Saturday, 3 August 2013

When the bike falls away from you...

I'm sure most of you will quickly guess what happened when you see the following photos:

Yes, I dropped the bike! Fortunately it was at the side of my dad's drive, so no audience and it mostly landed on grass. Just the brake lever caught the concrete.

It's a heavy bike and I was trying to put it up onto the centre stand. Strapped to the seat was a fairly heavy back pack containing laptop and some paperwork. That, it seems, was enough to tip the balance. When the bike falls away from you there's nothing you can do, apart from swear a lot.

As it was mainly on grass I couldn't get the grip for a 'walk back' lift and my very painful back is now testament to the real struggle I had to get the bike upright.

All this happened on Thursday. A quick call to local Triumph dealer (A1 Motorcycles in York) and parts were ordered. Collected them yesterday.

This evening, after a few minutes work with two spanners and a screwdriver all was as it should be as the photos below show:

I just wish my back was as easy to fix.


  1. The best advice I ever got was if it's going to fall let it fall. As you can now attest, it's too easy to get injured trying to save a couple of dollars (pounds) worth of plastic. Hope your back heals quickly.

  2. Hey there Nigel,

    I feel for you mate, dropping the bike has happened to me a couple of times now. Actually I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. But it's a good feeling when you fix her up again yourself isn't it? Shame about your back though, knowing exactly what to do before it happens is one thing, but when the adrenalin of dropping the thing kicks in, your mind goes blank and you just grab and heave, at least I do. My last drop was just last year. I rolled the bike out of the lock-up at work for the ride home and for some insane reason I lost my grip, she started to fall away from me, I grabbed her over the seat, I must have managed to slow the rate of fall and keep her from dropping for a good five seconds. Unfortunately it wasn't enough and over she finally went taking me with her, full somersault flat onto my back. I was on my feet in milliseconds grabbing and heaving my poor baby off the ground. Luckily I'd managed to slow the fall enough to avoid and real damage, just a bent rear brake lever which I reshaped no problem. The guy who was standing just a few feet away while this was happening, and did nothing what-so-ever to help, didn't much like my attitude toward him afterwards, strange that eh?

    That bike was a Triumph Speed Triple, the proper one with the round headlights. Phenomenal bike!
    I now ride a Harley Davidson Rocker C. It's a whole other world, you're gonna love it when you eventually get there!

  3. Glad I didn't do the whole somersault thing! Thanks mate.

  4. Canajun, your advice is sound. Cheers!

  5. Nigel, every rider drops (not crashes) his machine at some point. We've all done it or will. They are heavy and awkward and do not have to get too far from vertical when stopped for them to flop over. Canajun is right, best to MAYBE let it down easily but don't try to actually stop it when it starts to go.