Do you ever feel that a motorcycle is simply too big for you? I did many years ago, when my boyfriend at the time and I decided I should sell my 250 Honda and both use his 750 Honda Shadow.

I could maneuver the 250. I could pick it up if it fell. I felt I was in control.

My first (and last) attempt at riding the 750 was to work one summer evening. My job was only a couple miles away from home, so I felt I could safely make the journey. That feeling, however, quickly disappeared after work.

After I put on my helmet and took up the kickstand, I remembered that I had left something inside work. I jumped off the bike completely forgetting the kickstand was up. Down went the Shadow, as well as my confidence level.

Needless to say, I couldn’t budge the bike and had to get my boss to pick it up. How embarrassing!

I made it home OK, but vowed if I couldn’t pick up the motorcycle, it was too big for me. I have since learned that’s not the case.

There’s a method to getting your ride up on its wheels again, which starts by turning the handle bar in the direction of the fall. If the bike happens to be laying on its right side, make sure to lower the kickstand to catch the bike once it’s up.

Next, back up to your bike with your butt in the middle of the seat. Squat down, reaching for the handlebar with the hand nearest to the ground. Use your other hand to hold the frame or another sturdy part of the machine as low as you can get it.

Place your feet close together, lifting your chin and looking up to prevent back injury. Now, push with your legs and butt as you slowly take tiny steps back, and walk the bike back up.

If I had known these steps from early on, who knows how big of a bike I might be riding today.