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Well, I did a major drop last year just as the season for riding started. Dang, I remember it quite clearly now.
I have a concrete cell floor just about ground level. I have a concrete ramp about 8' long leading to the side cellar door. The top is just too steep to allow the BH to go over without getting hung up on the bottom. So what I did was to get 4 - 4x4" x 8' long pieces of wood side by side to lengthen the ramp so that the peak hump off the top would be less. I just stack the boards side by side. ugg. The friggin ramp was very t ipsy but I managed to get the bh into my cellar no sweat. Bringing it out though was a one shot deal- do it right the first time or drop it. I foolishly decided not to wait for friends help. I started to back it out. It got down the ramp (damn, I really fought it though and kept saying to myself that I should have waited and this was a stupid move.) So it gets down the ramp, shakily, oki doki. Back wheel is on the ground. So far so good. Confident then. AS soon as the front wheel comes off the ramp something goes awry and over she goes. Shoot. It is lying on it's side and no way can I pick it up. Damn, I even did a spectacular flying leap off the bike as it was going down (musta scored a 10 with the olympic judges hahahah). It took three of us to lift it. Ego shot. Confidence shot. Gin n tonic helped though. hahahah.
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Milos,
I was was always wondering what would happen if "that" happens. On which side did you lay the Boss. Is she sitting on the footpegs or the engine guard ? Any damage from just laying down ? Just curious. :)
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I laid it down on the left side. Unfortunately the driveway also sloped down that way too so the wheels were pointed up. ug. Slight scratch on the tank only. Lost lots of oil thru breather on left side. If I was not on a ramp, I am sure that it would only have rested on a peg for easy uprighting.
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I just finished putting a set of mirrors on stood the bike up to adjust them. Instinctively I put the kick stand up. Well when it came time to putting it back on the stand bingo no stand is down. The Boss Hoss went to the point of no return and I just eased it as best as possible. I looked nothing broke or bent so I said what the hell I'll just stand this bad boy up, hell I've done it with Harleys.. I started and started and started.. I finally stopped walked around the bike because I thought for sure it was caught on something in the garage.. Nope..it was just that heavey.. I went further back on the fender rail put my ass against the rear bent down and lifted with all leg power.. Well after almost dropping my testes I got it up right to almost drooping on the other side. I caught it in time, put the stand down, and went in for a cold one.. Three days later I thought I had a hernia my side was killing me..dumb? you bet it was!!!
 

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Fasteddie......THIS is my worst nightmare. Tipping the boss over. Haven't done it yet but did tip the Harley over a couple times. Glad you still have your balls attached!!!!

MAN ITS COLD HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Steve
 

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Well, we germans have to bring all kind of vehicles (cars, bikes, trucks, trailers, etc) to a technical safety check every two years to a institution called "TUV". It was time for the me and the Boss to visit such a TUV station in spring of 2003. The engineer carefully checked the Boss while a lot of spectators stood around the bike and asked all the ever repeating questions. Most of the guys were bikers, because the TUV station had only bikes to check this day. One of the guy's asked - "How heavy is it?" I answered "1100 lbs" - he said "Woow - what if you drop her? Can you pick her up alone?" I said "Don't know, fortunatly I never had to try that".......

Two minutes later I had to back her up a little to leave the TUV station, when I pushed her backwards with the rear tire on a very small edge (about 1" high) in a sharp angle. I wouldn't had done this if I would have seen the edge. I felt the bike falling over to the left side while I stood on
the right. Like Moby Dick I didn't wanted to leave my sinking boat alone and tried to "lay her down gently" - I didn't wanted to let her fallen down that hard. The next seconds showed me and the bike fallen down in slow motion. The whole situation ended up with the Boss laying on the ground and me laying atop of the bike! :lol:
Lot's of bikers were still present, but only one guy was willing to help. The
guy who asked me before if I would be able to pick her up alone immediatly came over to me (still laying on my bike :oops:).
After I stood up I was on the wrong side of the bike (tire-side). Then HE picked her up alone within seconds- just pulling the handle bar! He didn't looked stronger than I do, and it seemed to be an easy job for him. We both had to smile, and I said to him "Now you answered your question yourself - it can be done"
.....Not sure if I can do it as easy as he did it....?....
The bike had a small scratch at the crash bar and the foot peg was bend - oh, and my pride had some deep scratches, too....hehehehhe

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Yep. I've tipped it over a few times. Always to the right and on the peg.

First, I look around hoping no one saw me.

Then I look around to see if there is someone to help me. HeHe.

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Ok guys... I'll confess to this one. I have an '02 502. I also have a vinyl floor in my garage. I was pulling into my garage one warm day after a long ride. The overhead garage door went up, I burped the throttle to go in (slight curve to the 502 spot), tagged the brakes, the front wheel slipped upon braking, and the bike went down on its right side.... God help me... I'm 6 foot, 185 lbs, and this bike is over 1300 lbs. Gas is spilling everywhere, not sure from where. The petcock was closed, the caps were dry. I tried to lift it, would not budge. Could not get a good footing on a vinyl floor with gas all over. Vapors were coming off the headers, my fire extinguishers were only steps away. I expeditiously threw a sling over the ceiling rafters, and one onto the handle bars near the center. I attached a come-along to the two slings, dropped the side stand, and ratcheted the bike upright. Thankfully, no ignition of the gas everywhere. There are very limited lift points on a Boss that can take the weight. Everything is covered by body panels and I would hesitate putting a lot of pressure on the outside of the handlebars to lift the bike. I would love to know another way of lifting the bike if no on else is around. The clean up really stinks. Damage report: The bike has no damage at all. The bike rested on the right foot peg which did not bend. It has the curved washers on the foot peg sliders from MBH that place a greater surface area of pressure onto the frame. The bike rested on the peg only. Nothing else seems to touch the ground. I thought for sure the crash bar would hit the ground but it cleared. Had to replace 9 floor tiles, and a hefty dry cleaning bill for the leathers. No comments on the hit for the pride. This whole thing took less than 5 minutes from drop to upright. The smell of gas lingered for months. I learned my lesson. I now pull into the garage as straight and slow as possible. I also pull in in neutral, not first. The loopy idle of the 502 surges and wobbles the bike from the torque. I do this now at red lights too (approach in neutral). It’s probably better on the bike too... not to be shaken to death at a long red light. Live and learn... and sometimes share.

TJ
PS: 20 * and light snow...
 

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Okay, now, I don't feel so bad.

So far it appears that most of the time that we drop the Bh when near still! Some of you had no problems picking it up (must had yer spinach just before eh? hahahaa). Ya, the ego does take a big hit for sure. I dont' know how I would ever deal with a 1300 lb, 502 drop though. Would be kinda neato if there was a add-on design that attached to the frame that had sorta like telescopic tubes that one could use to bring the BH up in such a situation? Just a thought. I for one would buy such a device. Of course it would have to be nicely chromed up if it were attached to the BH or maybe stashed in a bag outa site (keeps our ego intact eh?). I have heard the saying "Not if but when your drop it"-ug). I put 18k miles on my BH before the drop. Maybe too much confidence eh? Pulling up to a stop now, I watch out for bumps or holes that could cause said event to happen. It only takes a small pebble or road irregularity to cause havoc. So watch out dudes. ha
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Last year at the rally.........first day.............riding with Adrain and a couple others. Stopped at the Cricket for a beverage, they were closed. All of the rain had left very deep ruts (3 to 6") in their lot which has a pretty good down slope to the highway. I knew it was an issue so I had Vicki stay off while I attempted to get it turned around and out to the pavement. Didn't work, got about half way down the drive hit a large rut, soft sand and gravel......over it went to the right. :cry:

Ended up sitting on the bottom of the NOS bottlte and the footpeg. Unfortunately the driveway was falling off to the same side as I tipped and it took 4 of us to get it upright.......No damage other than a scrape on the bottom of the NOS bottle..............and a lot of pride down the drain :?
Kinda ruined my week though......paranoid about it for the rest of the trip.
Now with the flat tire, I stay out of the dirt as much as possible.

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Now that I see that I'm not the only one who has had this misfortune, I guess I can spill the beans and confess. I knocked mine over in my garage trying to jack it up to get it vertical. As it was coming up straight, it went a little too far and kept going over to the right side. Fortunately it stopped on the peg at about a 45 degree angle. My fairing just clipped the licence plate on Darlene's Sportster and scratched it. ($300 to fix the paint), and that was the only damage. The gas tank was full, of course, so it was running out the overflow hose. I ran quick and got the vice grips to pinch off the end of the hose and there it sat. I didn't even try to pick it up. I phoned Bruce and he came over and helped me. I knew if I tried it myself I would probably get into trouble again and spend the next 2 weeks at the chiropractor. Another one of lifes little lessons!!!! :evil:
 

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Where are the lift points on the bike if it is laying on the ground? With the seat mounted the way it is and all the plastic around, I wouldn't know how to lift it. I haven't had mine long enough to find out yet and I'm dreading the day.
 

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Ricky,

Been told that if it goes over on the right side, guys have put out the kickstand, stood on the left foot peg and pulled on the left bar.....supposedly the kickstand keeps it from coming all the way over on the left. Never talked to anyone who actally said they tried it. Guess it sounds like most are lucky enough to have someone arond or just called a friend and waited. Most of the time they will not go beyond the footpegs.

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Bryan makes a good point . I tipped mine over to right in the garage a couple of years ago and was able to stand it back up by myself but while it was tipped over gas was running out the gas tank vent like crazy . It took me about 5 mins. to get it upright but in the mean time I had a puddle of gas about 6' in dia. on the floor . I think it would be a good idea to have a shut off valve of some sort on the vent hose even if it was under the bike at least you could get at it if the bike was laying over . I know I'm going to do this on mine . That was scarry .

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I've been told by Mark at the factory if you drop the Boss you start it up,put it in reverse, cut the handbars to one side and corkscrew it up in reverse. I have never tried it and couldn't do that in my garage because of the little room I had. The process seems very tricky to me but I've been told the Boss almost rights itself using this method without any real muscle into it..

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Can,t beleave I'm telling this one.

:D Karen and I were at the Honda Hoot, she was on her new custom painted Valk. It was raining cats and dogs, we were leaving a grass and mud parking lot with hundreds o * people around. You know how it is, everyone standing there waiting to see the 502 start up and asking the same old questions. What do you do if you drop it they asked? I said, look around there is always a crowd around to help.

Well I was scared the Karen was going to drop her new paint in all that mud, I was keeping a close eye on her. She rode out of there like a pro. I took off after her and got about 20 feet when I added some power and spun the tire. The boss did a 180 degree spin around my left leg and went to the ground in the mud. Bad enough that I'm in the mud with a 502 on my leg, but I have hundreds of people watching. :oops:

Well with all the help I had it was up in seconds and the Boss and I were covered in mud. With all the rain we were both clean but wet before we got back to the hotel. :roll:
 

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Patience please, while I ask again. Where do you put your hands to lift this heavy beast? I have dropped other bikes before and I've grabbed both the handlebars and the seat to stand the bike back up. I don't think the seat on my boss will support that much weight and there is only room for one to grab the handlebars....so, where are the lift points on the bike?
 

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Ricky,

On the newer full paneled bikes there aren't any.........don't drop it :lol:

If you do, you'll find all kinds of places to hang on to :oops: 8)

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If anyone is interested I found at NAPA the perfect inline fuel shut off valve for the vent hose in case you drop your bike and want to stop fuel from spilling out your vent hose . It is a plastic valve with hose barbs on each end that is made for a inline fuel shut off valve for small engines . Should work perfect in the end of you vent hose or inline somewhere where you can get at it in case she goes over .
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