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Sticks and stones

Fell over on my sweet loved '09 yesterday.

I was exiting my driveway and saw a large branch laying into the road. I maneuvered around and thought I had cleared it. All of a sudden, I came to an abrupt stop and over to the left I went. I had apparently clipped just the very end of the branch and it flipped up and got between the upper and lower chain in front of the rear sprocket. It stopped me dead so fast I never had a chance to get my leg out to stop the fall. I was really honked 'cause I had intended to never drop this bike, ya right... I now have the pitted alt cover, scratched up rad cowling, slight front fork rash, busted clutch lever, and chewed left mirror. Waaaaa!

I got a little dinged up but I was already ugly so no biggie...

And yes I know what you're gunna say, and I do know better; I'll fess up and say I was in a hurry to get to an appointment.

Any suggestions other than the obvious on sourcing replacement parts for a good price? Any of you have a left mirror or alt cover laying around?

The crazy part about the story is that I have a Motech crash bar set that I got from a forum member here. I haven't installed 'em yet because the mounting hardware was missing when the bars arrived no thanks to the post office in a long stupid story that I won't get into now. I hadn't sourced the missing pieces yet.

That's what I get for procrastinating... If I just woulda, shoulda, coulda...

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Sometimes we all need a little 'Karmic' kick in the head so as to keep the big picture in focus....Glad to hear you walked away from yours.
(My 'kick in the head' usually ends with me in front of the local magistrate asking for a little mercy ....Dam throttle has no respect for posted speed limits in the wee hours of the morning....LOLOL).
But how ever it happens, with luck....it only costs ya money and nothing more.

I'd end this with my usual salutation (ride safe!) but I don't want to pour salt in your wounds so.....
Be well.
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I feel for you. I once parked a new bike with less than 2000 miles on the side stand and turned to walk away. Out of the corner of my eye I saw it going down. I grabbed it a second too late and couldn't keep it from hitting the ground. I didn't get the side stand all the way down and it wasn't in gear. I NEVER put a bike on the side stand now unless it's in gear.


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Sad to hear of your drop at least your alright but it does hurt having to pay good money out to repair, hope you can find some good deals so you can reduce he financial hurt.
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Glad you're Ok. I've grown kinda fond of my broken levers ( yes, both sides). Bought a can of Plasti Dip ($9.00) and covered the ends. Adds a little color to the bike. Actually, now that I think about it, they look a bit stupid but, hey, I'm cheep.
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Glad you're Ok. I've grown kinda fond of my broken levers ( yes, both sides). Bought a can of Plasti Dip ($9.00) and covered the ends. Adds a little color to the bike. Actually, now that I think about it, they look a bit stupid but, hey, I'm cheep.
Yeah. I'm not proud of how many times my bike has tipped over and even crashed, but at this point I kind of like the fact that I don't even begin to worry about scars. I do remember that first drop, though, and I was purty upset as I recall.

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Glad you're Ok. I've grown kinda fond of my broken levers ( yes, both sides). Bought a can of Plasti Dip ($9.00) and covered the ends. Adds a little color to the bike. Actually, now that I think about it, they look a bit stupid but, hey, I'm cheep.


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Wind blew mine over in the first week. That hurts. Since then I added two items; the Acerbis hand guards, and the H-B engine guard that wraps around the front of the bike. The bike now will not break things from a tip over. That has happened more than once, and it just scuffs up the covers. My beloved 08 now has 25k and is the best bike in the stable by far.

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Another trick that was posted a while ago by fasteddie is to hide the scratches on your crash bars with black plastic electrical tape. Pure genius!
Thanks Ed.
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Oh I know that feelin! :-( Really glad you are ok!





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Thanks for the good cheer everyone!

Worst thing bruised was my ego. Give a swift kick if you find that Murphy (murphy's law) for me.

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