Wingin’ It: Picking Up Your Fallen Wing

August 17, 2017 - 12:21 PM


Disclaimer: strongly recommends that you DO NOT try to lift your Goldwing to an upright position on your own, especially if you have a history of health issues (back, knee, etc.) or are currently experiencing health problems. Ask for help. The following article (including videos) is for entertainment only. It is not authorized technical data. 

In a recent post, It’s All About Safety: Why We Crash – How One Study Can Help Us Ride Safe, we discovered that a lot of motorcyclists tend to drop their bikes at some point. At least that’s what this study suggested. This also happens to be a big fear for some Goldwing riders, understandably so, since it’s so heavy. Some may feel a certain amount of embarrassment, but you are not the first nor the last to do it.

Another aspect to accidentally dropping your Wing is the damage it may cause. You love your Goldwing and want to keep it in pristine condition for as long as humanly possible. To be honest, when laid down there will most likely be some degree of damage but usually pretty negligible. We’re talking about dropping it at low or no speed here. More often than not, your Wing will make contact with the ground in two spots: the engine guard and crash bar.

The first thing to keep in mind when dropping your Wing is that it’s not that big of a deal as long as you and your co-rider are okay. As I stated above, lots of Wingers have done it, even more are afraid of doing it and plenty riders will do it in the future. There are even a handful of YouTube videos about it with millions of views so that should tell you something. We’ve included them in this blog. These clips do a bang-up job explaining how to lift your Wing to its upright position so take a look and let us know what you think!

As always, ride safe!

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August 17, 2017 - 12:49 PM
Whoever that fellow is with the yellow motorcycle he should be informed that HE SHOULD PUT THE BIKE IN GEAR before he begins to stand the Goldwing up so the bike won't roll away from him!! Also, he should have mentioned to his onlookers that if they were to stand the bike up when the bike is on its other side the rider should put the sidestand down before they start lifting the bike. Tim Istvan GWRRA # 312456
August 17, 2017 - 12:51 PM
Nice to see you were on carpeting for the demonstration. It should be noted that this is normally easier for a woman as they are generally shorter than men. Also, your butt should be in the side of the seat and not on top of it. I'm not sure about using the reverse as we were told that it can sometimes malfunction and not release after turning the key back on by it is a good tip. Try leaving the key on while raising the bike.

Thanks Rick.
August 17, 2017 - 01:13 PM
Good videos. Tim, thank you for your comments. Generally, a rider will experience a "stop and drop" when coming to a stop and not paying attention or slipping on some loose gravel. All I the videos I have seen show folks picking them up with ideal, level conditions. Yes, itworks. However, at my age, and I generally ride alone, I have a small sissor jack that I have modified to assist me if I need it. Hope I never need it. Fiddlefoot GWRRA # 304531
August 17, 2017 - 03:32 PM
Also NOTE the technique is great for removing wheels if laid on the right side. Especially the rear wheel. One doesn't need to remove the rear fender and the lug nuts are easily accessed. See videos on Youtube.

On can also remove the front wheel at the same time. The fork lock is helpful. One only needs to remove the right caliber cover and spread both sides brake pads a little. Remove the a right caliber.

Remove axle and slide wheel free.

This work well if one is changing both tires and taking them to a shop to change tires.
August 17, 2017 - 04:28 PM
I worked as a motor office a couple years. If you pull the handle bar to point the front tire up it will come up easier. Use the legs as shown, just point the tire up. As the bike hits balanced step over holding the front break. Most downed bikes are to the left because the kick stand doesn't get down or the bike rolls of it. The front wheel trick works from either side.
August 17, 2017 - 07:06 PM
I suspect everyone has dropped their wing at least once, or you probably will, hopefully no one is hurt. Great video great technique. The worst of most soft drops is embarrasment. Lol
August 18, 2017 - 10:41 AM
Thanks for all the great comments and feedback!
September 1, 2017 - 11:04 PM
I'm up to seven. Two with a rider, three with assistance. Doesn't matter much if you're facing the bike or backwards, technique is the same. Use your legs, not your back.

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