Originally Posted by PhantomK12LT
3 times in the first 24 hrs? Wow, that must have hurt...
Naw. A few scratches on one of the sidecases is all. I was able to just step off each time. This bike was a HUGE jump for me. I probably shouldn't have bought it considering that I had never ridden a motorcycle with either a straight drive transmission, or a rear foot brake. That's not even taking into the account the weight or the high center of gravity.
First time. Turning into the driveway on the trip from the dealers to home. I wasn't used to having a rear foot brake. My previous bike (Yamaha Majesty 400) had both brakes on the handlebars. I grabbed the front brake. Boom.
Got it up, and got it to the bottom of the driveway which is one a downhill slope. Got it turned around, and up on the centerstand. Decided to go for a ride a little later and checked the owners manual to make sure how to get the bike off the center stand. The owners manual says to stand beside it, and push it forward. This might work, except (1) I have no real idea how heavy this bike is, and (2) my driveway slopes to the right. (I needed help to get it up that time.) My advice now is to straddle the bike to get it off the center stand.
The third time was the next morning. I rode it to chuch and when I went to leave, I had the front wheel cut too tight, and dropped it when I let the clutch out. Left side this time. I could have gotten it up by myself that time, but there was another guy there who jumped to (1) make sure I was ok, and (2) helped me right it.
The last time was at a gas station. I was approaching the pumps and didn't see a car cutting through the parking lot. A truck was blocking the view, and he didn't see me either. Again I grabbed front brake while turning. I just picked it up and rode it on to the gas pump. I don't think the guy in the car ever knew what happened.
STAY OFF THE FRONT BRAKE WHEN TURNING AT LOW SPEED.