Motorcycling 101: How to pick up a dropped bike.

There are 101 ways you can drop your bike. And your first instinct will be to rush and pick up your bike before anyone sees you.

The adrenaline rush, screaming engine, ears ringing with embarrassment , your pride in the dumps…you grab both handle bar grips and pull up the bike.

If you have a light street bike. .you may pull this off without hurting yourself. .but it most cases you will get hurt.

The following video with Christine aptly address that scenario. It is by no means exhaustive, but it is a start.

Yes its for all riders ..you guys too..breaking your backs trying to pick up 200 plus Kg bikes.

Points to remember.
1. Get crash bar guards or sliders for your bike .
2. Put the side stand down before raising the bike.
3. Make sure the bike is in gear if you can get to the shifter.

Ride Safe

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Masomo Monday – TSD ( Total Stopping Distance)

Total Stopping Distance is a sum of 3 parts.
1. Perception Distance
2. Reaction Distance
(1&2 are referred as Thinking Distance)
3. Braking Distance

Actual thinking distance varies according to the speed of the bike, your physical and mental condition, your attentiveness and whether or bit you were expecting something to happen.

Good anticipation gives you more stopping distance. Anticipation is much more important than fast reactions. It takes much longer to react to unexpected events than to expected ones – you need less thinking time if you are anticipating events and not just reacting to them.
In the video attached, the rider is not exercising restraint speeding on a two way country road , putting himself and others at risk.

1. Perception Distance
He did not anticipate any hazard in any of the near blind corners on this road, the presence of the truck catches him by surprise. He was in the wrong lane position as he came into the turn, limiting his view through the out the corner. He is still moving and this eats into his braking distance.

2. Reaction Distance
His reaction time is delayed, he takes time to process the truck coming into view. He is still moving eating into his braking distance.

3. Braking Distance
At the speed he is still travelling at his braking distance is limited. He grabs hard onto his brakes. He has lady luck on his side, and squeezes between the truck and the pavement. And his ABS kicked in which prevented his wheels from licking and the bike going into a skid. The scattering noise you hear is the ABS constant release at lock point to brake again. Though in review ABS did increase his braking distance.

Question.
What should he have done different to avoid putting himself and others at risk?