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It's something I used to do a lot of on my previous bike but noticed I'm not doing it on the Valkyrie. That's because it's just so much fun to ride on the open road! But I've made a commitment to calling in at an empty parking lot each time I go out and doing some tight figure eight stuff. Interesting experience so far - very different feel to previous bikes. And shows me how much I need the practice :nerd:
 

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I've been wanting to practice this sort of thing as well but I'm scared to drop my pretty new bike. It's the nicest and most expensive thing I own. Lol.

Maybe if I could get crash bars around my saddle bags like those police bikes have, I wouldn't be so worried about it.
 

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FYI I have dropped mine at slow speed. Too lazy to take my feet off the highway pegs and was doing heavy braking down a slope. All was good until I hit that little tiny insignificant patch of gravel and the front wheel stepped out and I rolled across the road. I still remember thinking firstly "wtf" followed by "well no need to worry about the pipes anymore".



The only thing damaged was my pride. Unless you count the crash bar but it already had scratches on it from the car stands and where the scratches were you wouldn't notice. We even pulled up about 10k's down the road to check it again and yep... nothing.


I have since scratched the pipes and the crash bars but not from dropping it.
 

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I've been wanting to practice this sort of thing as well but I'm scared to drop my pretty new bike....
Yeah, know what you mean. Just start with big lazy circles and decrease them VERY gradually. Don't even try and reach "tight" the first time out on the lot. Do it over days. Or weeks. What's the rush? Just commit to at least doing something each time you go out. After a few weeks or so you (and me) should be doing pretty tight turns with no fear at all :)
 

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FYI I have dropped mine at slow speed. Too lazy to take my feet off the highway pegs and was doing heavy braking down a slope. All was good until I hit that little tiny insignificant patch of gravel and the front wheel stepped out and I rolled across the road. I still remember thinking firstly "wtf" followed by "well no need to worry about the pipes anymore".



The only thing damaged was my pride. Unless you count the crash bar but it already had scratches on it from the car stands and where the scratches were you wouldn't notice. We even pulled up about 10k's down the road to check it again and yep... nothing.


I have since scratched the pipes and the crash bars but not from dropping it.
Lol you have better luck than me my friend. I once laid my xr650l down while off road. I wasn't even moving, I was just getting off my bike. The kick stand slid off the rock it was on, into the sand, and over my bike went. No big deal, it's a dual sport with plastic everything. Except for the rock that somehow found its way passed my skid plate, right into the side of my engine's stator case. Lost all my oil right there.

I replaced the case with a spare from a junk yard and not even two weeks later I was at a bank depositing money when a woman on a mobility scooter backed into my bike, knocking it over. The corner of the curb somehow found its way passed my skid plate and right into the side of the stator case. Lost all my oil right there.

Junk yard didn't have anymore cases so I patched the hole with JB weld. It's been holding for 3 years now.

So yeah, I don't trust laying my valkyrie down at all. Not without some major upgrades in protection.
 

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I've had 6. I laid down 5 and all was at LOW speed.

Nope! I am not going to practice riding this stinkin valk at low speed cause will do no good. :laugh:
 
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