Last summer I dropped the F650 once, and nearly dropped it a couple other times. Someone backed into it in our condo parking lot and pushed it over. Another time, the bike shelter blew over, taking the bike with it, although it didn’t go all the way down. I hadn’t ridden in many years and was essentially a new rider in this respect.
There typically isn’t a lot of damage, if any, when it goes down, but any damage is annoying and replacement parts costs are not trivial.
I learned not to park the bike where someone might back into it. It has a fairly dark cover and in the wee hours of the morning someone leaving for work might not notice it. I think a lot of seemingly hostile behavior from other drivers is just a matter of not seeing the bike.
We are building a small house near the condo and I have the bike shelter there. I anchored the shelter to keep it upright in a blow. I hope to have better accommodations for the bike by this winter. I tend to ride it whenever I can, so I don’t want to put it in deep storage.
Which brings me to the subject of me dropping the bike while on it. No one else to blame. When the bike is stopped, or nearly stopped, it is easy to balance it and keep it balanced as long as you pay attention and don’t let it tip too far. The further you tip it the more horizontal force is needed to keep it from falling. At some point, it is too much and the bike goes down. After a year of riding, though, I think my brain is now working automatically in the background to keep the bike up. Before, I think I wouldn’t respond soon enough, especially when I was trying to maneuver the bike and keeping it upright was secondary. I would let it go too far, and then not respond quick enough.
This past winter I had it on ice several times and it didn’t go down because I was paying close attention and being very careful. Also, I was getting used to horsing the bike around the yard with no speed to stabilize it.
It will be interesting to see if the bike goes down at all from here on out.