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Old 10-14-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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Ride Apart: Ten Dumbest Things You can do on a bike... ADD some more

http://rideapart.com/2013/10/dumbest...-do-on-a-bike/

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Old 10-14-2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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Yep, done ALL those.


I'll add one; at a large gathering of Gearheads, Hot August Nights at a major casino in Reno. I parked in a throng of bikes, most HD's.


Came back out, everybody there is revving motors and there's a huge gathering of people just admiring cars and bikes I mount up give it a good rev to leave and LAUNCHED the bike at a 45 degree angle because I left the wheel lock on. Bike shoots in-between two 20k dressers and slams down onto the pavement right in front of the valet where everybody's waiting for their cars. Leaving me standing there to take a bow to my adoring fans.
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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you gas up and pull away from the pump only to have your bike die then realize you grabbed the green handle is filled with diesel
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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you gas up and pull away from the pump only to have your bike die then realize you grabbed the green handle is filled with diesel
was there any lasting damage on that one?
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Old 10-14-2013, 01:20 PM   #5
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was there any lasting damage on that one?
not sure, it wasn't me that did it, but seen it happen on 2 different group rides
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:44 AM   #6
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was there any lasting damage on that one?
A buddy did that to his R90/6 on a ride once, right at the gas station where we met for the ride. His bike started bucking and smoking and somehow he made it to his cousins a couple of miles down the road. As soon as he opened his gas cap he knew what he did from the smell. He borrowed some tools from his cousin, removed the tank, dumped the diesel and drained the fuel lines and float bowls. Borrowed a gallon of gas, back to the gas station for a proper fill, and we were on our way with no ill effects.

I still tease him about that. Of course I have done many other stupid things on a bike so he teases me right back.

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Old 10-15-2013, 06:55 AM   #7
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In the late sixties I had a BSA Goldstar that had belonged to a nationally ranked flat tracker (Don Kiger); it had 13 to 1 compression. Parked it on my parent's car-port and forgot to retard the spark before kicking it. Luckily I was wearing a helmet, but the helmet still put a sizeable dent in the low ceiling of the carport.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:54 AM   #8
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I had just spooned new knobbies on the Husky. Gas it down the wet blacktop driveway. Zero traction, can't stop, pumping the brake lever and pedal skidding and sliding heading for the street. My neighbor is coming down the street and stops to watch the whole thing. I manage to get on the grass where traction is better and I circle around back to the garage like the whole display was intentional.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #9
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Every once in a while I try to scratch my nose through my modular visor. I usually just laugh at myself!
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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you gas up and pull away from the pump only to have your bike die then realize you grabbed the green handle is filled with diesel
About 10 years ago I stopped in Goldendale WA on my '02 K1200RS and not paying attention, filled my bike with diesel. I realize what a stupid move I had made, just as the tank was full. Duh. So I pulled the bike away from the pumps and walked to a near by auto parts store and bought a section of hose. I syphoned as much diesel out of the tank as I possibly could, rolled the bike back to the pump and filled her with 92 octane. I held my breath that I had diluted the diesel enough to start the bike and after a few attemps got her fired. I headed off towards Yakima and everytime I got hard on the gas, it looked like I was doing mesquito control. No damage other then oiling up the mufflers and of course my ego. I still laugh thinking about all the smoke I left as I was passing vehicles.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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forget to take the plastic bag off your air filter after washing your bike and then wonder why it's running like shit...
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:58 PM   #12
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Getting ready to head home after a 15 hour workday.
Warm the bike up and begin to pull away.
Stop suddenly with a very loud Klunk.
Remember that the bright yellow disc lock is still on the brake disc
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:00 PM   #13
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When the left pocket of the tankbag is full it hits the horn at full lock. And you only hit full lock in crowded parking lots.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:07 PM   #14
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After making a few stops or working 16 hrs. Hop on the bike, idle it for a few seconds and take off. Make it about a mile and it quits. Left the damn pepcock closed.

Or start it up to warm up. Get all gear on, stand bike up, forgot the fork lock turn it off to unlock it.

Or on the old bike, I sometimes go to pull out and fell a scraping. Left the kickstand down.

On the rare occasion forgetting to strap the chin strap. Odd feeling.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #15
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Riding down the road and start to sputter... Out of gas. NO WORRIES, I'll just reach down and turn the petcock to reserve!

DOH! Some dumb-ASS (self) left it on reserve after the last time.
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