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Picking your bike up.

Can someone put the link to the short video that someone posted very recently, showing a couple of ways to pick-up a downed bike w/out wrecking your back?

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Can someone put the link to the short video that someone posted very recently, showing a couple of ways to pick-up a downed bike w/out wrecking your back?

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I think you mean this one:

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Yep thats the one...The thread is now a sticky....http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...me-skills.html

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Drop your V, Ed? Serves you right for all your gloating about riding while this cold weather has the rest of us grinding our teeth and bitching.
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Drop your V, Ed? Serves you right for all your gloating about riding while this cold weather has the rest of us grinding our teeth and bitching.
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Nyah, nyah, nyah! - NO I didn't, but I wanted the video for a friend who dropped his Vstrom and had difficulty picking it up!

BTW - leaving on a ride up the Apache Trail to Tortilla Flats and back, in about an hour.... High today sunny and 66F.

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Nyah, nyah, nyah! - NO I didn't, but I wanted the video for a friend who dropped his Vstrom and had difficulty picking it up!

BTW - leaving on a ride up the Apache Trail to Tortilla Flats and back, in about an hour.... High today sunny and 66F.
FYI best to take your heated gear along, at those temperatures an old guy could start suffering from hypothermia
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I think you mean this one:

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That's a great video and for a senior citizen it seems much better than the "back to the saddle leg lift" technique. Wonder if I can get my wife to be the monkey the next time my BMW and I have a minor disagreement regarding balance and gravity?

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The first method of pushing the bike forward looks hard on the back! The standard method of pushing the hips back into the seat seems like it would be better in terms of putting the force on the lower body rather than upper body and back.
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The first method of pushing the bike forward looks hard on the back! The standard method of pushing the hips back into the seat seems like it would be better in terms of putting the force on the lower body rather than upper body and back.

Nope...When i dropped my FJR it was really low on the ground. With my knees and hips i couldn't squat that low to do the standard method. So i locked my arms low on the bike put my chest over the seat and just started pushing with my legs like he showed and got it up halfway leaned it on my thigh area then i just muscled it the rest of the way up. That was before i saw that video but now i know i can improve on what i did...


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Nope...When i dropped my FJR it was really low on the ground. With my knees and hips i couldn't squat that low to do the standard method. So i locked my arms low on the bike put my chest over the seat and just started pushing with my legs like he showed and got it up halfway leaned it on my thigh area then i just muscled it the rest of the way up. That was before i saw that video but now i know i can improve on what i did..
Looks like your bike has the sensor that requires a key off/on to get started like the Versys.

I think knowing a better way to lift a bike and actually doing it can be tough when your flustered, pissed, embarrassed and in a hurry to make your escape from the public eye. With my luck there'd be an a-hole honking because I'm blocking his spot just to top it off.
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