No longer a virgin - dropped it yesterday.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by FlyFishJeff, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    There are two group's of riders, those that have dropped and those that will.

    I moved from the latter into the former group yesterday.

    Lesson learned: always put your uphill foot down after coming to a stop.

    I am used to riding in very flat areas. After a gas stop in a very hiilly area in WV on my way to Pittsburgh. I came to a stop and attempted to put my left foot down as I always do. Surprise! The ground was a long way down, and the bike went over with a thud. It was a hell of a struggle picking it up since it had fallen over downhill of a steep incline.

    The most damage was to my ego. Just a few scrapes on the corner of the Trax luggage, bar end, and engine guard. The bike has some character now, and so do I!

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  2. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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    Welcome to the club! I've gotten used to dropping my 1150GSA now. I think I'm up to 4 drops at zero or one mile per hour. The most recent was last week in the parking lot of a Mexican food restaurant. I hopped off as it went over, stood there and had a good laugh about it, then got to the business of picking her up.

    Such is life.
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  3. Ed~

    Ed~ What, Me Worry?

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    I had to spend a bit to get a mental picture of what you were describing... then I got it.
    Bwah ha ha ha!
    :lol3

    Come now, a Wee is not even that tall with the stock seat. Climb atop a KTM or XR and you'll see how/where you stop will really become a part of your riding consciousness.

    BTW, even accounting for the extra weight, a GS is easier to pick up than most bikes due to the fairly high angle that the cylinder protectors help keep the bike "at rest".
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  4. sattwood3590

    sattwood3590 n00b

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    The first time I dropped my 1200GS was at the motorcycle races in Auburn, Ca. Good a nice round of applause from those that saw it. Oh well!

    --Steve
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  5. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    It's all relative to the inseam, my friend!

    I would be dropping a KTM constantly on level ground! My 31 inch inseam pretty much eliminates the big orange bikes for me. :freaky
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  6. VegasDesertRat

    VegasDesertRat n00b

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    On my XRL, I've dropped it at least 6 times from stop to 2 mph,:roflI have a 34" inseam,,:lurk
    Glad I'm not alone....
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  7. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    I posted the story of my drop for 2 reasons:

    1. Hopefully somebody will avoid dropping the bike when stopping perpendicular on a hill by putting the UPHILL foot down.

    2. Misery loves company!
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  8. 67beertech

    67beertech n00b

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    Welcome to the club....on a recent trip to Europe, I gently laid down my Dakar 4 times in the first 2 weeks. Bruised ego and bar ends......I suspect it wasn't the last time either.
    I have found that picking up is easier facing away from the bike...and lift with your legs...must be somekind of leverage thingy...
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  9. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    I :muutt Saturday going two (2) mph in a gas station parking lot, taking off from a stop and turning and just fell over :huh......... Bike ('11 GSA) lost it's unscrathed patina and I was :baldy:becca:shog:cry

    I try to use gravity and centrifugal precedence to my advantage but gravity won this time as the other had not taken effect yet
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  10. ZaethDekar

    ZaethDekar Been here awhile

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    Sounds to me it almost seems like the bike might be the issue :p

    My Versys only layed down once.... Granted I have a 38" inseam and I too put my foot down on the downhill side, where there was also gravel.

    I could only laugh when I fell over as my Gerbing gear connector brought me down with the bike so as I tried to skip away from the bike it pulled me back onto itself.
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  11. The Evil Twin

    The Evil Twin Boxer Freak

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    I'm imagining one of those paddles with the ball attached by a rubber band! Thanks for the chuckle :) I've been in the bike down club too. All you can do is pick it up and ride on!
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  12. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    :lol3 Going down with the ship!
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  13. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    I've got a 30" inseam ride a bunch of different KTM's. It's about technique not getting your feet flat on the ground.
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  14. kevlar930

    kevlar930 Been here awhile

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    Been there, done that. I managed to do it on a K1200S. Downhill foot onto gravel. Over we went!
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  15. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    You're awesome!

    I don't think I'll ever be comfortable on a bike as tall as the KTM. Luckily, there are other bikes with lower seat heights for me.
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  16. Ed~

    Ed~ What, Me Worry?

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  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Well, I guess dropping them is better than crashing them. :freaky
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  18. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    been there, done that :D. My bike isn't a GS, but I'm tiptoed on it. leisurely stop at a red light turned into a fall-off when I put the left foot down and initially didn't feel any ground there. doesn't help if you negligently let the handlebars turn in the direction of the drop all the while clamping down on that front brake. now I take a quick look before I stop to know what I'm up against. and keep the bars straight. and don't let that left foot step on any loose gravel or oil. (these really are all the thoughts going through my mind when coming up to a stop now).

    It's helpful when there's a transient gentleman at the red light next to the interstate on ramp who will come out and help you pick up the bike :D
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  19. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    I guess the world needs "transient gentlemen" too! :lol3

    Thanks for sharing your story.
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  20. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    It was definitely a humbling experience. I distinctly remember rolling up to the intersection and thinking "ugh, a homeless guy. He's gonna ask for money." Interesting how the situation reversed itself and he was the one helping me. I do believe that what goes around comes around, and I wish the best for that guy (whoever he was) ... he really helped me out of a little jam.
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