My accident happened about 3 years ago now but it's only now that I feel ready to spill the beans. The chain needed tightening on the then Z1000, so as madams car was blocking easy access to the driveway, I plumped to position the bike centrally in the garage by using the tailswinger. As we'd only been the house for a while the garage was full of junk ( not the bike!) and next to the bike was the shiny new unused petrol mower we'd just purchased. I popped the swingarm onto the paddock stand and fiddled to adjust the chain. As I took the bike off the stand, the tailswinger was still in close proximity and as the wheel landed, it went straight onto the tailswinger. I was standing to the left of the bike as there was no room on the right due to lawnmower but within a split second I was looking at my 6 month bike resting on the new lawnmower, Calmly I knocked on the front window and asked my other half for some help as the bike was wedged into the lawnmower. No cursing or effing followed this incident which still amazes me today. The result, a huge dent in the tank ( £600 for a tank so never replaced it or had it repaired / painted ) and deep scratches but thankfully the lawnmower survived, glad it wasn't a flymo! Later that year I sold the bike and the new owner wasn't that bothered about the tank as I'd got a baglux cover and he turned out to be a decent guy who is also a good pal now so something good came out it in the end. So any freaky accidents to admit to????
Freak accident in the garage
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the old chesnut
parked bike on path, by the seaside, stuck disc lock on,
crashed out on beach (fell asleep) came back hour or so later, fired bike up sat on bike rocked it off centre stand, and bosh on its side lucky no real damage, more embarrased than anything else
Rode into work at 07.15 on my brand-new-the-day-before Honda CB165SS to the cheers of the workforce (in them days there were 50 to 75+ bikers starting at 07.30). Put my foot down and slipped on the frosty gravel. Picked the bike up and straightened the mirror and lit a fag and went and clocked in as if nothing had happened.
i road down my garden path on my 4 day old guzzi norge turned at the botem to park and droped the bike, a few scraches on the faring. and i got a broken ankle.this hapend at the end of november 2010 i havent riden it since(.tough thes guzzis)
my first bike was a 250 superdream. I was coming out of Croydon under ground car park and the peg caught the hump that comes up at the ticket bit where people have to pay. Toppled me off in a really weird way cos the other peg then got caught in the storm drain. So there I was at about 5.05pm on a weekday, cars queing to get out the car park and me frantically trying to pull the bike loose. Of course i was all kitted up so no help was offered, not knowing i was a girly. People tooting and shouting...after 5 mins got it free. Then had to ride back to folkestone with light that kept going off and a busted mirror. Scratches and dents galore, but didn't care as it was a piece of shit really....
Two from a big list
Mate got a new Bonnie US spec 1978. One glorious summer day it was parked outside work. Guess who with their new camera (very professional) went to move bike and skidded the front of the lens up the pristine paint on the tank! Then had to go tell him.
Last year, bout this time.. Went on a solo trip to the Peak District. Got lost in Sheffield, went to turn round near an uphill junction. Had to stop halfway, right foot didn't reach ground till bike had fallen over at 2mph. Full face lidhid embarassment as Yorkshire lad in van asked if I needed help
Had a DT175 when I was in University (1980). Rode down the campus exit with kickstart firmly between inside jean leg and then trendy cowboy boot. Foot down issues at drive exit resulted in stationary lo-side.
How they laughed.
GSXR600 SRAD Very sloping drive. Went to put it on paddock stand to clean it..... All woz well till the rear wheel left the ground and the stands wheels took over...... Oop's!! Fell over
Same bike, some time later.... Went down local bike shop looking for early season test rides... Lookin to replace the bike that year. They said 'Sorry, its too cold to let our bikes out, come back wen it's warmer'!! I left, slightly disgruntled, then promptly highsided 200yrds from their shop on cold tyres!!!
Brake lights are contagious...
Thats a cracker Stealth!
Too many to list, what a tool at times
The first time I took my R1 in for a service one of the mechanics took a particular liking to it and for the first (and last) time ever the service included a jet wash. It looked great! I paid up, had a chat with the bloke and then went outside.
Fully kitted up and ready to go, as I walked the bike backwards I tripped over the jet wash hose, the bike got away from me and it crashed to the floor! I remember the slow-motion horror of it still. Incredibly there was no damage apart from some small scratches and a grazed front brake lever. Two schoolboys saw what happened and helped me pick it up. I couldn't get away fast enough!
First big bike was a cbr600fy had it about 3 weeks and had pulled it out one sunny mornin and thought right time to give it a proper clean
Throws it up on to the centre stand and proceeded to clean all the crap of ma chain and back wheel promptly followed by a right good soaping down . Magic sparkly clean and lookin good then i goes n rocks it off the centre stand while holding on to handle bar and back seat (like i had been shown) " />
Turns round to put the hose away and yip you guessed it had'nt bothered to put the side stand down
What a lovely sound it was as the indicator gets pushed through the fairing
All in front of my neighbours teenage daughter and some of her pals
Just a couple:
First one was the day I stopped at a red traffic light on a CX500. I was wearing jeans and trainers (as we did in those days) and realised as I leaned the bike to the left that my lace from that trainer was tangled round the gear lever!
The second was a night when I pulled up outside the office of Norwich Union (where I worked at the time). Rode my T955i Tiger onto a high but narrow kerb (about 5 inches high and less than a foot wide), then as I put my left foot down I realised that I was overhanging the kerb and had 5 inches of space below my foot. Managed to drop it in slow motion in front of half the IT team!
shared this 'muppet' moment on here before..
I usually stop at a BP station on way to work to get milk/sandwich/lunch/whatever.. this is at 0530am. One day I rolled onto the forecourt, and there was a car where I usually park the bike up.. So I was about 6 ft further back from my normal spot... rode in, casual.. pulled bike to a stop, kicked side stand down and lifted myself off the bike allowing it to fall onto the stand... as usual...
What I hadn't spotted was that now I was parking over a drain grille.. the stand went straight down into one of the drain holes and the whole bike fell straight onto ther kerb.. bent lever.. scratches.. red face!!!
Another from the mists of (my) time
I had a 250 on Ls when they brought in the law limiting you to a smaller bike...UNLESS you fitted a sidecar. I duly bought, and fitted a Sidewinder (looked like a draining board made of plastic) cantilevered sidecar. Rode into the car park near home which was next to the workshop of a mate of mine, whose dad used to race an AJS 7R and whom I thought was close to being god. Went to put my left foot down as I came to a stop, only to get my foot caught in the framework of said sink unit! Bang! Extricated myself from the chair/bike, got up to find god had come out of his workshop to see what the noise was
all the previous disasters made me cringe
here's some of mine [and I still feel a total arse recounting em]
In about 1971 I had this beautiful BSA 650 twin that was my pride and joy........ one day I fired it up and went to do a U turn outside my house. Gave the bike too many revs and ended up with the bike on its side and me stuck under it. Big burn on my right lower leg from hot exhaust, busted bar end mirror and bent levers, bugger.
Next one was a brand new Honda 500XBR single. Pulled away from outside my house and got the cross roads only a few yards away and had to wait for a kid on a peddle bike to cross then turned right......... gave the the engine perhaps a few more revs than intended and weeeeeeeeee the brand new tyre on the back broke loose and the bike spat me off. CRASH!!! busted right hand mirror, scraped bar end, bent front brake lever huge deep scratched on underside of right hand silencer and a bent footrest and brake lever. All this in front of said kid on bike AND most of my neighbours who were stood about nattering. Was I embarassed or what?
Second disaster was with a nearly brand new Kawasaki W650. In my garage, went to put it up on its centre stand and for some reason my foot slipped off the stand and down it went onto its right hand side. Busted mirror, bent front brake lever and busted front indicator lense. bugger.
Most resent one was also in my garage when Iwent to put my BMW 1150GS on its centre stand and yup, you guessed it........ it got away from me and down it went on its right hand side. Thankfully I have a big rolled up carpet stood right where it landed so no damage exept to my pride esp as I had to phone my mate who got two of his big mates to come round and lift the big sod back up. Thge beemer has now gone and been replaced with a nice little Triumph Bonneville that weighs a fook sight less and with luck will not fall over. Fingers crossed.
there some funny shit on here....!!!!!
Another funny for me was, we had to do cbt first before doing the direct access, and first bit done in a car park. Second bit was out on road and as we came out of car park i got all nervous, put the revs on hard and shot across the road up an embankment, slammed on front brake only, which kinda worked and rolled gently back down......Luckily the instructor or the other 2 learners didn't see me as i was behind all 3.....and if they did they held composure well........
footrest up trouser leg
half way into garage on my GS1000 went to put a foot down, footrest up trouser leg, slowly tipped over. Massive crease down tank from door frame. I felt such a prat!
If you can't be nice say nowt
I like these.
I've only had one embarassing accident on the Fazer. Was travelling up to Kent from Devon after college last year (I'm only 18). Got to Fleet services at about 10pm. Needed a break 'cos I was f*****. Sidestand goes half way down but flicks up again. I didn't notice this so the bike's weight surprised me and I had to help it go down gently. Scraped the LHS mirror ever so slightly but luckily nobody was around
with paddock stands:
... having done some work where the bike needed to be off its own stands I removed the rear stand 1st. Don't ever do this. It immediately listed starboard, crashing into my wife's new 500, knocking that over, causing a huge dent in the tank. >=o[
**a bloke i know **
decided the best way to oil his chain after washing his bike was to put the bike into first gear with the bike on the paddock stand .....then to wipe the excess off with a rag with the bike still in gear ....then his hand got caught and went through the rear sprocket resulting in all the fingers on his hand severed off ...... to make it worse he was on his own he had to push his bike off the stand so he could free his hand from the sprocket
wasnt actually me but...
about 6yrs a go i let a mate have a go on my learner bike (Kwaka KH125) after spending a while going thru things...30secs later I heard a 'crack' from the kickstart, it turned out he had been stamping on the rear brake lever!
Seeing as the front brake was naff as well it wasnt fun getting to the bike shop for repair!