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Offline Lee

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #50 on: July 24, 2018, 06:08:09 pm »
Tour1,
You are so right about side stand. I keep one eye glued to it so as not strike it to ground in all beside the bike maneuvers. Am not a fan of turning close to lock. Seems that amplifies my feelings of the bike's top heaviness. Seems all that high tank weight could get away from one quickly at near lock while standing beside or riding. As said am a newbie to the C10. So am cautious of it's reputation for throwing itself over. But as said, do luv riding her. Thanks!

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #51 on: July 31, 2018, 09:59:41 pm »
Bought my '02 Connie 5 years ago at 65 years old, now 70 and 26K miles later have not dropped it. But did drop my son's 06 in a gas station parking lot a couple of weeks ago. But to answer your question, no I have not dropped my bike,  :rotflmao:
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #52 on: July 31, 2018, 10:30:27 pm »
I can imagine how THAT conversation might've gone, "Geez Dad. I loan you my bike, tell you to have it back by midnight, don't scratch it, fill it up and THIS. Geez....It's like loaning my bike to your grandson...."     :rotflmao:
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #53 on: August 03, 2018, 09:02:10 pm »
I went out one morning and she was just lying on her side, very still like a wounded animal.  If she'd been a horse, I would have had to shoot her.  She is now running strong.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #54 on: August 06, 2018, 06:59:11 am »
my centre stand sunk in the mud it went over sending the BBQ table sliding into the glass door ,,, OH WELL  :))

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #55 on: August 06, 2018, 07:02:00 am »
This is from Page one ..... wow look at the flex in the rear wheel ,,,,,,,,,/Users/roberttilbury/Desktop/Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 5.57.36 pm.png

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #57 on: August 15, 2018, 09:30:35 pm »
I wish I could say I haven’t .... but my last Connie is the only bike I’ve ever dropped although it had nothing to do with the bike being top heavy. It started raining on a freshly paved (the trucks were still there) piece of road at about 15mph and it was like riding on a sheet of ice. I bought another one and I still feel that it’s a safe ride.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #58 on: October 12, 2018, 12:54:27 am »
 Im not gonna jinks myself  :-X
I can beat the Paramedics to my crashes by at least 10 minutes.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #59 on: October 15, 2018, 11:21:11 am »
The worst time for a drop is right after you get the bike and your not used to the weight.  In-line fours are top heavy.   I slow dropped my FJR the day I got it.  Then again a week later.  That was 2010 and never dropped it gain.  After a couple weeks you'll get used to the weight and automatically make adjustments for it.  You'll need to learn to slip the clutch at slow speeds properly...we all do it. 

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #60 on: October 15, 2018, 10:57:46 pm »
I’ve never dropped my 2009 in the 2.5 yrs I’ve owned it, but a guy I knew who did some work for me dropped it TWICE....including the very day I bought it!

We don’t talk anymore.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #61 on: October 17, 2018, 12:03:40 pm »
I haven’t had the misfortune of dropping my Connie yet.  1 full season on it in the books and 14000 miles later I’m still good to hook

I did however drop a virago when I was chatting with a guy while on the bike.  Completely forgot to put kickstand down due to the length of our conversation (or my lack of intelligence).   That was embarrassing.  He was a salesman for Harley’s so I then told him I wanted to test ride an ultra classic.   Haha

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #62 on: October 24, 2018, 03:46:54 pm »
I’ve had three Connie’s ...... I dropped the first one in a parking lot when it was wet. I dropped the second one in an accident that wrecked it (also wet). I have not dropped the current ‘04, but I know that the previous owner did once. My take on it is that riding  care and conditions are more to blame than being “top heavy”. To put it in perspective I think that the riders size/strength helps (I’m 6’2” and about 280lbs) but any bike can be dropped in the right (or wrong) circumstances.

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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #63 on: November 07, 2018, 04:55:39 pm »
I've had 2 connies, an 86 and now an 06, spanning without gap 12 years. Never dropped on. I do my damnest to prevent that. I dont want to have to pick this pig up.
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #64 on: November 15, 2018, 05:52:53 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.

I have owned too many bikes to recall, and a simple rule for me is,, If I'm feeling crazy, I get on the dirt bike, I drop them all the time, they don't care.  But on a street bike, never have I dropped one while riding, only at near stand still have I dropped a street bike (not my c10 though, not yet) , and usually involving someone else jumping on or off when I wasn't ready, or on a slope.
   But to answer your question about the c10 .  You will not drop it riding if your have a defensive driving pattern and don't trust anyone else on the road or the road itself.
 I find all 700 pounds of her amazingly agile when deer jump out in front of me.  The c10 cuts a very nice corner but takes getting used to compared to most other bikes, like  honda's(which to me , are smoother, but not as fun).  The C10 seems to just dive into corners, I love the sensation and responsiveness of the shaft drive with no play, or chain slop , to power you out of corners.  This whole "top heavy" thing is in my opinion a bit overblown when it comes to actually riding it.  It is only when you are starting and stopping that weaker, shorter, less agile people will have a hell of a time with the C10, because the seat is too high IMO, for easy mounting, specially on slopes.  Learn to use the clutch and rear brake in tight parking lots to smooth her out and your golden.  The Concours is a bike you should check out, it makes riding a thrill, and can go the distance in relative comfort.  And I'm previously a Honda owner.  Wouldn't trade my c10  for one now though, i'm hooked.  There is a reason so many people have them, and they last so long. Its not because everyone is dropping them.
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Re: Have any of you NOT dropped your bike?
« Reply #65 on: November 15, 2018, 05:21:39 pm »
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.

I have owned too many bikes to recall, and a simple rule for me is,, If I'm feeling crazy, I get on the dirt bike, I drop them all the time, they don't care.  But on a street bike, never have I dropped one while riding, only at near stand still have I dropped a street bike (not my c10 though, not yet) , and usually involving someone else jumping on or off when I wasn't ready, or on a slope.
   But to answer your question about the c10 .  You will not drop it riding if your have a defensive driving pattern and don't trust anyone else on the road or the road itself.
 I find all 700 pounds of her amazingly agile when deer jump out in front of me.  The c10 cuts a very nice corner but takes getting used to compared to most other bikes, like  honda's(which to me , are smoother, but not as fun).  The C10 seems to just dive into corners, I love the sensation and responsiveness of the shaft drive with no play, or chain slop , to power you out of corners.  This whole "top heavy" thing is in my opinion a bit overblown when it comes to actually riding it.  It is only when you are starting and stopping that weaker, shorter, less agile people will have a hell of a time with the C10, because the seat is too high IMO, for easy mounting, specially on slopes.  Learn to use the clutch and rear brake in tight parking lots to smooth her out and your golden.  The Concours is a bike you should check out, it makes riding a thrill, and can go the distance in relative comfort.  And I'm previously a Honda owner.  Wouldn't trade my c10  for one now though, i'm hooked.  There is a reason so many people have them, and they last so long. Its not because everyone is dropping them.


I still have my Honda V4 Sabre 700 and wouldn't get rid of it but I love my C-10 also. Yes it is a big fat pig when doing parking lot stuff but once you get out on the road it's just a giant comfortable sport bike. I dropped mine once shortly after I got it sitting outside the shop and my foot slid out from under me in the gravel. I now have it set up so I can drive in one door and out another door so I don't have to back it out. Every bit helps when you are 5' 6" and 130 pounds. The bike barely knows I am there when riding and is really fast with the Shoodabeen cams I put in and without all the weight of a normal sized rider. Last summer I was outrunning my brother on his C-14 while riding over the North Cascades Hwy.  >:D We will see what happens next summer now that he is getting the Mountain Runner flash on his C-14. :)
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