I had to pick 'er up

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DudeClone, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    I've picked a bike up and rode it out with a broken hand. You just do it :) It involved a decent amount of screaming and grunting.
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  2. RxZ

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    What bike is it? My old Ninja 500 was 440 wet, and that thing was easy to pick up. (First bike, so I dropped it quite a bit.) Granted, I was 26 or so when I got it, and only 33 now. I have dropped my FZ1 a couple of times in the driveway/gas station. It isn't that much more difficult to pick up, and it is about 510 wet.

    Practice the technique, it makes a difference.

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  3. ride4321

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    I love this idea and think it'd solve my problem with the Tiger. Thanks. It's those first inches that are a bitch getting leverage on.
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  4. DudeClone

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    hey there :wave

    its a Yamaha FZ6. in all fairness to myself i don't think i gave it too much effort before i asked for help. first time dropping a bike and with traffic behind me and my bike on its side when the bike felt "too heavy" after a couple of feeble attempts i got myself some help. i didn't even try to get any leverage or a good grip on anything. next time it happens (if it does) i will be more prepared with where, what, and how to lift it properly. i am fairly strong, but as you said "practice the technique." however with none of that and a helmet, jacket, and a bike in the street it was just not happening :muutt

    thanks for all the advice and suggestions, everyone. and stories of your own mishaps. if the bike ever tips again i will don my cape and the damn thing is gonna stand right back up!! :pynd
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  5. DudeClone

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    :lift
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  6. hscrugby

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    Whatever you do...
    Make sure the kick stand is DOWN if you are picking it up from the opposite side..

    Not implying someone may have been dumb enough to pick up and then let the bike sail past vertical and right on the left side.....

    :lol3
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  7. Jamesx2

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    Dropped mine for the first time today In the garage. Slow motion loss of balance after putting one foot on the lawnmower. I was a tangled mess. No harm to the bike
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  8. Navy Chief

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    One other tip is to make sure that you jump up and pick up the bike while the adrenaline rush is still with you, makes it seem easy... :evil
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  9. Navy Chief

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    Also if this happens make sure you let go as soon as you realize what is going on, have not done this myself but have witnessed the outcome of the bike dragging a buddy over with it... Just adds insult in injury..

    or injury to insult depending on the circumstances.. :deal
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  10. Lep

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    AA, thanks for the description, it sounds like something I ought to make and carry. If you have any photos of the strap in action I'd like to see them.

    The "I wouldn't ride a bike I can't pick up" crew may have to think again when they get older. I've downsized to a bike I can easily manage around the garage and into and out of parking spots but I doubt I could pick it up on my own without some form of mechanical assistance.

    Picking up a bike by the handlebar as shown in the video is exactly how my local BMW dealer said he was trained to do at a BMW training school.
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  11. LowInSlo

    LowInSlo Been here awhile

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    Ok, I'll pipe up too. Age, yeah, but mostly a pretty bad back (car accident years ago) make me think about my trips and where I'll ride and when. I ride alone 99% of the time, so I'm aware I really shouldn't ride where I could easily get into trouble. Ticks me off to think this way, but I have to be honest with myself. Man's gotta know his limitations, is the way I've heard it said. My bike is low enough for me (I'm short) and fairly light (BMW F650 single) so my margin of error is greater than when I piloted the 1200GS.

    So yes, some of us ride bikes we likely can't pick up. Life ain't necessarily what you say it is.
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