Made a huge rookie move, didn't realize how fast I was going as I approached a turn, I was slowing down but had down shifted one too many gears and when I released my clutch the rear kicked out and down I went. I am guessing the combo of new tires and rain were too much. I picked the bike up and got out of the way of traffic in a hurry before something worse happened. I checked the bike over and everything looked ok. I soon realized I had no rear brakes, and the right side of my handle bar is bent. The impact forced my hand guards up along with my brake lever assembly. I slowly limped home. I looked the bike over when I got home the right top cowling and the silver cowling below it have some damage, along with both right foot pegs, the very front bottom of the right fork where the axle bolt is, and the rear brake lever was bent in. I also found the rear brake line had come loose from the impact and that is why I lost my rear brakes. I bled the rear brakes, adjusted the brake lever and hand guard. I took a test drive on the bike and now I have a few questions before I decide to call the insurance company. I think the damage is all cosmetic with the exception of the obvious need for a new handle bar.
1. When I was testing the rear brake, I was getting on it kind of hard to make sure it was going to hold, as I was coming to a stop it felt like the front sproket was jumping the chain or still trying to turn the rear wheel. ( clutch was in). Is this normal? I did not notice this when using both front and rear brake during the test ride, and I got on both of them pretty hard as well.
2. There seems to be a gap at the rear of the handle bar clamp. (see photo below) Is this normal, I had never noticed this before and you know how when you start looking for something wrong you start finding things you never noticed before.
3. I straightened the rear brake lever but now I am not sure if i went too far, can someone post a pic of their rear break lever so I can compare. I think I am going to get a new one anyway.
Last edited by jagrugger; 06-20-2012 at 07:03 PM.