Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Rolling Meadows, IL, USA
Re: I finally laid her down...very embarrassing!
You can mostly avoid it through vigilance, luck, and skill. For the most part.
Never park without being in first gear.
Watch for what is under where you feet will plant - no oil, sand, leaves, pavement drop offs
Never park without being in first gear. And never have a bad clutch when you do.
Never have anybody push you off the center stand where you have no good footing.
Keep the RPM up when running at low speed and making turns.
Always stop with the wheel straight.
Preload gears when shifting up or down, especially at low speed. Especially at the bottom of a loop, in a hillside parking lot. 1st gear on the LT is cut straight. Try to never have the trany stopped when you shift into it.
Oh, BTW: use the side stand when you fill up for gas. The filler is designed that way. Besides, when the bike comes down of the center stand with 50 Lb of fuel, rider(s) and whoever the 3 bags hold, its a lot of weight to put on the shocks and springs. And with the amount of oil and other spillage in most stations, its and invitation to go down and do some real damage, as well as bad for the overflow system.
07 K1200LT Biarritz Blau
80 Yamaha XS850 Black - retired in 06