“Have you ever lost your balance while stopped and your bike fell over?”
This article will take a look at the topic of how to stand up a fallen motorcycle.
I know you might think it's too tough to get your heavy bike back up if it falls over!
But, once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to stand up even a large motorcycle, so let's go over it together!
I hope you will stick with us to the end of this article for other important points to remember after your motorcycle falls down.
1. Before Standing up Your Motorcycle
1.1 Turn the key to OFF
Make sure you turn the key to the OFF position, because leaving the engine running is dangerous.
Even if the engine is not running, be sure to turn the key to the OFF position because if the key is in the ON position, the engine start button could be accidentally pressed, starting the engine.
1.2 Put the motorcycle in gear (if the bike has fallen to the left)
Putting your motorcycle in gear will prevent the bike from moving back and forth, making it easier to stand the body up.
1.3 Extend the side stand and hold the front brake (if the bike has fallen to the right)
By extending the side stand, you avoid the risk of the bike falling over again from excess momentum when standing it up.
Holding the front brake will prevent the bike from moving back and forth, making it easier to stand the bike up.
1.4 Grip the body at the grips and the frame under the tandem seat
If the bike has fallen over to the left, grip the left handlebar grip with your left hand, and grip the frame under the tandem seat with your right hand.
You can also grip the grab bar or some other easily gripped part of the bike with your right hand, if available. Shapes vary from bike to bike, so try to find an easy place to grip.
2. How to Stand up a Fallen Motorcycle
2.1 Stay close to the motorcycle
If your body is too far from the bike, your power will not be well-transmitted to the body. Make sure to press your chest tightly against the seat.
2.2 Use leg power to stand the bike up in a single motion
While arm strength is needed to stand a motorcycle up, leg strength is even more essential.
Lift the bike up in a single motion, pushing up more with your legs than with your arms.
2.2 Things to avoid
If you aren't close to the bike, you will be reliant only on arm strength and much more will be needed to stand it up. This may cause physical injury.
3. Check Your Motorcycle's Condition
Once you have stood up your motorcycle, check its condition before you ride it again.
In addition to checking the following, going through the "Daily Inspection" article published in August would give you full peace of mind.
・ Does the engine start?
・ Are any of the levers or pedals broken?
・ Are there any broken or cracked lights?
If you find any problems, please contact your nearest Honda dealer.
In this issue, we introduced what you should do if your motorcycle falls over while stopped.
No matter how careful you are, you can still fall, so be sure you know what to do so you can act calmly and without panic after a fall!