So you dropped your bike and no one was there to help you lift it up. Here's how to do it when you are all alone:

Unfortunately, this is not the kind of thing you want to go out and practice, and hopefully its not something you will ever need to do. However, chances are good that at some point your bike will fall over for some reason. Since you can't practice it, and you may eventually need it, try to remember these simple steps:

  1. Check yourself for damage. Often in a situation like this, the adrenaline is flowing and you might not notice that you have a nasty cut or serious injury. Failure to take care of yourself before your bike may make things worse for your situation.

  2. Remove any extras from the bike that you can, including bags, passenger, cargo etc...

  3. Turn the wheel to full-lock towards the ground. If the bike is on its left side, turn left, and if its on the right, turn right.

  4. Leave it in gear. If possible, put it in first gear, but this may only be possible if its down on the right side.

  5. Squat down with your legs almost fully extended. Put your butt/lower back into the seat. Place one hand on the right grip and grab the brake, place the other hand at your side under the seat or on the rear rack.

  6. Start pushing into the bike by extending your legs for the initial lift, and then start moving your feet backwards in small steps. Use the tires to anchor the bike, and in essence your are rotating the bike's center of gravity, not lifting it. Keep your feet as flat on the ground as possible for traction.

  7. The bike will rise up as it rotates. Be careful to go slowly, as once it passes the 1/2 way mark, its gets markedly easier. You do not want to push the bike very rapidly so that it falls the other way! You can imagine that with the bike behind you, it would be very difficult to keep it upright if it started to fall the other way. Therefore, you should always keep it leaning into you, just as you do when pushing it.

  8. Once the bike is near vertical, turn your body towards the front of the bike and grab the grips. If you are on the left, this is easy and you can then put down the side-stand. If you are on the right side of the bike, rotate into the bike. This is more difficult and you will have to move quickly as you balance the bike.  Once its stable, mount the bike from the right-side, put down the side stand, and then dismount.

  9. Check for damage on the bike. If there is gasoline everywhere, clean it up and/or give it time to evaporate before starting the bike. Give yourself some time to collect your wits and calm down before riding away. Also, its a good idea to ensure that your turn signals and lights are working properly, and if they are broken, ride accordingly.