I Dropped My Bike…Twice!

Yesterday I felt like a god on two wheels. This evening I felt like an amateur. I left work and was running a few errands. I passed through the center of ASU campus through a sea a gridlocked cars. I take the bike lane because…well a motorcycle is a bike right? I stop at a pedestrian traffic light in the bike lane which is sloped to the right. The light turns green and I do my normal left/right check for people blowing the light. I start accelerating as I see a bicyclist from the left running against the light. I apply the brakes and as I do the bike’s weight shifts to the right, and the ground seems to be sloping even more now and I can’t do anything to keep her upright. I hop over the bike and stumble to my feet as the bike goes over. The opposite end of my headphones are fixed to the IPod that’s mounted on the bike and the cord snaps easily without even jerking my head. At least I confirmed my theory of what would happen.

Like I said, I stopped at a pedestrian traffic light, which means there were lots of…people. From the faces I remember, it looks like the bystanders were more worked up than I was. I took off my gloves and tossed them aside. A guy asked if I was ok, and I waved him off and said I was fine. It’s easy to freak out in this situation and rush to the bike and do something even more stupid. No reason to freak out, letting the bike lay on the ground for another 10 seconds won’t make any difference.

“Just take a deep breath Bill.”

The sloping road which caused the drop in the first place was now a thorn in my side as I lifted the bike back up. I found a good grip, used my legs and got her back on the rubber side. Now I just have to throw my leg over to get to the shifter so I can…*CRASH*. She fell over again, so this time I took up the help a guy offered and had him stabilize the bike on the crooked road as I hopped back on. I started her back up and rode up onto the sidewalk so I could collect myself and take a closer look at the damage. Just some scuffs on the frame sliders and a broken peg feeler. No big deal.

  • http://hak5.org Darren Kitchen

    Ouch! It happens. Your ego is likely more bruised than the bike, but you’re one hell of a rider and everyone here knows that. Just reinforces the fact that it has, or will, happen to the best of us. Thanks for sharing this with us all, it really shows how mature and professional you are as a rider and (b/v)logger. As always, looking forward to the next video.

  • http://www.atlasrider.com Atlas

    @Darren Thanks!

  • Sven

    Which bike? Ninja?

  • http://www.atlasrider.com Atlas

    @Sven Yea the Ninja

  • Torch

    Glad to hear you are OK and the bike will be alright. I almost ate the curb turning into my own neighborhood the other day on my way home from work. Something about target fixation, to much speed & cruisers can’t lean too much, lol. It indeed was embarrassing.

    Ride on,

  • cashstore1

    I have dropped my bike on a slope like what you described. I have not dropped it twice though with many people looking. I am sure it was a humbling
    experience. I did see a guy drop his sportster, then immediately pick it up so fast that it fell on the other side. He slowly picked it up, and rode it slowly away, scratches and all. Probably 200 people saw it happen.

  • http://buckysride.blogspot.com/ Bucky

    Pavement that slopes side to side can really get you. I am long legged, but there have been a few times when I could not reach, and nearly lost it. Extremely hard to prevent a drop once it starts. Gravel and U-turns can also trip you up.

    I have never been able to use the butt-against-the-seat-plus-leg-power method to lift my Ninja 650R. The seat is usually too low to get any leverage. As a result I pick up the bike by the brute force method — leaning over and grabbing it by the frame and handlebars. I’m not very strong, but have managed each time. Weight training has helped some — I am no longer a 98 pound (or so) weakling.

    My OEM frame sliders have prevented damage in all cases of stopped or very low speed drops.

    I’m up to ~16,000 miles on the Ninja in 2 years. Rain, cold, sleet, and ice here lately have prevented riding. Very unusual for South Carolina. Will need a refresher course when the weather breaks!

    I’m jealous of Arizona right now, but will not be in the middle of summer.

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