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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-04-2011, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped it today...

It finally happened...The V went over and I couldn't stop it. Was about to pull out into traffic when I don't know what happend, foot slipped, grabbed the brake....sand....locust, flood, famine?? All I know is some how it was leaned over to the point I couldn't stop it....went to the ground slow then kinda pitched be off the bike. Thankfully I was wearing full gear as my head slammed into a railroad tie and my knee hit pretty hard on the pavement. If I hadn't had the helmet I would have been sending this from the ER as I would have had a nasty gash on the top of my head.

Two good Sams came over and helped me get the bike up and made sure I was alright....The only real bruise being my ego....oddly enough the Sams were cagers, at least a dozen bikers rode by...Thanks whoever you guys were.

The bike is remarkably ok....just a few scratches on the bar end weight, a small scuff on the crash bars and some scuffs on the plastic corners of the tracks box. really not noticeable unless your looking for it. Consider myself very lucky and hope that's the last time its on its side. Finished the ride without indecent.
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Welcome to the club and now that's one less event in your live you have to worry about. Glad you weren't hurt, but it happens to all of us at one time or another. At least you weren't going i80 mph when you dropped it.

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I remember well the first (and second) time that happened to me (and hopefully I've now fulfilled my quota!)

It's good to hear the damage to both the bike and you were minimal. It says a lot for the crash bars and your gear....it's a good testimonial.
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Never fun especially when it's something stupid like that that you think can't happen to you. We've all got one, admit it or not. I borked my Nighthawk pulling off the side of the road at like 5mph. Road it home but bent the shift lever, broke the clutch lever, and fractured my ego.

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Time for a new helmet. If it is a quality one ($$) most of those companies will let you send it in for inspection. A good hit uses up some of the energy absorbing material that does not spring back.

Time to start doing squats and leg lifts so you can either hold the bike up or spring off of it instead of going down with it.

Glad you were not injured.
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Hate it when that happens, glad your okay
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Really glad you are alright. Also would like to tell you that I saw the Harley Riders sneak up on you and tip you over.

Here in Wisconsin they (the Harley Riders) sneak around at night and tip over cows.

Now you know where all that Pirate Leather comes from.

Seriously though. I am glad you did not get hurt. I can not tell you how many times I have dropped my Versys.

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Mines been down twice, both times in parking lots, both times on the right side. and the only damages were scraped up the bar end weight, broke the tip of the brake handle, and slight damage to the front blinker. So I know how you feel.


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I didn't really think about replacing the helmet. Its an HJC IS-33..about $135. Probably not worth sending back for inspection. There is a scuff mark where it hit. Maybe I'll give HJC a call see what they think.
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I didn't really think about replacing the helmet. Its an HJC IS-33..about $135. Probably not worth sending back for inspection. There is a scuff mark where it hit. Maybe I'll give HJC a call see what they think.
It is not the outside of the shell so much as the hard foam liner that is under the padding. Once it absorbs energy it doesn not spring back. I don't know how much of an impact is required to compress the foam though.
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sorry it happened. glad you're ok.

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I dropped my TDM twice, once in my own garage. Nobody saw me, so no problem.
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It is not the outside of the shell so much as the hard foam liner that is under the padding. Once it absorbs energy it doesn not spring back. I don't know how much of an impact is required to compress the foam though.
Forgot to mention the helmet earlier.

Two concerns when a helmet has taken an impact, the shell and the foam liner. The shell keeps the helmet together and on your head. While the glue would probably keep it together in the event of a full length crack I'd still rather not hedge my brains on that bet. Any serious scrapes to the shell and I replace mine. The foam generally doesn't take damage from being dropped unless your head is in it but even falling off a bike standing still can permanently deform the foam. The foam also degrades over time, I wouldn't keep a helmet longer than 3-5 years. If you've hit your head with the helmet on then it's done it's job and has been expended. A helmet is cheap life insurance, don't mess around.

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Crash bars pay for themselves on the first drop. Did the same thing. Small scratch on the crash bars and, like you, a scuffed bar end weight.
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well....

my xr has been down countless times, i guess that happens off road. on road? first time, i was 15, no license, no permission, high sided a brand new honda shadow 750. my father nearly killed me, and i will never live it down. a few nastier accidents, and then the versys. once i let the sidestand sink in the ground, girlfriend had to jump off. once, rounding a 180, simply dropped it. thats well over 200,000 miles of riding, and lots of embarrassing stuff. good that you are uninjured, chalk it up to experience. happens to everyone!
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Glad you are ok! Walking my V out from behind my patio and got it in to close to me and a tree on the other side. Ha! Ha! Well what can I say!



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Sounds like I have a good excuse to give the war department as to why I need a new helmet...

Been hemorrhaging cash lately so it will have to wait....I have a backup helmet to use in the mean time.
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Luckily your sliders took most of the damage?
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Ever notice the drops always seem to happen when there are plenty of other people around to observe your embarrassment? It happened to me last week as well. Came to a stop in gravel, misjudged my foot placement, and down it went. There were plenty of opportunities on that trip to lay it down with no one looking. Nope. It had to happen in front of the restaurant windows next to a family getting out of their minivan.


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