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seruzawa 02-09-2008 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Poolboy (Post 178630)
Should bike riders be required to carry side arms? If you are riding a hog and drop it hard on the tarmac you may need to do the human thing and shoot it to put it out of its misery.

If you are riding something else, especially a bike with fully decked out you may want to shoot yourself when you assess the damage you did.

Certainly with major damage if you talk to your insurance company you will certainly want to shoot some thing or someone.

As a newbie I have read and listened to my instructors and they all have said that I will drop my first bike several times. When I first get it and before I drive it drop it several times on the grass in front of my house will that count or will I still need to drop it out on the hard surfaces where it will sustain some damage?

Seriously at what point does one decide it better to leave the bike and not go down with it? I know you want to avoid a high side fall but low side ones do not look too fun either.

Since I am 61 (yes LXI) and am starting my riding career I do not have time for too much of this falling down stuff and need to go quickly as possible to where I have a good looking biker chick hanging onto to me. I also wonder how to convince my wife that a cute, young biker chick hanging onto me is part of the necessary training to become a better rider.

I have low sided a couple of times and both times I let go of the bike. I stopped sliding fairly quickly but the bike kept going another 50 feet or more. Imagine being dragged along under it or pulled off that cliff.

You may have heard someone say, "I laid it down" as if they did it on purpose. There are few stupider things one can do. Except maybe buy a fully faired 600 Supersport or an R1 for their first ride.

Flamepointe 04-16-2008 07:41 PM

So, should I be embarrassed that I have dropped my bike twice in 5 months?

sachiwilson 04-16-2008 08:03 PM

No. I've been riding for 22 years and I still drop mine once in a while.

mscuddy 04-16-2008 09:12 PM

I've fallen and I can't get up! Passed my hand-control driver test today, watch out pedestrians...left hand control, down for gas push for brake.

My eat it big cycle was about every 10 years I'd crash hard and break something. This last one was just that, the last one.

So if you see a maroon '51 Hudson Wasp Hollywood careening out of control down Victory blvd. that'l be me. It's a step-down.

longride 04-17-2008 05:38 AM

I'm staying out of your way Cuddy!

Kenneth_Moore 04-17-2008 06:27 AM

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Originally Posted by mscuddy (Post 182665)

So if you see a maroon '51 Hudson Wasp Hollywood careening out of control down Victory blvd. that'l be me. It's a step-down.

And you can fuel it with your tasty adult beverages!

The_AirHawk 04-17-2008 11:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Flamepointe (Post 182658)
So, should I be embarrassed that I have dropped my bike twice in 5 months?

Sure you should - but I'd never let a lil' embarrassment stop me.

If you were the only person in this conversation to drop a bike, I'd probably laugh at you.

sachiwilson 04-17-2008 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by mscuddy (Post 182665)
So if you see a maroon '51 Hudson Wasp Hollywood careening out of control down Victory blvd. that'l be me. It's a step-down.

Cool car. :)


Flamepointe 04-17-2008 08:26 PM

MsCuddy, it sounds like you have some scary/good stories!

Did someone say tasty adult beverages? Oh, those are for the car.

Night Hawk:
If I was the only one in the thread who had dropped their bike I would actually be embarrassed! Right now I am just trying to decide if I should be... :) Okay so, maybe I am a little ebarrassed but I will get over it!

vermicious 04-18-2008 08:36 AM

It happens -- the only bike I've ever owned that I have never dropped is my current one.


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