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Old 01-20-2007, 03:02 PM   #1
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Red face Just did my first embarrassing thing on a bike

I got a new bike last weekend (decided on the Honda 919 after thinking about the F4i and SV650). I know it's tad big for a newbie, but I do have some riding experience, plus I'm a big guy and just an all-around responsible member of society :icon_bigg , so I figured a 900 would be fine to start with because I would respect both the bike and my lack of skillz.

So, about an hour ago I was on Allen Parkway (for the first time after riding around the neighborhood alot) going west and I just crossed over Shepherd. I go to U-turn to the left at the first opportunity after the light on Shepherd. Traffic clears, so I go to take a pretty sharp left turn and kill my bike right in the median while tipped over a bit. I dropped the bike on its left side and immediately felt like the biggest tard in the world. I was right in the median though so traffic didn't have to stop or anything.

"Dropped" really isnt' the right word, it was really more like I laid it down really slowly. There was no *smack* or anything like that, and the bike was going 0 MPH at the time. I probably could have saved it but I didn't want to hurt myself and not be able to ride home.

So I stare down a guy in a truck waiting to enter the median and pantomime a double arm curl then point at my bike, which I thought was the universal symbol for "please come help me pick this thing up". He must think I'm a mime or something cuz he just grins and sits there . Finally (after a really long 20 seconds or so) someone stops and helps me pick it up.

There are maybe a couple of scratches on the big round thing that juts out of the engine on the left (is that the thingamajobby or the whatsit? I always mix those up), but other than that no damage, and the bike runs fine.

Only thing wounded is my pride. Good thing no one can recognize you in a motorcycle helmet (another benefit of the full-face over the brainpan).

Please share something stoopid you did right after getting your bike so I'll feel better!
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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I dropped my bike at a light next to nikki 50cc while coming down from a stoppie:laughing6 :laughing6 It was literally in sloooooowww motion too:laughing6
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some riding experience
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How much experience do you have?
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stator cover maybe? I know someone (from this board) that dropped it at 0 mph, we still cant figure out how it happened. Maybe it was because the road was at an angle. He had very little damage to his bike also.
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there a honda 919? or do you mean 954 929
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I've done that in a hotel parking lot. Grabbed just a little too much front brake bringing it to a stop and the bars weren't back to center yet.

Now you need to learn to pick the bike up yourself - what if there hadn't been someone there to help you? There's a technique to it so that even a petite woman can get a Goldwing back up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A708220
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Somehow my bike fell over and i wasnt even touching it. ITS HAUNTED
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Only kidding bud - what's funny is I saw you doing the clovers at Memorial and Waugh and thought to myself must be a newb cause that's where we all went!!!

Man if it makes you feel better it took me a whole year to drop mine for the 1st time and after a year your ego is a lot bigger!!! And I did my "drop" on Main St. Downtown infront of HPD!!!

It's gonna happen to the best of us but I have to say there is kind of an unwritten rule of riding - DON'T RIDE WHAT YOU CANNOT PICK UP YOURSELF!

I think you were foolish going for the 900 but what do I know! What year is the bike?
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don't let it bring you down, i saw that happen to some guy on a big HD once, but 900 CC is a lot for a "newbie"
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:15 PM   #11
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He means the CB 919

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"the big round thing that juts out of the engine"

Your Tank?

:laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6 :laughing6
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Only kidding bud - what's funny is I saw you doing the clovers at Memorial and Waugh and thought to myself must be a newb cause that's where we all went!!!

Man if it makes you feel better it took me a whole year to drop mine for the 1st time and after a year your ego is a lot bigger!!! And I did my "drop" on Main St. Downtown infront of HPD!!!

It's gonna happen to the best of us but I have to say there is kind of an unwritten rule of riding - DON'T RIDE WHAT YOU CANNOT PICK UP YOURSELF!

I think you were foolish going for the 900 but what do I know! What year is the bike?
Did you see me at the clovers or him?
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:15 PM   #14
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I've done that in a hotel parking lot. Grabbed just a little too much front brake bringing it to a stop and the bars weren't back to center yet.

Now you need to learn to pick the bike up yourself - what if there hadn't been someone there to help you? There's a technique to it so that even a petite woman can get a Goldwing back up.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A708220
Nice, thanks for the link. Right after it fell I was just like "well what the do I do now." I wasn't sure how to get it back up without knocking it over on its right side. They should teach this in the MSF course.
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Nice, thanks for the link. Right after it fell I was just like "well what the do I do now." I wasn't sure how to get it back up without knocking it over on its right side. They should teach this in the MSF course.
i think i have a vague recollection of being taught that at MSF
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not too shabby. you know what they say, its not if but when you go down.

funny, your first run through allen pkwy, and this happens.

the difference between cautious, responsable, new riders and squids is HOW they go down. a few scratches and wounded pride aint all that bad.

the squids get to pay some hospital bills, not to mention buy new plastics, new crankcases, knows what else...
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Did you see me at the clovers or him?

Him - (I think) What were you riding?
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Old 01-20-2007, 03:17 PM   #19
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i dropped my bike going up a steep curb. stalled in the middle and neither foot could reach the ground. broke the clutch lever so i had to call a friend to bring a truck. boy was that embarassing.
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Glad you are ok! I had a similar oops riding in the rain when I started riding. I was able to pick the bike up myself thogh.. You did say you were a big guy right? Bikes aren't THAT hard to pick up.
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