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Old 11-25-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Dropped my bike for the first time

Went for a quick ride today before putting it away for the winter and I was on my way back home. Less than a mile away and I dropped my bike. Minimal damage, but my issue was not being able to lift it back up on my own.

Is that something I should really consider a long-term problem with owning a bike? Obviously I don't intend on dropping/dumping my bike, but I am realistic and know it will happen as I build up my experience.

It's a 2002 R6, for reference. I'm 5'5"ish and considered myself to have some strength and muscle, but that was certainly tested today.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Dropped my bike for the first time

Frame Sliders. Google how to properly lift the bike back up before you hurt yourself. A guy tried to save his bike from falling and ended up with some brain injury.

Jamaal on here was trying to save his bike and ended up getting stuck under it.

And I had some cilantro for the first time.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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There is a technique some ppl use to pick it up. I wouldn't worry about it tho. Usually if you wreck there is at least 1 person who stops that can help
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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Re: Dropped my bike for the first time

Sqaut down ass or back to the seat one hand on the lower handle bar, other hand on passenger peg or tail than lift with your legs.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #5
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Re: Dropped my bike for the first time

I don't know that I would be able to pick up my bike alone. But I really don't worry about it. I figure since I rarely ride alone and never ride alone in the twisties (where there would be very little traffic and no cell service) I will always have someone at least a phone call away that could help out.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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I don't know that I would be able to pick up my bike alone. But I really don't worry about it. I figure since I rarely ride alone and never ride alone in the twisties (where there would be very little traffic and no cell service) I will always have someone at least a phone call away that could help out.
At the IMS motorcycle show, I've seen them teach women much shorter than you the correct way to pick up a large cruiser, using the method described above.
The women seemed amazed at what they had done.
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At the IMS motorcycle show, I've seen them teach women much shorter than you the correct way to pick up a large cruiser, using the method described above.
The women seemed amazed at what they had done.
I have seen videos. I guess it is more that I have never attempted it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:34 PM   #8
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Re: Dropped my bike for the first time

if you have sliders you could have friend help you lower the bike onto its side gently, making sure it doesnt eat any plastic bits and then try picking it back up just an idea, could even be a terrible idea... im not going to try it.

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:34 AM   #9
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I'll look into frame sliders and look up some videos. Thanks!
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:19 AM   #10
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Never had the opportunity to try it out But I think these videos are a good reference.
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