I recently moved from Mass. to Georgia and my solution for getting everything down here was renting a Uhaul with a car trailer. I put my bike in the uhaul along with all my stuff and my car on the trailer and drove down. That really isn't the most interesting part of it though. The interesting part is my bright idea of putting the bike in the back of the uhaul. Well, more importantly how I was going to get the bike into the uhaul. So here goes.
I start my bike, let it warm up a little and drive the bike around my apartment complex in order to set up to drive the bike up the ramp of the Uhaul and into the back of the truck. So without any gear I do this.
I start riding the bike up the ramp of the truck and about half way up I realize I am going a little too slow and have to speed up or I am going to topple over off the ramp and seriously **** me and my bike up. So at that exact moment I let the clutch out a little too fast and probably gave the bike a little too much gas.
The result? Well the front tire pops up in the air (this being my officially first wheelie) and my handlebars are about shoulder high. When this happens my right hand must have rolled on the gas even more and the bike launched into the back of the uhaul and sticks itself completely vertical in the far left corner of the truck. I can't even begin to explain how fast the whole thing happened, but as I limped away from bike I wished for those 3 seconds or less to be taken back in a way that I never have before.
My buddy, who watched me do the whole thing asks if I am ok, to which I reply yes. We then get the bike down from its vertical position and look it over. Here is a list of what I broke : the tail section, the license plate holder, the left front signal, the left front air intake piece of plastic, the left front side view mirror, and the side fairings seem to have come apart at the bottom of the bike.
Damage to me: my left front knee has a large bruise, by left shin has a little bit smaller bruise, my right big toe is all different shades of ugly colors, and I am just generally sore all over. I guess when I think about it the whole thing could have gone much worse, but at the time I was crushed. Hopefully I will be back on the bike soon and that will be my one fall. My advice to everyone in case they didn't already know it, push your bike up the ramp of a Uhaul truck, don't ride it up!!!