(Now THERE's a troll of a thread title for ya!)
Hello, my name is Ron and I have dropped my LT.
I really did "have to lay it down", once she started to go over there was nothing I could do but try to make it as gentle as possible. It happened exactly where and how I always knew it would, if it was ever going to.
It was a pretty typical scenario, the side exit from the 7-11 where I get my morning coffee is a down-hill ramp which meets a road that is also down-hill...with the two slopes 90 degrees from each other. I have always been careful there...careful to stay toward the center of the exit, careful to keep the front wheel straight until I make the transition, careful to never let the bike lean to the downhill side when I did have to stop there.
Not today, today I violated all 3 of those carefully designed anti-dropping rules.
There where several cars coming in that crowded me to the right side.
I had to move right in response as I started down the exit .
I had to make a low speed turn to the right to do so, so the bars were over too far.
There was traffic turning onto the road as I rolled down the ramp...I had to stop.
The inertia of the stop with the bars over to the right started the lean-over.
I put my foot out and the ground wasn't there.
By the time I had slid off the seat enough to get my foot planted she was overbalanced.
Once she was overbalanced...well, you know the rest already.
The truly ugly (and now a bit comical) part is that the bike went over to the right onto a fairly significant downslope. This meant a particularly difficult angle to lift her from, when I tried the butt-into-the-seat trick I found I couldn't get any traction to start the lift...she was down as solid as an 800lb block of granite!! YIKES! Luckily a couple of samaritans showed up after about 30 seconds and helped me get her to her feet. Now I found myself standing on the right side of the bike, downhill, with the seat about waist high! Even if I had been able to get her up by myself I doubt I could have gotten back on...and, I don't know if you are aware of this, there is no kickstand on the right side! My only option would have been to try to walk it down the hill and around the corner to where it would have been pointing downhill on otherwise flat ground. Then I MIGHT have been able to get on without dropping it again...this was decidedly not good. Fortunately one of the guys who helped me get it up stuck around long enough to keep her stable while I re-mounted...a big hearty thank-you to both of those guys!
So, that's 2.5 years without incident until now...that top-heavy b#^ch finally got me. I was going to take my Vulcan to work this morning but I had the bikes parked in the wrong order in the garage and didn't feel like playing musical motorcycles at the time...too much bother
. Had I been on the Vulcan this whole story would have been about how I had to plant my leg out a tad further and wrench the bars back...it would have been about why my shoulder was a little sore instead of my back...instead it's about the only things about the LT that I really, truly, don't like...the high CG and the seat that's just too damn far from the ground.