WILL NOTHING KEEP THIS INFERNAL MOTORCYCLE UPRIGHT ?!?!?!?!
I picked up my new-to-me 1999 Canyon Red K1200LT, after flying up from Houston. Due to the weather, I had to take 101 south, and didn't even make it to the Oregon state line before a slow speed turn went horribly wrong. Luckily, it hit the dirt, so not too much damage.
Drop 2 was at the first gas stop, while trying to get the bike up on the centerstand, so I could fill it all the way up.
Drop 3 was getting it off the centerstand at the same pump. Apparently it helps to be on the bike when getting it off the centerstand.
Drop 4 wasn't my fault. A lady backed into it in the parking lot while I was eating lunch. She claims I shouldnt' have parked there, but she's the one that hit a stationary object.
Drop 5 was when I pulled over to pee, and the shoulder was sloped more than the kickstand lean-over angle, falling to the high side.
Drop 6 Wind (or something) blew it over in New Mexico, and apparently it laid there sideways all night outside the hotel. I had to put 4 quarts of oil into the engine to get the sightglass full, but I was careful and followed the owners manual, making sure to fill it on the sidestand.
Drop 7 I got pulled over for mooning a schoolbus full of cheerleaders, and forgot to put the kickstand down when I got off to fully express myself to the state trooper.
Drop 8 Dropped it again at a gas pump. I got so pissed off, I almost put diesel fuel into the tank (oops).
Drop 9 Pulling into my driveway, the front tire kicked out on the bump, dropped it in front of all my neighbors.
So what am I doing wrong?? Why won't this infernal machine stay upright?? Maybe I should have gotten a smaller bike to learn on, but I really wanted a big bike so I'm safer in an accident. Any pointers???
Now, if I can only keep it upright.........