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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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One thing I have been wondering since I started riding

Back when I was logging in my first few miles on a bike, I wondered about one thing.

Lets say you are riding around a somewhat major street relatively close to home, and all of a sudden the bike for one reason or another dies. Rather than wait forever for a trailer pickup from a kind friend, can you "walk" the bike home?

On the CB I once popped the main fuse 6 blocks from the garage and it was painless to push it back on the side of the road since all I dealt with was sidestreets. Lets say this happened on something a tad bigger, like Milwaukee or something.

1. Pushing it back on the side of the road will be dangerous since a driver can easily not pay attention and splat you.

2. I am pretty sure you can't push it back on the sidewalk

Seems like in this case, you are better off pushing it to the nearest parking lot and hoping your buddy with a trailer picks up, or if you are lucky, pushing it off to a sidestreet and navigating home that way.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 03-25-2010, 12:19 AM
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Why can't you push it back on the sidewalk? I wouldn't hesitate if I felt it necessary, and safer than pushing it down the side of the road.

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When I first got my bike it died about a mile from home. A friend and I ended up pushing it on the sidewalk all the way home and I wasn't bothered by anyone. It's probably not legal to have a motor vehicle on the sidewalk, but maybe if you explained to a cop they may understand.
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AMA membership includes roadside assistance on your vehicle(s) & bike(s) with one quick phone call. Even includes trailer rescues.
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Pushed bikes back on the sidewalk before. Cops never even bothered me.

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If your bike is breaking down like that then you probly should of just bought a gixxer.

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AMA membership includes roadside assistance on your vehicle(s) & bike(s) with one quick phone call. Even includes trailer rescues.
That's good stuff there I wonder how many people have forgoten that little bit of info.

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My GS500 literally snapped the chain about 1 mile from home, I pushed it the whole way... wasn't fun but very doable.

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My GS500 literally snapped the chain about 1 mile from home, I pushed it the whole way... wasn't fun but very doable.
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had that happened when I was relearning how to ride on a buddy's bike, and he had the battery cables really loose.

died on me. So i pushed it on the sidewalk at about 11pm at night.

cops asked if i was stealing another bike.

I said, yup, dave13 still hasn't bought me portillos.




I just told, them the bike broke down, and they took off.
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Huh, interesting. I thought that cops would give you shit for pushing a bike on the sidewalk.
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shit in florida my kickstand kill switch was intermittantly shorting making the bike die and seriously freak me out since I was new to riding. I got the bike started again and drove on the sidewalk to the dealership. Got some funny looks but was left alone.

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its only illegal to operats a motorvehicle on the sidewalk, pushing it isnt considered operation

id not hesitate to push it on the sidewalk

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Picture this.
Its early November, 2:30am, 40 degrees, raining and pushing an '87 FZR1000, three miles.

sucks

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I pushed my Electra Glide...........ONCE! Only for about 1/2 mile, and it sucked. Too bulky, and weighing in at about 820 pounds, makes for no fun.

Sidewalk shouldn't be an issue if you're broke down though.

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Why can't you push it back on the sidewalk? I wouldn't hesitate if I felt it necessary, and safer than pushing it down the side of the road.
+1

I wouldn't hesitate to push it on the sidewalk if I had to. I'd rather get talked to by a cop then get run over by a truck.

Its not like your gonna hurt a pedistrian by pushing a dead motorcycle

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2. I am pretty sure you can't push it back on the sidewalk
Last year i was on LSD with a group doing a blow up doll ride. I stalled, bad batt, wouldn't start. I pushed the fucker on the sidewalk while my homies continued. I tried push starting on the sidewalk for about 5-7 minutes, with a blow up doll strapped to my back no less, and had no issues. The crossing guard was even nice enough to stop traffic to enable me to get back on LSD.

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AMA membership includes roadside assistance on your vehicle(s) & bike(s) with one quick phone call. Even includes trailer rescues.
Just to clarify...This service is not automatic with all AMA memberships. It is free but you have to sign up for it (except Life Members, which includes me, Life members have to pay...something exclusive for Life Members is in the proposal stage)
Contact the AMA office and they will explain how it works...It IS a great member benefit, it covers every vehicle you own and your family. It's such a good program I dropped the motor club I had for years and gladly paid the AMA the $39 dues to be covered in spite of being a life member.
EZ to get the info, call 1 800 AMA-JOIN and dial "O" and tell them you want to make sure you have roadside assistance with your membership.

This post is not and should not be taken as an official statement from the AMA.

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Picture this.
Its early November, 2:30am, 40 degrees, raining and pushing an '87 FZR1000, three miles.

sucks
+1

Middle of July, 93 degrees, Jacket, gloves and helmet, Pushing a GSXR 750 1.5 miles.

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Last year i was on LSD with a group doing a blow up doll ride.
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Just to clarify...This service is not automatic with all AMA memberships. It is free but you have to sign up for it (except Life Members, which includes me, Life members have to pay...something exclusive for Life Members is in the proposal stage)
Contact the AMA office and they will explain how it works...It IS a great member benefit, it covers every vehicle you own and your family. It's such a good program I dropped the motor club I had for years and gladly paid the AMA the $39 dues to be covered in spite of being a life member.
EZ to get the info, call 1 800 AMA-JOIN and dial "O" and tell them you want to make sure you have roadside assistance with your membership.

This post is not and should not be taken as an official statement from the AMA.
They way I read the terms, you "must" agree to a yearly auto-renew. I run my balances way to close to risk having them pull cash at the wrong time.

So, that means I dont have it. But I would be willing to pay an extra $10 to get it.

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^^^ I know that auto renew is a requirement of the free roadside assistance. I wasn't there when it was set up, but the idea is an incentive to retain members. To the best of my knowledge that's the only way to get it.
The only thing I could suggest is call and ask if there is any other way to secure the benefit (I don't think there is but staff would know for sure) or, mark your calender and make sure you save $39 in reserve on your balance when your membership is coming due.

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Ever try to push a bike with a flat tire? not fun.
Who says you have to push it. My friend proved you can ride 60 miles on a flat back to civilization. I would NOT recommend it though.

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