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Old 08-04-2008, 09:03 AM   #1
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Default Hello all! How can you tell if MC is dropped hard or soft

Hello, Eddie here,

I'm new to the forum.

I am going to look at a used bike that's been dropped. How can you tell if it was dropped while standing, or moving fast? The seller said it was standing, but the pictures look like it was.

The bike is listed on eBay and there are pictures of the damages. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 08-04-2008, 09:38 AM   #2
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Go ahead and post the link.

A moving drop will show scrapes on the bodywork or hard bits. The longer the slide, the worse the scrapes. A drop that is from a standstill will tend to show speckled or pocked marks where it hit the rough surface, although there may be short scrapes.

Don't ask me how I know all this. *sigh*
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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Soft Drop: usually involves rider stupidity. ie- forgetting to put the kick stand down. A drop like this will happen when you're are using all your "might" to keep it from slamming to the road or driveway surface.

Hard Drop: Refer to Soft with a "but". Usually involves the lack ability to get your feet off the pegs fast enough. ie- coming to a stop and forgetting you're on a d@mn bike and leaving your feet on the pegs.

Hope this clears things up.
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If that's the worst you can find, and the bike rides OK - (i.e. doesn't shake its head or track funny, or exhibit strange accel/braking behaviour) what does it matter whether or not the drop was "hard" or "soft"?

Just get him to compensate for the scuffs in the price, and buy it and ride it. You'll likely drop it yourself later. (THEN you can change the pipes)
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OH MY GOD.....what an ugly POS, that things hammered....um...oh, wait...it's SUPPOSED to look like that???

nevermind..(ehem) umm.. nice bike there bud......
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:43 AM   #6
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Go ahead and post the link.

A moving drop will show scrapes on the bodywork or hard bits. The longer the slide, the worse the scrapes. A drop that is from a standstill will tend to show speckled or pocked marks where it hit the rough surface, although there may be short scrapes.

Don't ask me how I know all this. *sigh*
And in your case, 9 GPS units snapped off and lying on the ground!
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Old 08-04-2008, 02:47 PM   #7
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And in your case, 9 GPS units snapped off and lying on the ground!
I didn't laugh until the second glance. Is that an early telltale sign of dementia?
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Nah. Story here and here.
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Sitting: Very little damage.

Moving fast: Lots of damage, scrapes, dings and pocked plastic. Footpegs bent, pipes loosened up, shifter spranged, hand grips tore up on the ends.

Moving way too fast: Footpegs missing, seat ripped, rims bent and flat tires, collapsed forks. Blood everywhere.

Drunk: See sitting.
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If that's the worst you can find, and the bike rides OK - (i.e. doesn't shake its head or track funny, or exhibit strange accel/braking behaviour) what does it matter whether or not the drop was "hard" or "soft"?

Just get him to compensate for the scuffs in the price, and buy it and ride it. You'll likely drop it yourself later. (THEN you can change the pipes)
Well, the guy said it was dropped by his wife while not moving. I just wanted to see if he was lying. The scrapes are horizontal, which makes me think that the bike was moving. if the guy's lying about this, then he might be lying about more. That's the difference. I'm planning to go take a look at it later this week.
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