How to Pick Up a Dropped Motorcycle

There’s nothing more disheartening for a rider than a dropped motorcycle, regardless of whether it was due to an accident or something small like forgetting to put down the stand when you get off (yes, it’s been done).

Harsh reality is that most riders drop their bike at some point after getting their bike license, and while there will often be someone around to lend some muscle, that may not always be the case, so it’s worth learning how to do it yourself.

The first thing to do is assess the situation, and it’s all about working smarter rather than harder.  If you’ve hurt yourself when you dropped it, getting the bike upright isn’t the priority, so sort yourself out first.  If you’re fine, turn off the engine using the ignition or the engine cut off switch and make sure you stay clear of the hot exhaust. You will not be able to put the side stand down if the motorbike fell to its left, but you can if it dropped on its right so lift it skyward and put it in gear.

With your back against the bike, position the handlebars to lock mode with the front tire facing down. The bike is easy to lift until you reach an ideal balancing point, which is usually located between the engine, foot peg, the two tires or the engine. Lifting the bike from there will be the most strenuous on your body and will require all its help.

Plant your feet firmly on the ground, and grab the frame with your hands, and avoid the exhaust pipe. Extend your legs and use small steps to gently push the bike upright, and ensure you are pressed against the seat, and your back is upright. Be slow and careful because the last thing you want is for the bike to rollover to the other side, which will be a waste of your efforts.

That’s all there is to it; park the bike safely and get it evaluated professionally for any damages.

If you find you’re a bit nervous about getting back on your bike after an accident, remember you can always book in for a one-on-one refresher lesson to get your confidence up again.

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