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    Guess I'm glad I got it done early in my career. It's been 6 months since I took the CHP course and got my license. 2000 miles on a Suzuki SV before moving on to my R1200RT which I've since put 5000 miles on (mostly commuting).

    One groggy morning at 06:00 when I rolled in to work I decided to not get the side stand all the way forward before making my graceful dismount that left my bike on its side and me in the parking lot. At the time, I had a lot of excuses (one was excessive front brake drag combined with my ESA being stuck in the two up with luggage setting which combined to make it impossible for me to back the bike up while on it - hence the putting the side stand down to climb off, back into into a parking spot and put it up on the center stand). I was also fairly groggy that morning, so I had to add a routine of always checking the side stand before starting to get off to my habits.

    My bike was mostly fine, other than the left mirror housing popping off and having a little crack (very inexpensive part to replace thankfully).

    Now I have it firmly ingrained to not only push the side stand out, but to double check it afterwards with a little forward push of my foot and usually a visual check before letting the bike lean over at all. Now that I can walk the bike back while on it and it sits a half inch lower (thanks to fixing the aforementioned problems), I feel much more comfortable with the daily routine.

    I still have my scratches on the cylinder head guard and left side case to remind me (though thankfully it was on my city lids and not the stock cover).

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    24K miles of twisties and dropped the RT in 7-11 Parking Lot

    Is there a better place to drop it than the parking lot of the Deals Gap store on a Saturday afternoon? Only about 100 bikes in the lot, a slow day.

    I had parked on a very slight downhill and accidentally left it in neutral. No problem. All is good.

    Then my son asks if he can put his water bottle in my top box. The force of the one finger push on the latch rolled it forward and off the side stand.

    I still remember the WTF look on his face.
    Lynn
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    2008 Kawasaki Versys

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbarbee View Post
    Is there a better place to drop it than the parking lot of the Deals Gap store on a Saturday afternoon? Only about 100 bikes in the lot, a slow day.

    I had parked on a very slight downhill and accidentally left it in neutral. No problem. All is good.

    Then my son asks if he can put his water bottle in my top box. The force of the one finger push on the latch rolled it forward and off the side stand.

    I still remember the WTF look on his face.
    That would be the best place I've heard yet. I bet that got a few laughs. Sounds like something I'd do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbarbee View Post
    Is there a better place to drop it than the parking lot of the Deals Gap store on a Saturday afternoon? Only about 100 bikes in the lot, a slow day.

    I had parked on a very slight downhill and accidentally left it in neutral. No problem. All is good.

    Then my son asks if he can put his water bottle in my top box. The force of the one finger push on the latch rolled it forward and off the side stand.

    I still remember the WTF look on his face.
    He was still standing there with his index finger pointed to where the top box button was a second earlier.

    Of course I did what all good dads do, I blamed it on him. LOL.
    He's such a good sport, he has ridden most of north america with me since he was 17.
    Lynn
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    2002 BMW R1150RT
    2008 Kawasaki Versys

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    Dropped

    Well, we all have done it or will do it..

    Came home after an awesome ride. My wife gets off the bike. I drive into the garage. I sit there on the bike talking to her for a moment. I put my left foot down and swing my right leg over the seat and walk away......................................

    Well, I hear a boom. Or should I say a crash....Yes, I forgot to put down my kickstand down which I have done 1000's of times before. All it took was one mili second of not thinking and that was it! Luckily the only one around was my wife and she remarked "I think you forgot something" This is why I don't carry a gun on me and I leave it in my topcase. I had time to think about prison. So I had enough time (not to shoot her)..............

    Moral of the story.....

    I check my kickstand twice everytime I park my bike.

    I leave my gun in the topcase..........

    Ride on my friends!!!

    Dennis Trovato

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    Dennis and Karin Trovato


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    Personal misques

    Already being a participant in said dropping event in this thread with hurt prides and then reading a recent reply, "if it has not happened to you it will".

    I would like to enter this comment, after spending a lifetime in the marine industry, mainly pleasure yachts and commercial fishing boats I have heard many captains and or course owners make the statement " I have never run aground" Well one can assume this person has never untied his boat from the dock, or he is full of BS.
    Gene T

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneT View Post
    Already being a participant in said dropping event in this thread with hurt prides and then reading a recent reply, "if it has not happened to you it will".

    I would like to enter this comment, after spending a lifetime in the marine industry, mainly pleasure yachts and commercial fishing boats I have heard many captains and or course owners make the statement " I have never run aground" Well one can assume this person has never untied his boat from the dock, or he is full of BS.

    Guilty. On both vehicles ! Blade keels seem to attract sandbars for some reason.
    Doug, 2011 R1200RT Polar Metallic
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