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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 09-28-2015, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Advice after dropping your bike

The Vulcan 500 is my first bike and I love it. I'm still a fairly new rider, so sometimes I still make dumb mistakes like stalling my bike by letting the clutch out too fast.

Anyways, over the weekend, I dropped my bike for the first time. I stalled while trying to go into a turn and I lost control. THANKFULLY both myself and the bike survived the incident without a single scratch (i let it down as lightly as i could)

But after the experience, i was a little shaken so i just rode home, which i regret because I hear that its important to get back on your bike ASAP after dropping it so your confidence doesnt erode.
I'm a little nervous about getting back on it. Does anyone who has been in a similar situation have some stories to share/advice on how to get over the intitial jitters of riding after dropping your bike?

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Pick it up. Ride. Practice. After my first drop I spent about three hours in a local parking lot doing figure 8's and circles.
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Exactly what wayfare said, practice practice practice.. The MFS course is only a few miles from where I work, (parking lot) I go there after work on the weekends probably couple times a month, and usually have the entire place to myself, take your time and enjoy the ride.
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Malinda,

+1 Pick it up. Ride. Practice. After my first drop I spent about three hours in a local parking lot doing figure 8's and circles.

I would have to agree practice, practice, practice. I would have to say for me 90% of driving a car, bike, bicycle etc is muscle memory.
So there is a huge value to going over MSF course foundations as often as possible until you're more confident. Look into an engine guard. It will help protect the handle bars, mirrors, and tank if you do have a slip up. And, it will make it easier to pickup.

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As stated above, you gotta get back on the horse or you may never ride again. Parking lots or empty roads, (back roads, neighborhoods, etc)
Get back on that bike ride slow and easy get used to the feel of the bike again. Stay away from other traffic if possible and build your confidence up.

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Someone much wiser than me once said, there are those that have dropped their bikes and those that will drop their bikes.
Realize now that you are a member of the former group. Pull yourself up by your boot straps and conquer the fear and hesitation that comes with recovering after a spill. I am glad you were not hurt and that your bike wasn't damaged. Ego hits keep us humble. Wear the gear you wear, ride safely and file that event away as just part of the price for riding a motorcycle.

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Malinda,

+1 Pick it up. Ride. Practice. After my first drop I spent about three hours in a local parking lot doing figure 8's and circles.

I would have to agree practice, practice, practice. I would have to say for me 90% of driving a car, bike, bicycle etc is muscle memory.
So there is a huge value to going over MSF course foundations as often as possible until you're more confident. Look into an engine guard. It will help protect the handle bars, mirrors, and tank if you do have a slip up. And, it will make it easier to pickup.

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Thanks for the advice on the engine guard, I didn't even know those existed. Have you ever used one before? It seems like it might take some getting used to when shifting gears and breaking!
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Thanks Dean, that is great advice!
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I've been riding 4 years and have dropped my Suzuki 4 times over that time period, as recent at last spring. The last time was exactly as you describe, I tried to start out in second gear and choked the bike while trying to make a U-turn on a dead end road. I had a passenger (wife) with me and I launched her off the back too. The Nomad has a gear indicator, so that shouldn't (hopefully) happen again.

I'm also self taught, and have developed a lot of bad habits I'm trying to break. One thing that helped me a lot was the Ride Like a Pro video. I haven't dropped my bike since watching the video. I'm much more conscience of where my front wheel is pointed before I use the front brake.

So, don't stop. As others have suggested, go to a parking lot and practice slow speed riding. The Ride Like a Pro video has a lot of practice exercises you can do to make you much more comfortable with slow speed handling. I bought mine off Ebay for 29.99. It's worth it. Your local library might even have a copy.

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Thanks for the advice on the engine guard, I didn't even know those existed. Have you ever used one before? It seems like it might take some getting used to when shifting gears and breaking!
Practice is all well and good! But I have to ask, Have you taken the MSF course? If not, it is highly recommended! Probably a little late in the season (depending on where you're at) to get registered this year. But come Spring it should become a high priority.
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Everyone is going to lay it down at some point. It happens...learn from the situation and hop back on!
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