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08-11-2002 10:00 AM
DIRTYCURTYD
Never "dropped" a bike, CRASHED plenty of them!!

"Dropping a bike" is just a polite term to mask what really happens, CRASHING. I think it is used in conjunction with "laying a bike down". It is some rider's efforts to hide the facts that they lost control of either the bike or the situation. I probably have had more than my share in the first five years riding and almost none in the last fifteen. I remember even forgetting to put my sidestand down, parking it, on my brand new zx-7 on my way to Divorce court. I think if you have never crashed then you have never riden very fast or very long. Some people never go out but on weekends and in perfect weather. Others of us ride all the time. I don't miss crashing so maybe it's not inevitable, but let's call it what it is, loss of control of bike or situation and BOOM, it's a CRASH. The bike never looks the same to me after a hard one and it's only a matter of time before I replace it. I actually like the first good scratch or so on a new bike because then I can stop obsessing over the appearance and just start riding it more and waxing it less.
08-11-2002 08:07 AM
maDDtraPPer
Quote:
Originally posted by Sailor
It was an icy February day in a Rocky Mountain town and as I applied a little front brake, the brake froze solid (-25 degrees). Front wheel locked up and I took a 2 mph fall.
Dude your an inspiration to all of us winter beaten Canadians.
I almost lost control on a gravel road yesterday, my buddy and I ran the cops and them pulled off a side road to hide out for a while and we came up to a bad corner with really loose gravel, whew! Too much brake in front or back and not enough would have been disasterous! Thank God!
08-11-2002 01:16 AM
kvpZX9R
Re: Dropped my lst bike at least a dozen times in the lst day.

Quote:
Originally posted by Smitty
There was this '38 Harley 45 flat head in my garage. WWII was over, so I learned to charge the old battey on my father's home made battery charger, sucked some petrol out of his Ford (lst time I ever swallowed petrol).
Still it was a chore to figure out how to start the bike, like choke, spark, throttle etc.
Finally did it, but foot clutch is heel down to disingage it, push forward the hand gear change lever, now slowly push the clutch lever forward/down which is opposit of a car. So within a few inches I went down.
A 15 yr old kid so headed down the street, dropping it twice as I changed gears, & into the bush where I dropped it time & time again. Only way to learn in my time. but man that bike weighed a ton.
As no instruction books or others to show me.

Smitty---

I totally get a kick out these "way back when" stories. Keep 'em coming. They are a hoot.
08-10-2002 10:19 PM
FastHawk
Dropped or crashed???

I keep seeing people describe what I would call crashing as dropping your bike. To me there is a difference. To me a "drop" is when you loose control trying to move the bike in a garage, parking lot, etc.. This can occur sitting on, or pushing it. Or when the bike gets knocked over. To me any low side or anything else, regardless of speed, especially when it occurs on a roadway is a crash. Now, based on that, I have had no drops, and 2 crashes.
08-10-2002 09:50 PM
BanditBoy
Quote:
Originally posted by HondaNut!
I have dropped every bike I've ever had at least once ...
Ditto. Sounds familiar!
08-09-2002 01:46 PM
Sailor I started riding in 1967 and early on had two slow motion low sides on sand/gravel - inexperience no damage except for an hour of picking gravel out of my hide. Around '78 or '79 a dump truck dropped a load of demolition debris from a concrete building (huge lumps of cement, rebar etc.) in front of me, in the dark. Absolutely totalled the bike, wore a hole in one side of my helmet, wore through the chin bar on the helmet, ruined the boots, gloves and clothes (heavy clothes but not riding gear). I wore a neck brace and knee brace for a couple of months and had a few patches of road rash to clear up. In 2000 I embarassed myself by dropping the bike in a U turn. It was an icy February day in a Rocky Mountain town and as I applied a little front brake, the brake froze solid (-25 degrees). Front wheel locked up and I took a 2 mph fall.

So three drops and one crash in 35 years. Always assume you will crash, that will keep you safer and more observant. Practice panic stops and abrupt manoevres and defensive driving. It is not just us out there, both mother nature and automobiles have it in for us.
08-09-2002 01:42 PM
Smitty
Dropped my lst bike at least a dozen times in the lst day.

There was this '38 Harley 45 flat head in my garage. WWII was over, so I learned to charge the old battey on my father's home made battery charger, sucked some petrol out of his Ford (lst time I ever swallowed petrol).
Still it was a chore to figure out how to start the bike, like choke, spark, throttle etc.
Finally did it, but foot clutch is heel down to disingage it, push forward the hand gear change lever, now slowly push the clutch lever forward/down which is opposit of a car. So within a few inches I went down.
A 15 yr old kid so headed down the street, dropping it twice as I changed gears, & into the bush where I dropped it time & time again. Only way to learn in my time. but man that bike weighed a ton.
As no instruction books or others to show me.
08-09-2002 01:25 PM
scotty I refuse to jinx myself. But I did drop my Dad's Goldwing when I was in high school. I'm sure it was highly entertaining watching me try to wrestle that upright.
08-09-2002 11:54 AM
kvpZX9R First bikes are doomed to hit the ground at least once, usually as a result from something stupid in a driveway, garage, etc.
08-09-2002 11:50 AM
Tippmann No wrecks in 2 years here. But i did drop mine while backing it into my garage. I ALWAYS sit on it when i back it in. The one time i dont.....Well you get the idea
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