You dropped it how many time!

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  1. motorhead1977

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    #1: 1974 dropped a 1968 Triumph Bonneville when, while in college, I pulled up in front of the house after being out all night "partying" came to a stop and never put my feet down. Promptly gave up "partying" and motorcycle riding as concurrent events.

    #2: 1980 dropped my 1974 CB350F in a parking lot. Got talking while parking the bike and just plain forgot to put down the side stand.

    #3: 1990 dropped my 1982 VF750S when crossing a very damp center line paint stripe leaned over hard in a curve. Bike and I separated, both of us came to a stop and I ran over picked her up and got out of there before any helpful citizens called for assistance.

    #4: 2009 dropped my 2007 VFR800 RWB when coming to a stop in a parking lot and on putting my right foot down I pulled my right hamstring! Leg collapsed and so did I and the bike. Over on the right side but sliders and factory hard bags prevented any real damage to the bike. Several Harley riders in the lot came over and picked the bike (and me as left leg not functioning well just then) up and set everything upright. Very helpful group. BTW - they liked the RWB VFR.

    In all not a bad track record for 43 years of riding.
     
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    that reminds me of one of my dads friends when i was a kid. he had a kickstart only sporty and if he could start it without falling off they figured he could ride home. a few times, though he would talk someone into starting it and letting him go. i dont know know how none of those guys died in bike accidents. riding drunk on big ass shaky heavy bikes that dont stop easily you would think would have at least got one or two. they mostly lived to get liver complications which is worse than dying in fiery bike crash imo.
     
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    Did you read my signature? :biggrin-new:
     
  4. 34468 Randy

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    Some funny reads here guys. I feel so much better now knowing I am not the only clutz out there.
     
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    First drop was while test driving my 97 vfr ... fuck. I was turning around on a steep driveway and went to put my foot down and found my leg to be inches too short :(
    2nd was when i locked up the front in my gravel driveway trying to not hit the neighbors barking rat. cracked the headlight lens and scuffed the paint
     
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    Drop #1: 1983 Honda Goldwing GL1100. Wife (at the time) and I were in a dirt field at a local event, went to turn around and the front wheel slid out, both of us went down with a rather embarrassed look.
     
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    I dropped my 1983 Shadow 750 twice on the dirt.

    I mostly dropped my 1983 Wing on a snowy road. I was two hours from home and the roads had been clear until I got to my friend's neighborhood. I was fine until I went to turn (very slowly) into his driveway. I went over onto the crash guard. Fortunately, there was no traffic so I had time to go to his garage, get a shovel and clear a path to finish the ride.
    I dropped my Bandit 1200 at about 10 miles an hour when I was trying to rub the surface rust off the front rotors. Caught real good all of the sudden.

    And, finally, I dropped my VFR twice this summer within 3 minutes. Once on each side. The first time, I was backing my bike and lost my balance on a slight rise. It slid across the road on one side. I picked it up, put down the kickstand ad when I was looking at the damage on the fairing, it fell over the other direction because it was too straight up on the kickstand. I am not proud of this.
     
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    Thanks to this thread, I now know NOT to let scubalong ride my bike. He's so close to me it's dangerous.:rofl:
     
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    OK I'll add my mishaps:

    1. 1979 Honda CM400T (First bike) I was out riding it for the first time before I got it registered or insured. I had just passed the MSF riders course and still had my paper license from the DMV for my M1 riders license. I made it from my apartment to a friends house with no problem all on side streets. On the way back I was getting bold and decided to take the main street through town as I could go a bit faster and hit 3rd gear. Just when things were getting fun the bike stuttered as I was coming to a stop at a light. I got it started and tried to pull off when it pitched forward and bumped the curb; BAMM!!! right on the sidewalk... :tsk: I quickly stood up and looked up the street to see a group of LEO's pulled over, talking outside their cars. They looked in my direction and started walking towards me to help right the bike. I quickly summoned the strength of Hercules and jerked the bike upright and waved them off. The last thing I needed was them lifting the bike to see the plates 3 years out of registration! I realized I was out of gas and had to push the bike past them to get to a gas station 2 blocks ahead. I'm glad I took off my jacket and draped it over the seat covering the tags as i limped it past to the station. Didn't ride it again until it was registered.

    2. 1976 Honda CB750F Super Sport: Misjudged a decreasing radius turn and ran off the road. I jumped off the bike right before it slammed on its right side; i somehow stayed on my feet. Picked up the bike, stomped out the grass fire the exhaust started and bolted.

    3. CB750 again: I was bumped in heavy traffic while crossing the Bay Bridge on the way to San Francisco. The tires slipped on the lane bubbles and my left foot peg caught the rear tire of a big "Duelly" F350 pick up which snapped it off. This caused me to get crossed up on the lane bubbles again and launched me over the handlebars at about 35 miles an hour. Somehow i managed to do 3 perfect rolls and pushed myself right up on my feet (graceful but i felt it the next day...). We put the bike in the back of the truck and he took me to work. I MacGyvered the rearset and was able to ride it home later that day.

    4. CB750 AGAIN: My street is at the crest of a hill and people always seem to fly on this street at 10 to 15 miles an hour over the posted speed limit even though you can't see whats on the other side. I approached one day to turn left on my street when this stoopid teenaged girl caught air coming over the crest just as I started to turn. I grabbed and stomped the brakes just as she passed less than 2 feet in front of me. The momentum flopped me on my side. The girl never stopped... I'm still looking for her... :rant:

    I'm dreading the day my RWB VFR takes a nap...

    Does my 05' Silver melting count??? It never fell over!!
     
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    Wow. These are a few good stories. Especially the first one. Wouldn't that just be the icing on the cake seeing your bike getting hooked by the police on your first otherwise legal ride? At least they made an attempt to come over to help you lift it up.

    Your Silver one? That is just a sad story all over so we will just remember that one in honour of its memory and count you as 4....so far.
     
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    Zero drops. The cat had a close encounter to the groud, put up some streght, and save it at the last moment (forgot to put the side stand when unmounting). Now I always kill the engine with the side stand
     
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    Ok, so, I have 4. This is a symptom of two things: The VFR is my first bike, and it is heavy, and the second, I am a pathetic weakling that has had a recent hip reconstruction (at age 26).

    No drops in the MSF course, no drops riding my parent's BMW's, Ducati's, or the Ninja my mom rides. And I'm not including the drops on dirtbikes when I was 10-15. Those don't count. Also, they are innumerable. and hilarious.

    #1) First day of riding my VFR, it stalls coming up the ramp out of my garage. The ramp is somewhat famous around here for being evil on anything with less than four tires, even on foot. It stalled, I put my foot down, it slipped, and the bike fell over. I rolled down the ramp, but the VFR stopped where it fell. Had to have help getting it back up, and this incident is what encouraged me to start lifting weights seriously.

    #2) I pulled into the top of the driveway ramp (that damn thing again) put my foot down on a discarded AAA battery (RAGEFACE) slipped, and dropped the bike. Was able to lower it down slowly, but it bent the clutch lever and scratched the fairing. Got it up by myself, didn't think anyone was watching. My wife had seen the whole thing from the window of our apartment. (Shame)

    #3) The clutch in the bike was smoked, which I didn't know until I took it into the city of Trento for the first time. As it petered out, I got frustrated. When I had no more power, I parked the bike in an alley and began the long process of trying to figure out what to do. Two hours later, in the sun in full gear, the truck that was coming to pick me up was calling and yelling at me in Italian, and I tried to roll the bike to the side of the road so he could see me. Gravel. Fall. Really nice guy pulls his car over, hops out, and helps me pick up the bike. No damage, but I was tired and pissed. And I needed new clutch plates and a tow. Expensive day.

    #4) The most recent was caused by a careless person in my building leaving little sticks from an art project all over the garage area (I'm in the building, the person is me). I stepped on one, fell, hitting my (helmeted) head on a neighbor's car. No damage to anything. Picked it up easily (Thanks weightlifting!).

    Wow, that wasn't nearly as embarrassing as I thought. And not bad considering this is my first year of riding on the road, and I have been a very nearly daily rider, in all weather conditions, in the Italian alps.

    ~jack
     
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    Saw one of these at a rummage sell a few years back, should have got it.
     
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    So you have also ridden Foot-Up trials?

    Off road spills too many to mention (this includes going over the bars whilst going UP a hill)

    On the VFR only one (and a crash). To get round the back of where I live I have to negotiate a narrow tricky section around the house. I had become quite good at this and was even doing it feet up. One day I reckon "the key to this is momentum", you know the rest. Fortunately it fell against the wall, I was still devastated though

    Thinking about this topic I realised I've dropped both my GS450 and CB1100R while push starting them, clearly I'm not very good at that.
     
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    Looks like these various get offs are relative to the number of bikes and years of experience. Mostly that is.

    Maybe there should be one of them whachamacallum stinkys called "The Confessional ". They say it's good for the soul.
     
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    1: 70's CB750- had pits on the front fork which caused a loss of a drop of fluid every time the fork seal passed it. Like drops in a bucket- eventually it was enough loss in one fork leg to cause tank slappers above 50mph.

    I always managed to catch the oscillation before it got completely outta control but it became routine to check/top off fork oil.

    Too routine in fact. One time while servicing the fork I neglected to put a jack under the bike. Upon removing the second fork cap the springs suddenly popped up, the bike slammed down onto the tire and the whole mess promptly fell over while I stood there tools in hand. Dumb!

    2: same CB750- loaded down with camping gear for 2. My cuz rode an enduro so he had limited room. But my 750 had old school fiberglass panniers and a sissy bar with K&G rack.
    On it I had 2 sleeping bags, 2 tents, a double burner camp stove, 4 propane cylinders, cookware and a duffle of clothes.
    We arrived safely at the grassy hilly fairgrounds, unloaded and then proceeded to head into town for supplies. Just before reaching Tarmac my front wheel slid sideways and I high sided.

    3: VFR800- just got back from a CL deal where I scored a givi rack, headlight, factory repair manual, etc. After hanging the rack off the bike I decided to pop my ass onto the rear seat to check the fit.

    With the bike on the side stand I reached down to flip the left passenger peg down and then reached down for the right. Well the bike fell over to the right of course despite my momentary effort to counterbalance and then squat press it up. Fickin heavy!


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    All I can say is holy shit guys....what a bunch of klutz's.
     
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    Guess who the klutz fairies will be paying a visit to this spring


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    Already told my klutz mishaps.....guess if it hasnt happened yet to any rider ....It will
    Remember when I startes to heavy haul and this guy comes up to me when I was a rookie and asked ..have ya hit a bridge yet..Im like noooo...he looks at me and says as hes walkin away....you will. Ten years later three inches to high with a crane.
    It is what it is...shit happens
     
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    Was it just then that a kid came along and said let the air out of the tires? And all the townspeople cheered and did just that as you ruined 6 good rims and tires while destroying the asphalt in the process?

    From the Internet classic:
    "There was once a man who drove a truck on a road through a town and got stuck under a bridge that had a low clearance. The men of the town gathered around the wedged truck to think of ways to dismantle the truck or the bridge. Finally, a young boy came up and asked, "Why don't you let some air out of the tires?" That is what they did, and the truck went on its way."



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