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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-14-2008, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Things we've all done...

You all have humored my endless questions like true sports. So now I think we need to have some fun... I want to hear stories of the most pathetic, embarrasing things you guys have ever done on two wheels. I know you're all a bunch of pros now, but c'mon you weren't always superman.

Allow me to start with perhaps the MOST PATHETIC drop story of all time. I had been on my new bike ten minutes at most. Hopped on it, took it around a couple buildings in a parking lot and was soooo impressed with how easy it was to ride. So I stop, turn it off and just sit on it with the biggest smile and start talking about what a great bike it is...

So at this point I decide it's a good idea to grab the bars and DEMONSTRATE how much it can lean (yeah, while it's off). Needless to say it leaned really far... Of course I was sitting on it so I fell right on my ass. I was so embarrased I wanted to crawl under it (oh, and I needed help to pick it back up). Lesson learned though... Don't lean the bike while it's off.
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I'll play.

This isn't a "trying to show off" story, but it was the first time I ever dropped a bike. It was my '92 CBR600 F2 (affectionately known as "The Beast"). I was headed home from who-knows-where and a girl that I was kinda seeing at the time was following me, and her sister was in the car too. I poorly chose the route back to my house and as a result, ended up at a T-intersection that has a nasty incline (incidentally, this particular intersection was the source of some embarrassment when I first learned to drive a manual tranny in a car). Anyways, I pull up to the stop sign, and since I was not used to working the front brake and throttle simultaneously at that point, I decided to just keep my foot on the rear brake. But the bike started to shift to the right. And not wanting to let it roll back into her car, I basically just went along for the ride as it toppled over. It was pretty embarrassing, only because there were chicks present.

But a month or 2 later, that chick tipped over the same bike in front of her house cause she wanted to sit on it and forgot which side the kickstand was on.

Lucky for her it wasn't my Gixxer.

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Need I say anything more than "left my wife behind at a rest stop"?




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Need I say anything more than "left my wife behind at a rest stop"?
That was an act of your subconscious. Next time, try to lose the pack.

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Mine would be not so interesting and more on the ordinary. Day's end at the company's employee appreciation day and just had finished up in the volleyball tourney. Hopped on the bike, had to crank the bars before starting so I could pull an immediate U-turn and discovered that slow speed and very sharp turns don't coincide very well. In hindsight, you can do it with some counterbalance, but that wasn't part of the Beginner's MSF that I could recall. Dropped bike in front of my team mates

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That was an act of your subconscious. Next time, try to lose the pack.

Now that's just mean

I knew you guys would have some good ones. Kanwisch, did your teammates EVER let you live that one down? I did something similar on Tuesday (but I'm not ready to talk about that one yet).
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Well, I think that got forgotten after I crashed and totaled that same bike in a curve doing about 55-65 mph. Its all relative and apparently crash harassment gets overwritten with the latest and greatest.

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Well, I think that got forgotten after I crashed and totaled that same bike in a curve doing about 55-65 mph. Its all relative and apparently crash harassment gets overwritten with the latest and greatest.
Ain't that the truth. That's the only good thing that came out of my second "crash;" it wasn't my fault, and everyone (but me) forgot about the first.

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I bought a Buell Blast. 'Nuff said.
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I bought a Buell Blast. 'Nuff said.
How long did it take you to get sick of the harassment and trade it in? I almost bought one...
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