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Old 07-25-2014, 08:15 PM   #1
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Dropped the bike today...

I just hit 600 miles on my bike today and dropped it at an intersection. In my defense, the road was declined to the left on a curve. When I put my left foot down the slant was too great and the bike tipped over to the left, I should have noticed that at first and put my right foot down and leaned that way.

Luckily it was not a busy road on base on only a lady in a Range Rover came in behind me and asked if I was ok. I stood the bike back up and put it on the side stand. When I saddled back up, the lean to the left was still pretty steep to balance it upright. The only damage was a small scrape to the crash bar and a small scrape to the bottom corner of the pannier.

What could I have done to avoid this? The intersection was on an incline and a slant to the left.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:21 PM   #2
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I just hit 600 miles on my bike today and dropped it at an intersection. In my defense, the road was declined to the left on a curve. When I put my left foot down the slant was too great and the bike tipped over to the left, I should have noticed that at first and put my right foot down and leaned that way.

Luckily it was not a busy road on base on only a lady in a Range Rover came in behind me and asked if I was ok. I stood the bike back up and put it on the side stand. When I saddled back up, the lean to the left was still pretty steep to balance it upright. The only damage was a small scrape to the crash bar and a small scrape to the bottom corner of the pannier.

What could I have done to avoid this? The intersection was on an incline and a slant to the left.
I think you answered your own question. If you know the road slants down on the left, make an effort to get the bike leaned over to the right. Not much else you can do. Glad to hear you came away unhurt. I've "set" my bike down in the same fashion. Hurts the pride more than anything else.
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:39 PM   #3
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Since I wasn't there I can't guarantee that this would've avoided your drop but one thing you can do if you notice something like this ahead of time is go as far right in your lane as possible and then turn left as much as is reasonably possible at the very end of your stop. However much you can get the bike pointing left, it reduces the left lean some and turns it into more of a downhill.
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:32 AM   #4
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As well when you realize you've screwed up and are trying to foot down on the low side, move your whole body quickly to the low side. If you can get your foot well down quickly enough, you've a chance to still hold the bike up, even if awkwardly.
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:50 AM   #5
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I just hit 600 miles on my bike today and dropped it at an intersection. In my defense, the road was declined to the left on a

What could I have done to avoid this? The intersection was on an incline and a slant to the left.

Is this your first bike?? Are we talking about your First 600 miles ?? If so I'd suggest some MSF Training.. if not then I'd suggest some time spent in parking lots learning slow speed bike control.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:54 AM   #6
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Dropping your bike is not a face plant.
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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Is this your first bike?? Are we talking about your First 600 miles ?? If so I'd suggest some MSF Training.. if not then I'd suggest some time spent in parking lots learning slow speed bike control.

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Many of us have done the same thing. While the MSF teaches left foot down first (as part of the beginner training) I also tell my MSF students to scan/search their stops as much as other cycle riding that requires visual control. Scan/search, and plan before you make the stop, know where your foot will go down and know what to expect. RIDE on!
As Andy said, this oddball situation isn't covered in the MSF.

You have to prepare for the stop by getting into first gear before taking your feet off the pegs, then set your right foot down so you can lean uphill. While stopped, you have to use your right hand to activate the front brake. This complicates things leaving the stop sign, because you will need to use the same hand to transition from brake to throttle.

I think I learned this technique kickstarting dirt bikes on hills. When my wife first got her license (before she took the MSF course) she only rode around our neighborhood. We have 3 of these types of intersections, so she dropped the bike a couple of times while practicing how to do this.

I suggest finding a steep uphill you can practice on that is not side sloped. Try taking off without using the rear brake. Once you have that down, your side sloped corner will no longer be a problem.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:49 PM   #8
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As Andy said, this oddball situation isn't covered in the MSF.
Actually, it is now in the new revised BRC which most MSF sites are teaching this year. The new program puts all of the first 3.5 hours of class (this is the clutch, this is the sidestand, this is SEE, etc) into an online e-course that the students MUST complete AND pass on their own before even showing up for class. Class time is now spent on more actual riding scenarios, details and strategies. The emphasis is much more real on road prep, including discussion on how to stop on slopes, uphill/downhill and side slope.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:37 AM   #9
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I ride bikes that a bit too tall for me and I have to be careful when I stop in those situations. But even though I work hard at being mindful of any surface I stop at, I still manage to drop the goddam thing every now and then for the exact same reason.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:14 AM   #10
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What could I have done to avoid this? The intersection was on an incline and a slant to the left.
Pay attention! This time you didn't notice the slant, next time you may not notice a car a 50mph.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:38 AM   #11
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Sorry to hear it. Learn from it.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:48 AM   #12
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I can't say I've ever encountered a normal road with that much bank, you should talk to your local DOT about having it fixed as it sounds like a safety hazard.
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Old 07-26-2014, 02:07 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear it. Learn from it.
Get over it...

47 years of riding....I dropped my GSA two days ago...

Shit happens
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:07 PM   #14
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Get over it...

47 years of riding....I dropped my GSA two days ago...

Shit happens

I have "heard" in the L.E . Motor world it is not uncommon when someone gets a new bike to have a partner kick it over just to get it over with.. One of the hardest things to get over is trying to keep a bike from falling over risking injury.

Shit does happen!
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:58 PM   #15
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Get over it...

47 years of riding....I dropped my GSA two days ago...

Shit happens
Dropped mine Saturday, stopped for light, put my foot down on spilled diesel. Went down slow, and the big guy behind me jumped out and helped pick it up.
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