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Offline higworld

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Close, but no number needed ... yet
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:15:38 pm »
I was moving the bikes around in the garage just now, wearing flip flops.  Was trying to get the Connie closer to the wall.  Back-forth-ahhh-just right.  Let it down on the side stand ... and it collapsed.  Folded right the f*** up.  I still had my hands on both bars as it spilled, and fortunately the shift lever was digging into my unprotected foot, so I was able to just save it.  Never went all the way over!

I was so surprised I just gave it a hard yank upright.  Helps that I'm 6'2" 250lbs, I suppose.  But for an eternity (which lasted all of .45 seconds) I was writing my mea culpa for this forum.  And planning on how I was going to get my broken foot to the hospital.  LOL!  Heavy Bastage, that bike is.

So ... no CDA number yet for me.  But a serious lesson learned.  There is no forgiveness in these side stands. 
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Offline runnerb0y

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Re: Close, but no number needed ... yet
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 05:29:10 pm »
Glad you saved her.  I'm guessing your size did help.  At 5'10" 155 lbs (soaking wet), I doubt I'd be able to keep mine off the ground.

Hope the foot is okay   :(

I've often pondered about the sidestand and thought it was a bit unforgiving.  My Meanstreak could roll nearly 8" before the sidestand would fold up.  The Connie...not far at all.
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Re: Close, but no number needed ... yet
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2013, 06:51:14 pm »
Glad it didn't go all the way down, but using your foot to break the fall isn't a great idea. ;)

I rocked mine forward off of the center stand on a sloped (to the side) driveway once, and I pulled about half the muscles on my left side keeping her off of the ground.

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