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Offline Irreverend Joe

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My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« on: July 02, 2016, 12:03:25 am »
Hey, all, new member here - after having a number of years of experience (on and off) with various Hondas (a GL500 Silver Wing in the 80's, then a '77 GL1000 and an '84 GL1200) with no incidents, I'm riding again after about a ten-year hiatus, and picked up a lovely 2009 C14 (non-ABS) three weeks ago.  So, I've managed to drop her twice in that space of time <hangs head in shame>.  First time, a week after purchase, had just gotten a new tank bag that didn't fit well (magnetic and you know that plastic on the tank) and I ended up with it slid pretty far back so it would stick.  So, got on, picked her up off the sidestand, and totally failed to connect with the ground on the right side.  After the fact, I realized that the tank bag was forcing me to sit up much straighter than usual, which changed the geometry regarding my 30" inseam so that I didn't hit ground with the right foot until well past the tipping point.  She slid gently onto the right side, not running.  I got her back up at the cost of seriously straining my right arm - I didn't see the videos on bike pickup techniques until after that.  Cosmetic damage only, scratches on the right mirror, right lower fairing, and a little on the upper.  Bag didn't hit enough to hurt anything.  Pride damaged immensely.

Today: parked at my girlfriend's apartment, dropped off stuff, then went out again to pick up beer (you know, important stuff).  Changed out of my riding pants into jeans, went out, found that the parking space I chose had a slight downhill to it that made the bike WAY hard to back up (nailed my shin with a footpeg bigtime in the process, ow), so decided to go up and over the 2" curb to pull out forward.  Front wheel went up fine, back wheel hung up, I flailed for left-foot contact that wasn't there until after the tipping point (which is not very far from the vertical on these damn things), and fell off the bike while it went over slowly, this time on the left side.  So, now my new damage is symmetrical.  :(  No mechanical damage whatsoever, I'm lucky, but I managed to strain my right bicep in a big way while coming off, and got a nasty scrape on my left knee that would probably not have happened if I'd stayed in my riding pants.  The bike pickup technique worked great, though, I don't have the URL but there's a woman called I think Skerts on the internets who demonstrates a technique where you just face away from the bike, put in in gear if you can to keep it from sliding forward or backward, put your butt under the seat, grab the grip in one hand and whatever else is good to pull with the other (the passenger grip for a C14), and just straighten your legs.  Awesome method, worked great for me, although I'm pretty ashamed about having the opportunity to try it out so soon after seeing it.  :(

I just upgraded to a full membership today - is there a special version of the award for someone who drops his Connie twice in the first three weeks, one week apart?  :) 

Edit: found the URL for the dropped-bike pickup technique, it's http://www.pinkribbonrides.com/dropped.html.
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Re: My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2016, 10:23:23 am »
Happens to the best of us, Joe! Keep that chin up! Perhaps consider this 2009 your practice bike and your next Connie will be drop free. ..

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Re: My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2016, 09:27:24 pm »
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- is there a special version of the award for someone who drops his Connie twice in the first three weeks, one week apart?  :) 


Joe, print this out, sign it, and get it framed.  :great:
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Re: My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2016, 10:08:01 pm »
Hi Joe!

I'll never forget how top heavy the C14 felt at first. Now I hop curbs and park on inclines and she feels fine. You'll get used to it for sure :great:
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Re: My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 12:05:55 am »
Thanks for the moral support, guys.  :)  I did a nice 150-miler today along the upper Mississippi on Wisconsin 35 and across the river at Wabasha to an old favorite of mine, Minnesota 60, lovely curvy road, and a great confidence builder for this 60-year-old returning biker.  I ran up against a couple of Harley guys there and, although I am NOT a macho squidly kind of guy, was happy to see that I could stay right behind them all the way through the corners.  I do have my eyes on a set of MC canyon cages for the parking lot, regardless, I'm not so proud as to think they're not a good idea for me...  Based on my experience with this bike, the most statistically dangerous speed range for me is 0 to 1 mph. 

 
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Re: My name is Joe, and I'm a Connie dropper....
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 10:08:52 pm »
Some ride with luggage all the time, some prefer the big girl to be svelte. I have cages, others will say sliders are all you need. Think it depends on your primary preference. Protection is good.  :great: