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Offline Andrew

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My Turn.... Near the top of Mt. Evans
« on: September 17, 2013, 02:48:19 pm »
So a few weeks back I took a trip to Colorado for a few days.  Left Thursday morning and back in Sioux Falls Sunday afternoon.  I went up Mt. Evans on Friday morning, early enough to watch the sun rise from near the top.  On the way back down, I stopped about 300' above the tree line to take a picture.  (Since I was by myself, the lady wanted as many pictures as I could take.) 

When I stopped in the right lane, with the edge on my left, I realized I was not close enough to the edge to take a picture over.  Mind you I hadn't turned off the engine yet.  So I put the kickstand down and proceeded to hop off (with the camera in one hand) without thinking that I am on a sharp decline.  Before I get a foot away from the bike, I hadn't even turned around, I hear the kickstand slip out.  I attempt to grab it, but because I had the camera in my hand, what really occurred is unknown.  The next thing I know the camera is 5-10 feet down the road (thrown by me), and my beautiful 09 is on its left side running.  Somehow I thought to hit the kill switch right away to try and prevent damage to the engine.

I first tried to lift it from the handlebars, but anyone who has tried that knows how damn near impossible it is, especially with loaded saddlebags and a full tank of gas minus 30 miles.  I ended up grabbing the left rail and the left handlebar and squatting it up and moving it to the other side of the road facing up hill still on the bike to get my picture, and it was a s*** picture.  My left mirror needs to be replaced but is still functional, and the lower and upper left fairings along with the left saddlebag is scuffed, but no serious damage.

After that occurred, the only pictures I took on the trip were from a still position without leaving the bike, unless there was a safe, flat spot.  I was furious at how I could let myself do something soooo stupid especially as I am looking down hill.  I almost turned around back to Sioux Falls that morning, but I stuck it out and had an amazing 4 days in Colorado.  All said an done, I did 2,050 miles in just under 3.5 days, and I would do it again.

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Re: My Turn.... Near the top of Mt. Evans
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 03:18:10 pm »
Sorry to hear that, we all can get caught up in the moment.
May help to search for some how to lift a downed bike video.
It one thing to drop the bike,its a whole new ballgame to screw up your back lifting it.
Glad you didn't let it end your trip.

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Re: My Turn.... Near the top of Mt. Evans
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 03:22:07 pm »
Sorry to hear that, we all can get caught up in the moment.
May help to search for some how to lift a downed bike video.
It one thing to drop the bike,its a whole new ballgame to screw up your back lifting it.
Glad you didn't let it end your trip.

I had seen a video some time ago of a petite woman picking up a full dresser Harley, and I kinda did the same thing.  Instead of putting my back to the bike I was facing it, but I think the important thing is that I used my legs to lift instead of my back.  My shoulders were sore for a few hours because of my first attempt of just using the handlebars tho.

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Re: My Turn.... Near the top of Mt. Evans
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 06:19:35 pm »
Andrew, it was the altitude. I went up on my way home from the national. It was raining
and 42. I thought about doing something like that myself.
Sorry for your drop, it could have been a lot worse.

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Re: My Turn.... Near the top of Mt. Evans
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2013, 11:10:49 pm »
I live in Florida, so I'm sort of hyper-aware when I'm in a place where the road slopes up or down.  I am always afraid the bike is going to roll away like it did with you.  I'm really glad that you weren't hurt and that the damage was minor and didn't ruin your trip.  And I don't think that the fact that she's running as she's lying on her side will do much harm so long as you do remember to shut it off.

And so it has now become my sad duty to confirm you as the 468th 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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