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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Finally laid her over...

I'd decided I'd take a trip over to Iowa City for the long weekend (it's around a 400 mile round-trip) and apparently decided to start the journey in a memorable way, but dumping the 1200 in the driveway.


I'd decided to wear some new boots for the trip and apparently they're just a wee bit longer in the toe than I'm used to. Since I tend to warm the bike up and climb over while it's running, I managed to toe the shift lever into first while getting on - the bike jumped forward, folded the side stand and down she went. Fortunately, I was able to slow the fall to little more than a soft landing, but there was no way I could hold her up enough to prevent it. She landed right on the guards and sustained no damage. Fortunately I still have enough left in my tank to get her back upright, but I paid for it in soreness the day after.



That said, I felt pretty stupid. Since then I've been warming her up and then shutting her down, getting on and starting again.


Aside from that, the trip was pretty good. It's not very scenic, being mostly the Interstate, but traffic was generally light and I rarely had to dip below 80. The bike held up beautifully, made 38mpg on the way there and 34 fighting a rough wind on the way back.



I did wind up with some oily feet, as the rocker covers are seeping. I think the rubber retainers that actually hold it on are long-since shot, but I've been super timid about dropping the exhaust, removing the crash bars and trying to get the bolts free to replace them. I'm not very well equipped to handle breaking studs or snapping those weird shouldered bolts. The only other concern is the exhaust leak that I still haven't managed to track down. The bike is plenty loud because of it, and I don't care for it. Fortunately I ride with earplugs so I don't notice much once I'm underway.


So, all in all, a fun ride. Glad I did it, and I'm certainly glad I got some seat time in before winter inevitably eats Chicagoland alive.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 02:17 PM
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I've been super timid about dropping the exhaust, removing the crash bars and trying to get the bolts free to replace them.

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I learned to approach the bike to mount from the bike's left side, same with trike. That way, I don't take my left foot off the ground until seated. I stand near the bike or trike on it's left side, facing it. I raise my right leg high and extend my leg out, over the seat . and one hop towards bike or trike gets right leg across the seat. Only thing over on far side there is a brake pedal.

Glad you didn't get body parts caught under bike.

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A little "salt" for you. She got it done too. This is NC drill team a few years ago. I think she weighs near 110 at most.
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Fortunately, walking the bike back up isn't that bad - if it was, I'm not sure I'd have been able to do it alone. I'm heavily arthritic and am bone-on-bone in both knees - it's just not a comfortable process, lol.


I figure as long as I've got pavement or something to grip the boots well, it's not so bad. I'd hate to have to try doing it on gravel or dirt.
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Happens to the best of us. I dropped my 12 last summer. It was fully loaded with about 150# of camp gear. It took a lot to pull it up. The technique in the video was very helpful.

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I've noticed that the bike is easier to pick up when you first drop it. Must be the adrenal gland working overtime wanting to get the bike up before someone sees it on it's side.
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Last year I did the same as you did; with the difference of having made a wrong movement and end up with a broken #12 vertebra.
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I'm 5'4" tall, I weigh in at 190+ lbs. I'm 60 years old. I live by a simple philosophy. If you can't pick it up, you shouldn't be riding it. I've grunted it up the wrong way twice, but I got it up. On a brighter note however. I watched another man that had to have 3 other people help him upright his Voyager. Lean how o pick it up the right way.
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I'm 5'4" tall, I weigh in at 190+ lbs. I'm 60 years old. I live by a simple philosophy. If you can't pick it up, you shouldn't be riding it. I've grunted it up the wrong way twice, but I got it up. On a brighter note however. I watched another man that had to have 3 other people help him upright his Voyager. Lean how o pick it up the right way.

Howdy to another Illinois-ian.


Yep, that's kinda how I feel about it. Whenever it gets to the point that I'm unable to ride safely and pick a bike up solo, I'll probably look into moving to a trike.


Fortunately, I've got plenty of experience picking up bikes from my youth, and nothing about walking the bike back up again was new to me, but it was certainly the heaviest bike I've lifted, and I'm certainly the oldest I've ever been. Given my back and knee issues, I'm sure my doc would tell me to consider giving up riding, but no way am I doing that.
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