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post #1 of 26 Old 10-28-2019, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I launched my V-strom 650 off the rear stand

Just got a 2019 v-strom 650 two weeks ago and I have about ~ 1000 miles on it. I had been using the same rear wheel stand I use for my SV650 - it's the pit bull spooled forward handle rear stand. The unfortunate thing about a forward handle stand and the v-strom is that you can't see the spool on the opposite side to line up the stand with the spool because the muffler blocks the view. Recognizing this is a less than ideal way to get rear wheel up I had actually ordered the OEM center stand prior to this incident occurring but it has yet to arrive in the mail.

I had been getting my wife to help me line up the spools a couple times to good effect, but yesterday when I pushed down on the handle it must not have been lined up properly because I launched my bike forward and upwards and it slammed down on the concrete surface of my garage on its left side, snapping the left mirror off the bike taking part of the clutch assembly with it and...most unfortunately putting a dent in the fuel tank. Noise was so loud the neighbor came over to ask what was wrong.

Needless to say I have been feeling bad about this given the bike is new. How bad is this dent?
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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

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As long as it's not leaking, I'd use filler / touch up paint so it doesn't rust.
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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.
Also think up an interesting story to tell over beers. "Ya, I was riding in the forest and a bear charged me! I GTFO, but when I finally felt safe to stop my adrenaline was still surging and I crashed into a tree."

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I'm so sorry to hear about this fall. It is the sort of thing that happens to us all with something new. It is gut-wrenching. I had a pair of new loudspeakers fall over a few years ago; one got pushed so that one outrigger of the speaker fell into the well in front of the fireplace, as it fell, it pushed the fire screen into the other speaker, which then fell over a moment later. It all happened so slowly that we had a lot of time to watch in horror. It still makes me cringe to think of it.

The mechanical parts on the bike can be replaced and things are as good as new. For the tank, I'd look into repairs. You could take the tank off yourself and perhaps there is a shop that could hang onto it and do it when they have that paint out for another repair. Or there may be some sort of mechanical puller that can reduce the dent size.

One thing I've come to think is that Stroms are bikes that are usually bought to be used and ridden; lots of miles, some off-road stuff and so to many of us, cosmetic perfection is not quite as important as it might be on a vintage car or plastic-bodied street bike. My Strom has a scratch in a crash bar and one barkbuster, and a very small paint chip in the tank from a tip over during an off-road course. Just shows it ain't no garage queen.

I really understand the 'argh!' quotient, but I hope you can accept it to some degree, and make a plan for a repair over time. In the meantime, the bear story is a solid approach. I'd work on that plan as well.
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Condolences. The first cut is indeed the deepest. Take some consolation in the fact that Vstroms are meant to get beat up, if you're adventure riding dings and scratches are inevitable. Kudos for not wasting any time!
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Also think up an interesting story to tell over beers. "Ya, I was riding in the forest and a bear charged me! I GTFO, but when I finally felt safe to stop my adrenaline was still surging and I crashed into a tree."
Still chuckling.
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ah man, that sucks. this is something you learn as you bond with your bike. In the very beginng as you adjust to your new bike, the routine stuff are not actually routine, so extra caution is needed when dealing with new bikes.

I can relate if it makes you feel better. Same thing with a pit bull stand. rear swingarm. BUT, it happended to my Ducati 998!!!

Luckily it was in my garage and my garage has the costo plastic tiles on the entire floor that I installed when I moved into the house.

The only damage to my Ducati 998 was a snapped off brake lever and some really minor scratch on the fairing.
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Sorry about your launch and crash. Maybe check around your area and see if there is a paintless dent repair guy that can work the dent out from the inside. With the paint damage you will still need to do the touch up to prevent the rust as previously mentioned but it would be way less obvious. Well, less obvious to all but you.....Those paintless dent removal guys are real magicians!

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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.
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