Author Topic: Well, I did it at last!  (Read 627 times)

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Offline 6 Riders

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Well, I did it at last!
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:47:33 am »
I pulled into my usual parking spot at work, it's "one sided" in the center parking line. I like this spot because there is a fire hydrant in the middle of the lot which makes it so no one can "pull through" and hit my bike. Well I "swing" into my parking spot as usual, a hard right hand low speed turn, but for some reason I grab a handful of front brake before I straighten out of my "turn in" >:(. Down she goes!! I ride off road and fortunately (or unfortunately) know how to let my bike down "softly". How soft does an 800# bike go down anyways? So I "ease" her down as I watch in slow motion, my mirror fold in and my leg moves "out". Thankfully the "straddle and ease" method worked! No new damage! So here I am, joining the CDA  :P the club I never want to admit to joining!


PS just a note, neither the connie or I was damaged (sans the pride of course).

Offline ChipDoc

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Re: Well, I did it at last!
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 02:16:27 pm »
Yep, a soft set-down is pretty much the best option we can hope for.  Glad to know you haven't lost your dirt riding skills - they'll continue to come in handy.  And no matter how often you hear it, you never really KNOW why you should never grab the front brake in a turn until you do it.  Often the results aren't nearly as benign.

It sounds like you actually have a good place to park at work.  That counts for a lot.  I've got a nice place at work, and since I work an odd shift, I almost always get it.  Right in the front, in a corner, under the surveillance cams, and in a designated motorcycle parking area!  If only it were covered, it'd be perfect.

At any rate, it is now my sad duty to confirm you as the 389th recipient of the uncoveted Connie Droppers Anonymous Award.  You now have another tale to share around a Rally campfire.  My sincerest condolences!