Safe Riding

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get up - How to Lift a Fallen Motorcycle

Written by  April 30, 2006

So you’ve dumped your bike and the only thing hurt is your pride. This usually happens only when there are at least a dozen or more other riders standing right there watching you...right?

Your first thought may be to let out a hearty laugh and muscle your bike up as quickly as possible so you can ride off into the sunset, never be seen again.

This may seem like the best thing to do at the time to save face, however, picking up your bike the wrong way can cause serious injury and put an end to your pain-free riding forever if you don’t do it right.

Most of the time if there are other riders in the vicinity they will immediately run over and help you out, however, if there isn’t anyone there to help you lift your bike, here is the proper technique for getting your bike upright:

Step 1: Turn the handlebars all the way to the left if it fell over on its left side or all the way to the right if it fell over on its right side, squat down with your butt or lower back against the motorcycle seat, keep your back straight, your head up, and place your feet about a foot apart.

Step 2: With one hand, grasp the handgrip, keep your wrist straight, and with your other hand, grip the motorcycle frame or any solid part.

Step 3: Lift with your legs by taking small steps backwards while pressing against the seat with your butt and keeping your back straight.

Step 4: Make sure not to lift your bike past its center of gravity or you’ll flip it over on its other side, which can be very embarrassing and not really good on those new chrome accessories you’ve been bragging to your buddies about!

By Mike Schweder