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OnPapasWing
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Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:15 am



Yep, I laid it down Monday on the way to work. :shock: I was taking a main road (Lapeer) to a side road (Taylor) and just as I got onto Taylor the bike stalled and laid down. I didn't get hurt but it caught me off guard. I think I had it geared to high (third gear) causing it to stall. The corner is almost a switchback. I'll be it's 135 - 140 degrees so it's tight. I've done this corner many times on my Shadow and quite a few times on the Wing so I know the routine. I just think that my head wasn't in the game and didn't gear down enough. It happened so fast that I couldn't react. The tires didn't break from under the bike, no gravel or wet roads, it just stopped and laid down. I was already leaned over to make the turn so it didn't have far to go. LOL

I'm surprised how easy it was to right the bike. I fell to the right so I just lowered the kickstand, lifted the bike as instructed (one hand on handle bar and one on passenger seat grab bar), lifted and rolled it over to the kickstand.




I've always heard there are two kinds of riders; those who HAVE laid it down and those who WILL lay it down. I can now say that I'm in the "HAVE" club. Now that I have that out of the way I can ride on. :oops:

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:17 am

Glad to hear you weren't hurt, sounds like the damage to the bike might also be minimal!! Lucky outcome..

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby bustedwing » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:27 am

Very glad that you and your bike went thru that class of hard knocks with minimal scarring. Someone should come up with a graduate pin for all of us that have made this humiliating but valuable step in biker education.
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:29 am

Yep, just scrapes to the guards... and a little bruised ego. LOL

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby thrasherg » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:45 am

bruised Ego's recover quickly.. but scrapes to the guards take longer :lol: As you say, it will happen to us all eventually..
As stated, glad to hear you weren't hurt..

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:28 am

"Someone should come up with a graduate pin for all of us that have made this humiliating but valuable step in biker education."

That's a great idea bustedwing. Do it, I'll bet you would sell a million of them. Or you could do a rocker style patch ("laid with style") with annual patches below it for every year you dropped it. :lol:

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:09 pm

Welcome to the club, glad you were unhurt. 8-)
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:27 pm

Thanks Todd. Me too. It was an easy fall. :?

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby Mag » Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:29 pm

When I read the title, I was thinking "uh oh", so now I am glad you laid it down this way, more of an "oops" than a "whoops".

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:46 am

Yep, pretty much. I thought the funny I posted with the horse in the OP kind of said it all. Of course, at that moment if my bike were a horse I might have shot it. ;)

It's nice that Honda put some forethought into protecting the bike knowing how big and heavy they were. Probably figured that more than once they would be dropped. Pfffffffttttttt.

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby bjatwood » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:09 pm

Welcome to the "Club"! These big Wings are pretty balanced with the weight down low using the technique you used to get it (the bike) upright. Glad you were not hurt, and the bike just scraped up a bit.
Now your guards match the rest of ours! :lol:

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:51 pm

Haha, nice. Battle scars right?!?

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby themainviking » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:09 am

I have a patch that says "Roadrash Survivor", and I earned it.
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:06 pm

Sweet. That's a good one. Although I'm not to sure I would want to admit it. LOL

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby titanium » Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:54 pm

Only time that I laid my gl1800 down was with my wife on the back.
Pulled into a farmers lane and stopped to turn around. Upon stopping, figured out that the portion of the lane under my feet dipped with the ditch. My feet could not touch. I jumped off and slowed the fall.
The whole time I was instructing my wife to put her feet down.

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:47 pm

Yep, that would be my fear of having the Mrs. on the bike. I guess I need to go back and take some refresher safety courses. Took the basic and the ERC but with my Shadow Aero 750. Not the same.

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby themainviking » Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:52 pm

OnPapasWing wrote:Sweet. That's a good one. Although I'm not to sure I would want to admit it. LOL


Ya git hit by a car, that's it, that's all. I got no problem admitting it.
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby OnPapasWing » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:09 pm

There you go, man up!! Nicely done. At least when you admit it then it's harder for anyone to give you crap about it.
You are the MAINVIKING!! :lol: Stand up and be counted.

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby bustedwing » Mon Jun 30, 2014 7:32 pm

Like I said, it's a badge of hard knocks, kinda like stripes for your steps of status. If you get too many they give you a rubber bubble! :D
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby Happytrails » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:45 pm

Glad to hear you weren't hurt. These bikes are beast.
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Re: Laid it down...

Postby Wein6 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 3:34 pm

Man you all make it sound "OK" that some laid their bike down. Being a newer rider, and knowing it, I really felt the newness of my abilities. My first time on my first bike just a few blocks from home, only days after I took the "class", I had forgotten I was on a GW vs that little thing I used to test/practice on.
I quickly learned, Every Time, Every Bike, FULL ATTENTION, full gear. I'm Ok and the bike is ok. Actually I think I'm better than OK I'm learned at the cost of a sore shoulder and a scratched bar.

Thanks OnPapasWing for putting yourself out there. Thanks to all the rest for soothing the ego.

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Re: Laid it down...

Postby bustedwing » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:25 pm

I was at a PGR mission today, was standing beside my trike and another member came into the grassy area we were in. He tried to make a turn but laid it down, best part was with the grass it didn't even leave a scratch. Took 5 guys to help him lift his Harley back up but he is now in the" I ve earned my stripes " category.


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