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Thanks to the upright kickstand, my girl fell over and landed right on the garage support pole. Needless to say, she landed on her tank and put a big dent in it.
Question is, is the tank 2 pieces? Hoping that it is a outer shell or will I have to bondo it to fix it?
 
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I have never dropped a bike before, excluding my 80mph crash at the track..haha, but I will say this. I walked up to my new Vstrom and grabbed the bars and turned them. Boom it started to go. Somehow I caught it. The stand is very weird on this bike.

I agree with the post above. sounds to be the skin
 

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Fun, picking up ol' porky up off of the ground, eh? Most have done it, not quite like you're mysterious 'just ridin' along' scenario, I'm thinking, but welcome to the club anyway.
 

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I've gotten in the habit of shutting down in first gear. The Strom rolls forward, way to easily on the side stand in neutal
 

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I take an extra second to grab the front brake before swinging my leg over...especially since I've got side cases and it's a BIG leg swing!
 

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I have gotten into the habit of stopping in 1st and killing the engine with the kickstand. Not sure if this puts extra wear on that mechanism but I will know when it fails.
 

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I have gotten into the habit of stopping in 1st and killing the engine with the kickstand. Not sure if this puts extra wear on that mechanism but I will know when it fails.
Why? :confused:
 

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As to the question of "Why", I figure that it cuts out 1 step in the process. Unless you have a center stand, you are going to put down the side stand when you park. Since the strom has an auto kill when in gear, I don't have to hit the kill switch. Plus the switch sits slightly under my mirror extender and takes a little effort to use.
 

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I installed SV Racing Parts frame slider to prevent damage when I do end up dropping my bike. Easy to install, and Blair is great to do business with. I also have BarkBusters to protect my handles when I do screw up.
 

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As to the question of "Why", I figure that it cuts out 1 step in the process. Unless you have a center stand, you are going to put down the side stand when you park. Since the strom has an auto kill when in gear, I don't have to hit the kill switch. Plus the switch sits slightly under my mirror extender and takes a little effort to use.
I turn it off with the key and not the kill switch.
 

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I turn it off with the key and not the kill switch.
Me too... Guy at the dealer said kill switches are expensive to replace and the more I use it, the sooner it'll fail and need replacing.

It's funny, my Father visited last weekend and I started up my Strom for him to listen to and shut 'er down with the kill switch for probably the second time ever. Next morning I went to start it up to go to work and it took about 10 seconds for my bike to start. Wonder if it was related??
 

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For the original poster, look for the post discussing installing the factory cigarette lighter. Someone on the thread provided the manual that comes with the kit.

It includes instructions for removing the tank covers.
 

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Removal of Tank/Covers

There are two sticky's (near the top of this 2012+ DL650 section) that describe the removal process, one with great photos.
 

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Me too... Guy at the dealer said kill switches are expensive to replace and the more I use it, the sooner it'll fail and need replacing.

It's funny, my Father visited last weekend and I started up my Strom for him to listen to and shut 'er down with the kill switch for probably the second time ever. Next morning I went to start it up to go to work and it took about 10 seconds for my bike to start. Wonder if it was related??
The kill switch has to be an extremely simple device. While I doubt it will "wear out", it couldn't delay starting as you describe because it's a switch. It's very "binary", either entirely on or entirely off, not somehow partially on. No worries. Maybe a short/cold start like that left the engine in a state that didn't restart optimally the next day. No damage of course, but ideally you'll start it, ride and warm it all up thoroughly. Maybe you should go out for a nice long ride just to clear it all up? (If you need an excuse)
 
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