Almost dropped it! Lesson learned.
I had a close call yesterday! I was leaving the house and following my usual routine. Open gate - pull through the gate - get off the bike - close gate. The first week I had my Rebel I made sure I was looking down and had the kickstand was in place before getting off the bike. I was real paranoid about dropping it! As I've gotten more comfortable, I've stopped looking down when I put the stand in place. Yesterday, I pulled through the gate, put the stand down (I thought) and started to dismount when I felt the bike tipping over! Luckily, I still had both hands on the grips and was able to yank it back upright before it made contact with the driveway!
Lesson learned! I will be **** sure to look down every time and make sure the stand is in locked in place before dismounting. My elbow is sore as **** today, I must have over-extended it when I pulled the bike back up. Small price to pay, I'm just happy I didn't scratch my baby!
Have a great day all!