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post #11 of 26 Old 10-28-2019, 06:34 PM
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Thanks everyone. I ordered some appropriate touch up paint as suggested; I will definitely need to protect it from rust here on the Florida East coast.

I found a replacement tank for $580 on partzilla (part no. 44100-28K00-YVB)... I may end up just replacing the whole tank myself eventually...shouldn't be too hard and would probably be cheaper than getting a pro to fix the current dent.

I think the worst part is not so much the damage itself but the difficulty I have accepting that I damaged my prized possession, not doing something cool like offroading in the desert, but by being an idiot.
1. You are not an idiot. This kind of thing happens to everyone. Were I in your shoes, I'd do a search for that year's gas tank on ebay, save it as favorite and have ebay send you emails when the search bears fruit. I have one of those for aerostich suits and have found two in colors, price, and condition that appealed to me (bought both). Since you are not in a hurry, this might be a cheap way to go. Before you leap, however, price what a paint job will cost at a body shop.
2. Give some serious thought to crash bars. I've dropped my pristine used '13 at least 5 times. Only damage was to my pride and the nylon pucks I installed on the crash bars. Dropping comes with short legs....

BTW, you would not believe how many times I have dropped my ST. No damage, and my pride is still intact.
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post #12 of 26 Old 10-28-2019, 06:43 PM
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Its not a big dent, maybe some bondo and paint to take care of it. Your gas tank is otherwise new, clean and rust free on the inside. An ebay tank may not be.

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post #13 of 26 Old 10-28-2019, 08:32 PM
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I got a dent in my tank in a get off. In the dark at 50 feet, no one I give a shit about can notice.
It's an ADV bike, use the bear story or create your own fabulous lie.
Yes the bike did look sensational before the wreck but I got over it....especially after I painted the bike with a rattle can.

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I have my as-new 2014 V2 for a month when I did the right thing and stripped it to check valve clearances. Put the tank on a trestle horse and walked away, to hear it tip sideways and fall to the (concrete) floor. Scratch number one!

Picked it up and was moving it to a better place when amazingly, my hand slipped off one end (near full tank you see....) - and down it went again. Scratch number two and dent number one!!

So p*ssed with myself you can't imagine. These insults hurt. But, yes, rationalise as suggested that it makes it look 'ruggeder'.....helps a tad....
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I think the worst part is not so much the damage itself but the difficulty I have accepting that I damaged my prized possession, not doing something cool like offroading in the desert, but by being an idiot.
Well, I hate to disappoint but, you aren't the first to fall over without a glamorous dismount or at the lowest mileage; another inmate posted about being the quickest to drop his new bike, at virtually 0 mph... I think it was in a discussion about engine guards. Naturally, I took great comfort from this experience.

As a friend once said to me, 'the natural position of a motorcycle is lying on it's side'. We just spend our time on two wheels fighting gravity.

BTW, I'm still on side with the bear story. That is solid advice.
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I had my first Tenere (on my second now) parked next to my tent on the center stand. Sometime in the middle of the night, I hear a muffled thud. Then I smell gas. Then my brain started to function and it occurred to me that my bike just went to sleep beside me. It had a 50/50 chance of mashing me. That night I beat the odds. The crash bars saved any real harm.

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Never park the bike close enough to fall on you. Bikes think that a fun thing to do.
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Ugg. Well it adds character. I'd get one of those band-aid decals of appropriate size and put it over the damage.

Typically gas tanks are not cost effective to repair unless you can DIY
My M109 got a lrg dent in the side of the gas tank so I just bought a large mean looking Bulldog decal over the dent and everyone loved it . Strangers didn't even know there was a dent under the decal.

I sold it with the sticker still over the dent - yes of course the buy was aware of the dent or maybe not , LOL
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I had a dent in the tank of my 1955 Ariel Huntmaster. I put an air line to the gas tap and applied the pressure. It finally went 'BOINK' and no more dent.
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Be patient and watch ebay for a used black tank, or as suggested above get a body shop to repair and repaint. The latter will be the cheapest.

I did the rare 'doubledrop' in my shop one day while moving the bike around. Over on the left side, curse, run around to that side, curse, grunt, pick up, grunt, then over on the right side, louder curse, back to other side, grunt, louder curse and up.....jezus. And I was s o b e r.
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