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Never "dropped" a bike, but have had 3 low sides, the first from too much throttle in a turn, second from not respecting brand new tires, third from leaves in the road.
The only time I dropped a bike while moving was while going less than 25 mph in a left hand, hairpin turn. I was familiar with the turn and overconfident which meant I didn't pay attention to how the heavy rain from the night before spread very fine gravel across my path. My rear tire slid out but I was overconfident and didn't slow down. I ran out of gravel, the rear tire grabbed traction, the bike stood upright and then flipped over onto the right side. I was airborn ("end-over") like I was shot out of a cannon. Fortunately, being a snow-skier I automatically tucked and rolled rather than try to grab something with outstretched arms and hands. I looked like an armadillo rolling down the road. I had no "road rash" on myself or my apparel but my ribs were cracked from snapping off my right side mirror.
I raced back to the bike to hit the kill-switch (a metric cruiser with no H-D intelligent engine shutoff) because the throttle was on the pavement, stuck wide open. I picked up the bike to see a dent in the right side of the tank from the handlebar, a handlebar in the shape of number 7, and a windshield which was sanded down. The crash bar mounted in front of the engine was unscathed...hmmm....shoulda gotta wider one. There was no other damage to the bike which ran fine afterwards.
I was by myself on a lonely rural road without cellphone service. I started up the bike and road a long, lonely ride back home with my hands perpendicular to each other thanks to the new shape of the handlebars, wondering how I was going to explain this to my wife who is the queen of motorcycle haters.
She eventually forgave me, with the assistance of my daughter who liked to ride with me on the back.
So when you ride, ALWAYS check the weather from the night before to see if Mother Nature re-arranged the furniture. She also likes to drop branches in the road, as well as acorns, walnuts, leaves and rearrange the roadkill.
Along with leaves in the road (especially wet ones), watch out for grass clippings from the jerks who like to spray them into the road and if you're in the shadows, watch out for potholes!
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The only time I dropped a bike while moving was while going less than 25 mph in a left hand, hairpin turn. I was familiar with the turn and overconfident which meant I didn't pay attention to how the heavy rain from the night before spread very fine gravel across my path. My rear tire slid out but I was overconfident and didn't slow down. I ran out of gravel, the rear tire grabbed traction, the bike stood upright and then flipped over onto the right side. I was airborn ("end-over") like I was shot out of a cannon. Fortunately, being a snow-skier I automatically tucked and rolled rather than try to grab something with outstretched arms and hands. I looked like an armadillo rolling down the road. I had no "road rash" on myself or my apparel but my ribs were cracked from snapping off my right side mirror.
I raced back to the bike to hit the kill-switch (a metric cruiser with no H-D intelligent engine shutoff) because the throttle was on the pavement, stuck wide open. I picked up the bike to see a dent in the right side of the tank from the handlebar, a handlebar in the shape of number 7, and a windshield which was sanded down. The crash bar mounted in front of the engine was unscathed...hmmm....shoulda gotta wider one. There was no other damage to the bike which ran fine afterwards.
I was by myself on a lonely rural road without cellphone service. I started up the bike and road a long, lonely ride back home with my hands perpendicular to each other thanks to the new shape of the handlebars, wondering how I was going to explain this to my wife who is the queen of motorcycle haters.
She eventually forgave me, with the assistance of my daughter who liked to ride with me on the back.
So when you ride, ALWAYS check the weather from the night before to see if Mother Nature re-arranged the furniture. She also likes to drop branches in the road, as well as acorns, walnuts, leaves and rearrange the roadkill.
Along with leaves in the road (especially wet ones), watch out for grass clippings from the jerks who like to spray them into the road and if you're in the shadows, watch out for potholes!
Gravel, grass and garbage are the norm on the roads I frequent. Almost always around a blind corner.

Here, people like to use leaf blowers to blow the clippings and litter into the street. After all, it's not like it's their responsibility, right?😁

But the real fun one is the dogs. The further you go out, the more that chase you and/or are just hanging out in the road or both!
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Nice handle. I had a '75 280Z once, I still haven't gotten over her.

Anyway, back to the country roads. Another precaution I take is to ALWAYS assume there is a jackass in a big pickup truck coming around the bend in the middle of the road. What is it with people who buy bigass pickup trucks and then expect everybody else to get out of the way? I never challenge them for the right of way. I just make sure that I am going slow enough to keep control of the situation because I know they sure weren't expecting to see me coming around the bend. And it isn't just the guys, lots of chicks love their trucks and Jeeps nowadays. The trouble is, most of them are too young to understand how much danger they put other people in.
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I have brand new tires on my bike. Even though they feel so much better than the old ones I have to keep telling myself to cool it for awhile.
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LOL yeah.

Back around 72 in Keene NH, I got a nice shiny new Knobbie on my Suzuki. Came right out of the shop and hit the throttle to clear the car coming on my left as I entered the road turning left. Once that tire hit the crest in center of the road, it was all literally downhill from there. Did near a 360 and set it down right there in the middle of the road. Any other day that crest in the road would have put me into a nice controllable wheelie for a bit. We all had a good laugh, then I went to do some donuts in the dirt for a while.
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Back around 72 in Keene NH,
Would that be 1872?
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About the same time, I jumped on my buddy's new Yamaha 350 dirt bike for a test ride and I decided to pass a car on a secluded two-lane road. Unfortunately, I downshifted before I passed him and did it on a wheelie. I forgot how much torque the 2-stroke had, especially in a light weight bike. The car's driver probably thought I was showing off. Hell, I was trying to get it back down!!!!! I finally did and I was able to keep the rubber on the road, surprisingly. The good old days when we were bulletproof and stupid.
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Feels like it some days.
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Nice handle. I had a '75 280Z once, I still haven't gotten over her.

Anyway, back to the country roads. Another precaution I take is to ALWAYS assume there is a jackass in a big pickup truck coming around the bend in the middle of the road. What is it with people who buy bigass pickup trucks and then expect everybody else to get out of the way? I never challenge them for the right of way. I just make sure that I am going slow enough to keep control of the situation because I know they sure weren't expecting to see me coming around the bend. And it isn't just the guys, lots of chicks love their trucks and Jeeps nowadays. The trouble is, most of them are too young to understand how much danger they put other people in.
That's a fact. About 6 or 10 years ago (It's all the same day man! - Janice) I was coming down the hill from Big Bear towards Hesperia and had a slight mishap, hairpin, drug hard parts, leaned off left side, stood it up, hit throttle and rode the dirt berm with nothing but tree tops way below. Sooo, about two turns later I pulled over and sat on a rock to ponder the meaning of life. That's when the jackass with a full sized pickup pulling a very long horse trailer came around the corner I was sitting at, totally on the wrong side of the road. Sooo, I sat there a bit longer thinking maybe it was a good thing I stopped when I did.
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The good old days when we were bulletproof and stupid.
The fact that you are still here talking about it says, you were and you weren't.
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