First Time Dropped the Bike


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First Time Dropped the Bike

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Did the parking FUBAR. Had my lady on the back & twenty other bikes on the ride. Tried to turn the wheel to hard when starting out. Bike just fell over. Nothing hurt but pride.

DARN it was embrassing

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Did exactly the same thing shortly after buying my bike in the yard of the seller. Embarrassing but at least there was someone around to help me pick it up.

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I don't wanna talk about it... :(

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Been there done that!~~~=(

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Dropped mine twice last week. Tuesday it was sheer stupidity. I was at work and moving it to bring into the back, I did not realize the blacktop was that much higher than the grass until it fell off. Had assistance getting that. The very next night....I live on a dirt road and they had just graded it. This makes it very soft AND brings up all the marble rocks to the top, when I made the right turn into my driveway at very slow speed, down she went! embarrassed. It was a very hot day and literally could not pick it up alone. The video showing how easy it is on here is great except it does not work on loose gravel/dirt. A neighbor driving past assisted with getting it back on its wheels.

I have one fork leaking badly (it goes in the 6th for rebuilding both forks, and that was the side I was turning to. Don't know if it will affect handling, have to assume if the left side is full of pressure and the right is not it will make a difference. Now I have also removed the overly large floorboards and replaced with with foot pegs.

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stitch0852 wrote: The video showing how easy it is on here is great except it does not work on loose gravel/dirt. .
For anyone who hasn't seen it



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Very awesome video, extremely informative, but it didn't work for me on freshly graded gravel/dirt road. Hoping to not have the opportunity to try it on blacktop or paved surfaces, though. :D

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After reading this thread have to admit i did smile to myself a little,i was relieved to know i wasn't the only one who had dropped the bike when turning/stood......The first time ..yes more than once :oops: ...i stopped at the main road after pulling out of a rest spot,unfortunately the exit cambered sharply to the left and my leg was about a foot too short :oops: :oops: ..but..fortunately for me i had watched the video on "you tube" a while before and boy wasn't i glad i had...i picked the bike up with ease,at the time i was a few months short of 64 and felt "quite chuffed" with myself for being able to do it..although i did feel a pillock for doing it in the first place... :D ..ride safe..paulr

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Mine has been down a couple times. The chances of your bike going down is closely related to how many people are there to see it happen.
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Still waiting to drop my 83. Had a couple close calls, but so far she's been kind to me. I hope it never happens, but on the other hand there is some strange urge to lay it down just so I can try the 'pick it back up technique' in that video. ;)
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Had my 01 go over slow just like on laugh-in. My wife and I went to visit my son. When we got there he was in the yard so I just stopped at the curb, and we sat on the bike. While we were talking, my wife shifted her weight, and reached down to pet the dog. Caught me off guard, but once it started over there was no stopping it. Anyway my son got a good laugh out of it after he helped me pick it up. :lol: :lol:

I also laid it on the side one time to change both tires. It made it easy to take both tires, and wheels down to have new ones installed, and using the method in the Gold Book it came back up really easy. 8-)
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i've never dropped my bike because no one saw me do it
:D

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squirrel wrote:i've never dropped my bike because no one saw me do it
:D
Ha ha ha ha first thing I did was look around when it happened to me, funny thing was ....I was in my freakin basement alone.. :shock:

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I dropped by 82 wing on loose gravel and I managed to get it back up on 2 wheels. I used the same technique in the video. But man the next day was I sore!!! The best thing is not drop it to begin with. But it happens. So dont be ashamed if it happens to you cause its happened to me too.
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littlebeaver wrote:
squirrel wrote:i've never dropped my bike because no one saw me do it
:D
Ha ha ha ha first thing I did was look around when it happened to me, funny thing was ....I was in my freakin basement alone.. :shock:
How many miles can you put on in one's basement :lol: What did I miss here ? :lol:

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Note to self; ALWAYS remove the rotor lock before getting under way. If you don't, your bike will fall over with you and your wife already on it and a parking lot FULL of people watching.

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seabeechief wrote:Note to self; ALWAYS remove the rotor lock before getting under way. If you don't, your bike will fall over with you and your wife already on it and a parking lot FULL of people watching.

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Instead of starting a new thread, thought I'd revive this old one... topic never gets old.
First season on my GL1100... got about 750 miles on it, starting to feel confident. Was meeting some friends at a Dairy Queen after a Classic Car nite (Sponsors welcome Vintage Bikes as well). I was last to arrive. They had jumped in their cars, while I donned the gear and chatted with a couple other Wingers at the show. Funny how quickly other Wingers and prior Wingers appear out of nowhere if you just stand by your bike in a public place.
Parking lot was nearly full, but a few spots open at the back, a low area that had sand and dirt washed onto the blacktop. Room to make a U-turn and face uphill, so I started my best slow speed U. Half way thru, the front wheel slipped, I put my left foot down which promptly slid out, and in "slow motion" my brain concluded I can't save it & stepped away as gracefully as possible. Thankfully I was still upright, as the bike sat there on the crash bar. Shut it off and looked around... big audience. A friend, young man with beefy build (remember I am a 77 yo senior) ran to help. We both knew the procedure and he put his back to the bike, while I positioned on the high side to catch it as it came up. He squats, finds a handhold and lifts. Both feet slide out and he's down on his butt. Now we're both embarrassed, looking like a Keystone Kops routine. We kick some sand out of the way, and I try to add what help I can from the high side, and he tries again... success!
But it was a good experience as I survived the embarrassment, learned the bike suffers no damage, learned to never overestimate my skill nor underestimate the treachery of sand, and appreciate help from good friends.
Now I know the truth behind the saying " there are two kinds of Wingers... those that have dropped the bike, and those that will drop the bike". I am now a baptized member of the former group. Experience is a harsh teacher, but you WILL learn.

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i was lucky, i dropped mine during a low-speed u-turn with nobody looking. squeezed the front brake and down she went. at 65 i am no spring chicken either but it's amazing how quick and agile we become when 750 lbs is toppling over. luckily, i had just watched a video the day before on how to pick up a fallen wing or i would have needed to go looking for help.
the crash guards REALLY show their worth when a wing goes down.

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jerigillam wrote:
Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:36 pm
Still waiting to drop my 83. Had a couple close calls, but so far she's been kind to me. I hope it never happens, but on the other hand there is some strange urge to lay it down just so I can try the 'pick it back up technique' in that video. ;)
If you decide to give in to that urge, change the rear tire. To do so, put a cardboard box (big one) on your driveway and cover with a blanket (moving pad works great). Lay the bike on it's right side, extend the center stand, remove the rear wheel and go get your tire changed (only do this if you are in need of a tire at the time), put the wheel back on, put the center stand back up, and then pick the bike up in accordance with the video... put the side stand out before doing it so the bike knows when to stop :o

Whoops!!! Just noticed you are the proud owner of an 83 Goldwing, so my post no longer applies. It is, however, good for GL1800 owners who experience that same urge.
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I dropped mine first time I rode it. Parked on gravel shoulder to fetch some runaway parts and it fell. Me, I careened off into a ditch as I tried to catch my balance. An old guy stopped to help me raise the monster and nice lady fetched the side cover. I felt like a fool. I've been a licensed driver for 58 years. Just goes to show you are never too old to feel stupid.

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Back in March, I wanted my daughter to learn to ride my 'new to me' purchase.

a Piaggio MP3 250cc 3 wheel scooter.... that thing will stand up at a stop w/o you putting your feet down..... but you must be familiar with the controls.

and since it is 3 wheel bike, there is no foot brake.....
her very first attempt to ride and leave our driveway, she makes a left turn onto the street, does not lean over enough and fears going off the other side of the pavement, so, she grabs the right hand brake lever ( front wheels )....

and Poof! she is down on her knees.
I have forgotten to instruct her to only use the Left Hand brake lever at first, and especially in turns, as that controls the rear brake.
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OldguyGlen wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:14 am
Instead of starting a new thread, thought I'd revive this old one... topic never gets old.
It's just over six years since i posted on this thread..now approaching 71 in a few months time and happy to say i am still riding the Goldwing (300 miles last week)..as well as the VTX...originally it came from N.Delta, B.C Canada,as it appears there are a lot of members from B.C... I often wonder if the original owner ever comes/came on the forum... the bike was registered on Jan 1st 1991

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I've unintentionally laid it over twice. Embarrassing as anything else I've done and I don't embarrass easily. Both times was with my wife onboard and she had no idea it was happening either time as I was yelling at hear to lean the other way. After it laid over and I was walking around to get it back up, she said, "What?"

Both times were at stops with uneven ground and I had the front tire turned a bit too much the wrong way and didn't have my feet down well enough yet. I've been paying more attention to front wheel position especially when two up. I'm sure it'll happen again at some point, but I'll also try and pay more attention to the ground I'll be stopping at in the future.


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