There are many reasons why your motorcycle could be lying on its side. It can be because you fell off, dismounted in a hurry, or an external force made it lose its balance. Most motorcycle riders will have to pick up their bike every once in a while, but the goal is to learn from the previous mistakes. Some riders, especially new riders, trust more in confidence than in skills and this causes them to make the same mistake time and time again.
Just below we are going to help walk you through How to Pick Up a Fallen Motorcycle in 6 Easy Steps, but you need to know some precautions first.
When faced with the challenge of picking up your motorcycle, there are several factors you must consider before even attempting to pick up the bike.
Why you might be asking?
Picking up a motorcycle is not as simple as carrying all the groceries in one journey. On average most motorcycles weigh between 200-400 lbs! That’s not such a light bag, is it? Of course not! That’s why riders need to understand the technical skills and planning for picking up a fallen motorcycle. To avoid any possible injury from incorrect form.
It’s true, we too know that traumatic feeling you get when you see your bike laying helplessly on the ground for the first time. However, you need to fight the instinct of rushing into picking up your fallen comrade.
Try to calm down and take a minute to ask yourself some questions like:
“Am I injured? “
If yes, am I too injured to lift my bike myself? Am panicking? Or anxious? The answers of the above questions would determine if you would do it yourself or try asking for extra help. If you are not injured, great, and if you’re anxious or panicking, you need to calm down. When you get these feelings out of the way, you can then analyze the area and see if it’s safe to pick up your motorcycle. Don’t make the situation worse by disregarding your safety.
Safety, like what?
Are you on a busy road? Would
Additionally, you need to be asking yourself: Is road is wet or slippery? Will you have a firm grip with your foot? Are you on a downslope?
It’s crucial you analyze the state of where your bike fell because an inclined surface can be dangerous. Do not try to lift your bike by yourself if you find you’re in any of the above situations, call for help, pedestrians or other drivers are almost always willing to help a fallen rider.
When onlookers offer to help, remember to warn them about sharp, breakable or hot parts of your bike. Show them exactly how you want them to help you and where you want them to lift. This can save them from getting injured while trying to help you.
Now that we have the necessary precautions out of the way, let us get into the main topic, How to Pick Up Your Motorcycle in 6 Easy Steps.
Like lifting any other heavy object, the key to success is using your strongest muscles – your legs. If you try using your back muscles, you’re risking having a severe injury. When picking up your motorcycle use these six easy steps to success:
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Turn off your ignition, and make sure you put your bike in gear to prevent movement. Then turn the handlebar toward the direction of the fall— if your bike fell on its left side, turn the handlebar to the left and if it’s on the right, turn to the right side.
Try to back up your bike with your butt position right at the middle of the seat.
Squat and try reaching for the handlebar. Hold the grip of your bike found at the low side — if your bike is lying on the left, take hold of the left grip with your right hand.
Use your other free hand to hold any other hard part or frame of your motorcycle (go as low as possible)
Make sure your feet are firmly placed together, lift your chin and look ahead – This technique would help straighten your back to prevent back injuries.
Now push your bike up with your butt as you walk your way up by taking little steps backward. Be careful not to lift too much and flip your bike onto its other side! Once your bike is upright, carefully pull down the side stand with one foot. Your motorcycle may be difficult to start when you get it back on its feet. That’s normal, but you still have to check for any damages before you ride your bike again.
One thing about learning is, you will make mistakes. It’s part of the learning process and even experienced riders still make mistakes. The goal should be to analyze those errors you made and devise a plan, so it doesn’t happen again. If your bike fell because your riding skills didn’t match up or because you made a judgmental error, learn from those errors and try to improve your skills.
Remember, your skill level should always be higher than your comfort level. Practice makes perfect, right? So, keep up the good work and avoid taking unnecessary risk.