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post #1 of 11 Old Jul 10th, 2012, 1:43 pm Thread Starter
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Low Speed Drop

The Wife and I went on a trip with another couple on a motorcycle. GPS failed them in a terrible place to be doing a lot of U turns but yet that's what we had to do. Until we went down a lose path with about a one foot drop off on both sides with big loose gravel ( few inch diameter rocks). The other couple were able to get turned around but instead of waiting for us to come down the path they came barreling up the path and there just wasn't enough room. The Ole LT front tire slipped and I didn't have a footing on the right side. Down we went.

My wife was flung and landed on larger rocks about 5 to 6 inch rocks, used for drainage. She is sore, but her butt and helmet took the brunt of the damage and all is well.

Amazingly, the Cee Bailey windshield took an huge amount of force. Instead of it breaking the windshield it skinned the bark off of the tree that it fell into. The Bike has been on it's side before by the previous owner, and the tip over wing had already been previously damaged. Past that there wasn't any damage except for my wife's bruises.

So one more to add to the drop list. I can't say enough though how impressed I am that the CeeBailey shield didn't break. Top notch product.

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post #2 of 11 Old Jul 10th, 2012, 4:26 pm
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Sorry for your "drop", but then the Lt isn't GS.

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Welcome to the Doppers Anonemous (DA) club.

I'll still have the emblem on the side of my bike and the saying on the bottom of my side case"Stop your laughing and help me pic this thing up!"

Hope you had good help after your incident. It just might happen again one of these days.
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due to the angle of the hill it took 2 of us to get it righted. He felt awful about the situation. He knew he shouldn't have went until I got down there but no one was hurt so everything was OK. That was the first drop in 12 years. I suppose I was due.

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Re: Low Speed Drop

Sounds like a good reason to wear the gear. I've always figured I have about equal odds of dropping it in a parking lot and cracking my head as needing the protection en route.

Glad to hear your okay.

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Here is your honorary pin (picture) . . .

This is a pin that one of the members had made up for us Droppers - notice the DA on the
tank bag it stands for Droppers Anonymous. Welcome to the club it took you long enough
- plus you have the distinction of dropping it with your wife on the back. Did that twice
already - glad to hear she is okay. When I dropped mine I just told my wife to bail and she
stepped off and continued to guide traffic while I plucked the beast up!!


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Glad your wife wasn't hurt any worse--she must be a good sport! I would have needed the protection of the gear if I ever tossed my wife like you did.

After that many years without a drop--I think I would have pushed her over just to get it out of the way. Glad all is well.

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Re: Low Speed Drop

I believe you get one exemption every 10 years (correct???). If that was you first drop of this beast in 10+ years... you are in the lower 2%. Glad nobody got hurt. I pulled mine out of a 2 year sleep and dropped it in my driveway the second day.

This jogged my memory, so I probably won't drop it again for awhile....

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After that many years without a drop--I think I would have pushed her over just to get it out of the way. Glad all is well.
Uhhhh Wade, you are talking about his bike and not his wife aren't you?

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Re: Low Speed Drop

Well, you guys can add my name to the list. I’ve had the LT one year and one month and final set her down yesterday afternoon after stopping for a stop sign on a side hill slope. Put my foot down on gravel and she went down gracefully.

The wife kind of just spilled off the back and neither of us suffered any damage. The wife surprised me when she picked herself up off the ground. The first words out of her mouth where, “Well we finally got that out of the way.”

Funny thing about it was, that it was easier picking the bike back up than it is to put it on the center stand.
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Yep, gear is absolutely required now. We usually wore it anyway but sometimes we would go just helmets. Which btw if she had not wore a helmet we would have been in the hospital. There is two impact marks from the jagged rocks dead center at the back of the helmet where her head hit the point of rocks. There was a mild headache that followed, but thats better than what could have happened.

What was sad about the whole thing was we were less than 500 yards from the cabin we were heading too. I had a close call earlier in the day and said "I got my close call out of the way for the trip." Shot myself in the foot on that one. I haven't made a lot of posts recently (few years) but I have been trolling around still doing some reading on the forums. Happy this place is still around to share things.

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