I high sided at Starbucks...

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by Xtremjeepn, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Okay, before anyone can post about the spectical of the adventure bike laying on its side in the Starbucks parking lot I figured I should just step in and call myself out on it:lol3

    That and it really was a funny sight to see.


    Let me paint you a little picture.....:wink:

    Imagine a fully farked KTM 950 Adventure taking a quick nap outside Starbucks. With a equally fully farkled rider staring down at it laughing his ass off! It was funny, my mistake, and it's location. I knew exactly what it looked like. Nothing to do but laugh at it and myself. :freaky

    I'm sure I looked as stereotypical "Adventure bike poser" as I could get at that moment!

    There I was in all my fancy gear, fancy bike and it was laying down outside Starbucks of course. :lol3


    So what happened? Well, let me give you a little background and the lesson to be had!


    I've been riding for about 32 years, I've put hundreds of thousands of miles on bikes and I know that no matter how long you ride or how good you think you are, silly little things happen. This is one of those moments.

    I just picked up this bike last month and only have about 2,000 miles on it. The previous owner in his infinite wisdom wired the heated grips to be on all the time and not shut off with the key. All of my other bikes has shut them down with the key. So of course I left the grips on this morning when I parked the bike!

    I just sold my business and decided I would take the morning off to have some coffee and read a book. Ironically, I decided to read the "Long way Round" since I have heard it is better than the show.

    So after spending several hours reading I came out to find a bike with a dead battery that would not start. No biggie....I've push started a dozen bikes over the years and I was on a nice little hill!:evil

    Rolled the bike out, put it in neutral, clutch in, and got a nice running start. Once up to a good clip I jumped aboard......well....mostly! I nudged the shift lever with my boot mid hop!! Kicking the bike into first and with a clutch that apparently drags with the bike off.....a LOT!! Stopped the bike dead in it's tracks with me half airborne trying to mount it! I continued right on over the bike to the right side and down we went!! I actually landed on my feet and ran it off, but the bike was down!!

    Laughing at myself and taking mental notes on the situation......."clutch drags"....:rofl


    I picked the bike up and called a buddy to see if he could come give it a jump start. After all, I was at the bottom the hill now!:lol3


    Bike has a little more character on the crash bars, pannier and mirrors, oh well, that it what I bought it for......to have fun with!!!:freaky
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  2. fudgypup

    fudgypup Banned

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    if only it had been a GSA. That would have been perfect :rofl
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  3. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    It was pretty good. KTM Adventure with hard bags on it. Rider in a full Rev'it Cayenne Pro, Arai, Sidi set up! I really looked like I was ready for a killer adventure to Starbucks!:lol3
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  4. muskieken

    muskieken Been here awhile

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    nice story. 20 years ago when i was learning how ride. went to the bank, parked the bike, but did not put the kickstand down, their was a thud as i was walking to the bank, good thing i always park away from other people, felt really silly.
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  5. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    I went to go get oil for an oil change. Pulled up at the store just as a buddy was walking out. We started chatting as I was getting off the bike and... I forgot to put the kickstand down. BAM!! :rofl


    Not quite as bad as the wheelie I looped while trying to impress a chick who I later found out was a lesbian . . . :baldy
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  6. Migolito

    Migolito Adventurer

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    Caught a shoelace on the peg of a Yamaha 250 once at a Starbucks. It's simply amazing how long it takes to fall down when you know everyone is looking...
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  7. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    But was she impressed?:D
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  8. doxiedog

    doxiedog Been here awhile

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    Forgot the sidestand,and tiped over and was trapped aganst the gas pump.
    Left foot stuck and right in the air,Needed a rescue.
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  9. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Left disk lock on bike in front of crowded movie theater parking lot.

    Vruuum CLUNK! eeeerrr, Thump.

    Mutter grumble...
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  10. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    The first week I got my F650GS Dakar, I stopped to get gas and a coffee. I was feeling pretty confident, but I pulled wide to avoid a car, my peg caught the curb, and I highsided into a pile of fresh mulch! It didn't hurt a thing other than my pride, but it gave me a new respect for paying attention all the time...
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  11. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Hmmmm......maybe this doesn't count as a crash since technically my bike wasn't running:lol3
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  12. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    How could she not be?? :scratch



    Unfortunately, no. :bluduh
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  13. sion

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    did that myself once...didnt drop the bike though, coz the cheap ass lock broke instead :lol3 so much for security, huh?
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  14. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    This is why only BMW riders hang around at Starbucks: KTM riders just can't handle it. :lol3









    :hide
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  15. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    The first three times I read this, I read it as "Not quite as bad as the wheelie I looped while trying to impress a chick who later found out I was a lesbian..."

    Made me scratch my head for a few minutes I'll say.
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  16. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    In a man's body. :lol3
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  17. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    I guess this is as good a place as any to make my first post here.

    At the even more glamorous Blockbusters Video (this was some years ago). With my '95 R100GS PD Classic on it's centerstand, I climbed on, started her up and I opened up the throttle as I rocked her forward off of the center-stand. It wasnt until a few feet later, just before my front wheel 'touched down' that I realized my steering was still locked with front wheel pointing hard right. I came off, pretty abruptly!! Just one more scrape on the bottom of that boxer's valve cover. :clap
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  18. stuckinUT

    stuckinUT I Wanna Ride!

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  19. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    They oughta name a coffee drink for that, like "Half-caff clutch-pop heated-grip carmel macchiato high-side. With room for cream. And a touch of Madagascar cinnamon....".
    Funny post. Oh the irony of a spotless ADV bike on its side in front of Starbucks..... :muutt Totally fits the profile! :poser
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  20. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    NO this counts double since the bike wasn't running:rofl
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