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post #1 of 12 Old 07-20-2007, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Dropped her like third period French

Well, after a month and a half of careful riding and break-in, I dropped my 650. Just moving it in the parking lot and plonk! Broken signal light and brake lever, scratched bar weight and passenger peg. Got off pretty easy, I'd say. Epoxied the light housing, can't even tell it broke. Lever will be about 70 bucks, but that's the price for not paying attention.

Lets see...tired, in a hurry and preoccupied, recipe for disaster. Moral of the story, be careful out there. Don't be a clumsy fool like me! Take care, y'all

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Yikes! 70 bucks for a brake lever? Check out E-bay and adventure motostuff first. I think I saw them on there for about ten bucks. Good luck and ride safe.
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Time to start shopping for crash bars....er...I mean "engine guards".

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Congratulations on getting the suspense over with!

It's just a matter of time before they go down on you, regardless of how careful you are.

Someone else on this forum commented that they were considering just knocking the sidestand out from their new bike just to get the anticipation over with!

Now, that's funny!

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when i got the DL new every day morning after i woke up ran to the closest window from where i could see it, just to see nobody had stolen it (this is virgini/cvharlottesville...no safe place on earth than this)...
but after the first few months of riding interstate backroads and everything else...i took it out for dirt rideing....dropped it twice on the same day...man it was fun but Dl was too heavy for me.....then moved to philadelphia....and then aligned my tires with the trolly rails and went down hard...got scratched....
wel now with 17,000 miles and two scratched cowlings i am so happy with it....i am sure nobody wants to steal the bike from me..because it dosent look apealing...but hell who cares.....i love it....

as for scratched....some once told me they show character....
who cares if u get them in the city aligning with stupid trolley line or in the parking lot or even doing bad ass dirt bike riding....scratches look beautiful to me....
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I feel your pain, my friend....

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Congratulations on getting the suspense over with!

It's just a matter of time before they go down on you, regardless of how careful you are.

Someone else on this forum commented that they were considering just knocking the sidestand out from their new bike just to get the anticipation over with!

Now, that's funny!
That IS funny! And, too true about getting the suspense over with. I just dropped my Nighthawk for the first time in 23 years of riding, doing a stupid low-speed turn-round on a steep hill. Didn't even think to get my weight up on the pegs, just too dang worried about getting turned around in a hurry. Saw I wasn't gonna make it, stopped, and WHAM! right over on the downhill side. Just plain stupid. The only injuries were to my pride and the clutch lever (only $14.00). The rest of the bike was well-shielded by my body.

Anyway, glad you weren't hurt, and now you can rest easy and not worry about that first drop!

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Just when I thought I had mastered the drops. I put the kickstand down in the dirt after it rained and down she went. Broken left turn signal, which I taped together, broken hand guard, which I am no longer replacing. That was the only thing GOOD ABOUT MY SPORTSTER. yOU COULD DROP IT ALL DAY AND NOTBREAK ANYTHING.but at the end of the day there is no comparison, because I love my vee
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Wow.

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That was the only thing GOOD ABOUT MY SPORTSTER. yOU COULD DROP IT ALL DAY AND NOTBREAK ANYTHING.
Now, THERE'S a rousing endorsement!

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That was the only thing GOOD ABOUT MY SPORTSTER. yOU COULD DROP IT ALL DAY AND NOTBREAK ANYTHING.

H'mmm, I wonder if that's why the salesfolk at H-D recommend the Sporty as a "First Bike" to all their customers!

There are ways to protect the Strom when that "unfortunate incident" does happen - and it will.
  • Barkbusters - with molded handguards - they are aluminum and work!
  • Engine Guards - better known as "Crash Bars" - politically correct word there!
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