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Ok, I see this all the time, I mean come on has everybody dropped their rides here? The only time I dropped my old bike was on my front lawn when I lost my footing and I just eased it over, no damage. I keep reading about how it will happen, I mean shit there's no way I am going to drop my new motorcycle, it's too damn expensive. There must be some riders out there who haven't had an accident???? The thought of it makes me cry...well allmost.
 
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I myself have not had a real accident. The only time I dropped a bike was my 1987 Honda CBR 600. I was going down a gravel road about 2 mph when I noticed something across my path, barbed wire....I grab the brakes and she slid out from under me. I pulled in the clutch and my throttle grip slid and the bike was screaming at full throttle. I managed to pull the bike upright without letting go of the clutch. I'm sure if I let the clutch go, something interesting might have happened. :eek: I've been riding for 6 years now and I'm doing fine. (knock on wood)
 

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Ok, I see this all the time, I mean come on has everybody dropped their rides here? The only time I dropped my old bike was on my front lawn when I lost my footing and I just eased it over, no damage...
Hey, a drop's a drop.:) Maybe that's your one and there won't be another. I wish you luck but if you're new, the odds are badly stacked against you. Good luck!:thumb: :)
 

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Last two bikes have been on their sides, both at 0 mph! Wife knocked one over, and a mechanic dropped the VFR!
 

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There will always be some lucky ones, but after 5 yrs, chances are you had a minor incident, come 10 yrs & pretty sure something happened, then into 20 yrs & if you have still not had some sort of minor incident ---- I wonder if you actually ride more then once a week!!!!!!
 

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only had my bike a month and almost dropped it twice...once because of inexperience (stopped too quickly while trying to back into a parking spot)...the bike actually touched the peg before I caught it and lifted it back up...(and yes, kawis are a bit heavy)
the second time I was adjusting my helmet in a parking lot and lost my balance...I jumped off the seat and caught it with both hands before it fell over...
it's enough to get the heart pumpin' that's for sure
 

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I have dropped every bike I've ever had at least once :rolleyes: Usually no damage, sometimes a surprising amount ($$) :(

Mostly due to foot slipping or just not paying attention like facing the bike down a slightly slanted driveway :crying:
 

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I came about this >< close to dropping my bike when I first got it in July.. It was about 2am. I stopped at an intersection and I thought i geared all the way down to 1st, but i was actually in 2nd. So I started out fine, then about 1/2 a second later it started to stall. I wasn't ready for it, and the bike started to fall to the left, I plant my left foot down while the bike's 1/2 way towards the ground and managed to pull it back up. I then restarted the bike, looked around if anyone saw (Thank god no one did :p ) and continued on my way home.
 

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I dropped and wrecked the first two bikes I owned, after that I never damaged any of my bikes. If it doesnt happen, good for you! I was just licensed when I had my mishaps. Age when you start riding is probably a factor.
 

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I had my first drop the same day I was teasing my buddy about dropping his bike. It happened over at his place, just after we got done changing the oil and plugs on my bike. Needless to say, he got a kick out of seeing that. So yes, when you are confident about it, you are probably doomed. I'd stay away from it until the karma wears off. :(

If you're a newbie, you probably will drop it. If you've been riding for a few years, you may never drop it again. I think the initial drop wakes us all up and makes us more careful. But we don't know how careful we need to be until we actually drop one.
 

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My first accident, after 5 years of riding and several riding courses, came from being over confident riding through a park with buds while blasting through turns early in March. All the roads prior were clear then we came across one that had no vehicles or animals but we found out too late that there was gravel all throughout the road (as if someone shoveled a load of gravel all over). Well you guessed it, a nice lowside that took out me and one friend behind me. We weren't hurt but the bikes had expensive plastic damage.

Lesson learned, always look out for road conditions not just if there is animals or vehicles in your path. Also, don't follow too closely to the rider in front of you or you'll be sucked into an error to. Oh, yeah, watch your speed. ;)

Does this mean that everyone will crash, no, but those that push it on the street will eventually get in over their head and go down.

Ride safe,

Marc




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It always comes when you get too confident... like a thief in the knight. ;)
 

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I crashed my F-3 back in 1997. Soccer mom made a left in front of me & I lowsided. Since then, I haven't crashed on the street. Do racebikes count? If so, I've been crashing race bikes successfully since 1988!!!
 

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yup

I dropped mine within the 1st two weeks I had it just when I was getting on and my foot slipped. Also, my second summer of riding, I hit some gravel while I was pulling over to the side of the road - my front wheel locked, the resulting jolt made my wrist turn and the back wheel spun, I then jumped off at about 10mph. Only my pride was hurt. My bike suffered a broken shift lever and mirror. Had to hand shift into second and ride home like that. Both taught me lessons and I've been lucky since.
 

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Dropping and crashing are two different things. Not everybody will crash their bikes, almost everyone will drop their bike at some point in time.
 

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Dropping and Crashing

Yes I agree, and I am not too concerned about accidently knocking my ride over when it's stationary, I can afford that kind of repair, but it's the dropping in a corner or anywhere under motion that worries me.
Someone mentioned watching your speed in corners, and it's funny. I find if I am keeping an eye on my spedo, then it seems to suck some confidence from my corners, but if I am just riding and not thinking about how fast I am, I seem to be going really fast and not really noticing it. Anybody have the same habits?
 

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YES!

The first track day I ever did, I taped over my speedometer. Every time I've ever looked at it while riding, with the exception of commuting, it's ruined my momentum and confidence.

I believe what people mean by watching their speed is that they pay close attention to how things feel in a corner. At least, that's what I hope they mean! Imagine dropping your eyesight down to speedo level in a corner! :eek:



Also, the term dropping means different things to different people. If my bike assumes horizontal while not moving, I consider that a drop. If it's moving at all and assumes horizontal I label that a crash.
 

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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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First bikes are doomed to hit the ground at least once, usually as a result from something stupid in a driveway, garage, etc.
 
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