Well, that was stupid of me.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by ______, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. ______

    ______ Been here awhile

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    Leaving work last Friday I come to the end of the steep driveway. Combined with the crown of the road there is almost a Vee shape to transition from driveway to road. I look left, then right and briefly left again. Out of the corner of my eye I catch motion on my left, so I stop. As I put my feet down I notice that my front tire is on the road and back tire is still on the driveway. This leaves an extra three inches between the ground and my feet. The FJR starts a slow tip to the left, and once that pig starts falling there's not much to do but get clear.

    I managed to land on my feet, and only scraped the left side bag a little. I also managed to get it back up and haul ass out of there before any coworkers saw my misstep.

    The movement on the left that caused me to stop was a car turning left from the adjacent driveway and was no danger to me at all.
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  2. Raabe

    Raabe CAW CAW!!!

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    Shit happens.

    If the metal steeds decide to lay down, then they will do and only the few with light machines and lots of muscles might stop them from taking a nap.

    Similar happened here too last week, wife sitting on back, attempting reeeeally slow and careful 160degree turn, loosing balance, out of brainfailure biting the front brakes (on gravel of course) and the steed was deciding to be tired and that it needs a nap right now.

    Luckily my TA has good crashbars so nothing happened at all.

    But aside of that i do not think such a topic is related to "faceplant", shame on me if i am wrong!

    br Raabe
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  3. PETDOC

    PETDOC Long timer

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    Been there, done that, got the tee shirt!
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  4. Ayrshire Bull

    Ayrshire Bull why the hell not?

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    you're not alone :lol3 the feej is indeed a big heavy thing, once it's decided it's nap time
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  5. Sic Semper Tyrannis

    Sic Semper Tyrannis Plays with Banjos, Boats and Bikes...

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    Snagged a bootlace in the shifter lever years ago on a gs 550. Long slow fall. Got my boot unhooked on the way down and caught it and lowered it the last foot.

    Got it back it back up and flooded.

    How embarrassing. Right in front of a cop.
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  6. SgtDuster

    SgtDuster Long timer

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    Maybe this time but you better win a little scratch on your bike than some titanium rods or worst.
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  7. ______

    ______ Been here awhile

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    So true.
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  8. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    At least you didn't do something silly like try and stop it.

    Several inmates have been laid up tearing things loose doing just that.
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  9. alii1959

    alii1959 Been here awhile

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    Today was the first day of classes for students. And, as a teacher, I was dying to get away for my relaxing ride home. So, after a summer of doing things a particular way.... I forgot that I had put the disk lock on and I ignored the reminder cable on the brake lever. Made it about a foot and did a cartoon stop and slowly clanked over onto the right side. What an idiot I are. Fortunately, no one was around to fall down laughing.... I wasn't mad, just greatly embarrassed to be in my skin. Geez.
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  10. Robus

    Robus Adventurer

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    Stop before you get to the end of the driveway. Put your feet down. Look both ways. Proceed.
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  11. Wingfixer

    Wingfixer Watch this...

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    Been there, done that! There is even a club for it! Read my sig line, CDA stands for Connie Droppers Anonymous! :lol3
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  12. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    I won't say I've ever done this... if you don't ask how my right case and mirror got scratched. Put the frame protectors that had been sitting in my toolbox for months on that evening.
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  13. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    Well, don't feel like the Lone Ranger. I did the same thing on my GS in my own driveway, the engine was cold and the fuel injection hiccupped when I rolled off the throttle quickly when I saw a car coming down the road and BOINK, down I went. The car driver (a Harley rider of course :D) helped me pick the Big Pig up; no damage thanks to crash bars. I finished a long ride on my RT one day and pulled into my driveway very tired, thought I'd get off and go straight to the center stand without that time-consuming side stand thing, and promptly dropped the bike to the right. Adrenaline and shame kicked in, so I ran around to the other side, hoisted the fully-loaded hog and promptly dropped it on the left side because I forgot to put the kickstand down first. Gently picked it up and got it on the side stand after taking some deep breaths. No damage because I had a big duffle bag strapped on and it cushioned things, but my neighbor watched the whole spastic episode from 20 feet away.

    I have since paid more attention to this stuff, but I'm pretty sure I'll drop the bike again. It can happen so fast. Like you said, sometimes you just have to get out of it's way 'cuz you can't stop it.

    Doug
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  14. lineareagle

    lineareagle philomath

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    Probably one of the hardest things to be consistent on is STOPPING at every unmarked intersection and taking the time to look. So easy to snap a look back and forth and then proceed.
    Do this enough and eventually you will end up a hood ornament or cranking to a stop and dropping the bike.
    As others have said BTDT!
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  15. Ayrshire Bull

    Ayrshire Bull why the hell not?

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    Probably one of the hardest things to be consistent on is STOPPING at every unmarked intersection and taking the time to look. So easy to snap a look back and forth and then proceed.

    yup - I agree with Lineareagle on this one - I make a point of a solid foot touch down stop, every time. Combine this with 45-ing the corner, and your take off is smooth and safe.
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  16. Lep

    Lep Been here awhile

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    I'll admit to doing the exact same thing as the OP in the same circumstances. I did it leaving the driveway of a motel and unlike the OP I needed help to pick up the bike (Deauville).

    Around here by far the majority of back road intersections are unmarked and that combined with narrrow, winding roads, dappled light and gravel scattered on the road by other vehicles makes them dangerous. Approaching such intersections downhill on a sealed road with a scattering of gravel needs a lot of care. Others roll through, I always stop.
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  17. Blue Mule

    Blue Mule Persistent Slacker

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    Hi Kirk!

    How've Ya been?

    Dan from cadvr.
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  18. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    I was 21 and just got my NEW 68 Hodaka Ace 100 went up into the mountains above Boulder Colo. I was crossing a creek we had crossed in the summer for a picnic. I was about 20 feet away from the place we waded six inches deep I rode through the thin ice at the edge ended sitting in tank deep water . i pushed it out made a fire mostly dried myself then pulled the plug and air cleaner kicked the Two cycle engine about 50 times put the plug back in and it started! left the air cleaner off till I got home.:D
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  19. ______

    ______ Been here awhile

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    Hey Dan,

    Nice to hear from you. No CADVR for me this year. I lost track of time and didn't realize until it was over.
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  20. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    I've done that in the dirt MANY times on my KLR (it sucks when the wheels are uphill) and I recently snagged my boot on some luggage while dis mounting, resulting in the slow motion lowering of the bike onto my self, while positioning the bars to allow me room to later escape (after I got my foot untangled from the drawstring on my tent bag) That one no one saw, even though it happened in a friends driveway after a 300 mile ride. A rearranging of things was required before I continued my trip :D
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