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Old 21st August 2006
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Dropped mine, more like setting it down, while going thru the MSF RiderCoach course. I was practing the U-turn box, and my Sporty wasn't quite warm enough yet. Got in the turn, it sputtered a bit, and I had to set her down.
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I counting mine as "yes, a few" because I'm averaging it out over the 26 years I've been riding.

Only had one really notable drop back when I was 19 or 20. I went down on my Honda doing about 65mph. Felt like I was never going to stop sliding. When I finally stopped, I sat up, looked at my wounds, felt no pain at all, looked back for my bike, then hopped up and ran back to check on it where it had stopped. It also had what seemed like minor damage. Rode it back home by which time my sensation of pain started setting it (I was in a t-shirt and jeans). Off to the ER I went to get cleaned up. I can tell you being scrubbed out with that yellow gritty surgical soap hurt like hell. The bike only suffered about $150 in damage and all my skin grew back in about 6 weeks as I remember.

I try to stay reasonably safe but I do flirt with the edge some. After all, where would our stories come from if we only did the safe things in life.
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Twice here. Once doing U trun in a praking lot. It didnt even hit the ground I held it up while a couple of friends ran over and helped me get it back up. The other I was parked at a red light and just fell over with it. LOL that was truly funny. "Always put your feet down" Didnt hurt much of anything, except my ego.
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So far, I've been lucky: only two downs, both low speed, and no injuries (only reason there were no injuries the 2nd time is because the sunofabitch sped off before I could go after him).

First time was my own fault - took a right hand turn on a clean road, but didn't see that the corner was covered in loose gravel. A few bent bolts on the 'Wing, and a few choice words from me.

Second time is the one that confused me. A minivan was driving behind me, at a decent distance. We came to a stopsign; I stopped, he stopped at a decent distance behind me. As I began to turn left (I did signal it), he decided he didn't want to wait the extra two seconds, and so he tore off right behind me and clipped my rear tire, spinning me out. Given how pissed I was at him, it's probably best for all involved (for his health and for my freedom) that he sped off before I could track him.
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Yes, I have dropped bikes a few times. Almost all were at very low speeds with no damage or injury. Once I was rear-ended by some bonehead and I DIDN'T fall down, but the back of my bike was damaged. Guy gave me cash to repair bike & everything was fine. Another time a woman with a crying baby in her back seat turned left right in front of me. I would either do a half-gainer through her back window right into her crying child or dump the bike- I dumped it & she paid for the minimal damage. Scraped my knees, felt like I had been hit by a sledge hammer. Best one- dumped my Sporty at 60kph when a cell-phone yakking moron slammed on his brakes in front of me when a traffic light turned yellow. Asshole. Locked the front brake. Bike - minimal damage- me torn rotator cuff, shattered humerous. Ouch. But I'm back at it.
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Never on a street bike.
Countless times on a dirt bike.

What he said!!
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Never yet, but been darn close a couple of times. I've never dropped a dirtbike either, yet.
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3 times a couple years ago.. Twice when i thought the sidestand was down..and it wasnt. and..... once pushing it out of the garage while standing next to it and stepped on a hose nozzle..ankle twisted and down we both went....Plus I dumped my old sporty in 1996 at 55 MPH..But thats a whole different story
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The one and only accident I ever had on a motorcycle. My cousin and his wife on his deuce and me and my wife on the sporty. We were stopped at a stop sign. made a left turn and my cousin got his rear whell in the sandy loose stuff they put on the roads in Indiana that had been blown towards the ege of the road. He slid his down on its side and his wife bailed off in the grass while he rode it out. As soon as I saw him go down I hit both my brakes. Unfortunately, I was about 6" in the loose stuff too. It took less than an instant for my front wheel to lock and slam us both to the ground.
My cousin got off with a few scratches and the deuce broke the clutch lever. My bike sratched the clutch lever, derby cover, mirror, and rear turn signal. Neither had any paint damage, thank goodness, as both have custom paint. I had some scratches on my tricep and knee and since I happened to be wearing shorts (stupid, I know) I had a third degree burn from my knee to my boot from the pipe. My wife broke her left ankle when the bike pinned it. Im just glad we were only going less than 10mph.

The good news was we crashed in front of the only bar within 20 miles. and the had live music.

I replaced my derby cover. the other battle scars remain but are not noticable unless you are really looking close.
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