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Offline 1down5up

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« on: October 06, 2008, 10:52:00 pm »
So I leave the Kawasaki shop with my new C14 and ride less than a mile before I come upon a stop sign on an incline that is also sloped to the right. I am trying to keep the bike from rolling backwards and waiting for traffic to ease so I can turn right onto the busy road. Looks clear so I start to ease off the brake and release the clutch when a car comes out of nowhere. I pull in the clutch, start rolling backwards, grab the front brake and down I go on the right side. It wasn't so much a drop as easing it down. The bike is heavy but when you drop a brand new bike, the thought of someone seeing you look like an idiot can give you the strength to lift it back up. The lower fairing was scuffed up as well as the right side mirror and bag. The peg on the bottom of the foot rest broke off and I had it replaced at the 600 mile service.    A month later I dropped it on the same side when I hit a curb with the front tire trying to turn it in a semi-circle into a parking space. Just as before I kinda eased the bike down. This time the only mark was from hot asphalt on the muffler.    I have a 30" inseam which is just a bit short for this bike. I ordered the Arnott Air suspension shock and hopefully that will be the end of the dropping.    I guess the lesson to be learned is no matter how careful you try to be it is not always enough.  COG#11328 (I think)  
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 07:58:00 am »
James, CDA0287.  The dreaded "leaving the dealer drop".  I know of a few that have performed the same routine!    Glad to hear only minor scuffs etc.    Check out the CDA FAQ if you want to download a sticker to put on your bike - wear it with pride!  Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 10:07:00 am »
James,     Not sure this will help but I did hear this story on the cog forum a few years back.  From what I remember this guy did not want to ride his new c10 home.  Why is a guess but its never a good sign.  He rented a truck and hauled it home.  As he backed it down the ramp out of the truck his foot slipped and then bike fell off the ramp, flipped all the way over and landed on the windshield.  Not the way to break in a new bike :-)  Better luck from here on out.  ----------------------------------  I will answer any question.  It is up to you to figure out if I should have.    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008, 08:14:00 pm »
I love this one on youtube.  Not a concours, but funny none the less.  Gotta love the matching bike and leathers too.    
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008, 08:04:00 am »
 
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   That's a bummer.  New, cold, or shined up tires?  Very slippery.    When we went to test ride our Ninja 250 from the previous owner, they had shined up both tires with tha t tire-shine stuff.  I refused to test ride it until we removed it from the treads.  Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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Offline Brett0769

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2008, 11:50:00 am »
Not a record for sure, when I was shopping for my Connie the salesman at the Honda place said he had a guy start his new bike, put it in gear, pop the clutch and streak through the parking lot, into the grass and crash into the railroad tracks that run parallel to the main road. So, he only made it about 75 feet. :-/ At least you knew how to ride before you mounted up!     I've dropped my C10 4 times, the last onto a pile of broken down boxes so that one was transparent. I've gotten to the point that I know her peculiarities quite well now though, no more drops should be forthcoming. (knocks furiously on wood)  
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008, 07:47:00 pm »
You have me beat on time. I trailered my bike home 150 miles. But mine when over as soon as I unloaded her. Like a moron, I left it in neutral(which I never do). AS I went to walk away it started to roll of the kick stand. I tried to grab it, but couldn't hold it. It was too far gone. She went over with .2 miles on her. I rode her once around the dealers parking lot and on to the trailer. The next time I started her up to ride her, she was already damaged. So I know how you must have felt!