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Old 12-05-2012, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to the forum, new to the harley, and new scratches

I was just poking around this fine site and I decided to registar. I have had experience with bikes in the past but nothing as powerfull as my new/used 2009 Road King. I have been taking motorcycle classes and I decided to practice today. I messed up. I was used to the wipmy bikes of my past and the class and not the road kind with its fly by wire clutch. Needless to say I had the honor of dropping the bike going about 10-15 MPH. I can say I am a huge believer in in crash bars. Those things saved my ass! I scrapped up the front one, the one over the saddle bag, and scrapped up my foot rest a little, that is it! I now see why longs sleeves are required in class, even with them I got some small rocks in my elbow and knee. Best part was that 800 pound bike falling on me when I landed on him. I have a softball sized swelling on my thigh. Anybody have any reccomendations on practicing without running the bike? I need to get my muscle memory in check. I released the clutch and applied the front brake, then dropped it. I honestly think the pavement got it worse then I did. Best part though, I had a crowd of five. People asked if I was okay then helped me lift it. I am really bummed because I picked it up Saturday and I already had a drop. Oh well I guess, live and learn. I did get a huge guilt trip from the doctor though. Waited no time in telling me I need to sell it. Well that is my story.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Practice, practice, practice. Nothing wrong with taking additional classes on a smaller bike. I learned on a small Honda 250 and I ride an Ultra.

Don't be discouraged. Welcome to the forum from Milwaukee.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Practice, practice, practice. Nothing wrong with taking additional classes on a smaller bike. I learned on a small Honda 250 and I ride an Ultra.

Don't be discouraged. Welcome to the forum from Milwaukee.
Thank you! It might be garaged for a month or two while I take more classes. In the basic rider class I was on a 250. Very easy to drive. Kind of sucks though I cannot take the final day of my class tomorrow because I can't even walk right now.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums from Hollister, CA.

As soon as your leg gets well enough, get back in the saddle and find a nice big unoccupied parking lot somewhere close by and practice, practice, practice. Practice starting, stopping, turning. You need to get used to the weight of your newly scratched bike . Don't sweat it, everyone I know has dropped their bike at least once. Just don't make a habit of it .
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Thank you! It might be garaged for a month or two while I take more classes. In the basic rider class I was on a 250. Very easy to drive. Kind of sucks though I cannot take the final day of my class tomorrow because I can't even walk right now.
After you take your first multi state ride, you'll be talking with someone telling them your story and given them encouragement.

Truth be told, I had my Ultra before I even had my license and dumped in the garage and had to get my neighbor to help lift it off the floor.

I remember going out of the garage first time thinking that if I didn't dump it before I left the driveway I was golden. Thought the same thing when I pulled into a Harley dealership the first time too. I didn't make an arse of myself, life is good!
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the fun world of cycling lol. Don't be too boned about dumping it, it happens to the best of us. Very few, if any can truly say they've never dumped a bike. I believe there's some truth in the whole two types of riders (those that have been down, and those that are going down) saying. Just get back up, dust yourself off, and try again. Remember the bike will throw itself to the side it's leaned towards if you stop on the front brake. Next time it happens, you'll be more ready for it. You've already made a huge stride just in taking the course, good on you.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome from Illinois.. and welcome to the dropped bike club, your card is headed to you in the mail... just kidding, I didn't get a card. Slow bike + slight turn + front brake = dropped bike. Got me too. Don't garage it, get back on it and ride it. You'll respect the weight of that bike but later on you'll know its good to be King. Practice.
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Welcome from Illinois.. and welcome to the dropped bike club, your card is headed to you in the mail... just kidding, I didn't get a card. Slow bike + slight turn + front brake = dropped bike. Got me too. Don't garage it, get back on it and ride it. You'll respect the weight of that bike but later on you'll know its good to be King. Practice.
damn Got gold, took the words outta my mouth so I will just second your post
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome from Bryan, TX. It just takes practice. If someone in here tells you they have never dropped a bike, they are probably lying to you. I'm sure by now that you figured out that slow turns and the front brake doesn't work too well. Get you Riders Edge class done. They will show you things to prevent what just happened. You will also come out of there with a new confidence in riding your bike. Good luck!
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