Lessons Learned (the hard way)
My wife and I took a leisurely stroll Friday Afternoon to our favorite local dirt road. On the way home, we ran into a slight problem when a rock became lodged between the back of the front fender and the tire whilst in a left sweeping turn. Road the bike into the ditch and then high sided. We were thrown forward and came out in pretty decent shape, considering what had happened.
Fortunately, we were able to get the bike up and going, and drive to the hospital where, luckily, Sharon's hand had an x-ray and no broken bones could be found.
Lesson 1: If you run the TKC on the front, modify your fender for additional clearance. This may or may not make a difference, but it sounds like a good idea right now!
Lesson 2: Any crap attached to the dash or handlebars is going to attempt to grab you upon launching. I had a RAM X holder for my cell phone, mounted on the Strombone. Sharon caught her right leg on it, luckily it just scratched it a bit. It could have been worst. Just installed the Euro sport screen and had it at the lowest setting, thankfully it was not a large screen that may have snagged us.
Lesson 3: All the Gear All the Time – No exception. Sharon had Olympia Airglide jacket and pants, Olympia Kevlar gloves, Sidi boots and an Arai helmet. I had Olympia moto x pants, Dainese Jacket, Sidi boots, Aerostich gloves and Shoei Hornet. Again, her hand is in horrible shape but getting better, but nothing is broken, no other rips, tears or broken bones. I took some impact above my left hip.
Lesson 4: The Protaper CR bars are bomb proof, wow!
Lesson 5: The OEM mirrors cannot support the weight of the bike.
Stripped the bike down and am slowly putting it back together. Frame and forks are great, some of the plastic not so good. Madstad bracket was crushed, but straightened out and works well. Happy trails rack snapped and shifted, will have to weld it up, boxes need pounded flat. Left side is bulged out, right side is dented in from the rack. Absolutely no side impact! Front headlights are perfect. Indicators not touched. No dents or broken plastic, just a couple minor cracks.
Need to replace: Mirrors and hand guards. Will install the Elka while it is still apart, and am thinking of a Holeshot exhaust system while I’m at it.
Last edited by jdad; 11-04-2013 at 11:28 PM.