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Old 11-05-2008, 01:31 PM   #1
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Sometimes you forget the little things that you've known forever when it comes to your bike. The old term "Do as I say, not as I do" comes to mind. I've been riding for a LONG time, and one of the things that you learn early on is to always dismount on the left side. The load of the bike has (hopefully) already been transferred to the sidestand when you get off the bike. This morning, I was in a hurry, my little girl was having a hard time closing the garage door, and in my frustration, I got off on the right side of the bike. Evidently, my knee caught the seat as I got off and pulled the bike over on top of my leg. Of course, my wife (who HATES bikes) freaked out when she saw 425 pounds fall on me. I was trapped under it and she wasn't strong enough to get it off of me. I finally worked my way out from under it. Luckily I was wearing my riding boots, so I didn't have any damage. I could have really messed up my ankle since the bike was sitting on it.

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Scratched middle fairing
Chipped upper fairing
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Lesson learned...... Don't get in too much of a hurry to do things right. Bikes can hurt you even if you are sitting still. If nothing else, it was an expensive reminder.

Please tell me I'm not the ONLY one that this has happened to..... Anyone else?

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dont sweat it man, i practically did the same thing. I was in a hurry to get inside my house so i got off on tbe righht side instead of the left, when my knee caught and pulled the bike down with me. But i managed to cqtch it and slowly let it down. It scratched the mirror and side fairing.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:47 PM   #9
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I've been riding for 25 years and have NEVER gotten off any bike on the right side before. I was frustrated and late for work. My daughter was doing something she had been told NOT to do, and we were all late because of it. I should know by now.....NEVER do anything concerning a bike without thinking! Look at the bright side though. The previous owner did a crappy job on the paint job, so I've been looking for an excuse to repaint. I can't match the color. It is a black metal flake. Now all I have to do is decide what color. I'm thinking either red or red upper and silver lower. It's the bike in my avatar..... What do you think? I'm open to suggestions. I also wanted to go with the dark tint Zero Gravity Double Bubble or maybe the Zero Gravity Sport Touring windscreen.
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Actually, I was going to originally paint it with a silver base with translucent blue and white, but then I got my new RED Shoei X11 and jacket, so I'm down to silver, red/silver, red or black. I guess Squoddybody was right........ I've gotta be matchy-matchy. It doesn't HAVE to be red, but I won't do blue anymore. You're right though. the blue that Yamaha is using is a really good-looking color.
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i was walking my bike back out of a parking spot when i first got my bike and i had a car SLAM on the brakes when it saw i was in the spot it was trying to pull into.... so of course my first reaction was to get the out of the way of a 3-4000 LBS car sliding at me. But as soon as i went to hop off i remembered i had my kickstand up..

so here i am holding the bike with my left leg and its almost touching the ground lol i managed to muscle it up and get the guy in the car a few choice words... and went on my way

glad to say my bike never touched the ground
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I was in a hurry to get to work once and I forgot to put the parking break or my trans am in gear and I jumped out ran inside and clocked in.


for some reason I walked back outside right after I guess I felt like something was wrong. well my TA was three spots from where I put it I was like "WHO THE TOUCHED MY CAR" then I realized I didnt put the break on.. lol

glad it didnt hit anything though.
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Actually, I was going to originally paint it with a silver base with translucent blue and white, but then I got my new RED Shoei X11 and jacket, so I'm down to silver, red/silver, red or black. I guess Squoddybody was right........ I've gotta be matchy-matchy. It doesn't HAVE to be red, but I won't do blue anymore. You're right though. the blue that Yamaha is using is a really good-looking color.
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As much as my wife hates (and I mean HATES) bikes, I had to promise her that I would keep this one until my truck is paid off in 2 1/2 years. IF I don't get a cruiser for my next one, then I'll either get a Kawi Mean Streak (sorta cruiser), or a Yamaha R6 or a new GSXR or SV. I have to admit that I like the newer Yami's. I have never been a big fan of the old ones, but the new ones are pretty nice. I will never be able to justify the expense of a big cc bike like a Busa, King Bee, ZX14 or R1 with her. To her, bikes are toys with good mileage and nothing more. I really envy the guys with wifes that are into bikes, so money is no object. As far as it not being worth it to paint it......... I got a great deal on the bike, and I would paint it myself (I painted for years). I can paint it for less than $100 total.
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I also thought about black on the front and side fairings and silver on the bottom ones.
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man im sorry to hear that...
its the old saying...slow and steady wins the race. dont get in a hurry.
the only time i cut myself shaving is when im in too big a hurry to get out and meet the girl. then bam, nick on the chin. pretty much the same thing that happened to you. you just gotta slow down sometimes.
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I went to the gas station to fill the bike because I knew it was on fumes.
I did the one thing they tell you to never do, I was in shorts, t-shirt, and sandles. Got to the gas station and dropped the keys on the right side. Was too close to the pump to get off on the left so I hopped off on the right side.
Put a three degree burn on my calf from the exhaust.
To this day you can still see where coupling and the pipe left the burn.
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I was lucky. The brake pedal was sitting on the side of my foot, so the damage was MUCH less than it could have been. It's a lot cheaper to heal a bruise on me than to fix my bike. I was wearing my riding boots, so they took all of the weight, not my ankle. I actually just did a temporary repair to it that seems to not be NEAR as noticable. You can still see the scuffs if you look close enough, but you can't see the sealer color under the paint anymore. From a distance, it looks fine. Now I just have to decide if I want to replace the windscreen with the standard, or sport touring version.
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