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What is the closest you've come to laying over the bike (not dropping it)?

Mine has been three times (minus typical events), the first two were in the first month I owned the bike.

1. First day, pulling into my drive-way, took the turn too sharp, didn't know about the bottom scrapper peg, it dug into the ground, spun me 90° to the left, shut off the engine cause of the excessive tilt and I had to grab the bike and basically run because a car was coming and he didn't know I stalled....

2. Turning a corner at night at a stop light, one of those cross-walk lines was there, freshly painted and a little wet. Bike almost went out from underneath me, again... Caught it after the engine shut off but was about half way over at that point.

3. Two weeks ago, came upon a blind corner and if I didn't downshift really fast, probably would have went off of the cliff.

4. Typical event - All the idiots that have almost hit me, or vice versa cause they all stopped all of a sudden.
 

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When I got the new forward controls over the winter and had my kickstand chromed I no longer have the safety of the engine not running without the clutch pulled if it is in gear (when the stand is down). Well about a month ago I was detailing it for the first time of the season and after I had inched it forward to access the rest of the front wheel my hand slipped off the clutch and it jerked forward almost hitting the one car in the garage. The fact the ground was wet caused my foot to slide but I saved it with about 2 inches to spare lol. I did rip open a finger on my right hand but oh well, it's healed now.
 

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Haven't even come close. I've laid over pretty much every other bike I've owned. Hopefully those experiences will keep me from ever laying this one over. :D
 

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First week I had the Fury, I was leaving for work. I was coming arounf the side of my house on the sidewalk from the shed I built for my bikes (No Garage). There was some mud on the sidewalk right where I turn. I was only using the front brake as both feet were walking the bike forward. I accidently hit the brake just as I hit the small mud patch. Front wheel slid out sideways and left peg dug into sidewalk. I was able to keep the bike up, but I bent the peg. I was able to straighten it out (mostly). I keep thinking that it is a good excuse to get the aftermarket foot pegs.
 

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I get it... this is a post about stories of almost laying it over...

I am now almost a year into riding with almost 13k under the belt of the Fury. Do you have any stories Baysidebob?
 

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I most definatley came close to laying it down one afternoon way back. Man ...... we were coming out of a bar off route 22 in New York and the parking lot was all dirt/pebbles. I was last in a line of four as we were coming out and turning left continuing northbound towards Connecticut. To my right the northbound lane was coming into a blindturn before the bar so my sight distance was limited. My three buddies went in quick consecutive order and I glanced to the right and it was clear - I proceeded and glanced back quick and saw a jetstream of Harley's in the one northbound lane. I grabbed the clutch and the brake and the bike slammed as I jolted forward. The bike was going down to my left (as I was turning left) and I caught it with my left arm extended fully. I picked it up and came out on the end of about 15 Harley's. My left forearm was strained for days holding serious lbs. but i didn't drop it. That was the closest for me.

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I most definatley came close to laying it down one afternoon way back. Man ...... we were coming out of a bar off route 22 in New York and the parking lot was all dirt/pebbles. I was last in a line of four as we were coming out and turning left continuing northbound towards Connecticut. To my right the northbound lane was coming into a blindturn before the bar so my sight distance was limited. My three buddies went in quick consecutive order and I glanced to the right and it was clear - I proceeded and glanced back quick and saw a jetstream of Harley's in the one northbound lane. I grabbed the clutch and the brake and the bike slammed as I jolted forward. The bike was going down to my left (as I was turning left) and I caught it with my left arm extended fully. I picked it up and came out on the end of about 15 Harley's. My left forearm was strained for days holding serious lbs. but i didn't drop it. That was the closest for me.

Larry
Man, that's scary... that probably gave you a eerie feeling in the back of your head for days... I know I still think about all the small incidents everyday, to make sure they don't happen again...
 

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I've owned a Yamaha V-Star 1100 and a Road Star.....1600

I find this bike is more "top heavy" than the two Yamahas......I have over 5000 miles on her and still have to be careful. Only at very slow speeds of course.
 

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I’ve really only had one close call. I was turning right at about 10-12mph and dug the peg into the pavement. My foot was resting about half on the peg and half off. My foot hit the ground and it immediately pulled my right foot backwards. Scared the crap out of me, but I got it straightened back out and was fine. Haven’t done it since and now I make sure my feet are tucked in on the peg scraping turns.
 

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Should'a named this thread "leaning it over" instead of laying it over :)

I'll break the ice here and I've been riding for 40+ years.... matter of fact the only bike I didn't lay over was a Kaw KZ-900 for reasons unbeknownst to me. Layed over a Honda 160 Dream at the age of 15, showing out in front of a couple of ladies, a Harley Wide Glide after leaving a strip club, a VTX 1800 in a slow turn and gravel and most recently a 2010 Fury on the way to a mardi gras parade.

We had just passed about 200 cars on the way to Dauphin Island to see the "boom boom". We got to the intersection and I was at a slow crawl, looked left, good to go; a car pulls up on my right and I instinctively pulled on the front brake. Next thing I know, I'm laying on the ground still holding on the the bars.... I'm thinking my buds would be there any second to pick it up so as not to scratch anything.... NOT, they were too busy laughing their asses off. I finally got out from under it and picked her up. I probably wasn't on the ground 20 seconds bfore I was back up and running. We get to the parade and one of my "friends" walks up and hands me a mirror. "You left this back there in the road" he says. I took it and threw it in the woods. It was a cheap plastic piece of crap.

Other than that and a little hurt pride plus a small dent in the tank... $250.00 later she is good as new :)
 

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I know this is an "almost" but I am going to throw out a "did".

Riding out on a VERY windy day. Rolling up to a 3-way stop and just as you are at the point where you are still just barely rolling and about to put your feet down a very strong gust of wind hits me from the side and catches me off balance and blows me over. I almost saved it but not quite. It was like I gently laid it down on its side. This is my Boulevard that I am speaking of. Not the Fury that should be in town tomorrow! :) Walked away with some hurt pride and a busted mirror. $30 bucks later and I was good to go. (for the mirror, not the pride)....
 

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Almost twice on the fury, went to stop coming off the interstate in the rain and had both wheels lock up on a crosswalk as i was stopping, skidded about 2 ft but kept it balanced. I also had the bike start to lock as i was going over a bridge with some spilled oil on it in the rain.
 

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I think this is one of my biggest fears, laying a new bike over. Granted, ill be riding here in NYC where its tough just driving a truck every day. But the thought of having my frist accident almost ( i say almost ) make me not want to buy to buy the bike at all.

Couple more weeks and hopefully ill be able to look at this post and laugh.
 

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I almost lost it yesterday on my Fury. I was doing some back road riding and I knew that there was a 10mph. turn coming up. It turns out that on the unmarked turn before the sharp one, a pile of road gravel left over from the bad winter here in WV, was laying dead center in the middle of the lane. I hit it @ about 30 mph. and the front wheel washed out, then the back wheel followed. My reaction was putting my feet out and I somehow gathered it up. And, I am always catching the heal of my boots on the road when going around turns.

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I think this is one of my biggest fears, laying a new bike over. Granted, ill be riding here in NYC where its tough just driving a truck every day. But the thought of having my first accident almost ( i say almost ) make me not want to buy to buy the bike at all.

Couple more weeks and hopefully ill be able to look at this post and laugh.
Well, look at it this way... read some of these posts and don't take them for granted. Understand that all of what you have read here are minor errors in judgment or an understanding how this bike works. We are all still here writing to each other, making posts about this because we have learned something. I always try to come away from something as a learning experience and after some of the stories that I have read here, I understand more of what to look out for and what I can do better as a motorcyclist.

That being said, this is my first bike, so I was bound to make some errors, if it wasn't for an understanding of what might happen, well... things may not have been so good. Everybody thought I was crazy for getting a 1300 as my first motorcycle, but this bike handles really good and is probably one of the better motorcycles for a new rider to learn on, if not the best one for its size. Just have to understand its capabilities and we'll all be riding off into the sunset together at the end of the day.
 

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I’ve really only had one close call. I was turning right at about 10-12mph and dug the peg into the pavement. My foot was resting about half on the peg and half off. My foot hit the ground and it immediately pulled my right foot backwards. Scared the crap out of me, but I got it straightened back out and was fine. Haven’t done it since and now I make sure my feet are tucked in on the peg scraping turns.

Had the same thing happen to me....weird feeling having your leg slung back.
 

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Well, look at it this way... read some of these posts and don't take them for granted. Understand that all of what you have read here are minor errors in judgment or an understanding how this bike works. We are all still here writing to each other, making posts about this because we have learned something. I always try to come away from something as a learning experience and after some of the stories that I have read here, I understand more of what to look out for and what I can do better as a motorcyclist.

That being said, this is my first bike, so I was bound to make some errors, if it wasn't for an understanding of what might happen, well... things may not have been so good. Everybody thought I was crazy for getting a 1300 as my first motorcycle, but this bike handles really good and is probably one of the better motorcycles for a new rider to learn on, if not the best one for its size. Just have to understand its capabilities and we'll all be riding off into the sunset together at the end of the day.
very well said.
 

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Last fall I was installing my Raw Design stealth tail light. I had the seat off and wasn't done when I started losing sunlight. Wanted to roll it into my shed and finish next day. I straddled the bike standing up and started walking it forward. This is awkward compared to sitting on it and riding it into the shed which I am used to. Anyway, I lost my balance and it started falling to my right. I quickly realized that it was going down whether I liked it or not. I did all I could to let 'er down gently and got lucky. The only thing that took any damage was my right foot peg. The metal shroud underneath got a little bent up but I manage to straighten it back out to where its not noticeable. But I guess that's dropping it isn't it?
 
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