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post #1 of 19 Old Mar 26th, 2008, 5:00 pm Thread Starter
 
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Looking at all you droppers.....

And thinking... 'Well I have had mine a year and not even close.' That is until today. You know, if the side stand is not fully down, the bike will be. And if you think you are going to catch it and keep it from hitting the ground... you will join it. Went riding with my son (teaching him how to ride a 1981 suzuki GN400) and the chain guard started riding on the chain. We were on a country road and I waved him to pull over. I dropped the side stand and started on my way and the bike started going down. Tried to stop it, but it was more determined than me. The plastic guard cover is scratched, along with the lower faring, shift lever, and foot peg. The rear saddle bag chrome strip didn't touch. Really does not look that bad.

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Guess this is as good a place as any to put my 1st post. First post, first drop, first drive...hope this isn't indicative of anything. A bit of history...got my first BM in '72, fully dressed 750 , went from an 80cc Suzuki to that, what a change. Next BM was a '76, 900cc, also a great bike. The mistake I made was selling them. Next bike was a '86 Suzuki 1100 touring bike(can't remember model), also a nice bike, but not a BM. As the years passed I thought I would never be able to afford another BM, my first one was $2500.00 new, now priced at $27,000.00(in Canada). I found a used 2004 with low mileage, great shape, great price...sold! Picked it up, but hadn't rode a bike for a few years and the difference in weight in my old BM's compared to this one was noticably different. Took the back roads home, fine until the first stop sign. I guess you can picture the rest, next thing I knew I was picking it up...got to strengthen those old legs. Fortunately nothing was hurt other than my pride, other than a slight scratch on the chrome on the bottom roll bar(do they still call it that)? Anyway, I have got my old riding skills back, managed to get a few runs in before wintering it and can't wait to get it out of storage if the snow ever melts. I just discovered this site....I have more to ask, but need to check out more of the posts first. Great Site.
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

Welcome to the club.

Next is the "Dropped Twice" club (has to be once one each side), or the "Dropped with a passenger" club (extras kudos if your wife is the other rider).

Keep your booger picker off the bang switch, until you want a loud noise. DVC
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Welcome to the club.

Next is the "Dropped Twice" club (has to be once one each side), or the "Dropped with a passenger" club (extras kudos if your wife is the other rider).
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

[QUOTE=Next is the "Dropped Twice" club (has to be once one each side), or the "Dropped with a passenger" club (extras kudos if your wife is the other rider).[/QUOTE]

You mean you get extra points if you drop it with wife on board. Cool, I should get double then, dropped it both with wife on board and then did it with my daughter in law. Believe it or not both got back on and said nothing about my being a klutz.

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Welcome to the club.

Next is the "Dropped Twice" club (has to be once one each side), or the "Dropped with a passenger" club (extras kudos if your wife is the other rider).



Ditto I have done all 3.
Only once to the right, 2 times with mamma....
Backing up downhill with the dreaded reverse angle and moon not in alignment with the sun and ............

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BTDT on all.
Me too that's why I posted it. I did it on my maiden voyage with the wife. Previously had a V-Twin and didn't realize that I had to rev the engine a little higher. Started to move, stalled and down we went. She laughed and helped me lift the bike. The first thing I did when we got home was search this site on how to lift the behemoth myself.

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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

So what kind of points do you get if you pinned your wife under the bike when neither of you were on the bike and one of the wheels was off. Oh, and the wife was in her PJs.

It happens, the one thing that I have found is that it has never been the bikes fault yet. My bike must be a female bike because it has always been right on this point to date.

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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

Welcome I am a single dropper and hope to stay that way. I too set it on the side stand and, as if in slow motion went over. I unfortunately had to replace and repair a whole bunch
My bike was only two weeks old.

I have never used the side stand since.
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

My name is Mike and I am a duel dropper.
And I am sure number three is soon coming.

But who cares? As long as those wings do there job.

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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

Dropping it with wife on board may be impressive, and certainly one each with wife and daughter-in-law is a step above, but I really don't think we will have heard of true mastery until someone confesses to dropping the bike with their wife AND with their girlfriend on board. In that order.
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

I have dropped mine twice, once one each side. First one I was cut off in a parking lot, and second drop I just missed the ground with my foot[proby because of my short legs].
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Dropping it with wife on board may be impressive, and certainly one each with wife and daughter-in-law is a step above, but I really don't think we will have heard of true mastery until someone confesses to dropping the bike with their wife AND with their girlfriend on board. In that order.
How about dropping it with your wife and HER girlfriend on board at the same time?? (I wasn't on the bike)

I had it blown over during a "performance citiation" stop (with nobody on board) - and the Arizona State Trooper helped me pick it up.
His comment to me after getting back on the sidestand was "Looks like you're having a bad day" to which I retorted: "I was having a GREAT day until I met YOU!" He laughed and tore up the ticket. Cost me $300.00 in busted parts to make it whole.

How about high centering it on the skid plate on a rock in the middle of a steep dirt road - then fighting the inevitable for two agonizing minutes as your downhill leg finally collapses from fatique - with your wife's 14 pound poodle on board.

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Dropped mine three times...that's why i'm so glad I have the GT now, well just one among many reasons lets say.
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You are in very auspicious company. It happens.

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You are in very auspicious company. It happens.

What is the idea of using all those big words

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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

Now having experienced the bike for 5 miles...I know the dropping is an accident waiting to happen! I just hope later then sooner.
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

Dropped mine last fall. Amazing that you lifted it back up without first watching the video!!! I had to wait for my son to get home; meantime she was sitting in the middle of my gravel driveway for all to see and snort.
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Re: Looking at all you droppers.....

The amazing thing is I don't know which way I lifted it, I was in such a hurry to get it up before someone saw me, it went up almost as fast as it went down. After looking at the video and seeing that I should have been backwards it amazes me even more. Hopefully, I won't ever have an opportunity to try lifting it the right way. Also glad to know that a lot of others have dropped it as well, I figured I had lost all my old skills after nearly a 20 year absence from riding.


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