratchet strap - even a cheap 500# one from Home Depot could be the difference between calling for help and getting the bike onto the road yuorself. Great idea!
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  10. Tripl Nikl

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUVSxX6ogWQ

    Ever see someone flip a raft? Some rope with a carabiner, and you're off.

    My DR650 is light enough that I haven't felt the need to take a rope with me, but this is what I'd try first if I wanted some help.
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  11. redneckdan

    redneckdan Hold my beer & watch this

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  12. LexLeroy

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    Excellent post. I'm one of the ones that goes out by himself and up to now (knock wood) hasn't found himself in a critical self-rescue situation. The beautiful thing about being on a bike rather than on foot is that the weight and space penalties for the gear that you describe is pretty much negligible. :thumb
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  13. Katoom72

    Katoom72 Been here awhile

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    I picked up my 950 adventure with a dislocated left shoulder...popped back on during the lift. I yelled allot of bad things at that very moment...
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  14. bigdog99

    bigdog99 CJ's bitch

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    Now that's adventure riding!
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  15. AlsoRan

    AlsoRan Lone Trail Of Dust

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    +1....great advise. Just be easy on the throttle and use the clutch to feed in the power.
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  16. rgoers

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    Sometimes just taking a rest and assessing the situation helps a lot. Carrying a *good* ratchet strap may be a good idea too. I have "winched" a sled up onto my trailer using one of my motorcycle tie-down straps. Don't use one of the cheap 1" flimsy straps... get a good quality 1.5" or 2" wide strap. Some extra webbing to extend the length may be helpful as well.

    Riding with someone else would also probably be a good idea. The 2 times I have been down (hard) I have ended up with some part of my body pinned under the bike. Both times - the people I was riding with lifted the bike off me. I'd *like* to say I could have gotten out from under it by myself on both occasions, but I don't know that for sure... :eek1
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  17. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    Like that strap idea, any thing for some leverage.
    Stopped my DR650 on the shoulder of the road it gave way under my right foot sending me and the bike over on the right side, bike landed with wheels up to the road bed and handle bars down in the waist deep ditch with the right foot peg dug in to dirt. Standing in half knee deep muck, I couldn't lift the bike up right. Finally was able to get the handle bars turned then crawled down in the muck to get a shoulder under the bars and fought for every inch to get it back up. Wasn't past the tipping it up point and a older couple stopped and the gentleman helped me set it up. I was exhausted when they stopped don't think I could have finish with out his help.
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  18. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I cheat by using mechanical advantage in the form of som tubular nylon strap and 2 or more anchor shackles.

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  19. fredN4

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    would you have a photo of that contraption? sounds like a plan for me. I simply cannot lift my KTM 950. When I posted a similar thread on UK KTM all I got was abuse!
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  20. fredN4

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    good on you. I am 72 (no wonder (I cant lift my KTM950A). Bon courage!
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