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post #1 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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Had bike 4 weeks bike fell to ground!

I just bought my Red 05 wee. I have been looking into engine guards and decided to go with the Givi. Now I may not have enough money for the Givi's. Yesterday I was going to Home Depot to pick up a few supplies. I pulled the bike out the garage and put it on the stand. It was idling and I had to go back in the garage to get my bungie tie downs. I got back into the garage and I heard the crash. Somehow the bike fell on the side. I think that the kick stand wasn't all the way forward. First time a moto of mine has been on the ground. Here is the damage: Scratched side cover, broken shift lever, broken hand guard, broken clutch lever, and broken signal. All of this is on the right side. Total Bill: Part only about $370. I am really bummed. I have insurance with a $250 deductable. Here is the question:

Should I use insurance that and have it fixed or is it worth it cause my rate may increase?

The damage to the side cover is not major. Can plastic be repaired and sprayed or am I looking at a new cover?

Has anyone else noticed that the kick stand doesn't seem to have a stong positive position when fully extended?

Bummed out in Utah!

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 12:57 AM
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To me it is worth $120 just to not have to deal with the insurance assholes, let alone take the hit on a rate jump.

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How did it fall on the right side? Or did you mean left?

I managed to scratch the left side fairing AFTER I had the Givi's installed. Was doing parking lot practice, got unbalanced doing a real slow turn and it fell over and hit the curb (right above the crash bar). Have about a dozen 1/2 inch vertical scratches along the fairing. Maybe I'll fix them someday, but for now I'm just letting them give the bike "character".

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
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Left side

Sorry about that It fell on the left side. My bad. The surprising thing is that it took about 30 seconds to fall after I put down the stand.

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I 'd fix the stuff myself. You can probably hunt down the 370 worth of parts for 1/3 of that. On this forum, ebay, etc...

IMO, I wouldn't get insurance involved unless it's something I couldn't easily replace ie bent frame damaged engine, front end etc.

To answer your other questions, yes plastic can be repaired. And yes the stand doesn't have a good forward positive position.

I have a habit of putting my heel against the stand as I put it down and pull the bike backwards an inch or so. Been doing it for years and on all bikes I ever ridden.

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post #6 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Good ideas

Thanks for the ideas. I do all my own oil filter and airfilter changes so the parts wouldn't be too difficult to install. I will try and source the parts on stromtrooper and ebay. I will make certain the stand is pressed forward.

I am feeling better already.

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 03:53 PM
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Sorry about that It fell on the left side. My bad. The surprising thing is that it took about 30 seconds to fall after I put down the stand.
I am soooo paranoid I check the stupid kick stand every time.
When I first got the bike I thought it was fully extended and it wasn't but I was lucky enough to catch the bike as it started to head over (pulled a muscle catching it)

Now I double and triple check it every time.
I know one of these times I'll forget and I too will be buying parts.

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post #8 of 21 Old 07-27-2009, 04:20 PM
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Buell Ulysses are notorious for this, but not V-Stroms.

When I asked about the scratches on the left side of the 05 I bought used, I was advised to drop it on the right side, so they would match. Depending on the color, it can be difficult to match.

Many of us swap the turn signals to Buell Ulysses (about $12) since they're cheaper and more flexible.

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I have developed a habit, compulsion perhaps, of putting the kickstand down and giving it a kick from behind before I even touch it to the ground. Seems to work and I never even have to remember it, I just do it by habit.
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Leave insurance out of it. It's not worth the hassle for this small of an amount.
Scratched side cover - Just leave it... it adds character.
Broken shift lever - Replace, maybe with a folding shift lever.
Broken hand guard - Upgrade to something tougher like Barkbusters Storm handguards.
Broken clutch lever - Replace.
Broken signal - Upgrade to flush mounts or Buell signals. Either option is tougher AND cheaper than the OEM eggshells.

By the way, do you always put your bike in neutral when you park it? I'm willing to bet that you do. If you leave your bike in 1st gear, it won't roll and mishaps like this are far less likely, even if you don't get the side stand fully deployed.
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