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Old 05-15-2006, 12:00 PM   #11
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why arnt they using junk bikes that were totaled and wrecked to lay over on the side instead of using new BMW's??

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Old 05-15-2006, 10:43 PM   #12
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This is great stuff, and these women look very strong, so if I drop my bike and don't pick it up right, can I call on them? Seriously, this is the easiest way to do it with a Kat, which we all know is no light bike, unless you're Schwartzenegger or are taking steroids. Just watch the potential flip-over from one side to the other.
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Old 05-28-2006, 05:57 AM   #13
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I put the kick stand half down this morning (accidentally of course), while getting off the bike it fell toward the leaning side (right) and knock me over. My leg was under the Kat had to leave my shoe under it to get my leg out. Greatfully I'd read the article on how to lift it properly and had it back up in less than 10 seconds. Thank God for that postings... Thank God this site.
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Old 06-07-2006, 03:58 PM   #14
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:30 AM   #15
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I dropped mine in my driveway once at my moms house and had to have her come help me pick it up... I picked it up before, but just didn't have the energy... needless to say she was amused...
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:22 AM   #16
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got it,,,now if i can just put the center stand down...
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Old 06-21-2006, 02:17 PM   #17
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That method seems to work for people in skirts... I don't think I would ever use it unless I already failed at lifting for some reason. I just got a used 91 600 as a first bike and I wanted to break it in a little (literally) just on the empty streets around my house. I he-manned it three times within a couple hours. I was already planning on replacing the plastics, and now I have an excuse to replace the mirrors and windshield. =D Anyway, I'm only 120lbs and I didn't have a problem with it, just crouched down, grabbed the hand grips and lifted. My lack of height might help me with leverage I suppose, though it also contributes to the falling so many times. I'm planning on lowering it a little, and doing whatever I can to reduce weight / lower the CofG. I hope that it won't be much of an issue once I'm done with the 25 hour training course I'm taking in a couple weeks.
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Old 06-25-2006, 12:35 AM   #18
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Being new to the bike scene and having already done this, that is very helpful. I never thought to do it that way. It's ironic that they are lifting a BMW because I saw a guy drop on in a parking lot just today (but on the right side.)


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Old 06-25-2006, 08:25 AM   #19
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This thread is a life saver. This morning I was out in Bayview Village (South Bayview) in Toronto and had to wail on the front brake on a little side street. The bike stopped safely but I was leaning ever-so-slightly to the left with my feet still on the pegs. So the bike said "eff-you brownwa" and proceeded to kneel left and kiss the pavement.

Using the above method I swear-to-God I had the bike up in 5 seconds, effortlessly. I'm going to see the instructors at the motorcycle course at Humber and tell them to include this technique in the training. Had I not learned it on Katriders.com, I would still be in Bayview Village right now trying to pick up the 440lb f***er.

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Old 07-12-2006, 01:00 PM   #20
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I've tipped my bike over a few times now, this has helped to save my back!
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