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Laid the V down.....airing up.

I felt like such an asshole. Im on the opposite side of the bike and it's leaning away from me on the kick stand. I needed to roll it a bit to make the valve stems reachable and as I did I didn't notice the kick stand come up. O couldn't hold the bike up from the opposite side like that and let it down. It rested entirely on my Givi v35 bag. The bag has some scratches but that's it. It was easy to pick the bike back up and it had no damages.

Has anyone else done something this dumb? Or am I alone in shame!?

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I almost did once...Lesson learn..Glad it wasn't any worse for yah..

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One time on one of my other bikes, daydreaming I guess, pulled up and stopped at a red light and forgot to put my feet down. Thought to myself I think I missed something on the way to the ground.
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Moved the VFR in from the driveway to the garage wearing sandals and with a couple beer in my system.... Slowest drop ever!! I fought that bastard all the way down, but in the end it pulled me clean out of my sandals
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My first bike didnt have a sensor for the sidestand or neutral. Or niether of them worked, I honestly dont know.

Parked on a hill, left it in gear. It was sub-30 degrees so I reached up and hit the start button as soon as I got back to start warming her up. She lunged forward and I caught it, kinda. Still hit the ground

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Moved the VFR in from the driveway to the garage wearing sandals and with a couple beer in my system.... Slowest drop ever!! I fought that bastard all the way down, but in the end it pulled me clean out of my sandals
Too funny!

I lost mine and was on the wrong side. I jumped to the other side and caught it about a foot from the ground. I'm a large guy not fat but very fast. Ha! Ha!

Some of the kick stand stories just make me sick! Glad it wasn't too bad!





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I've dropped mine on its side probably a half dozen times, usually from leaning too far while supporting the bike on one leg. Meh, that's what guards are for.

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I ended up dropping my last bike ('87 EX500) while I had the front tire off.... I didnt have a front stand, so I put the center stand down and put weight on the rear to balance it. I bumped into the bike and it got pushed off the centerstand. It took me 20 minutes by myself to push the bike back upright and pull it onto the centerstand... I felt like an idiot that day for sure.
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I ended up dropping my last bike ('87 EX500) while I had the front tire off.... I didnt have a front stand, so I put the center stand down and put weight on the rear to balance it. I bumped into the bike and it got pushed off the centerstand. It took me 20 minutes by myself to push the bike back upright and pull it onto the centerstand... I felt like an idiot that day for sure.
If you're using the center stand to change tires, hook a tie down to it and tie it forward so the bike won't roll and collapse it.

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Some near misses but not laid down during servicing. Did laid down on a ride and the side bag saved the day.

One of those days and dont feel bad about it. Life is a learning curve and its fun.



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My Versys was down three times in the first 18-months of owning it - all at zero speed. I can blame all of them on various causes (e.g. poor drivers, exhaustion, etc), but they came down to the fact that I was not used to balancing the bike at the time. I would not have said this at the time, but since then I have overcome similar situations without dropping it.

My Versys has not been down since (and hopefully it will never be).
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Forgetting to put your feet down, now that's a good one.

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If you're using the center stand to change tires, hook a tie down to it and tie it forward so the bike won't roll and collapse it.
I figured that out afterwards when I was reading some tips on the subject... Oh well, it is all a learning experience.
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I partially laid down the bike, was saved by a moped parked next to mine. Kick stand wasn't fully in n the forward slant of the road causes the bike to move forward. I wasn't as fast as MTS and even if I was fast, I don't have the strength to save it. Just a little nick on the radiator shroud.

Lesson learnt, make sure the kick stand is properly all the way in.

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Back when I bought my Buell I made a error in starting it to warm up not paying 100% attention to it. 2 days home and I start it and turn around to get my gear on only to hear CRASH. If you've never seen an XB idling it shakes like a crackhead in BAD need of a fix. My Buell walked right off the kick stand and crashed to the ground as I didn't get it fully down, no kickstand switch on a Buell from the factory. Broke the foot peg, shifter, clutch leaver and mirror. I learned NEVER to turn my back on a running motorcycle because just like little kids THEY will make trouble every time! NOT a cheap way to learn but I always check the stand by pulling the bike backwards to be sure the stand is FULLY down before I start it.

BTW I took the kick stand switch off my KLR after it failed in the middle of east nowhere. I plan to leave the "V" alone unless it fails, if it does then I'll by-pass the stand switch on it as well. I never had a bike with a kick stand switch before I bought the KLR. Never had a problem until the Buell and haven't again.

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Attempted to ride off with a front disc lock on...
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...BTW I took the kick stand switch off my KLR after it failed in the middle of east nowhere. I plan to leave the "V" alone unless it fails, if it does then I'll by-pass the stand switch on it as well. I never had a bike with a kick stand switch before I bought the KLR. Never had a problem until the Buell and haven't again.
I removed my KLR's stand switch almost FIRST thing I did so I didn't get stranded, and recommended that mod to every KLR owner I met.

However, I've NEVER heard of an issue with the Versys' switch.

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Attempted to ride off with a front disc lock on...
I did THAT TOO, on my Bandit!

I have NEVER hit the ground as quickly as I did that time!

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Attempted to ride off with a front disc lock on...
Sounds PAINFUL

I saw a photo of a Buell that someone had tried to ride with a disc lock on the rear...broke the swingarm. He said he rolled maybe 2 foot and CRUNCH!!

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