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An old Harley guy said to me...

smilespergallon

Well travelled
Location
Durham, NC
This is instinct from riding bicycles where hitting the front brake sends you over the handlebars.
I was one of those early 80s kids using the front brakes to balance on the front wheel, so maybe they had bad instincts/experiences on a bicycle too. I'm of the personal opinion that motorcycles (and motor vehicles in general) are very much not for everyone. And that's okay. I love all the ways to go vroom, but really wish at least half of those who use them just wouldn't.
 

Whysub

Well travelled
My worst injury was falling off at around 2 mph. Rode on a patch of black ice, bike went down immediately. I tried to stop it (it was only a few weeks old) which caused me to do the splits. That really hurt, as I tore my quads, and other muscles in both legs. I was in pain for a couple of weeks, and the bruises went after about four weeks. But I did save the bike from any damage.
Feb 20 2010 Black Ice Injury.jpg
 

Lost in the 60's

Well travelled
Location
Mobile, Alabama
Dropped my (new to me) 2014 CB1100. :(

Starting to make a right turn out of a parking lot. Across the street there is a driveway offset slightly to my left and a car is waiting to make a left out of that one. I figure I have the right of way and start out when all of a sudden he pulls out to make a left in front of me. So I slam on the brakes but didn't get my foot down in time. To be honest it happened so fast I'm not even sure I statrted to put it down. Next thing I know the bike is down on it's right side and my foot is caught under it. I manage to pull it out but without my shoe which is still under the bike. This bike is a 544 lbs beast and it's down side is pointing downgrade and there is no way that I can see to grab on to it and lift it like they technique you are supposed to use. Fortunately a guy pulls up and helps me get it back up.

It starts right up and off I go. The right side mirror is loose but not damaged. I have a small scrape on my right knee and right elbow and and a huge injury to my pride. I get home and tighted up the mirror and examine the bike. No real damage just a few minor scratches to let any prospective buyer know that it's been down. :confused:

I'm glad the former owner put engine guards on it.
 
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smilespergallon

Well travelled
Location
Durham, NC
Glad you're okay. And glad the bike is just a bit scuffed. Today my wife put a mark in the front bumper of our 2 day old car, sometimes life is like that.

It's like a broken record... Left turns. You. Them. ANYONE. Left turns kill bikers.
 
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LIGuy

Well travelled
Oh man that sux, but glad you're ok. Its the pride that winds up hurting the most.

So the j/o from across the street cut you off on YOUR side of the street and kept going?
 

StefArmstg

Well travelled
Location
Colorado
TE Lawrence (of Arabia), once made the comment to Liddell Hart, that cars should be equipped with a spear, fitted to the bumper, and pointed at the driver's chest, to encourage them to drive more carefully.

Added:
From the book, A Touch of Genius, The Life of TE Lawrence. A good read if you want to know about him before, and after, the war.
 
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