Speaking to a fellow biker in bike bay looking at his shiny new Hornet (nice italian styling there mate) chatting for a bit about bikes and stuff, got on fired up said “ride safe!” and pulled away.
Yes I left the disc lock on. Over she went, felt it go, tried to hold her, it went too far but i managed to take most of the weight and gently put it on its side.
Zero damage, disc is fine, caliper fine, fairing fine, minor scratch to crash bung, mirror stalk and top box, dented pride.
The fellow biker looked worried and asked if i was ok. I managed to pick the bike up and check it out. “Only hurt ego over here matey!” Note to self - dont get distracted when getting on bike and forget to take disc lock off.
On another note ive just bought SBK07 for the PS2. Its pretty good!
Alarmed locks are not to discourage thieves, they are alarmed to stop numpties riding off with the lock on! At least that is my philosophy! Almost did it last week but the alarm saved me. I also make a point of taking the lock off on first approaching the bike - before I do anything else - but like you, last week I got distracted from my normal routine.
Oh yes been there, didn’t drop the bike mind but did snap the speedo cable as the disc lock came around and clouted it, and it was in front of a lot of people as we left the car park at the Beaulieu bike show in the New Forest, most embarrassing!
Mind you the following year we saw someone else do exactly the same thing, dropped the bike, picked it up feeling suitably embarrassed, got back on it and went to pull away, luckily someone stopped him and pointed out that the disc lock was still on, I think he put it down to slipping on the grass until he realised…DOH!!
sounds like you got off lightly mate, the last (and only) time i did that i managed 38 feet before the bike fell over… had just done 16 hours straight at work and couldnt work out why my bike was juddering! new disc, new caliper,new lower fork leg. the repair cost me more than the bike did lol. my advice? park with your front wheel against something (kerb or wall) so you have to move the bike before you can ride it.
i have and me missus learnt the hard way not to wear shorts on the bike. luckily the bike didnt fall right over i noticed sort of in time, her foot slipped off the pillion peg and her leg sort of got caught on the exhaust and it sort and melted/glued her leg to it, lol, oop’s sorry i mean ouch!
Just thoguht it was a normal burn and she did not bother with the hospital till after the bubble burst and it started ooozing green puss etc.