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Offline antler

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Dropped it in my own garage!
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:20:19 am »
There I was, getting ready to ride on a Saturday afternoon. Went to the garage and unplugged the charger. The next step is to wheel the bike out of the garage backwards by hand. No problem. Except...this time, something happened. Not sure what I did different, but as I lifted it towards straight vertical and off of the kickstand, it went past the vertical. I groaned out loud as I tried to stop it and I did get it to hesitate as it leaned away from me, but it decided to keep going and went all the way over. Sheesh.

So there it is lying on its side and i step around it to do the reverse lift and I find that I can't fit between the bike and the garage wall! Well, can't...that's too extreme. But it was difficult. The only reason I got the bike lifted by myself is that I didn't have any other choice!

OK. Do I get my number?

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2013, 03:24:16 am »
That's sucks. Any damage? Did you hav Canyon Cages?

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2013, 04:16:29 am »
Your first post is a CDA confession?  I hope tomorrow gets better... :-[
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2013, 07:44:42 am »
This is why I tend to sit on the bike and back it out that way. I can see it being too easy for this to happen. Obviously it doesn't make it better for you. But most of us have had the bike on it's side one way or another. Was it a C10 or C14?

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2013, 09:11:57 am »
 :welcome:  to our little corner of the web.  ;D

:c029: well at least you got that out of your system now.

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013, 10:01:56 am »
These are not lightweight dirtbikes , whenever possible one should sit on the bike to walk them.....especially backwards  :-\
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013, 11:26:32 am »
Wow antler, welcome to the forum but that really is a depressing first post.

Mine is always on the sidestand and I don't ever lift that stand until I'm standing astride with both feet firmly planted and comfortable with the balance.  My parking space is a bit uneven, so the need for this is more obvious than if you have a nice smooth surface on which to park - but it's a good idea anyhow.

Glad to hear you weren't hurt and you didn't mention any damage to poor Connie (C10? C14?).  We aren't always that lucky when she falls over.  And your incident does qualify you for the CDA Award except for one thing.

You need to be a full COG member.  Don't worry, we don't make you drop her again after you've joined in order to qualify!  Most folks join if they hang around a while and like what we do here, so just drop me a line after that happens and we'll add you to the roster.

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 10:40:43 am »
These are not lightweight dirtbikes , whenever possible one should sit on the bike to walk them.....especially backwards  :-\

The problem I see with backing them while on them is if you hit a dip with one of your feet it could quickly throw you off balance resulting in a drop. I prefer to walk it back with the side stand deployed. In the end you have to do what you are comfortable doing and always take into consideration the surface you are backing out on.

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2013, 05:19:38 pm »
Wow, I hadn't even thought of backing it up.  My parking space may be a bit uneven, but it's a loop so I always nose in and nose out.  I almost always park that way out in the world too.

Yeah, if I were backing her up on pavement, I'd definitely put the sidestand down before trying it.  You'd have a 50/50 chance if something went wrong.  But on an uneven surface, you're better off with the stand up so it doesn't catch on anything and tip you over.

In the end you have to do what you are comfortable doing and always take into consideration the surface you are backing out on.

Amen to that!  If you feel uncomfortable for ANY reason, just stop and listen to that little voice inside your head for a minute. 

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2013, 06:17:41 pm »
I never move the bike unless I am on it.  Sure would not back it up or take it off the centerstand without both my feet on the ground.   I was shocked when I saw the shop guy wheel it across a parking lot and into the shop from the side.  No thanks.  I have been there when it goes and I know I can't save it... Even when I am straddling it.
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2013, 03:07:09 am »
With me on the left, I point the front tire slightly to the right when pushing it off the center stand. That way the bike will want to fall towards me.

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2013, 09:38:49 am »
Backing up is a common drop. That's what got me as well. Welcome to the forum. Like he said you can't get a number without being a member. I know it sounds like you are now paying to drop your bike. But you will find the site, camaraderie, information and insight very valuable.   
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2013, 10:28:35 am »
This is exactly why I always walk the bike backwards from the right side of the bike while leaving the kickstand down, just in case...

Sorry about your drop.
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2013, 01:18:44 pm »
I used to own a Honda ST1100. It weighed about what my C14 weighs. I had no experience with such a heavy bike and tipped it way too many times. Never when in motion... It was always coming to a stop in a parking lot,etc. a little gravel under the boot, too much front brake, and oops there it goes again. Luckily Honda engineers thought to install tip over wings, which were so well placed that the worst that ever happened was cracking a mirror case.
Now I have more experience handling a heavy bike after 10,000 miles on old GoldWings, with no tips. Crossing fingers re the Concours. I always sit on it when moving it.
Ya'd think when Kawi decided to build the Ultimate Touring Machine, they woulda used the best ideas of the other brands, like built in tip over protection. Maybe if we all sent an email......  :-)
Now I'm going to the Canyon Cage thread.
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2013, 10:46:27 pm »
Antler Al paid his membership dues; now we have to wait for his COG number to show up under the avatar.

Thanks for joining, Al!

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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2013, 06:08:08 pm »
i never worry about dropping it, i figure it's not gonna go any further than the ground!!!  :rotflmao:
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Re: Dropped it in my own garage!
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2013, 12:11:10 pm »
This is exactly why I always walk the bike backwards from the right side of the bike while leaving the kickstand down, just in case...

Sorry about your drop.

That's actually a brilliant idea.