Was making a Uturn from a stop on the shoulder and half way thru the turn the bike went down on the left side.
Yesterday I decided to name my Royal Star: Ursa (latin for she-bear) and this morning she lived up to her name.
Got back up with a scuff on the bottom edge of the crash bar and one on the back side of one muffler. Other than that I cant find any damage to the bike. She IS a bear!
The road is a sorta crushed stone maybe pressed into asphalt (maybe not) that runs along the east side of Canadice Lake (one of the smaller finger lakes). I had never been there before, there are no houses or developed land on the shores of this lake, sounded like a good place to take some fall photos. I thought the road was a bit sketchy, kept my speed below 40 while riding
but I missed the turn to the boat ramp area, pulled off on the gravel shoulder, and thats were I did everything wrong. Im not sure exactly why I dropped the bike, but I hit just about everything on the list:
Ive put 1000 miles on the Royal Star since I got it last month, but have not spent much time riding slow, commuting, or playing in the parking lot. I have refined my slow riding skills on my Vstar 650 over the last 6 summers, and this bike is different below 3mph. I keep blowing my stops and have to put my right foot down abruptly. I looked it up, the engine on the 650 spins in the opposite direction of the wheels, but on the Royal Star the engine spins in the same direction as the wheels. The gyro effect is noticeably different, and Im use to the way the 650 handles at 1mph.
I sat on the shoulder for a minute looking for cars and listening - there was no traffic on the road, but as I started to make the U turn I kept swiveling my head looking in both directions. I know what the 1st rule is: ALWAYS look where you want the bike to go.
Im not sure exactly what happened - I think I went over as I was turning my head from right to left. Maybe my foot got hung up on the crash bar, or I didnt lift it off the floorboard far enough, but I was surprised to find myself on the ground on my left side. Maybe I did get my foot down but it slipped on the odd gravel surface.
I hit the kill switch, pulled myself out from under the bike, looked for cars, reached under and shut the gas petcock off, looked for cars, and thought: I have to get this out from the middle of the road!
It was a bit of a lift to get it to roll up on the 45 degree part of the crash bar. Once I got it that far it was a little easier to lift it by the grip to get it up all the way, and I managed to hold it straight and swing my leg over and sit down - pulled the clutch in and rolled it back to the shoulder.
The bike is fine - I thought I would dent the tank, bend the handlebars, break the clutch lever, break the turn signals, bust the mirror... nothing. My knee was a bit sore (I did not wear my textile pants today for no reason I can think of now). If my elbow or shoulder hit the ground the protection in my textile jacket paid for itself.
Stopped at the first chance for coffee and a muffin, rode the 50 miles back home with no issues.
Now Im thinking I should put a crash bar on my 650 too.
Photo is Ursa at Canadice Lake, after the oops.