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Offline Jon_in_NC

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Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« on: May 25, 2018, 11:15:07 pm »
I'm right on the verge of buying a 2003 C10, but the drop stories and the "top-heavy" reputation really have me second-guessing this.  I bought my first bike about 3 1/2 years ago.  It's a 1984 Nighthawk 700S which was reputed to be an outstandingly enjoyable and reliable bike.  By personal experience I absolutely can confirm this, however it does have some short-comings.  The tank is small and the range is quite short, the wind protection is excellent for your lower torso, but pitiful for any other part of you, and there's hardly enough usable storage space to carry your insurance card.  For these reasons, I'm ready to trade it for a grown up but still fun bike, and the C10 seems like the obvious choice, unless I'm gonna have to be replacing bent and broken parts all the time.  So can any of you reassure me that buying a Connie doesn't guarantee dropping a Connie?

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2018, 11:21:51 pm »
The only way to gurantee not dropping a bike.... is to not own, or straddle one.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2018, 11:48:03 pm »
No matter what bike you drive, it's gonna drop for various reasons.

Wind alone, while parked, has dumped my bike.
Then, there are vandals, accidental bumps, pedestrians jumping out in front of you, oil spots, gravel, sand, leaves, etc, etc.

I'm suprised I don't drop my bike more often.
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 12:07:45 am »
I went 4 years without a drop...then I installed tip over bars
and lost it a month later going up on the centerstand.  I still
Say the tip over bars did it.  ;D

I've never really had any problem with fighting the bike to
stay upright while riding.  Caution at slow speeds, otherwise
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 12:23:14 am »
I dropped my 2000 once in about 5 years because of a brain fart.

I always sequenced stopping the same way: Stop; turn off bike; put side stand down and lean on it, then do other stuff.This time, I started the bike and in a hurry forgot my ear plugs and went to put them in. I stopped the bike, took off my helmet and forgot to put the side stand down, but tried to lean on it. BAM! I'm suddenly down looking up.

I nearly dropped it two other times but was able to save it because I'm tall and stubborn.   :(
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2018, 01:23:24 am »
I have not dropped mine yet, although I have only owned it for a year. The weight of the bike takes some getting use to but you quickly feel very confident about handling it. You will love the Concours! It's a great all around bike. I also own a 1993 Honda Nighthawk 750 and if I had to give one up it would be the Honda (but I don't so i'm keeping both! :great:). The Concours is a lot of fun and it will be significantly more powerful than your Nighthawk and you can't beat it's wind protection. If you are that worried about dropping it buy some tip over bars from -> murphskits.com
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2018, 01:33:47 am »
Ive never dropped one , layed a couple down at speed but never dropped .
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2018, 02:08:55 am »
I should not post this, but I have not dropped any of my concours.  Steve
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2018, 02:12:59 am »
Yes Im eligible for multiple CDAs
The main problem Ive had is failure to recognize when Im tired/not paying attention to the task at hand
If you can avoid that you should be ok
Get some tip over bars if yours doesnt already have them


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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2018, 02:24:32 am »
I should not post this, but I have not dropped any of my concours.  Steve

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2018, 02:42:11 am »
Then, there are vandals, accidental bumps, pedestrians jumping out in front of you, oil spots, gravel, sand, leaves, etc, etc.

Do not forget gopher holes. Mine has been down twice because of these hairy underground rats.  :-[

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2018, 03:44:23 am »
I have never dropped it....but gravity has sucked it down three times since I've had it and at least once for the previous owner. 

Here's the last time, in the basement:
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2018, 04:11:29 am »
This is a top heavy bike. Hard to maneuver in tight spaces especially at low speeds and prone to being dropped at these low speeds, especially if you are not tall and/or strong enough to manage low speed maneuvers.


I have dropped the bike rolling it out of an awkward parking spot on an incline. This bike is a nightmare for city riding.

I think you will drop it a few times.






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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2018, 04:12:41 am »
Never dropped her but tossed her into a ditch once.

Also had a near miss rolling it back off the lift when I left the side stand down which wedged into the ramp forcing the bike to tip away from me.

Was very fortunate to not have her go over.  if tie down straps had not been within reach I would have lost her.  Was barely able to keep her from falling with one hand while getting the tie down strap in place. 

Took two guys to finally get out of that one. 
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2018, 10:58:34 am »
I dropped my C10 over at 0 mph twice in the first 6 months when not paying enough attention trying to park it, then never again in the next 9 years.

Haven't dropped my C14 ... yet ... in 2 1/2 years.
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2018, 12:43:11 pm »
I was in your shoes during my search over two years ago. I worried I might be too short (5'7") for the C10 and too little (140#) to pick her up if I did drop it.

Dropped it a couple times that first year.  Only damage was a broken antler and a scuffed bag.

I'm glad I bought mine and don't see myself ever selling it.






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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2018, 03:51:22 pm »
It's like I tell my 5 y.o. daughter...'you have to pay more attention'.  :))
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2018, 05:31:48 pm »
Thank you all for your helpful advice. 

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2018, 06:37:33 pm »
   I have been fortunate I guess. Been riding for many years and can't remember any drops over the years with any of the bikes. Well with the exception of my stupidity letting my C14 with .2 miles roll off the stand. But I had grabbed the bars as it went over. So it was definitely a drop.  :-[
  But none of the other bikes that I can recall, including two C10's. Although I did crash my first C10 with a high side. But that's not a drop. Too bad it wasn't just a drop.  :))

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2018, 09:29:42 pm »
It's like I tell my 5 y.o. daughter...'you have to pay more attention'.  :))

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2018, 09:49:48 pm »
It's like I tell my 5 y.o. daughter...'you have to pay more attention'.  :))
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2018, 11:10:34 pm »
I've had 4 Connies. (86/00/03/14}
I never dropped the 2000.  :great:
 {Does that count}??

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2018, 01:34:40 am »
I never dropped my 2006 C10 in 10 yrs of owning it. I'm fairly thin at 157 lbs so I consider myself fortunate not to have ever dropped it. They're definitely top heavy but if you're careful and think ahead you'll be ok.  I'm hoping to continue my good fortune with another top heavy bike, a
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2018, 09:40:58 am »
I haven't dropped mine in 4 years of owning it. It had me wondering a few times, but never went all the way down.  My previous bikes...that's a different story.
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #24 on: May 27, 2018, 10:35:44 am »
Never dropped her but tossed her into a ditch once.

Also had a near miss rolling it back off the lift when I left the side stand down which wedged into the ramp forcing the bike to tip away from me.

Was very fortunate to not have her go over.  if tie down straps had not been within reach I would have lost her.  Was barely able to keep her from falling with one hand while getting the tie down strap in place. 

Took two guys to finally get out of that one.

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