Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Glen Williams, ON, Canada
Re: Dumb Question
Three weeks ago I had an appointment to see about a seat repair at a shop in an industrial strip mall. Arrived for 10 am- it was 1˚C.
Pulled in to angle park in front of the shop and, due to a tall adjacent building which shadowed the parking lot, there was ice covering the shaded section. I chose my angle so I could back out onto bare asphalt, and had the seat looked at.
Just before I got ready to leave, a long pickup pulled in and parked beside my bike, cutting off my retreat to the bare pavement. The driver went into his business, and locked the shop door behind him.
Now I'm left with no room to turn around- the only option was to back/turn out onto the pebbled ice and then pull away. I knew that pushing the bike back with my feet on the ice was foolish- I was so afraid the bike was going down on the ice, and that it would stay there, since footing was so bad that lifting it would just result in further drops.
That's when I used reverse for the first time. A big guy from the seat recovering company came out to watch my predicament, but there was nothing he could do.
I started the bike, clicked the reverse lever, and keeping both feet on the ice, gingerly backed the LT out onto the ice, concentrating on keeping it as straight-up as possible. Just as the front tire reached the ice I had enough angle to ease the clutch out and idle forward onto bare pavement, my heart hammering in my chest.
I think I was very fortunate to escape without a drop, but I learned that, as in daily riding, anticipation is the best way to stay out of situations like that. Without reverse, I couldn't have pushed the bike back with my feet without a nasty slip.