Have you ever been in that awkward moment where you dropped your motorcycle? If yes, we know exactly how you would have felt. To pick up a fallen motorcycle is a tough business. Moreover, not knowing the right way to pick it up can leave you bewildered.
What Happens When Your Motorcycle Is Knocked Off?
The first obvious answer is, your motorcycle can get damaged. And if you are not careful enough, you can hurt yourself too. However, if none of these happens, something else takes over your emotions; your shattered confidence.
To fall off a motorcycle right when you’re about to take that daring turn is not only publicly humiliating but also embarrassing. Ouch! And turning to see your brand new motorcycle lying on the ground is even more painful. Your mind goes blank, and you lose the confidence to pick up your motorcycle.
The question of how to pick up a motorcycle can loom over your head in such situations.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back, as well as your dear motorcycle’s. Come, let’s get you prepared!
Ways To Pick Up A Fallen Motorcycle
To fall off a motorcycle is neither the rider’s fault nor the motorcycle’s. Even experienced riders find themselves in such a situation. What matters then, is not your pride, but the confidence with which you lift your machine up, give it a good pat and take off in style.
Here is what you can do,
- If you’re still on the ground, hugging your motorcycle, you need to get up. Once you’ve up on your feet, dust yourself off. Pick up your shattered pieces of confidence and stay put.
- Use the kill switch and turn off the engine first. When you think it’s safe, turn off the ignition too. This can avoid a lot of risks.
- One important thing that you should take care of is to check whether there is any leakage. If you see any fluids leaking, especially gasoline, make sure to turn the fuel shut off valve to the off position.
- You got yourself in a tight spot, and now you got to get out of there. So, take charge of the situation.
- You can always call for assistance. This can narrow down your burden. Extra manpower means less tension.
- Make sure that the bike is in gear. You don’t want your bike to start rolling as soon as it is set upright.
- If the bike has fallen on its left side, turn the handlebar to the left. If it’s on the right side, lower the side stand.
- Clear the ground so that your feet get a good balance. Now over to the lifting part.
Back up to the middle seat using the full strength of your legs.
- Now, squat down and reach for the handlebar. Make sure you have a grip on the low side of the bike. If the motorcycle is on its right side, hold a grip with your right hand.
- Slide your hand down from the lower side of the bike to hold onto something sturdy such as the metal bar behind your seat. The lower you go, the more grip and force you will get to lift the vehicle up.
- Keep your posture in check while lifting up your motorcycle. Pulling up heavy things can cause injury to your spine if you are not in the right posture. Make sure you stand with your feet close together and with your chin up.
- Look up. When you’re in place, start pushing the motorcycle up with your legs and back. Slowly take tiny steps back and walk the bike back to its standing position.
- Once it’s vertical, don’t push it over for god’s sake. It’ll only double the job!
Now you’ve successfully lifted up your fallen motorcycle. Yay! We never know when the motorcycle gets knocked off. So, we recommend you to practice picking up a fallen dirt bike. This can boost your confidence and skill to easily lift up any dropped motorcycle.
What Causes A Motorcycle To Fall?
1. Motorcycle Speeding
Motorcycle speeding is one of the most important causes of motorcycle accidents/motorcycle falls. You got an awesome motorcycle lift and you want to show off your newly lifted bike to the whole world.
Vroom-vroom, off you go; and you lose track of the speed meter. This can make you prone to losing your balance and being knocked off your motorcycle.
While on the road, don’t go above the specified speed limit.
2. Speeding Cars
Sometimes, when you’re thrown off your bike, the blame isn’t wholly yours. You’re abiding by the traffic rules and somebody else is busy breaking his speed record. Always watch out for such crazy guys.
3. Motorcycle Lane Splitting
This occurs when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, usually in traffic jams. The close proximity of the cars to your motorcycle can give you a sudden scare or loss of balance.
Why take risks while you can always wait in line?
4. Alcohol Use
This is a big No from our part. Firstly, you are violating the law if you are drunk driving. Secondly, you won’t be able to get a hold of yourself and it can result in fatal accidents. More than your pride getting damaged, you won’t be in the right mental state to lift your dropped motorcycle.
5. Other Road Hazards
Motorcyclists are more susceptible to road accidents. Motorcycles being less stable and smaller in size when compared to cars are likely to step on dead animals, potholes, etc. This can knock you off your motorcycle.
So always keep an eye on the road ahead.
These are the various reasons that can probably lead to motorcycle falls. But since you know how to pick up a motorcycle, our job is complete now.
Time To Build Your Confidence!
Wear your super cool motorcycle sunglasses and go hit the brakes. We have prepared you well in case you drop your motorcycle. Remember our techniques and do the job yourself. Wear your confidence like you really don’t care.