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View Poll Results: Dropped your bike at low speed or stopping?
Nope. Never. Been riding 10+ years 11 6.08%
Nope. Never. Been riding 5-10 years 6 3.31%
Nope. Never. Been riding <5 years 24 13.26%
Yep. It happens. Been riding <5 years 69 38.12%
Yep. It happens. Been riding 5-10 years 29 16.02%
Yep. It happens. Been riding 10+ years 42 23.20%
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:15 PM   #21
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Check out those poll results. YOU'RE special. He's likely to drop it.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:17 PM   #22
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NO! I love my mc! It's going to be super hard now that I have that new M4 slip on, because it sticks out like a bat wing and if I drop the bike on the right side it will be destroyed!
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:19 PM   #23
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ok...sidecar, then. put waynie in there with a leather helmet, goggles, and a bow around his neck. Perfect.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:21 PM   #24
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I carressed my mean streak down once after realizing the kickstand wasn't down once I was already too far to save it. No real damage, but that was a heavy sucker to pick up. Brandy, how many times has yours been down anyways? You talk as if it is a regular occassion. I don't think everybody drops or wrecks their bikes by any means, I hate that myth. I've wrecked my mx and dirt bikes more times than I care to remember but I expected to eat dirt at least once each day we rode.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:31 PM   #26
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I carressed my mean streak down once after realizing the kickstand wasn't down once I was already too far to save it. No real damage, but that was a heavy sucker to pick up.

Brandy, how many times has yours been down anyways? You talk as if it is a regular occassion. I don't think everybody drops or wrecks their bikes by any means, I hate that myth. I've wrecked my mx and dirt bikes more times than I care to remember but I expected to eat dirt at least once each day we rode.
I think I dropped it four times. Mostly before I shaved the seat, though. It has been a really long time since I dropped it - now it's been a long time since I've even ridden it at all. I never had any damage from dropping it, though.

We wreck the dirties all the time - it's not really the same thing.

I just think if you expect it, then you won't be as upset when it happens. And I don't think everybody does anything - just saying chances are that it's going to happen- it's better to be prepared (frame sliders/ extra caution/ double-checking that kickstand) for it.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:34 PM   #27
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I'm not sure I get it...Why do you care if I drop my bike? Seriously? Why say something like "He's likely to drop it?" I don't get that attitude? Do you like seeing other people drop their bikes or something because you always drop yours? Just curious?
I don't always drop it! And I already said Wayne doesn't drop bikes, either. I know not everybody will drop it - please see above post.

I am just stating a fact. Most people will drop their bike. Some will drop it multiple times. My biggest factor is that I'm short - so if I misstep, it might go down. I've learned this lesson the hard way and I'm always cautious of where I stop now.

So - it's better to be prepared for a fall, than to think you're above it.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:35 PM   #28
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A lot of you guys say that new riders are going to go down but that's just NOT the truth. Sure it happens a lot...but it's not a given. Just because YOU may have gone down doesn't mean that a new rider will.

I'm one of the guys who spends all day repairing those new rider mistakes.

Most new riders will probably have some sort of oops.....whether it is a wreck or just tipping over. For every 1 story like yours I hear a few hundred of the other kind. I had a kid dead set on getting a ducati one time; even after I warned him. Within a week he curbed it & Ducati charged him 3600 for new rims & 840 for a new stator cover. A financial injury can hurt almost as much as a physical one.... both will stop people from owning a bike.


The way I look at it, keeping newbs off of bikes they don't belong on is good for their health & good for the growth of the sport as a whole. If it takes a few wreck stories & scaring them...so be it. I wish somone had done it for me.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:45 PM   #30
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I'm one of the guys who spends all day repairing those new rider mistakes.

Most new riders will probably have some sort of oops.....whether it is a wreck or just tipping over. For every 1 story like yours I hear a few hundred of the other kind. I had a kid dead set on getting a ducati one time; even after I warned him. Within a week he curbed it & Ducati charged him 3600 for new rims & 840 for a new stator cover. A financial injury can hurt almost as much as a physical one.... both will stop people from owning a bike.


The way I look at it, keeping newbs off of bikes they don't belong on is good for their health & good for the growth of the sport as a whole. If it takes a few wreck stories & scaring them...so be it. I wish somone had done it for me.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:53 PM   #31
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After a good 2 hr. motard ride with 2 others, we're all heading to my buddys apt. Well we pull into the complex and i was feeling pepped about the ride we just did and decided to hop the speed bump doing 5mph. Lesson learned...

I could have just gone in between the 2 speed bumps like my friends did, but no... I just didn't want the fun to end.

I hit the bump a little crooked & the bike jerks away from my left hand, so im left riding the bike cocked sideways as if the seat is the right side engine cover with only my right hand on throttle. Now while i was keeping her off the ground like that, i knew it was to low to ever get upright so i just let her spill.

My buddy in front thought it was his newb friend that took a spill... So embarrassing.
But as one said before, "luckily its a motard." Damage is next to nothing with these things.
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I think the first time I "dropped" my first bike was when I landed a jump at ASI. Gawd, that was embarrassing.

Another time, I did accidentally drop it inside the garage. I think I just took it off the rear stand too fast. It's so light, I just misjudged it.

I have almost 1.5 years of riding experience under me, but I expect to be dropping more of my bikes in the future. That's just what 'tards are for.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:10 PM   #34
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:14 PM   #35
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Unfortunately, I think I have the worst dropping my new bike story. Just bought my zx-6r. First bike. I had ridden my dads cruiser around the neighborhood a few times, so I figured I'd be alright just getting it home and slowly getting used to it. Well, turns out the SS bikes respond a little more than cruisers with lighter imputs. Leaving the dealership parking lot onto the 59 feeder, the bike lurched forward a bit more than I was expecting, which startled me, regained composure, but couldn't stop staring at the curb I was heading for as target fixation pulled me straight in and I dump it 5, maybe 10 mph. Frame slider broke and the fairings got a small scratch, but otherwise was fine. Embarassing as though.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:17 PM   #37
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Ive been riding the streets for about 3 years now. I have yet to drop my bike. , my old motard stayed outside in the apartment complex during Ike and never fell over. (i was out of town).

I've had some close calls but i've been fairly lucky so far. Knock on wood.


Now dirt bikes are a whoooole other story haha
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:34 PM   #38
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I proudly rode my new Harley into the parking lot of the Yamaha shop where I had worked a couple years before. Gonna show it off to a couple buddies that still worked there.
Just as I was coming to a stop, the front tire hit a tiny patch of sandy gravel and locked, just long enough for the front to wash out and dump the bike.
I had been riding for about 14 years at the time, and yes, they all saw it happen.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:40 PM   #39
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My first bike got dropped three times...once was when my friend was trying to learn on it in my drive way, stalled it and fell over
Another time was when my neighbor came and jumped on the back without me being aware that she was going to jump on, and the bike fell against my garage door frame and dented the tank
The last time was when I was drunk and trying to put the bike up on my brand new T-rex stands and I missed the spool slider so the bike fell over
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*knocks on wood*

been riding since 2002 and havent dropped any of my bikes yet. dirtbikes on the other hand....
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