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Offline bam2169

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Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:55:02 pm »
Ok, I've decided to share my misery.

Easter weekend I rode down to Richmond VA area to install my new PR4's with the help of my brother who has all the equipment. So we spend 3/4 of the day Saturday wrenching on my C14. After the new sneakers were mounted we decided to go for a quick ride around the area. This being the first time in the area I let him take the lead. As we pulled out of his housing allotment he tells me over the intercom that this stop sign is a bad place to pull out from because the cars come over the knoll to the left pretty fast. ok, I didn't think too much about it until I pulled up to the stop sign after he rolled out. I took a quick look not expecting to see anything as I started to roll out after him. Sure enough here comes a red Honda right up over the knoll. With his warning fresh in my mind I hit the front brake without thinking, stopping me on a dime, of course the front wheel is turned slightly and my beautiful black Connie starts to fall to the right. me being a decent sized guy and desperately not wanting a CDA# put everything I had in keeping her upright. It didn't help, all I managed to do was keep my right foot under the fairing trapping my leg.  >:(

Lucky for me I had removed the saddle bags during our maintenance so no part of the bike actually touched the ground! (so it was debatable with my brother whether it was a "drop" or not.)

The only damage was to the right side fairing where it rested all the weight against my foot. :'( :'(

Bottom line for me is "ride your own ride" don't let expectations or input from others negatively influence how you ride. Don't over think it!
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 02:18:27 pm »
Sorry to hear about the drop, but it was the least of the evils. ;)


I was in almost the same situation a while back.  Had to go to an unfamiliar office building in Knoxville for work stuff and was on the bike.  Pulling out of the parking lot and turning right.  The exit sloped down and had a significant down-right camber.  Car came flying over a hill to my left at 15 over the speed limit just as I started rolling on the throttle, and I grabbed the brakes.  The only thing that saved me was I hadn't started leaning enough yet, and was able to catch it.
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 02:18:42 pm »
As soon as you realize she is getting away from you ....its already too late!! Its okay bro, it happens to the best of us.

But hey, at least you got away without all the little scratches like i have along the side of mine!!  :beerchug:

I think most people would never know unless you pointed it out to them.

But the question is does it count as a CDA if the bike Never did actually touch the ground?!?
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 04:30:45 am »
You really nailed the title of this thread; the only sane way to do this is to ride your own ride.  Glad to hear it was a relatively minor event, though it's gotta be frustrating.

But the question is does it count as a CDA if the bike Never did actually touch the ground?!?

I was wondering that myself, so I went to the official Rules and found this:

Drop definition:  List to be amended as needed.
1) Bike must be either at a stop or, if moving, then moving at less than 5 mph (aka parking lot speed). 
2) Some part of the bike (besides the tires) must touch the ground OR the bike is damaged by hitting something on the way down. 
3) Concours only. 
4) No crashes. 
5) COG members only - must have a COG #.

And here's the quote from the original post:

It didn't help, all I managed to do was keep my right foot under the fairing trapping my leg.  >:(

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The only damage was to the right side fairing where it rested all the weight against my foot. :'( :'(

Since the bike was damaged by hitting something on the way down (your right foot) it definitely qualifies as a drop.  Sorry...

And so it has now become my sad duty to confirm you as the 498th recipient of the uncoveted Connie Droppers Anonymous Award.  You have yet another tale to share around a Rally campfire.  My sincerest condolences!

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0496 C10 Phil Walsh
0497 C10 Francis Gorham
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 08:17:39 am »
Excited fit to burst now!!! :)
Who's gonna be lucky 500????  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :nananana:
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 10:09:58 am »
The lucky #500 will get two free CDA patches with the number 500 embroidered in the lower box!
2 more to go!
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 10:16:01 am »
Now ya done it :-\

You know riders are gonna be out there just tossin the bikes to the ground in the hopes of getting #500 >:D
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2014, 03:23:41 pm »
Congrats! now you can get that CDA patch you've been talking about!!!  ;D
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2014, 08:53:48 pm »
Thanks Chip...I think.

Hey Bro, at least I can always say you dropped your Connie first!! :nananana: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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Re: Don't over think it! Ride your own ride
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014, 05:58:20 am »
There we go - I didn't think it would take too long for your new number to show up.  And so it has now become my sad duty to confirm you as the 498th recipient of the uncoveted Connie Droppers Anonymous Award.  You have yet another tale to share around a Rally campfire.  My sincerest condolences!

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0494 C14 Daryl Snider
0495 C10 William R Bowen III
0496 C10 Phil Walsh
0497 C10 Francis Gorham
0498 C14 Brent Marshall