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post #1 of 2 Old Oct 31st, 2008, 8:27 am Thread Starter
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Beware of reverse

This is really for newer riders of the Lt.
I am still in the " haven't drop my LT category", but I had two very close calls this past year and both involved using reverse. It seems like at least on my bike when you release the reverse button the bike still continues a few inches...maybe two or three.
In the spring I pulled into a gravel parking lot that had some large stones scattered through out, really wasn't a problem pulling in but when I left and put it in reverse after a few feet I hit one of the large rocks and almost drop the bike. I felt the resistance of it but when I released the reverse button it still continued and inch or so.
The second time was a few weeks ago at Barber motorsports unloading it out of the trailer. As I was untying the tie downs someone interrupted me. After our brief conversation I untied the remaining.........or at least that's what I thought. I forgot that I didn't completely take the left front off of the strut. I just touch reverse over the bike went pinning me and trapping me into the side of the trailer. If I was alone I would have had to dial 911 on my cell. I really couldn't move, and I couldn't get the bike to move ether since it was in reverse ( couldn't reach the lever) and now pulling tight on the remaining tie down. Thankfully my wife was there and we inch the Lt back up so I could get in a better position myself to use some muscle. No damage to me or the bike as my body saved the bike from slamming into the side of the trailer. I'm surprised I didn't put my back out, maybe these stretching exercises are working after all.
So when using reverse be careful out there!
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post #2 of 2 Old Oct 31st, 2008, 10:06 am
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Re: Beware of reverse

Your post brought back a memory of my drop in reverse. I was traveling with a buddy in the northern AZ desert and was backing into a roadside pull-off. Watching both directions for traffic while I was backing, I didn't realize I had cut the corner too tight. There was about a 1 foot drop-off from the pavement, so when I went to put my right foot down...nothing but air. Me and the bike went over into the ditch on the side of the road with the bike now laying at a 45 degree angle down the ditch. Fortunately, some guys came along and helped get it out. I am now VERY careful when backing, to watch where I'm putting my feet.

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