Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Albuquerque, NM USA
Where to begin telling how it happened? OK! Wind in Albuquerque today was somewhat brisk with gusts reported up to 65 mph. My ’06 DL 1000 fell victim. The right side turn signal unit will have to be replaced, and so will the screw and spacer for the handlebar stabilizer. The SW-Motech crash bars saved my beautiful machine from damage that certainly could have been far more extensive. The crash bar on the right side is ground up a bit, as well as the end of the stabilizer, but a tad of wet sanding and some new paint will be sufficient for those parts. Right-side foot peg and right-side passenger foot peg suffered damage as well; but nothing I can't live with.
What’s really crazy is the fact that the same thing happened to my 2001 HD XL883C Sportster, which was sold on Friday last week. I was working on my DL, going through tools and spare parts when I found some extra parts for my old HD. I called the young fella who bought the Sporty and left a message on his cell phone telling him about the find; and explained how it was that I found the parts. Not even ten minutes later, he calls me back and says the Sportster was blown over at about the same time in the afternoon.
Go figure. Both bikes were on their side stands and leaning into the wind. Both bikes weigh-in at about 500 pounds; But here’s the kicker, both bikes had covers on. The cover enabled high winds to push each bike over.
I have to wonder how many other bikes in Albuquerque suffered the same fate this afternoon.
You ain't bragging if you can do it
05 DL1000 (departed)