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