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Riding => CDAs => Topic started by: shenandoahvalley on November 20, 2013, 07:45:01 pm

Title: You're starting to scare me
Post by: shenandoahvalley on November 20, 2013, 07:45:01 pm
After reading all the stories about Connies falling over you are starting to scare...Bum Phillips said there were two types of NFL coaches, thems thats been fired and thems that gonna be...I am begining to feel like there are two types of Connie riders, thems that fell over and thems thats gonna.  I haven't gotten my new to me C10 yet, pick it up in about a week.  Are these things really so top heavy and fall over that easy?  Any signs to watch for...I've been riding for about 50 years and been down three times...all slow speed drops.  Mostly just hurt my ego but at my age I'm not looking forward to dropping another bike.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: MrPepsi on November 21, 2013, 10:36:59 am
No, it just so happens we have a thread about it. THere are plenty out there that have never dropped a Connie. I never dropped my C10, but I have dropped my C14 three times. Just be careful in parking lots, doing tight uturns for parking spots, do lots of parking lot speed practice, and you'll be fine. I'm 6' 2", 180 lbs, and I picked up my C14 all three times by myself, so it just ain't that intimidating either.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: shenandoahvalley on November 21, 2013, 01:25:04 pm
Brent, thanks for the reassurance.  My Kawi cruiser is kind of a slug at slow speeds also, so I am a little used to it.  Haven't picked up the Connie yet but I am really excited about trying something besides a cruiser.  I think I got a good deal on a good used bike and I'm like a kid at Christmas waiting to try it out.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: RFH87_Connie on November 21, 2013, 01:29:57 pm
Like Brent said, it doesn't really happen that often.  If you read most of them (including mine) it usually happens when you are doing something you really shouldn't be doing, or you got careless with your skills, or worse yet, you're tired or half asleep.  The high center of gravity on the C-10 will try to get unsuspecting riders at these times.  Once it starts, unlike a lot of bikes, you're not going to stop it.  You may slow it down, but it is going down.

I was tired after working around the house and on the bike all day.  I rolled backwards out of the garage and forgot to put the kickstand up.  As I turned left cresting the garage slab and driveway seam, the kick stand touched and pushed the bike to the right.  The driveway really drops away.  I slowed it, but she went down anyway.  No real damage.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: stevewfl on November 21, 2013, 01:43:39 pm
>80,000 miles and I haven't dropped mine (yet), but thats only because KiPass has the mad pow-ahs  ;D
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: gtr a14 on November 26, 2013, 05:37:07 pm
After reading all the stories about Connies falling over you are starting to scare...Bum Phillips said there were two types of NFL coaches, thems thats been fired and thems that gonna be...I am begining to feel like there are two types of Connie riders, thems that fell over and thems thats gonna.  I haven't gotten my new to me C10 yet, pick it up in about a week.  Are these things really so top heavy and fall over that easy?  Any signs to watch for...I've been riding for about 50 years and been down three times...all slow speed drops.  Mostly just hurt my ego but at my age I'm not looking forward to dropping another bike.
On my third c10 and aint dropped one yet  ;D
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: shenandoahvalley on November 26, 2013, 05:47:43 pm
Thanks folks...I do feel a little better.  I pick the bike up on the 3rd and am really looking forward to it.  I hope its more comfortable than the cruiser I now ride.  Even though I have added some farkles including a Mustang seat to the cruiser I am only good for about 250 miles a day.  I am expecting the Connie to up that a bit.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: MrPepsi on November 26, 2013, 06:11:56 pm
I predict love at first ride.
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: martin_14 on June 11, 2014, 07:03:25 am
>80,000 miles and I haven't dropped mine (yet), but thats only because KiPass has the mad pow-ahs  ;D

no doubt. What else?  ;)
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: JoeRau on June 11, 2014, 07:51:34 am
Only time my C10 went down was when my dog crashed into the front wheel.... It was on the center stand, I was sitting on the floor next to the bike adding oil before leaving for a trip in the morning.  Also was talking on the phone and using a flashlight since the lights in my garage are terrible! 
Dog came running in from outside, crashed into the front wheel, tipped the C10 over ON ME!  I think my mother was not happy with the words that followed....
Only casualty was the mirror. 

C14 remains upright to this day... 355 days of ownership so far on this one...
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: Conrad on June 11, 2014, 08:36:47 am
Only time my C10 went down was when my dog crashed into the front wheel.... It was on the center stand, I was sitting on the floor next to the bike adding oil before leaving for a trip in the morning.  Also was talking on the phone and using a flashlight since the lights in my garage are terrible! 
Dog came running in from outside, crashed into the front wheel, tipped the C10 over ON ME!  I think my mother was not happy with the words that followed....
Only casualty was the mirror. 

C14 remains upright to this day... 355 days of ownership so far on this one...

At least your bike fell on something soft...    ;)
Title: Re: You're starting to scare me
Post by: Rhino on June 11, 2014, 08:44:07 am
I've only owned 4 bikes but have dropped every one of them at least once. Foot slipped on some oil in the garage, foot slipped on some sand at an intersection, incompetent riding in sand. The latest on my Connie was parked on a slope and didn't have enough left lean. Went over to the right while I was walking away. Engine guards/tip over protection is my friend.