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Dropped It

Well, I guess it had to happen sometime. I dropped the bike, and sprained my wrist in the process.

I was in a parking lot–again–and was turning into a parking space at a very slow speed. Too slow, i guess, because, without any warning, the bike just low-sided me. My arm got caught under me when I went down, and twisted my wrist.

Although I didn’t really know it yet. I picked the bike up, and went over it for damage. As slow as I was going, there wasn’t much. The crash guard got slightly scratched, as did the tip of the clutch lever. The clutch lever got bent slightly, too, but I was able to fix that. The rear turn signal cover popped off, but didn’t break.

On the way home, my wrist started to get a bit sore. By the end of the night last night, I had an ace bandage on it. This morning, I was in a lot more pain, and my wrist was stiff and swollen. So I had to get a wrist brace and an Icy Hot sleeve to wear under it.

I guess I won’t be riding for a few days.

The lesson I learned–and should’ve learned after the last incident, was simply to not try and do really low speed turns. Stop the bike and walk it into parking slots. It’s a top-heavy bike, and at walking speed, it’s safer to walk it, not try and turn it sharply.

Dang, my wrist hurts.

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2 Responses to Dropped It

  • It was bound to happen, I dropped my Ultra in a parking lot once because I touched the front brakes in a low speed turn.

    The best advice I can give for learning slow-speed maneuvers is to go to the Ride Like A Pro website (http://www.ridelikeapro.com/)and order the Ride Like A Pro IV CD.

    After practicing the exercises in the CD I can now scrape the floorboards of my Road King in a full-lock slow turn; my buddy has a top-heavy BMW RT1150 that he can lean over so far you’d think the Law of Gravity had been repealed.

  • Anyone can do a slow speed turn, just takes practice. Dropping a bike is probably the best way to learn what you did wrong.

    On slow speeds, don’t lean the bike, keep it upright. Rely on turning the handlebars.

    As for that wrist, I’ve done the same thing you did once, dropping a bike. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I actually ended up fracturing it. I discovered this months later, when an X-ray showed where the fracture had fused together.