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"Autopark"/Droppers Anon. Pins--Let's make one!

OK, somehow I was elevated to "senior member" so I guess that carries with it some level of responsibility to go with the sexy title (I've learned that chicks dig three things: scars, tattoos, and a business card that includes "Senior Member, BMWLT.COM").

IF there is enough interest, I'm gonna' have a special jacket pin made and sell them at cost to anyone on the forum, related to forum members, friends of forum members, people forum members want to MAKE FUN OF, etc. to commemorate the event that has been coined on the threads as "auto-parking."

Requirements for membership and a pin will be: 1. actually PAYING for the thing and 2. confessing your sin

But, since I cannot draw a stick figure without a template and three hours with photoshop, my role is just as an idea man for this one.

Follow my post on this thread with ideas for what this thing should look like. Got a way with graphics? Post your proposed pin design. Maybe it's an upside down LT with feet sticking out from underneath. Maybe it's an understated "D.A." with the double-meaning of "droppers anonymous" and "dumb ass." Maybe it's an official BMW service shop repair bill, who knows?

I'll collect everything for a month or so, find out how much the pins would cost (and where the price break would come in), then figure out a way to put the designs up for a "vote" and make it happen.


Or tell me it's a stupid idea and to get more sleep.


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Why not just get it as a tattoo and then just wait for the chicks to come running?

Or how about a tattoo of Tattoo?


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sigh....I'll take one.

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I thought this is such a great idea. I immediately took to the drawing board (actually, Visio) and came up with this doodle. I think it conveys the message pretty well.

If this idea takes off, I can give him a real body and fill the LT in with color. I'm just throwing this out there before I spend too much time on a design that won't catch on. Rate the idea - not this as a final product. I'm using my own experience where I stood there puzzled and confused about what to do next... also thinking I, myself, was the "dumb ass."
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I like it! I was so mad at myself when I dropped mine!


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OK, somehow I was elevated to "senior member" so I guess that carries with it some level of responsibility to go with the sexy title (I've learned that chicks dig three things: scars, tattoos, and a business card that includes "Senior Member, BMWLT.COM").

IF there is enough interest, I'm gonna' have a special jacket pin made and sell them at cost to anyone on the forum, related to forum members, friends of forum members, people forum members want to MAKE FUN OF, etc. to commemorate the event that has been coined on the threads as "auto-parking."

Requirements for membership and a pin will be: 1. actually PAYING for the thing and 2. confessing your sin

But, since I cannot draw a stick figure without a template and three hours with photoshop, my role is just as an idea man for this one.

Follow my post on this thread with ideas for what this thing should look like. Got a way with graphics? Post your proposed pin design. Maybe it's an upside down LT with feet sticking out from underneath. Maybe it's an understated "D.A." with the double-meaning of "droppers anonymous" and "dumb ass." Maybe it's an official BMW service shop repair bill, who knows?

I'll collect everything for a month or so, find out how much the pins would cost (and where the price break would come in), then figure out a way to put the designs up for a "vote" and make it happen.


Or tell me it's a stupid idea and to get more sleep.


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You'll NEED more sleep before your finished! Everyone who has had an LT for at least 6 weeks has dropped it!
Haven't dropped it yet... but I know my day is coming... Can you get one of these as a suplus item and then wear it proudly once the D.A. thought crosses your mind?

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will think about it....Huuummmmm OK I need another pin for my ROBO cap...hehehe
Only my friends have dropped my LT....
what about those of us who are members of ZMDC...(Zero Motorcycle Down Club)
will work on something next week when bored at the office...

just wait until you become a "Moderator" going to need a big stick!! LOL
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Tried this a while back, but no takers. I wouldn't need one yet, but I fully expect to in the not to distant future.

My design (I stole the bike image) is based on the BMF year bars, every year of membership you get a new bar to add. I though folks could add a bar every time they dropped their LT.
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CCR Pin

I guess there already is one, but the same design idea could be used and you just add a location year bar for each CCR you attend.

Just an idea while we are talking badges.
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I guess I'll take a couple... or three

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Cool Bars=Drops!!!

I'd be bent over from the number of bars on mine.

In the military we got a ribbon (and a medal) for the first award then a star for each subsequent award.

Just a thought. Some of the less coordinated among us we clank so much when we walked we'd sound like wind chimes in a typhoon.
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Let's all be careful with these, or we'll start to look like some of our friends in the Goldwing and HD crowd with the metal-encrusted leather vests. Souvenirs of all the rallies, etc.

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Additiona Pin Thoughts

I like the idea and I'll take a couple. Being retired US Air Force, maybe you could consider a special cluster or star for someone who dropped the machine twice in one day and maybe a really special device, like a wreath around the star or a gold cluster for someone who got his SO trapped underneath on one of those drops. Yes, she did get back on on the blue lady after I got her back up on two wheels.
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I am in for a pin as well. Still sounds like a good idea to put on my jacket. In case anyone is getting really serious about it, I've been updating my little project and thought I would post a better version! I couldn't look at this pic an not laugh.
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Some of the less coordinated among us we clank so much when we walked we'd sound like wind chimes in a typhoon.
But that's how the rest of us would know not to park next to y'all.

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(I've learned that chicks dig three things: scars, tattoos, and a business card that includes "Senior Member, BMWLT.COM").

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Well, with two of the three covered (need that business card), I guess the great mystery of what Telle (my beautiful wife) sees in me has been solved!
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...In the military we got a ribbon (and a medal) for the first award then a star for each subsequent award...
As I mentioned in the other thread on this topic (before this thread was created), there could be stars, oak leaf clusters, or other devices for multiple drops and unique circumstances... like dropping the bike while it's on the stand AND no one is on it.

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You don't think that this would encourage folks to drop on down just to get a pin??

If you wanted to be a bit obscure, LT rotated counterclockwise 180deg looks like the number 17......
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... like dropping the bike while it's on the stand AND no one is on it.
..that happened to me in my 1st week - parked up behind my garage, got off, taking my helmet & gloves off, and heard a sickening crunch ...

whats your story ??

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..that happened to me in my 1st week - parked up behind my garage, got off, taking my helmet & gloves off, and heard a sickening crunch ...

whats your story ??
Happened two times (because I'm a slow learner): bike on center stand, but on a very slight downhill incline. First time, leaned up against the top case and it rolled forward. Second time, wife moved from passenger seat to front seat (after I dismounted) and it rolled forward.

Now, we never park it where there is even a hint of a DOWNHILL incline (uphill is OK) and we use the side stand almost exclusively. Just got over the need to use the center stand before dismounting. If we must park it downhill we're sure to roll it against the compression stroke of first gear.

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I like the design,definetely want one.(2) drops for me.

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another option...Challenge Coins

I'll post pics Monday, but law enforcement departments have picked up on the military "challenge coin" idea and use it for "attaboys" for good jobs done, for when cops travel for training, etc. We could get it double sided, the dropped logo on one side, the stylized graphic above on the other, 3-color if I order 50 would be less than 8 bucks each...and the beauty of it would be the way the challenge coin works...

for those not familiar, if you're in a bar with other military types and it's time for the next round, you pull your "coin," anyone who forgot his/hers has to buy the next round. Now we'd never EVER ride after drinking, so this would only be for after rides on multi-day events, but if someone gets to talking about a drop, and everyone pulls their coins, whoever is without buys the next round.

Just an idea.

Three color would be about $8 at the price break, and no risk of "looking like a gold winger"

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I did a trip with a friend who rides a Harley and his sidestand had some sort of locking device or keeper that kept the bike from rolling forward. Anyone know anything about that?

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Harley's locking sidestand

their proprietary "jiffy stand" (actual name) involves a lockout notch, once you've rotated the bar forward enough and pressure is out on it, it CANNOT be pushed backwards.

And they won't share.

Only potential downside to that technology is that if you were to go from neutral to first and move forward with the "jiffy stand" down, and try to lean left, you'd stick it into the pavement and either twirl like a ballerina, or get really really hurt.

click here then zoom the image: http://www.harley-davidson.com/gma/g...bmLocale=en_US

when extended and pressure is put on, the notch on the sidestand/jiffystand locks into the oblong hole, and makes it impossible for it to rotate backwards

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I didn't think anyone else was as clumsy as I am and i was afraid y'all would laugh at me. I'm glad I'm not alone. I've dropped it at stop signs, in parking lots, and driveways. I can tell you from experience that IF you drop it on an incline, rotate the bike so the wheels are pointing down hill. It is impossible to lift by yourself if they are pointing uphill. It spins very easily on the chrome strip on the panniers and the black crash guard.
That being said, I think I need one with Oakleaf Clusters, stars, and bars or whatever you have for multiple drops.
I've never been down while moving, thank God, but it just comes to a stop and gracefully eases on down to the pavement, grass, gravel, or any other surface it takes a fancy to. Come to think of it, maybe it ISN'T me, maybe it's the bike just wanting to lie down.

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I've never been down while moving, thank God, but it just comes to a stop and gracefully eases on down to the pavement, grass, gravel, or any other surface it takes a fancy to. Come to think of it, maybe it ISN'T me, maybe it's the bike just wanting to lie down.

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I'll take two thank you. Please note that I have only dropped mine on the

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lil' help here...

Great feedback so far...

Personally, I'm diggin' the idea of a nice roundel-type raised metallic decal, give me some help here so I can start researching as you guys and gals come up with design ideas...

should we go with:

pins

"challenge coins" (which got no response)

or a special decal that could be put on the bike itself?

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(I'll collect everything for a couple more weeks, then take a ballot and go ahead and get prices, etc)

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Great feedback so far...
or a special decal that could be put on the bike itself?
even though I like the pin idea, I like the decal for the bike even better.

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Pins with add-ons would be cool, but decals with add-ons would be cheaper.

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Why not just get it as a tattoo and then just wait for the chicks to come running?

Or how about a tattoo of Tattoo?

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You'll NEED more sleep before your finished! Everyone who has had an LT for at least 6 weeks has dropped it!
I have had mine since april haven't drop it yet oh @#$% should not have said that I'll drop it tomorrow. I did mange a panic stop when my daughter pulled out in front of me
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post #36 of 48 Old Sep 18th, 2006, 10:18 pm
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should we go with:
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"challenge coins" (which got no response)
or a special decal that could be put on the bike itself?
Pete put me down for a decal or two... or three.

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post #37 of 48 Old Sep 18th, 2006, 11:52 pm
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How about a PTO decal (Please Turn Over) or the more common "This End Up"?

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I'll take three

Once in the lot on the way out for the test drive...
Once at the sushi joint (God, just take me now!)...
And the final drop I pissed and moaned over in my very first post! Big one.


I like the pin or coin ideas. Decals start to pile up on vehicles and can look tacky (no pun intended)

I'll buy several of whatever gets the most votes. I don't have a bike payment any more

Go for it, Pete!
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I've put mine on the side stand, walked away and heard it crunch the tarmac. Put me down for a pin.

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post #40 of 48 Old Sep 19th, 2006, 9:31 am
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First choice PIN
Second choice COIN
Although the bike has only been down once [so far] I would take two pins. One to wear and one for my pin collection.

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Definetly count me in on for this one.
The location bar could be included in the registration fee for CCR each year. Prior bars could be purchased along with the CCR roundel.

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You can put me down for 2 so far!!!

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I'm embarrassed to admit it but...

I dumped mine TWICE yesterday! Arrrgghhhh! Awkward situation at a downhill-facing, off-camber stop sign. Broke the black bumper guard and the silver plastic beneath it. Went back later after work to look for a missing piece, put the bike on the sidestand - on the level- walked over to the 1st drop spot and heard a crash. Looked over to see the bike on the ground - again! Can you say $%#*&!!! Sure, I knew you could. BUT, having seen the link to the video of the guy picking up his LT I picked mine up both times. I'm down to 145 pounds right now and it wasn't too bad, actually. I don't feel like getting too familiar with this process, though. I've tallied 4 drops in less than the two mionths I've had the bike. It's that darned ABS - don't even THINK about touching the front brake lever when coming to a low-speed stop.

Yeah, I'd take one of whatever you come up with - as long as it's discreet
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I dumped mine TWICE yesterday! Arrrgghhhh! Awkward situation at a downhill-facing, off-camber stop sign. Broke the black bumper guard and the silver plastic beneath it. Went back later after work to look for a missing piece, put the bike on the sidestand - on the level- walked over to the 1st drop spot and heard a crash. Looked over to see the bike on the ground - again! Can you say $%#*&!!! Sure, I knew you could. BUT, having seen the link to the video of the guy picking up his LT I picked mine up both times. I'm down to 145 pounds right now and it wasn't too bad, actually. I don't feel like getting too familiar with this process, though. I've tallied 4 drops in less than the two mionths I've had the bike. It's that darned ABS - don't even THINK about touching the front brake lever when coming to a low-speed stop.

Yeah, I'd take one of whatever you come up with - as long as it's discreet
I dropped mine yesterday, but for some reason I'm feeling much better about that incident right now. Thanks!

I'll take one.

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Put me in for a gross,or as Pete Puma said, "I'll take a whole lotta lumps". Seriously though, I'll take a couple, sounds like a great idea.
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yup, pack it up with camping gear and thats me last Xmas... same side and all
I dont think what I said started with a "D" though...
at least it was soft dirt/grass, no damage done!

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First choice pin
Second choice decal
Third choice patch for a jacket
In any case, put me down for two, so far
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D.A. Pin

Alright, I admit it. About 5 weeks ago I was pulling up to a gas pump and while trying to avoid a possible slippery spot, hit the brakes, slow speed, with the bars turned, looking were I was about to land. Pretty much most of the sins prior to fall down and go boom.
If you count dropping the '02 I had while trying to put it on a Handy-lift by myself, then I need two pins.

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