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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 6:15 am Thread Starter
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i live in dunedin fl, and rode up to durham nc last week to play some golf with a buddy. coming back on I85 toward atlanta, i'm trailing this suzuki gsx something, apparently a college kid going back to athens for fall semester. in light traffic, we are playing a bit and doing roll-ons. admittedly, that suzuki pulled me from 60 on, but whatever. all in fun. i think 120 was as far as it went. anyway, i digress. he turns off the athens exit, about an hour later i pull over for a fill-up. i rolled up to the gas pump, unconsciously flipped my kickstand down and it slipped off my foot and retracted. i leaned left and without a stand, bike went down on left. i try my best to right it, but cant get it up, even with the old harley technique of lifting with legs. i holler at two young guys and they graciously come over and help me right my bike. no harm done.

there is a lesson and a question here:

lesson: after hours of interstate riding, develop rituals that are ridiculously careful. come to complete stops, look at everything with i a fine tooth comb. u are in a sorta daze after interstate and dont know it.

question: how the fu%# do u get the kgt back vertical after a drop?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2008, 8:47 am
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question: how the fu%# do u get the kgt back vertical after a drop?

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Stand so the fallen bike is behind you. Squat and put your butt into the saddle. Reach behind and grab the bike by the handlebar and by the rear frame rail. Use legs to lift while pressing butt into the bike. Use caution as you get it upright as its easy to send it over to the other side.

Check out the video on "Skert's" web page:

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Yes, that is the technique. I had to do it 2 years ago when I did a low side after missing bambi on the dirt shoulder. You just have to get your body in a faily low position and scrucnh your lewgs and move slowly. It works!!

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How can their be NO HARM done?

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loose left mirror, undetectable scratch on tupperware under valve covers. for me, that's no harm.
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Great advice, both on highway haze and rightsiding the bike after a spill. It is alarming sometimes how strange it feels zipping onto the offramp and steering towards a gas station. Taking it slow and checking things twice is good conscientious advice!

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Some good advice here, but I am usually so embarrassed I pick the bike up so damn quick I do not adopt "the position"

Usually after a few beers, I have been known to end up on the other side of the bike, on the ground with the bike laying peacefully next to me.
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[QUOTE=Papilio]Some good advice here, but I am usually so embarrassed I pick the bike up so damn quick I do not adopt "the position"

Yeah, Pap has it down. Hell, I lifted my KLT several time by myself in the "non-position" method just to save face, and one time was in a parking lot to GET beers. Amazing thing that adrenalin stuff.

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Some good advice would be not to let buddies borrow your BMW....


I made that fatal mistake and it's been 2 months and he still hasn't payed me for the damage. It's hard not to let it hurt the friendship but when you keep getting stories and blown off... Well needless to say I'm pretty close to going over to his pad and start taking stuff............

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Isn't true that once they fall on their side your suppose to shoot them and put them out of their pain?

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