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101+ ways to drop your bike

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by frodg, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. This was on another forum, thought I would share! Feel free to add your own ways to dump a bike, if you've got one that isn't mentioned!

    1. Putting your foot into a hole when stopping.

    2. Putting your foot down on something slippery when stopping (gravel, dog s**t etc).

    3. Locking the front wheel during overenthusiastic braking.

    4. Missing the driveway and sliding on the grass.

    5. Not putting the kickstand down when getting off.

    6. Make a turn from stop in gravel or sand at high throttle.

    7. Not putting a board under the kickstand on asphalt on a hot day.

    8. Letting overenthusiastic people sit on your bike who have never been on a bike.

    9. Forgetting the bike's in gear when you jump on the kickstarter.

    10. Revving the engine, releasing clutch, and putting feet on pegs when the light turns green, but the bike's in neutral.

    11. Not putting your foot down when stopping on red light.

    12. Losing balance when putting it on the centerstand.

    13. Take an hour ride in 30 degree weather with no gloves, stop at a stop sign and pop the clutch when you start cause you've lost feeling in your hands.

    14. Putting your foot down at a toll booth on the thick layer of grease that builds up when cars stop.

    15. Using too much power when you pull out of a greasy toll booth.

    16. Ignoring the sand that builds up in the spring at the side of the road in places that sand and salt roads in winter. (my wife dumped her bike at the end of our driveway last week)

    17. Kicking your kickstand in a cool fashion and having it bounce back up instead of staying down.

    18. Getting off your bike while it is running and forgetting that is in gear.

    19. Trying to kickstart your first bike over and over 'cause you didn't realize that it was really out of fuel, and getting the goofy metal ring on the side of your boot caught in the kickstarter, causing you (and the bike) to go over on the right side.

    20. Starting your brand-new electric-start trail-bike, riding around an ornamental shrub on full left lock, throwing it to the right and accelerating to wheelie over the curb onto the street and _then_ discovering that you hadn't unlocked the steering-lock...

    21. On same bike, getting the dual-range lever caught inside your jeans as you come to a stop...

    22. Having your boot/jeans catch the gear-lever and putting your running bike into first gear whilst reaching for the side-stand (which is why I now automatically pull in the clutch whenever deploying or retracting the stand).

    23. Having "green" racing linings which have much higher coefficient of friction on the slight rust that forms on the polished drum when you've not ridden for a few hours, and lose the front-end holding the brakes on against the throttle to wear off the rust, with your brother on the back...

    24. Having a three-cylinder two-stroke that's so smooth you think you're in second when you're actually in first, so you spin out when the undercarriage touches down in a tight corner passing a car and you think, "just a bit more throttle will help here..."

    25. Revving bike in impressive squidly fashion at red light, thinking it's in neutral; dropping clutch and standing in place while bike wheelies and backflips into intersection. (saw it happen)

    26. Having your fat-ass brother (as a pillion) lean waaay over to the side to look at something on the ground while at a stop sign.

    27. Wife gets foot caught in saddlebag while getting on before you.

    28. Rebuild carbs and treat bike like it still needs full gas away from a stop.

    29. Add bald tires, and a smattering of rain to 28.

    30. Look at the sand at the edge of the exit ramp rather than through the turn.

    31. Neither you nor your dad watching while he's backing his car up to the woodpile to unload wood.

    32. Not putting the pin that holds the center stand all the way in and then trying to put the bike on the center stand.

    33. Trying to hold the bike upright before deploying the center stand only to find your knees are too weak from riding.

    34. Park behind friend's mom's minivan figuring "If anybody goes anywhere, they'll surely see it. 'specially since there'll be 5 of them getting into the van. Why can't at LEAST ONE OF THEM LOOK AND SEE THE MOTORCYCLE SO PLAINLY IN VIEW BEHIND THEM?" "Damn."

    35. After getting fuel at gas station and holding the bike level with your legs in order to fill it completely, jumping off forgetting that your legs were holding it upright not the kickstand.

    36. Entering a DR ("decreasing radius") turn at too high of a speed... This is especially dangerous when making a right turn where if you attempt to straighten up and brake, you'll plow into oncoming traffic...

    37. Trying to countersteer (or wheelie) your shaft driven bike?

    38. Getting your boot/ shoelace caught on the gearshift. (I wear laceless boots now).

    39. Attempting to kick start a cantankerous '84 CR500, whilst standing on a picnic table bench, and she *kicks* back!

    40. Getting pissed off for dropping it in the first place, yanking it vigorously off the ground, only to have it dropped on the _other_ side.

    41. Pulling out the swingarm stand, and forgetting to put the sidestand down first.

    42. Backing down an inclined driveway, turning to either side with a full tank of gas.

    43. Taking the bike off the centerstand and forgetting the sidestand.

    44. Riding on wet grass with street tires (Almost as bad as ice!!)

    45. Riding on wet asphalt with dirt tires (Almost as bad as ice!!)

    46. *Thinking* the kick stand was down when it wasn't

    47. Kick stand slowly burying itself in hot asphalt

    48. Kick stand slowly burying itself in soft ground

    49. Backing up perpendicular to a steeply sloped driveway and attempting to put your foot down on the downhill side while on a large bike with a high seat. (By the time your foot reaches the ground the bike is so far off center balance you won't be able to hold it up.)

    50. Backing your bike down a plank, by yourself, from the bed of a pickup truck. Works great as long as you remember that once you start moving stopping for any correction is out of the question. Get two people to stand on each side of you and the bike.

    51. Losing your balance when coming to a stop because of fatigue from a long trip. The wind and the buzz of the bike induces an unexpected case of vertigo. Stop often and rest.

    52. Riding beyond your limits while trying to keep up with someone who is probably riding beyond their own. Always a temptation. The best riders/racers understand and use discipline when riding.

    53. Not paying attention. Always strive to anticipate what could possibly go wrong and be planning what your going to do when it happens, eventually it will - and you'll be ready, instead of surprised when your much more likely to do something stupid and reactionary.

    54. Assuming that all wet roads are created equal. They are much more slippery when it first starts to rain - until the oil and dirt are washed away.

    55. Assuming that the condition of a blind corner is the same as it was the last time you rode it. Instead you find sticks, road kill, oil, rain wash, stones, pot holes, garbage etc. etc.

    56. Not understanding how to get set-up for a corner when pushing the limits. In most cases the bike could have made the corner but the rider decided it couldn't and while in a panic attempted to correct the situation with the brake. WRONG! MSF course will discuss this at length.

    57. Riding without all of the protective equipment because I forgot to bring it and after all it was just this one time. Turned out to be the wrong time! I forgot my MX boots and fell on a steeply banked corner and the foot peg attempted to drill into the back of my right calf. On crutches for 3 weeks with a deep bruise.

    58. Using a little too much power turning the first corner after you've put on new tyres (with that nice slippery release compound on them).

    59. Being to short for the bike you are riding, and coming to a stop sign.

    60. Your rider hops on before you are ready.

    61. Pushing your bike into the garage and letting it get leaned just a little away from you, pulling you on top of it to the ground.

    63. Pulling off both fork caps while the bike is on its centerstand

    64. Park pointing downhill, don't leave it in gear (almost did this, but caught it)

    65. Park with sidestand facing up hill, sidestand is too long (Yamaha Radian 600)

    66. Allow friend to ride bike that has either no riding experience, or only tiny dirtbike riding experience (they will wheelie out of control, fly straight at the nearest object, or drop it attempting to stop suddenly-happened to my bike twice)

    67. Pulling into Dairy Queen and slipping on a spilt chocolate malt.

    68. Sitting on your bike on an inclined driveway talking to a very pretty girl, forgetting where in the hell your mind is and then noticing that it's already too close to the ground to stop.

    69. Change rear-end oil on a shaft drive bike, spill 90w on tire, don't clean it up and then make a really sharp turn out of the driveway. *Splat*

    70. Parking your bike so that it stands upright w/the kick stand down and then having a slow leak in the rear tire which causes the kick stand to push the bike over.

    71. Running into a bus after a 120mph+ high speed chase where there is helicopter pursuit and you are being taped by 5 local news stations.

    72. Spending 3 hours washing and waxing your bike and then stepping back to admire it with some buddies and then watch it fall right off its side stand while it was warming up.

    73. Pushing it over.

    74. Covering it with a windsail (aka canvas cover) and letting the wind push it over.

    75. Unbolting too many components from the back so that the bike falls off the jack.

    76. Having an internally rusted CX500 centre stand come apart whilst putting the bike onto it.

    77. Discovering when you stop and try to put your foot down that the kickstart lever is up your pantleg.

    78. Letting your wife drive the bike and having her stall it on an inclined driveway while in a 45 degree angle to the incline.

    79. Entering a banked freeway onramp with a stoplight at the end, and realizing a little too late that the downside is just a _little_ steeper than you thought.

    80. Whacking the throttle open on the highway when you think there's no cop around then slowing to normal speed again only to realize that a trooper has been trying to catch up with you for two miles and he's pissed so he decides to run you off the road because he thinks you were trying to run away from him, even though you explain to him that if you were trying to run that he wouldn't have caught you then getting out of any tickets because the *@!!$#, uh I mean cop, felt bad even though he never said "I'm sorry" . . . .but I'm not bitter

    81. While pushing your bike in an attempt to start it by compression, jumping on side-saddle with excessive vigor.

    82. Successfully compression starting your bike while running alongside, only to find out that you'd held a BIT too much throttle!

    83. Deploying the centre-stand without noticing that the ground falls away on the other side.

    84. Taking the wife on a ride on your brand new, first bike in 20+ years and making a slow, tight, turn on gravel. . . .

    85. Riding in stilettos and getting stuck on the footrest

    86. Swinging your legs too enthusiastically over the bike with tight trousers on and kicking it over

    87. Dismounting while trying not to wet yourself (cold weather..tuh!)

    88. Riding short distances side-saddle fashion

    89. Pulling off with a blood alcohol level exceeding the stated limit...

    90. reaching down to pick up your gloves/keys/glasses.

    91. paying too much attention to the tiltometer on your valkarie

    92. Dropping your dirtbike on the side of a steep hill covered in pine humus, then while getting it righted go over the down side because it's too far of an angle to get a foot down.

    93. Trying to ride away on the side of a steep hill covered in pine humus which is slipperier than sand.

    94. Bopping down the freshly-oiled farm lane to see the neighbor kid with my brother on the back, cautiously toeing the rear brake, feeling the rear wheel slide as we headed straight for the barn, grabbing a panicky handful of front brake, doing a slow highside despite dabbing mightily, sliding right up to the barn door prone on the well-oiled bike with my brother on top of the pile, and hearing the neighbor say "Didn't that thing used to be orange?"

    95. kill the bike while leaned over trying to make a slow, sharp turn in a parking lot

    96. Forgetting to remove the disc lock and taking off from the curb with haste.... Tends to break front caliper too.

    97. Falling asleep.

    98. Getting help from a neighbor in pushing your 750 up a steep ramp into a moving truck. Though he might assure you that he used to ride a motorcycle, it turns out it was a 125 in Bombay. He gets 2/3 of the way up the ramp, looks panicked, and his knees buckle. Crunch.

    99. looking at the pretty curb to your left on a right-hand bank.

    100.Trying to get a wasp out of your jacket while sitting on the bike, got stung twice before the bike fell.

    101.Trying to start out in a quick turn (leaning in anticipation of giving it throttle) and stalling it out because the engine hasn't warmed yet - it's a nice, slow drop...
  2. Excellent!

    Some more from me:

    102. making a slow u-turn on an inclined road.
    103. making a u-turn and reaching the steering stop, combine with front brake and its a definate drop ;)

    Note, I haven't actually dropped it like this but have come close many times.
  3. 104 (almost) . Putting an automatic scooter on the sidestand on a backward slope and watching it slide downhill backwards (I caught it in time)

    105. Riding a Bultaco Metralla with the brake on the left and the gears on the right after coming off a Japanese bike - and changing down for the first corner.

    106. Trying to clutch start with a flat battery by running alongside it while you push - and then not pulling the clutch in quickly enough when it starts.
  4. Not me, but others...

    105. Attempting to get a knee down in a dusty carpark
  5. At 2km/h :LOL:
  6. mine: coming to a stop, shift weight to right while splitting (preparing for a right leg down stop), slow to 1km/h, go to put leg down, jeans catch brake lever... mad dash / panic to free leg, bike falling, leg frees, catch bike, right in front of the convertible I split past at the lights... (i.e. last night).
  7. 107. Put bike on sidestand on slight downhill slope but leave it in neutral. (I did catch it before it hit the ground)

    And I have actually done no. 35, in full view of a busload of tourists.
  8. Good read, pretty funny - thanks for sharing :D

    On a more serious note, all the accidents above are really caused by No. 53.

    Here are the doubles (same situation):

    I'm fairly sure No. 37 is somehwhat of a fantasy, too.

    And I think thats it, probably a few mistakes in there and some I've missed but thats me for you.

    By the way, No. 71 is a total b@$tard. More so when you realise its happening, and then discover you're out of petrol.

    - boingk
  9. being an American and buying a Hayabusa for your 1st ever bike

    man they suck at bikes, all the US forums are beware i crashed cos i suck
  10. Riding a 650 Bonnieville full time, Get on a 50cc step thru, Come to the corner, Lay it over, go round corner, give it a handfull to pick it up again and straighten out, No guts in the 50cc stepthru. So it just fell over on its side, dumping me in the middle of the intersection.

    At a party, My mates wanted me to do a wheel stand in the carpark out the back.
    Pissed as, I give the Bonnie a handfull and drop the clutch. Away goes the Bonnie, almost vertical, on the back wheel.
    Me, I am still standing there with my arms in the air, feet fully planted on the ground, and watching the Bonnie dissappear down the car park by its self.

  11. OUCH.. thats gotta suck, though it woulda been worse if you went with it.

    I frequently park in line with our steep driveway, either facing up or down.. with the engine running in neutral, because I have a stupid housemate who bought chooks and now I need to open and close the side gate every time I go somewhere [​IMG]

    Hasn't fallen over yet.. (from that)

    Also I have another to add..

    #110 (I think): Attempting to change up a gear on a sports bike with huge ass government funded leather sandshoes (motorsport pit crew approved apparently), only to kick down the side stand in the process without realising it.. then turning a left hand corner

    Tore my hornee jeans, ripped open my thumb knuckle (first time ever I left the gloves behind) and SOME part of the bike managed to tear the tongue of my left shoe right open, missed my foot though
    Bike survived.. rather scratched up though, and bent the centre stand offcentre.

    #111: Trying to do a REALLY slow u-turn with both feet on the pegs and hoping you got it right for a change.. (my other housemate while at Q-ride :p, he did a full on ninja roll as he came off)

    #112: Attempting to take off uphill with a gutless engine only to have it stall at 10km/h and lock the rear wheel.
    Managed to save that one

  12. #113: Lifting your 300kg bike off the back of a mates ute with only yourself and your mate doing the lifting. I say lifting because there isn't a ramp involved. No idea how that didn't end badly.
  13. Grabing the front brake on wet grass...
    Almost droped, but I managed to keep her upright by almost falling of, hanging on with one hand and one leg and hopping along beside the bike, finaly stopping half a meter before hitting the fence... 8-[

    All while the nabours were watching ](*,)
  14. I would pay good money to see a video of that :D

    Mine are...

    On my L's, first 500km+ ride, got home and thought I'd check the mail, too tired to balance right and splat

    Parked the bike on a wooden decking, thought I put the side stand down enough but it slipped off the wood and down the bike went

    Talking too much to notice the tricky part of the end of a driveway, overbalanced and over she goes.

    First 2 were ok as it was my 250 and easy to pick up again, last one was the VFR and it took 3 people to lift it up again 8-[ I'm not planning on discovering anymore ways to drop a bike.
  15. #114 Trying to push start your Gixxer (while wearing full leathers) after it's sat for a few weeks and after the 20th time having the thing fall on you, and then shouting obscenities at the wife who is sitting in the car, oblivious to it all, with the radio on reading a mag while you try and get out from under the bike and lift it up again.

  16. parking between a car and a trailer - which is attached to the car of course (weird hey?) and the car taking off with the trailer while you're sitting on the bike.
  17. why would you park between a car and a trailer?
  18. Damned near dropped the new bike yesterday moving it… wet, somewhat dirty smooth cement + boots = slip 'n' slide
  19. Just in case you need material for a thread like this. Did the trailer then run over the bike? :LOL:
  20. It was convenient! The trailer didn't run over the bike :)