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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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Can you pick your bike up when it falls?

I was just wondering if you guys can get your bikes vertical again after they fall. I haven't dropped mine yet(knock on wood) but i fear that if i do i won't be able to pull it up by myself. I'm not necessarily weak but the thing just feels heavy when i lean side to side.

So for those of you who have dropped your bike, did you have to get somebody to help you or could you do it by yourself. Oh and please add how much your bike weighs. Mine weighs around 350.
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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 06:49 AM
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IMO, if you can't pick it up alone when it dumps, you shouldn't be riding it. you should always be able to pick up your bike alone.

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IMO, if you can't pick it up alone when it dumps, you shouldn't be riding it. you should always be able to pick up your bike alone.
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You'll be surprised at how easy it is really. Mine only went over once because I left it on dirt and it rained, causing the kickstand to sink. Don't try to just grab it and pull it up, use your legs and get the right leverage and it's easy.

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post #4 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 07:41 AM
 
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My wife dropped mine while I was teaching her to ride, I had to pick it up off her foot. Damn thing was heavy as hell...
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post #5 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 07:44 AM
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<soapbox>Take the MSF. We learned how to pick up a bike, almost regardless of its weight. The underlying concept: Laws of Physics.</soapbox>

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post #6 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 07:52 AM
 
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Obviously I have (always by myself) for both have been down & I got them up with a bit of muscle. Sometimes the adrenlin is really pumping & bike comes up like it was a light feather.
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Depends on your bike, but these might help. Saw woman lifting a Goldwing up with these.

--put bike in gear or clamp on front brake to keep bike from rolling away from you.

--grab bar and back of seat while you are facing AWAY from bike and lift like you were doing a squat.

Remember, too, your bike is already down and that is bad enough. While you SHOULD be able to lift it by yourself, don't a) jerk it up and screw up your back or b) tip it over onto the other side! If help is around, accept it. Your pride's already taken a beating.
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post #8 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 09:43 AM
 
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It is easy to do, for the most part.

I have had my bike fall on my leg after falling off a stand. I was able to get it off and up.

... and then there is the 5 other times I encoutered gravel. Picked it up everytime.
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post #9 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 10:38 AM
 
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I can pick my dinosaur up..
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post #10 of 27 (permalink) Old 06-09-2004, 11:32 AM
 
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<soapbox>Take the MSF. We learned how to pick up a bike, almost regardless of its weight. The underlying concept: Laws of Physics.</soapbox>
Yet another topic that wasn't covered in my MSF class..

I feel like I was cheated.
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