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post #1 of 21 Old 03-12-2012, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm the first to drop it!

I filled up my tank at a gas station and I approached the driveway to enter the street when I stopped to allow a car to drive by. For some reason, the decline in the driveway caught me off-guard and I found myself struggling to keep the bike upright.

The weight of the full tank probably contributed to my failure to hold up the bike, but I did my best to slow the drop.

It fell on the clutch side, and to my surprise, only the clutch lever broke off. The bar end was scuffed slightly, and the left foot peg was scuffed slightly as well, but nothing else made contact on the ground. I don't have any sliders, engine guard, or handguards installed, and I'd imagine they'd have made contact if I had em.

I'm going to replace the clutch lever ($15.00) but leave the bar end and peg scuffed to remind me of my lapse in attention.

Scary, but inexpensive lesson learned!
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-12-2012, 08:00 PM
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Sorry to hear that my friend. One of those flukely moments that will probably never happen. We've all had them and they suck balls haha.

But at least the cost of the damage seems minimal!

There's been a few times where i've been very close to dropping my new '12 strom.

Would hand guards have protected the clutch in this case? or do you think they would have snapped off too?

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post #3 of 21 Old 03-12-2012, 08:12 PM
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Thumbs up Happens to everybody, sooner or later.

I was making a routine U-turn, because I had lost my way
and wound up in Skullbone Tennessee, going the wrong way.

One lapse in attention, and over it goes. I thought that lots of
pieces sticking out to port would be bent or broken, but only a
turn signal got broken, and even then the bulb survived.

Before and after that upset, I rode my Wee-Strom 30,000 miles
without any collision or upset, and I expect to continue doing so.

I expect you will too. Good luck with that.
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What a heartbreaker !! Hopefully it will never happen again, but I think we all have to do it once to get it out of the way. I dropped my Goldwing in my driveway, no damage but it smartened me up..............it doesn't mean I won't do it again but I think about it every time I drive in. Enjoy your bike,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,TD

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I'm going to replace the clutch lever ($15.00) but leave the bar end and peg scuffed to remind me of my lapse in attention.
Buy some Barkbusters to protect your controls. You know this is but the first drop. :biggrinjester:

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post #6 of 21 Old 03-12-2012, 08:49 PM
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I've never dropped or damaged my own bikes. But all four of them have been damaged by other people...

1. Virago - kicked over by some jack dandy
2. Shadow - knocked over by car backing into it
3. Nomad - more car action
4. Vstrom - previous owner rolled it off rear stand
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My left front turn signal has been held together for ~30-40,000(?) miles with black (33 3M) electrical tape - good stuff. Without the tape, it would crumble to the ground in 6 pieces. And a few years of road grime makes it blend right in. Cain't hardly tell the difference.

PS - When you hear the kickstand pop down without verifying it (by sight or foot feel), it might actually have popped back up.
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I learned the lesson to make my stop, put both feet down (or one on the ground and one on the brake on a slope), THEN look around at traffic. After some time on the bike (and it varies with each of us) we can probably come to a complete stop momentarily with both feet up, then power ahead. Don't rush into this maneuver.

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your ok thats the main thing . my mate took a similar tumble on his bike and damaged his shoulder and has been off his bike all winter ..plus you have got away with very little damage to the bike . that is probably the only little fall you,ll have just forget it ....
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Thanks for the positive words and feedback, folks.

I gave the bike another inspection and noticed that the front left blinker was loose. Looks like it made contact on the ground and popped in. I simply had to remove one screw and re-secure it. Very pleased that it popped into the bike (cowling) rather than break off.

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