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post #1 of 6 Old 05-21-2008, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Stinking Wind

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.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-21-2008, 11:11 PM
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Had mine blown over in Yellowstone. With me and my daughter on it! We were stopped, waiting to enter a road, and a brutal gust caught us and over we went. Now THAT was embarrassing!

Similar damage, but what the heck. I buy 'em to use 'em.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-21-2008, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, Man.
I've been in that situation as well. . .except I was the only person aboard and managed to hold.
I never carry anyone else aboard my bike, simply because I would rather not be responsible for their safety. After all, anything can happen any time.

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Hey jomawan I'm in Abq also. Rode the Wee to work yesterday, went out to grab some lunch down Osuna. I saw this puff of dust and next thing I know I am in the other lane. The gusts yesterday were over 50mph, faster than the 40 I was going!

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-22-2008, 11:27 AM
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You should have been down here in Las Cruces. I-10 was closed all the way to Deming, 18 wheelers parked all over the place. You couldn't see across the valley because of the dust. I've got four days off this weekend, sure would like to get a long ride in.

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The winds have been strong all day in baltimore. I am strongly considering grinding a little metal from my kickstand stop for more positive locking action. A strong enough wind will overpower the v-stroms, though.

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