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Offline bcvrmc_dad

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« on: May 10, 2009, 11:06:00 pm »
Two buddies and I were getting ready to ride and talking about our bikes.  I was telling one of the guys how much heavier my Concours was than previous bikes.  I told him that the only thing I worried about was "running out of legs" on uneven surfaces...two hours later they were helping me pick the Connie up off of a rocky, rutted shoulder after turning around at a dead end.  Luckily, no damage.  I tried to convince my wife that a GPS would have prevented the whole thing.  No luck there.    Brian    COG# Pending  -2006 Concours (current)  -1996 Yamaha XJ600 (sold)  -1995 Honda XR650L (sold)  
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Offline Brett0769

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 09:58:00 am »
Mr. Gravity strikes again! You have to think ahead on the uneven ground thing, this happened to me w/in 2 months of getting my Connie. Leaving a convenience store parking lot after just having stopped to switch out my gloves for the winter pair. There was a particularly steep ramp from the concrete parking lot to the asphalt road and I went down it a little sideways, putting my left foot much lower than my right and hence my Concours on the ground. :( It was the slow, painful lowering to the earth that you get when you push her just past the point of no return.     While safety is a good context to justify a new farkle, we shouldn't underestimate the intelligence of our SOs in determining whether or not we're truthful. Most women know that the best way to tell if a man is lying is by checking to see if his lips are moving. In this case, I believe the failure resulted from your SO knowing what the GPS could and could not do. GPS is no longer a mysterious, electronic man-toy. It has proven its usefulness to women by eliminating the problems associated with men's resistance in asking for directions and by providing an index of shopping locations and the ability to create the most efficient route between them. I'd recommend selecting a more enigmatic farkle, like tip-over bars, a fork brace or cartridge emulators. The vast majority of the female population will have no idea what these items are for and have no desire to learn.  
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Offline Wineguy

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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009, 08:21:00 pm »
Sorry about your drop, Brian; been there myself. I found the worst part was needing to get help lifting it (it was pointed downhill, and there was no way I was getting her up). At least no damage.    
Mark Hejtmanek  1999 Concours "Margo"  Candy Amarinth Red  COG#8298 CDA#271  Littleton, CO 

Offline oldsawfiler

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009, 11:21:00 pm »
Murph's bars not only reduce damage in a drop, but make the bike so much easyer to pick up as it leans on the bars and bags rather than on the  mirrors, foot pegs and mufflers.  If she goes down on the right side it is realy easy.  put the sidestand down, go to the right side.  Back up to the bike.  Grab the right bar in your left hand and the passenger grab handl in your right  and lift.  Make sure it is in gear first.  You can easily set it on the side stand.  This I know.    ROMA or Scarlet harlot acording to my wife  Why is it that for evey 1 "making Bacon" there are 20 people eating the fat?
Well...even if you fall on your face you're still moving forward.

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Offline Greg Habel

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 12:54:00 pm »
Brian, CDA0296.  The horror!    Due to garage restrictions I run just the front tip-over bars.  They work great.  At the rear the mufflers hit but only minor scratches for damage.  Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120 (2.0)  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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Offline bcvrmc_dad

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009, 05:06:00 pm »
Thanks for the tips guys.  I think at least front tip over bars are on the short list of farkles.  Especially since I am wanting to do much more practice on my low speed handling.  I have heard that the MSF experienced rider course is also good for some low speed experience. Hard for me to schedule right now though.    Safe riding,    Brian  CDA #0296  -2006 Concours (current)  -1996 Yamaha XJ600 (sold)  -1995 Honda XR650L (sold)
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