PICKING UP A FALLEN BIKE
From: Carol Youorski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 16:24:25 -0700
I am going to tell you how to do this assuming the bike is down on its left side.
Make sure the bike is in gear if you can get to it. If the bike is not in gear and you cannot get it in gear the technique becomes more difficult butt can still be done.
The placement of your butt too high or too low on the seat will not give you the leverage angle. You are pushing the bike with your butt and upper legs. You will have to pull up with your arms a bit butt mostly you will be pushing the bike up with your legs.
If you can't get to the side stand with the heel of your boot, turn carefully and grab both grips then put the bike on side or center stand.
The process is the same if the bike is on it's right side. Editor's note: But your hands are reversed, of course. Your LEFT HAND is on the RIGHT GRIP and your RIGHT HAND grabs UNDER THE SEAT. It is easier to get it into gear. Remember to put the side stand out first so that you can ease the bike onto it once it is upright.
If you feel like there is no way this bike is going up like this, then move the position of your butt. If that doesn't work try changing the flex of your knees. I try not to flex my knees too much to begin with. Be careful. Often when you get the angle just right the bike goes up like it's made of paper. Adrenaline tends to push the bike over the other side ;-)
That is all. It is so simple. Just seems difficult until you actually do it.
I found it very difficult to pick up an F-650 that did not have bags on it. But I did. The R bikes give you an added lift because of the jugs sticking out. Having bags on also gives an added lift.
I'll be happy to help anyone who need more intense information. Feel free to contact me off the list.
Atlanta, Georgia USA
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