The dreaded tip-over...


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The dreaded tip-over...

Postby waituntilthebeep » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:10 am



Oh man... yesterday was one of those days. I left work early because I was way under the weather and I headed home. Home is a 2 hour commute away from work and I was really not feeling well. I knew I shouldn't have gone to work, or at least should have drove the truck so I had some place to take a nap (I hate to use crash in the same paragraph with my bike). I got to the halfway point which is a ferry ride across the Sound and got on the boat. Often times I will set the bike on the center stand and will scoot back into the passenger seat and use it like a recliner and watch videos or play games on my iPod. I felt so icky that I leaned back from the drivers seat and tried to relax. Unfortunately, I forgot that I had not put the bike on the center stand and the suspension compressed as I laid back. Just as I got laid down, the bike headed towards the right side propelled by the kickstand and WHAMMO... down on the ground. I tried to hold on to the armrests as we both went down and that didn't work out so well. I bent the hell out of the brackets so my armrests are all tweeked now. It also rammed the highway peg dealy into the valve cover. Didn't break the cover but it did damage the highway peg assy and slightly bend the bar it attaches to. It's all repairable and I am thankful I didn't get any part of me under the bike when it went down or that would have been bad news. A guy in a van that was next to me came running over to try and help me but me being stubborn (and having damaged my baby... and my ego) I wouldn't let him help me right it. Good thing I watched a video on YouTube about standing a Wing back up, huh? I sat and sulked... and cussed under my breath... after putting the bike on the center stand of course. Oh the sound it makes when you drop a Wing on the steel deck of a large boat!!! I am going to guess I am on someones phone as I stumbled about collecting myself and putting my ride back on both feet. Won't make that mistake again!



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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby Ockerstrom » Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:31 am

They make a worse sound when they slide down the road in to the back of the car in front of you..... I speak from recent personal experience :oops:

Always accept an offer of help to get your bike upright, doing your back in is not worth being macho for.

Hope whatever bug ailed you has passed. :?
Two hour one way commute sucks, but a ferry ride in the middle must be awesome... especially on the homeward leg. 8-)
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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby waituntilthebeep » Sat Oct 05, 2013 7:18 am

Sorry to hear about your bike Ock... I can imagine how much that sucks. The ferry ride is nice the first dozen times. Then it is just part of the monotony of the trip.

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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby JDMAG » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:01 am

I know it will happen to me, so where is that video? I hope you are feeling better.

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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby Mag » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:06 am

And I thought I had a long commute with 70 mins....but I do not have a boat in the middle.....bummer fall :( brush it off, and no, don't get too down about the damage, all repairable like ya said.

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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby bill jamison » Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:18 am

After a couple of drops at gas stations and one in a gravel parking lot at slow speed my wife insisted on me getting a trike!!! No more drops or fear of a little gravel for an old guy like me!!!

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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby detdrbuzzard » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:23 pm

hope you are feeling better and the wing is fixed up soon but always accept help picking up your wing. a few yaers ago i picked up a couple of walmart gel pads on a friday nite. saturday morning i decided to test them out. i put one on the wing and headed for the gas station. still half asleep i guess when i pulled next to the pump and didn't notice the uneven-ness of the ground. when i put the kick stand down the bike rolled foward and over it went. i was heading for the door and looked back at the wing laying on its side and said to myself " i'll deal with it after i pay for gas " well some young man that was in the building saw what happened and came out and offered to help and i let him. i gave him $5.00 thanked him and told him breakfast was on me
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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby seelyark1 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:14 pm

After the third time mine rolled forward off the side stand in my down hill driveway.... I finally decided to leave it in gear and let the stand switch shut it off in gear. Hasn't fallen over since. I feel your pain, but at least noone else saw it.
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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby Ockerstrom » Sun Oct 06, 2013 6:02 am

Thanks WUTB, all is ok with the bike again after the slide and hit. ;)

I was very surprised at how little damage was done.

Ground the right hand crash bars a fair bit, bent the front brake lever slightly and smashed the front fender against the tow bar on the rear of the car it hit.

I've replaced the fender, though I'm not entirely happy with the respray color match I did on it- will redo it again, still looking for right hand front and rear crash bars.... but I'm back riding the bike again so all is good.

I'd love to see some photos of your ferry ride if you have any.

Hope that bug you had didn't return. :)
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Re: The dreaded tip-over...

Postby Happytrails » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:41 am

Thats a long commute but at least you get to do it on a motorcycle :D


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