Only the pride.

MrDralas

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So far I’ve only dropped the Himalayan in a parking lot. I’ve dropped every other one of my bikes save one, in all different manners, low siding, high siding, trying to drift a cruiser on dirt, being pushed off the road from a car, slipping on ice or hail, crashing in to snow banks but let’s talk about the Himalayan.

So I have my Himalayan and a bicycle. Before the Himalayan it was only a bicycle, wow is a motorcycle so much easier. So I use my bike for everything, getting groceries, kitty little, carpet, wood, I delivered a transfer case with it once.
When I first put my panniers on I was pretty excited with how much they could hold. I got off work one day and headed to the local Costco in search of some meat. I go in and get my usual pack of chicken, pork log and half of salmon. The salmon was on sale yes let’s get 2 of them. I head out flip open the right pannier and everything fits 👍 alright I won’t have to shuffle around my work clothes that I had in the left pannier. So I head on my merry way home, I notice the bike seems heavy to the right but not overly. Well on my way home I decide to stop at the crepe place by my house and get some breakfast ( I work nights, that’s why breakfast after work). I pull in to the parking lot notice a couple walking across the parking lot, I slow down and stop so they can cross in front of me. I stop leaving my right foot on the rear brake and putting my left foot down like always, well it turns out putting 20ish pounds on one side wasn’t the best idea. The bike fell to the right and down I went with it still sitting on the seat with the rear brake on. The couple come running over and ask if I’m ok, I get up take my helmet off reply “only my pride” thank them for their concern. Pick the bike up and check for some damages, couple scratches on the bar end, engine guard and plastic bit on the pannier.
2719821E-DAD7-4FA7-9CCA-DA3E26216D01.jpegHere’s the pile of meat.

8AC79F7C-9C5F-4E36-B27D-4604433722A8.jpegTip, if you want to carry drinks home, a drink tray will fit in the pannier and hold drinks nicely. If you getting a to go meal it helps hold the tray down even more.
 
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AZ Mtn Girl

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Arizona
Mr Dralas - I'm sure we could start a thread called "My most embarassing motorcycle drop" :D I think we've all been there. Parking lots are paricularly hazardous in this regard. I still recall with shame the day I proudly rode my brand new sportster up to the local hangout and pulled into a parking space and promptly ran into the curbstop in front and fell over sideways at .01 mph, scratching my brand new bike and my pride. :D
 

TN_twowheeladdict

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Tennessee
Learn to use your handlebars to compensate for the shift in weight and you can avoid that in the future. Pushing on the left grip as you come to a stop will force the weight of the bike to the left and your waiting leg.

I had caribou racks and panniers on my KLR650 and loaded kitty litter in one box. I could feel the difference between left an right curves. Not much different than dealing with cross winds while riding, except more predictable.
 

MrDralas

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Learn to use your handlebars to compensate for the shift in weight and you can avoid that in the future. Pushing on the left grip as you come to a stop will force the weight of the bike to the left and your waiting leg.

I had caribou racks and panniers on my KLR650 and loaded kitty litter in one box. I could feel the difference between left an right curves. Not much different than dealing with cross winds while riding, except more predictable.
I’ve gotten better with them meow, this was my first bike with panniers. Before that it was just everything on the back seat, or the backseat and the front seat and I’d sit on whatever I needed to bring home if I couldn’t get it to for just on the backseat. First time loading the panniers it was, who wouldn’t have thought that it would make the bike handle different 🤔
 

TN_twowheeladdict

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Tennessee
I’ve gotten better with them meow, this was my first bike with panniers. Before that it was just everything on the back seat, or the backseat and the front seat and I’d sit on whatever I needed to bring home if I couldn’t get it to for just on the backseat. First time loading the panniers it was, who wouldn’t have thought that it would make the bike handle different 🤔
It is in the owners manual on every bike I have ever owned about equalizing the load and keeping it as low as possible. Motorcycling 101. :)
 

MrDralas

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It is in the owners manual on every bike I have ever owned about equalizing the load and keeping it as low as possible. Motorcycling 101. :)
I think I was a muscle memory thing, I never had to worrie about it before so why would I now?
It’s the same as every time I get in my wife’s Jeep I try depress the clutch (it’s a auto) and put the key in the ignition (it’s a push button), it has a reverse camera and I still use the mirrors and don’t look at that thing because I’ve never had one before........maybe it isn’t muscle memory and I’m just a slow learner...🤔😂
 

TN_twowheeladdict

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Tennessee
I think I was a muscle memory thing, I never had to worrie about it before so why would I now?
It’s the same as every time I get in my wife’s Jeep I try depress the clutch (it’s a auto) and put the key in the ignition (it’s a push button), it has a reverse camera and I still use the mirrors and don’t look at that thing because I’ve never had one before........maybe it isn’t muscle memory and I’m just a slow learner...🤔😂
Sounds more like "Set in his ways" "Doesn't do well with change" and other things guys my age have to deal with. ;)
 

MrDralas

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Sounds more like "Set in his ways" "Doesn't do well with change" and other things guys my age have to deal with. ;)
Oh no.....or maybe oh yes, I think I’m definitely gonna be the old guy sitting in his rocking chair yelling at the kids. But it won’t be to get off my lawn it’ll be look up from their phone or to walk instead of using one of those mini 2 wheeled Segway things I see people on.

I was thinking about that the other day. Technology is pretty nuts, I can turn the heat up or the Ac on in my apartment with my cell phone anywhere in the world I can get service. It was only 6 years ago the first time I used a wall thermostat, before that it was....you want it colder, open the windows, you want it hotter, stock the fire up some more.
 
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