How to drop your motorcycle [Part 2]

The previous tip makes the incorrect statement: “Stopped, the mishap almost always involves the side stand in some fashion.”


On reflection, the side stand is a factor maybe half the time. Most of the other stop-n-drops involve poor footing.

Fine gravel on smooth concrete is as treacherous underfoot as Teflon ball bearings, especially if your boots’ soles don’t provide good grip (eschew leather!). Ditto for oil or antifreeze underfoot as you paw for the ground at a stoplight, or a drive through — anywhere vehicular traffic is forced to idle.

And so far we’re only talking level ground

Complicate an undesirable surface condition with a long reach to the ground for one (or both!) feet;

–> oh wait… let’s add darkness to the mix;

–> no wait… I got it; several members of the opposite sex whom you’re hoping to impress are watching intently!

You might just as well jump straight up in the air and let the bike fall over all by itself!

You get the idea: inattention to poor surface, uneven ground, cheerleaders.

Any of these can create ugly headlines. “Dork Drops Ducati.”

Ride well, stop smart.

Pete Tamblyn

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2 Responses to How to drop your motorcycle [Part 2]

  1. Frank April 25, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Probably in the grey area between a dropped bike and crash is when you lock your front wheel on something slippery at slow speed. Could be loose gravel, rain, hot tar strip. combine those with not releasing the clutch right you will go down fast. Can be done at a slow speed. I’ve tested it at least once.

    • MotorcycleMentor April 25, 2014 at 2:02 am #

      Tested at least once? I saw a riding friend perform the same experiment, one time.


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