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post #1 of 13 Old 03-07-2005, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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dang it, I knew it was falling

I felt the kickstand go over top dead center, and down it went. It was like dominos. Dl1000 hits DRZ, his bicycle, hits wife’s' DRZ, which lands on the lawn mower. Dead lifting this bike was a work out. Good news though; only scratched the handgard, and broke the mirror. No body scratches thank god. DRZs and bikes ok too. Lessons learned: 1. CHECK the kickstand before dismount, (2.) Clean out the Garage, and (3) start working out for future lay-downs. You guys that take the 1000 in the dirt/mud must be gorillas! Doug.

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post #2 of 13 Old 03-07-2005, 11:32 AM
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i feel your pain

i was Taking the stickers off mine, while i had it parked behind my garage, the kick stand sunk in the ground and it fell over, partly on me, It broke the Clutch lever. worst yet i had less the 50 miles on the bike at the time!!! Is it just me of does the side stand seem a little short creating a high lean angle?
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Is it just me of does the side stand seem a little short creating a high lean angle?
No it's not just you.......the side stand sucks.
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Being top heavy in addition to the stand doesn't help. I've dropped mine twice trying to manuver it. I just tell people it's a dual-sport and thats off-road damage! :wink:

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I had my STROM 4 days, went over to my wife's store to run some errands for her. I came back, and she said..... get this.... " That bike of your is A LOT heavier than it looks". I had parked in front of the shipping door, and she tried to move it so she could ship something. Destroyed the turn signal, brake lever, end weight. At least she was OK.
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No it's not just you.......the side stand sucks
Yes it certainly does and to top it off Suzuki doesnt give you a centre stand for when you dont trust the side stand.
Japan must be a wonderfull place,dead level and no soft surfaces where V-Stroms rest comfotably all day long on there side stands and never ever fall over
yer right :x [/quote]
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This technique for picking up a bike can save your back (and muscles):

http://www.pinkribbonrides.com/dropped.html

Haven't tried it yet but the pictures tell it all...

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That's pretty much the technique I used when mine fell over last week. I had just got to work and was dismounting when I discovered I had not got the side stand all the way down and we fell together in slow motion, my fruitless, off-balance attempt to stop the fall was comical at best. At least no one saw it and I only scratched the hand guard.

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post #9 of 13 Old 03-09-2005, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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mirrors

Since I have to replace the left mirror anyway, do you guys have any replacements that you really like? I read somewhere that someone used KTM mirrors. I am also assuming that I am going to get hosed on the price if I get the OEM mirror.

And yea, I was really glad nobody saw this embarrassing display. It even took me two days to tell my wife.

Thanx, Doug.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-09-2005, 02:58 PM
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Your problem is obvious, bike was in garage, it belongs on some fine Arizona roads, the type that switches from pavement to dirt. Actually, the bike handles well on hard pack dirt, even with some drop-offs and sand washes. I will be looking for some better front forks if I start getting serious in the dirt.
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