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Dropped the Bike -- Oh, the humanity!

So I finally laid the bike down. People always said it was never a matter of "if" but "when" it would happen.

On the way home from work, traffic was horrendous. People were cutting me off, braking for no reason, I even had to swerve from a car in order to not run into the back. Surely if there was a day to get in a wreck, that would've been the day. But no wreck. Instead, having survived the deadly traffic, pulling into my driveway I somehow bumped my trashcan, hit the front brake too hard, and the slow-motion lean off to the left began. I tried to save it, but at the point of no return all I could do was try to let it down gently.

The plastic fairing has a minor scratch and the alternator cover has a noticeable scratch. The left handlebar bumper has a scratch and the left peg nipple snapped off. So just cosmetic damage--no paint damage, thank the Lord.

It seems to be riding fine. Any need to bring it to the shop though? I was just there, in fact, getting maintenance done.
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There shouldn't be a need to bring it into the shop. If you rode into your trashcan at 10MPH, that would be a different story.

Other than the cosmetic damages, I would check to make sure your handlebars are aligned properly.
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Yep i got that T-Shirt a long time ago. Would have dropped the FJR today but it leaned into one of our cars next to it. Parked it a little from the curb in neutral so when i got on the biked it rolled back to the curb and i lost balance while the mirror was on the car and i was trying to keep it from going any farther my stepson didn't notice what was going on and climb on the back of the bike. So now i'm lifting his weight my weight and the weight of the bike. Straightened it out and took him to pick up his car. I think my lower back will be aching later.

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We've all been there, done that, I think. No heroics just bad timing or attention. Live and learn is all you can do. I learned if the bike's going down get OUT OF THE WAY and let it. I dropped my old CX-650 Silverwing and fought it all the way down to the cost of a torn hamstring muscle when it landed on my leg.

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Dropped mine 3 times at zero speed onto concrete result? small scratch on the BarkBusters plastic and a bit of rash on the crash bar



easily fixed with plastic paint





The BarkBusters have saved me 3 clutch levers minimum
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...I learned if the bike's going down get OUT OF THE WAY and let it....
That's what I do, and what I DID when BIG RED went over on "Day 1" riding w/ jdrocks....

(Or at least... what I did AS BEST I COULD.... - STILL ended up underneath, but NOT caught by it.)

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You can also hide the scratches w/ a couple of inches of electricians tape.

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My Versys was kicked over and the only real damage was to the V35 bag and the lower fork leg. You can buy the parts for the bags and I touched up the leg BUT I want a set of fork sliders for the front...other than the roller skate wheel things I've seen locally.

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MaverickAus -- Ironic that you listed the Barkbusters and SW-Motech sliders. I have both of those in my Revzilla Wishlist. Next paycheck I may go through with the order.

I'll look into my handlebars being aligned. I'm sure they are. When I test rode the other night everything seemed fine. If anything, I'm not pissed I dumped the bike; I just can't wrap my head around how I bumped into the trashcan . . . It is funny though.

QUESTION: My clutch lever pulls in/out fine but it has some play, I can jiggle it up/down. Not by much, but where my brake lever is sturdy, the shifter feels minorly loose. However, I cannot recall if it was like that before the drop. Do your clutch levers have some minor play up/down?
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QUESTION: My clutch lever pulls in/out fine but it has some play, I can jiggle it up/down. Not by much, but where my brake lever is sturdy, the shifter feels minorly loose. However, I cannot recall if it was like that before the drop. Do your clutch levers have some minor play up/down?
after something like that (a drop) you always over investigate everything mine has a bit of play like that too, i wouldn't worry as long as its still working
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Seems everyone has had some kind of misadventure in their driveway or garage.

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One of the Concours forums has what they call a CDA, connie droppers anonymous. Drop your Connie, post it and they award you a number. I'm something like 239. 600lb Concours and gravity win every time. I did go down on the Versys in the middle of a river earlier this year.
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You can also hide the scratches w/ a couple of inches of electricians tape.
If you want it to look like ****
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Because a similar event, my V also has a shorter footpeg and minor scratches...
Do you remember the song?
"Don't worry, drive happy!!"

Nobody thinks that something is so easy like who is totally unable to do it.

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QUESTION: My clutch lever pulls in/out fine but it has some play, I can jiggle it up/down. Not by much, but where my brake lever is sturdy, the shifter feels minorly loose. However, I cannot recall if it was like that before the drop. Do your clutch levers have some minor play up/down?
Mine do that too.

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If you want it to look like ****
Here's what my H-B crashbars looked like after I had a low-side at 20 to 30 mph, and covered the scrape w/ a piece of tape....


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Dropping a bike in the driveway or garage is something that everyone does. As others have stated, the best thing to do is to get out of the way so you don't get hurt. Dealing with an injury if the bike falls on you or a pulling a muscle trying to hold the bike up are just not worth it. A bit of paint fixes the scratches.


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Seems everyone has had some kind of misadventure in their driveway or garage.
or the work parking lot in the rain when my foot slipped making me lose my balance. slowly laid it down then picked it up and rode away.
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Mine happened with less than 100kms on the odo. One week old Vee. But not by me. My older brother wants to test it, so after many reminders--he dropped it while slow turning. Still losing sleep over it. Good thing I installed Touratec crashbar the after I bought it.
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Why would you bring it to a shop? It's just a trash can.
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