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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, 07:21 PM   #41
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Brings to mind the old saying "If you aren't making mistakes, you probably aren't doing anything worthwhile."

Personally, I've dropped mine several times. Usually either just something silly (forgetting sidestand at the gas station was a good one) or while practicing quickstops and U-turns. Doesn't really bother me. I bought the bikes to ride, not to be ooooohed at by other people.

I'm not really big on the "a beginner is going to drop the bike", but statistically, it's true. Especially if they spend enough time in a parking lot practicing like they should.

Just my .02
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:21 PM   #42
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Old 03-17-2010, 07:28 PM   #43
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I'm not really big on the "a beginner is going to drop the bike", but statistically, it's true. Especially if they spend enough time in a parking lot practicing like they should.

Just my .02
This is true for some. I have been on 2 wheels since I was 6. I had 17 years experience with the balance and dynamics of a motorcycle before I got a street bike. I guess you can say I got the "noob" crashes out of the way on dirt.

I admit that some of my close calls would have been drops, had I ridden heavier bikes. I am big enough to catch bikes halfway down and recover. Two of them were within an inch of the ground. i guess you might call those drops sin impact.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:29 PM   #44
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I dropped the both of my bikes I've rode. Being short sucks, especially when the bikes haven't been lowered!
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:44 PM   #45
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Brings to mind the old saying "If you aren't making mistakes, you probably aren't doing anything worthwhile."

Personally, I've dropped mine several times. Usually either just something silly (forgetting sidestand at the gas station was a good one) or while practicing quickstops and U-turns. Doesn't really bother me. I bought the bikes to ride, not to be ooooohed at by other people.

I'm not really big on the "a beginner is going to drop the bike", but statistically, it's true. Especially if they spend enough time in a parking lot practicing like they should.

Just my .02
Agreed!
First motorbike ride was '87 and I'm pretty sure I've dropped every bike I've ever owned.
The dreaded big black oil spot at the light, and the missing kick stands are classics!
Came home after a 9 hr. ride a couple weeks ago and was so tired I shunned off the kickstand- layed it all the way down to touch the foot peg and managed to return it upright in one grunt, whew!
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:47 PM   #46
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Ive dropped the r6 i rode for a while twice.. once at my lil brothers house i thought i put the kickstand down since the bike shut off. Little did i know that it didnt stay down. So here i am leaning.. leaning.. leaning.. bailing lol had to do a backflip to keep it from falling on my leg since it was on an incline.
Second time i dropped in it front of ballys on nasa rd 1.. ive been in there before so i knew i didnt want any of the girls in there to see that id dropped it so i picked it up by myself for the first time lol. Amazing how strong you can get when trying to avoid embarassment!!
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:47 PM   #47
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When was passing out legs, I thought he said eggs, and went to eat.

I'm thinking about getting metal legs.
I'm thinking about getting an african lion. Maybe a monkey that knows taekwondo.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:53 PM   #48
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I'm thinking about getting an african lion. Maybe a monkey that knows taekwondo.
I thought of that too.....HIGH SCORE, that's good right?


ON TOPIC- layed my old zx6r on the side once trying to turn into the driveway too short. Bike stopped, started to lean, and at that point I realized it was heavier than I thought...
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:54 PM   #49
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yup, came down a hill the curved right on to a metal grating bridge. It was also pouring rain. Althougg l slowed to about 10mph, it just didn't help. Now I now what a piece of cheese feels like. Fortuately the heads of my BMW absorbed most of the scraping and my leg was somewwhat in a protected area. That was with about 11 years riding experience back in 1976. Haven't done that in the 34 years since then. Still got the same BMW
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #50
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Never dropped mine, but I did drop SexualChocolates. Crashed my bike a few times at speed. Oh well.
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #51
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I'm thinking about getting an african lion. Maybe a monkey that knows taekwondo.
What does that have to do with dropping your bike?
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:59 PM   #52
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:02 PM   #53
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:13 PM   #54
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:21 PM   #55
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If you ride long enough, it will happen, its unavoidable. I've dropped several bikes several times
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:11 AM   #56
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Been down twice at the track, 2 different bikes, and been down twice on the street on 2 OTHER bikes. FWIW, a skinny white guy CAN pick up a Busa laying on it's side ALL by himself..... those white arrows in the parking garage, they are slippery when wet!!!!
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:53 AM   #57
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Spectacular dirt bike crashes don't count
That's what I was thinking but wanted to read through the thread before I answered the poll. I've never dropped my street bikes but been down in the dirt plenty.

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those white arrows in the parking garage, they are slippery when wet!!!!
Seems like the parking garage is often slippery...I've slid several times in the garages, but no drops yet. I went to leave yesterday and my bike was covered with a film of dust or tree pollen and my foot slipped as I got on the bike
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Old 03-18-2010, 09:56 AM   #58
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:14 AM   #59
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The only time Ive "dropped" my bike was when I got a lil off centered on a stoppie.. just couldnt hold it up and gently set it down on the bar end.. no damage. Been riding for 3 years.

Buddy of mine who has been riding for 5+ years dropped his last year when coming to a stop and his SIDI boot got snagged on the rearset of his brand new 600rr..

I think "it happens" ..doing something stupid (stoppies), kickstand not down, loading/unloading w/o enough help..
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