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  • Offline Hound   wales

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    Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    on: Jul 24, 2022, 12.54 am
    Jul 24, 2022, 12.54 am
    Pulling out from roundabout, car that was indicating left didn't turn left and came straight on. I grabbed a bit too much brake, stopped dead but the bike was a bit too far leaned over for me to get upright in time. Over it went, pinning me under it! What a 'nana i felt! At least it was at zero mph.

    I discovered two things: 1) I definitely couldn't pick this bike up by myself once it's over (two nice chaps leapt out of the cars behind me and helped haul it up). 2) The handlebar guards and engine bars I have protect the bodywork far more than I expected (I thought the R&G crash bars would only protect the engine).

    H&B handlebar protectors have a few small dents and scrapes - they'll look ok with some paint. Engine crash bar (blurred in second photo) will also be fine after a lick of satin black. All bodywork etc untouched.

    Knuckle guard is fine but my transparent Givi guard extender snapped near its mounting point. I can bodge a repair, but anyone got a spare left hand side?

    I should have been more cautious at that roundabout. Lesson learned!  :138:




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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #1 on: Jul 24, 2022, 08.10 am
    Jul 24, 2022, 08.10 am
    Hi Hound

    You forgot to mention if you are ok!

    That sounds very familiar to my only drop. I was doing a U-turn and hit the front brake. Like you, I got away with just some scuffing on bar ends and a bent brake lever. She is a heavy best to pick up isn't she!

    That was 4 years ago and so far my only session of power lifting with a motorbike.

    Glad your bike got minimal damage and hope that you are ok too.

    John

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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #2 on: Jul 24, 2022, 12.35 pm
    Jul 24, 2022, 12.35 pm
    WOW! I hope You are okay.

    I guess you could have got more damage on a roundabout incident like this.  :006:

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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #3 on: Jul 25, 2022, 08.36 am
    Jul 25, 2022, 08.36 am
    Sorry to hear your bike took a nap, but it sounds like it's all superficial and more an embarrassment than anything.

    Some time ago I was touring in Wales with my wife on the the back of the Pan. We were heading down a fairly narrow steep-ish country road, and a van was coming up. Obvious thing to do was for us to stop at a wide part for him to get past, rather than make him stop on the uphill. So I did that, on the edge of the road, not realising that there wasn't anything under my left foot - so we slow motion toppled over into a heap. We were lying under the bike giggling when the bloke from the van came over to help get the Pan back up on to the road.

    These bikes really are quite heavy. There is a technique, squatting with you back to bike, holding onto whatever you can on it behind you and pushing yourself against the bike to get it up (works best if it's on the right hand side as you can put the kick stand down and you know it won't go over the other way), rather than facing the bike and bending forwards, but even that gets harder as the years pass.

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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #4 on: Jul 25, 2022, 09.28 am
    Jul 25, 2022, 09.28 am
    I am ok thanks gents - as crisort says, it's only my pride that's been hurt.

    Apart from dropping the Pan on grass at a wet campsite, I haven't dropped a bike in over thirty years, so this was a bit of a rude awakening.

    The Pan was far easier to pick up despite weighing more!

    The handlebar protectors are a little dented as well as scraped, but I prefer that to paying for a new knuckle guard...

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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #5 on: Jul 25, 2022, 02.24 pm
    Jul 25, 2022, 02.24 pm
    Good to know you're okay and philosophical about the incident. I was mortified when mine went down on diesel after just six weeks of ownership. Fortunately , the commonly damaged parts are not terribly expensive or difficult to replace. A good pair of crash bars ( mine are Hepco & Becker) help.

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    Re: Dropped the bike for the first time today!
    Reply #6 on: Sep 08, 2022, 04.19 pm
    Sep 08, 2022, 04.19 pm
    glad to hear you are ok.  The guards did their job  :002: I have practised picking mine up ( dropped on carpet with the help of a mate) and managed to get it back up with my back to the bike, backside on edge of seat and right / left hand on bars.  Wasn't easy nut gave me the confidence I could do it in the wild so to speak....