Sooner or later I guess it can happen (and did)
Great 3 days of riding in the Blue Ridge mountains Sun-Tues. First extended time in the saddle with 5-6 hours each day, which is a lot for me and the wife. Yesterday, as we were coming out of the hotel parking lot to start our ride, I stopped on the very steep hotel driveway to check for traffic on the busy main road...and over we went. The driveway sloped down and also to my right, but I didn't realize how much to the right. I felt it start leaning and tried to counter it, but gravity and 1350 lbs won. Wife and I were fine, though my pride in never having dropped a road bike in 20+ years of riding was crushed, lol (dirt bikes don't count - dropped plenty of those, including one on my leg). I was amazed at how it really doesn't go over that far (45-50 degrees as advertised) and even more impressed at how there was NO visible damage. It was also fairly easy to put back upright. I will be a lot more attentive about road slope, fore/aft and side/side from now on. Despite that, had a great day and marveled at how well it handles in some very tight twists and turns! One thing - the bike shut off (due to fuel not making it to the engine I guess?) and would not restart until I cycled the switch to off and then back to ON.
Also, since this was our first cool weather riding, I learned that the seat and grip heaters will set you on fire if you don't lower the settings. I also learned that the engine heat is not even noticeable in temps below 70. Can't wait to do some more fall and winter riding.
All in all a great 3 days, drop not withstanding.
Last edited by akf15e; 10-24-2018 at 07:32 AM.
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