In the totality of your riding career, there will be at least once or twice where the situation will demand that you have to lift fallen motorcycle from the ground, due to whatever reason. Most often than not, such situations will be a regularity for those who have more confidence exceeding their skill and those who do wish to learn from mistakes.
With a fallen motorcycle lying on its side, there are many factors that a rider would need to consider before trying to pick it up. A motorcycle is, after all, a heavy machine that would require a bit of thinking, planning and forethought to pick up from the ground. This planning can be attributed to the fact that there are specific techniques for lifting a bike safely, which should be looked into.
It is safer to not try and lift a fallen motorcycle until you have seen the technique demonstrated by any qualified instructor. It can be dangerous to lift a heavy machine for your body, which may have its own specifications and limitations. Remember, you do not want to get yourself hurt.
So it is advisable to take a time to plan to lift because just like riding, the strength of lifting the motorcycle is also mostly mental in nature. You need to assess the compatibility of your strength before trying something as risky. Now before we guide you through our detailed steps to lift a bike safely, we would also suggest that you assess certain factors such as the area and the motorcycle itself for a few details.
In case you have had a minor accident are safe and now want to save your two-wheeler, first get into a safe position yourself and from there, take stock of the situation. Check if your bike is on the road and whether picking it up there would be safe or not.
If not, then it is better for you to wait for any traffic police to notice and come or at least wait until traffic has stopped around you, before you try to lift the bike.
You could also ask some onlookers to help you, as most would be willing. But it would be better to warn the non-riders who help you about all the hot, sharp and breakable parts of the bike and you will need to show them clearly as to how you want them to help and where you want them to lift.
You should be careful that they don’t lift improperly and injure themselves.
Once near the bike, it is advisable to shut off the motorcycle by using the engine cut-off switch or the ignition switch. Then, turn off the fuel supply valve of the bike, provided it has one. You could turn over the bike and check if it is damaged and how that will affect the lifting.
If you find that a little fuel is leaking due to the impact, then do not worry for it is normal for a little fuel to drip out. However, if you feel that the leak is too much, better move away and wait for someone to aid you.
If the motorcycle is lying on its right side, put the side-stand down and put the bike in gear. If it’s lying on its left side, you must understand that you can’t put the side-stand down first as that way the bike may roll onto you as you lift.
Having assessed these aspects, let us now move on to the main steps on lifting your motorcycle:
Steps to Pick a Fallen Motorcycle:
Step 1: The first step is to make sure that the engine is off. If it is not, hit the kill engine switch. Now see if the motorcycle is down on its right side and if it is, put your side/kick stand down.
Step 2: Now, you might want to walk around the motorcycle making finally sure the motorcycle isn’t leaking any fluids or having any damage that would make lifting it risky. And also make sure that there is no rock or debris around to avoid inconvenience.
Step 3: Ensure that your bike is in gear mode to prevent it from rolling once you start lifting it upright.
Step 4: Now, turn the handlebars to full lock with the front wheel pointing to the ground. One handgrip renders you close to the gas tank, right where you want it.
Step 5: After this, squat gently with your butt/lower back against the bike seat. Even though the bike may rock a bit underneath you, do not get concerned.
Step 6: With one hand of yours, grab the hand-grip closest to your bike.
Step 7: With the other hand, grab any hard part of the bike such as the saddle bag guards or the frame or the fender but be careful to avoid the hot and soft parts. Usage of gloves would be useful, if necessary.
Step 8: Having done the spadework, it is now time to lift the bike. While lifting, always use your leg muscles. Firmly lock your arms and take very small steps backwards, keeping your back straight. Remember to maintain control of the bike and not twist your body while lifting.
Step 9: It would be wise to rock the bike a little to get some momentum
Step 10: Make sure not to lift too much and flip the bike onto its other side! Once upright, carefully put the side stand of the bike down with one foot and lean the bike safely onto its side-stand. Now that you have lifted it, all you have to do is check for damage before you ride it again.
These simple steps given by us can be adhered to at all times by you to comfortably lift your motorcycle if it has fallen anywhere. But we would be very much relieved if you do not do this at the cost of your lives. For the sake of your bike, do not compromise your safety. Always remember first safe you, then safe bike. With this endeavour, we take leave in the prayer that you do not need to use this guide much and that you have safe journeys. Happy Riding!