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Offline apd148

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Minding my own business...
« on: May 23, 2013, 12:51:06 am »
I had my 2012 Connie for less than 10 days when I took it to the gas station.  So there I was, minding my own business and noticing all the admiring looks the bike was getting, and slowly rolled off to make a 180 turn and get back to the road.  Noticed that somehow the next row of pumps was closing on me too fast, so I grabbed the front brake...and promptly fell over on the right side.  Let it down as gently as you can a 700 lb dead weight, but still got scratches.  Member ID # 972165...where's my sign? 

Put crash bars on it shortly thereafter, but fortunately haven't found out how well they work!

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2013, 01:12:43 am »
<snip>  Member ID # 972165...where's my sign? 


Sorry to hear of your drop. Slow speed maneuvers and front brake usage do not mix well.   ::)

BTW - the number you included above is your database ID, not your COG #.  The membership officer needs to assign THAT number to you. Give him a week or so - he may be out riding.   You can get the new info to display by refreshing your forum member profile from the club database by logging out and back into the forum.

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2013, 04:27:48 pm »
Gas stations are dangerous places, that's all there is to that.  The distances are non-standard, there are usually small irregular inclines, and there are almost always little puddles of gas and oil around.  What's more, grabbing the front brake in a low-speed turn is almost invariably going to lead to a spill.

Glad to hear you put the tip-over bars on - I've certainly dropped mine more than once and those bars work great, whether you've seen it for yourself or not!

But Steve's right.  You need to have a COG# attached to your avatar.  Don't worry, we don't make you drop it again in order to qualify!  As Steve pointed out, it sometimes takes a while for changes to show up here in the forum; we're all volunteers here and devote to this project what time we can.  Just drop another note into this thread to alert me and I'll add you to the list.

Sorry about your spill.  Your COG# will probably be here in a few days and we'll get you officially recognized!

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 05:02:14 pm »
Tip, pick up "ride like a pro" by Jerry motorman palladino, great DVD!! Teaches how to control motorcycle at low speeds. I practice the technique often, really simple and effective.


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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2013, 06:06:42 pm »
Tip, pick up "ride like a pro" by Jerry motorman palladino, great DVD!! Teaches how to control motorcycle at low speeds. I practice the technique often, really simple and effective.

Reading books/watching DVD is OK to gain some knowledge. Most people learn better with a combination of reading, listening, and doing - especially when it comes to learning motor-skills. A low cost option is the MSF ERC. 

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 09:49:45 pm »
Jerry Palladino lives somewhere down here in Florida and I've seen him many times at rallys.  You can learn a lot just from watching him.  He's a little guy too, and makes all sorts of amusing comments about it as he slings a huge Harley bagger around as if it were a paintbrush.  HOWEVER a Harley has a much lower center of gravity than a Connie.  His techniques work great, but they will work just a bit differently on our bikes.  And just for the record, I've seen Jerry dump it a couple of times over the years.

That said, the MSF ERC is a fantastic experience which I recommend all riders re-take every few years. 

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2013, 03:18:38 am »
Thanks, all, for the sympathy and excellent suggestions!

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2013, 03:25:13 am »
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Sorry about your spill.  Your COG# will probably be here in a few days and we'll get you officially recognized!
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Sorry about giving the wrong #.  My COG # is 11028.

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Re: Minding my own business...
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2013, 04:21:30 am »
No problem, Jerry.  You did put down a legitimate number; it just happened to be the wrong one.  Things can be confusing in a new place and we're glad to have you as a new member!

And so it has now become my sad duty to confirm you as the 452nd 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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0448 C14 Mike Thacker
0449 C14 John Harris
0450 C14 Don Carruthers
0451 C10 Dale Haydel
0452 C14 Jerry Kendrick