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Red face and things were going so well.....

Was installing a few things on the new bike this evening and everything was going great....very limited swearing (I get a bit foul mouthed when working on vehicles), no screw ups, all the parts worked as planned. I had buttoned up all but the left faring and was just cleaning up the garage and putting away my tools. As I was sweeping I was walking backwards and kind of forgot the bike was there and this was the result.....











Then there was .....LOTS of

On the upside is does make for the perfect excuse to replace the factory levers
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Oh man !!!!!!!! What a pisser! And there's no one to blame but yourself. (I always prefer to blame someone else!)
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Damn... I never sweep with the bike still in the garage, to avoid getting it all dusty. I actually like to sweep before, and let the dust settle to work in a clean environment, but that's just me.
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I feel you pain, brother... Condolences.

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so much damage from a stand still spill????
I can just imagine a higher speed damage....

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I'm thinking someone stole it, banged it up and then the buggers brought it back and parked it in your garage. The nerve of some criminals.

Oddly, I was re-arranging the direction of a motor mount/crash bar mount bolt last night myself, and thought.... "hmmm.... it's one of those days, I could slip with the impact or breaker bar, and trash the side of something I have recently re-finished.... so I ran 2 inch masking tape over everything near the bolt I was working on..
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that's why sweeping is a woman's job.. and you would have someone to place the blame on.. dropping a bike really s*cks..

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Can we say... CRASH-BARS! and HAND-GUARDS!

Sorry for your screw-up, Marvin.


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That flat out sucks. I knocked over a ladder in my garage once and put a beautiful crease in my Blackbirds tank. I feel your pain.

I spent most of my money on bikes, booze and broads. The rest I wasted.

I'd like to have a bad day, just to see what it feels like.
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Was installing a few things on the new bike this evening and everything was going great....
And now the bike has character. Just keep telling yourself that chicks dig scars!
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Don't you know sweeping should ONLY be done by trained professionals?

On the other hand my GF knocked a step ladder on her brand new car.

I am sorry about your bad luck though.

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I'm just glad you are ok. If that tall heavy boy fell on you, ouch!

It's not that bad though. A little black rustoleum spray (high heat flat black from home depot for $3.25, and 2 shades of black spray from walmart), a small fiberglass kit, shorty levers, a right handlebar weight, red reflective stars/tape on your tank, and you are done! I have a custom bent rear brake pedal for increased cornering clearance too ;-)

And then try to budget your safety equipment asap.

When you put your fiberglass kit on your blinkers, it will help you 'bond' with your bike!

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Thanks all for the kind remarks....

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Oh man !!!!!!!! What a pisser! And there's no one to blame but yourself. (I always prefer to blame someone else!)
Yes, would have preferred to blame someone else but the dog was in the house and the GF was at her place....only me and the voices in my head.

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Damn... I never sweep with the bike still in the garage, to avoid getting it all dusty. I actually like to sweep before, and let the dust settle to work in a clean environment, but that's just me.
Agreed, not sweeping dust so much as cut wire, zip ties, etc. Would never do something to get the bike dusty

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so much damage from a stand still spill????
I can just imagine a higher speed damage....
Yup, and it made a noise like a bone breaking.

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I'm thinking someone stole it, banged it up and then the buggers brought it back and parked it in your garage. The nerve of some criminals.

Oddly, I was re-arranging the direction of a motor mount/crash bar mount bolt last night myself, and thought.... "hmmm.... it's one of those days, I could slip with the impact or breaker bar, and trash the side of something I have recently re-finished.... so I ran 2 inch masking tape over everything near the bolt I was working on..
Going forward I'm encasing the bike in bubble wrap before I work on it.

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that's why sweeping is a woman's job.. and you would have someone to place the blame on.. dropping a bike really s*cks..
The GF read that and well......not impressed.

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Can we say... CRASH-BARS! and HAND-GUARDS!

Sorry for your screw-up, Marvin.

Crash bars will be ordered tomorrow (anyone have feedback on the Givi's?) and already have a pair of barkbusters (they go on next)

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That flat out sucks. I knocked over a ladder in my garage once and put a beautiful crease in my Blackbirds tank. I feel your pain.
Its funny, while I don't like getting hurt its never really emotional. Even after something major its like "ok, this is going to suck for a bit but I'll heal". But when bikes and other toys get dinged for me at least its gut wrenching.

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And now the bike has character. Just keep telling yourself that chicks dig scars!
While chicks may dig them, I like prefer my bikes like my women....scar and stretch-mark free (thats going to get me in the doghouse)

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Don't you know sweeping should ONLY be done by trained professionals?
There's a politically incorrect joke somewhere there....

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I'm just glad you are ok. If that tall heavy boy fell on you, ouch!

It's not that bad though. A little black rustoleum spray (high heat flat black from home depot for $3.25, and 2 shades of black spray from walmart), a small fiberglass kit, shorty levers, a right handlebar weight, red reflective stars/tape on your tank, and you are done! I have a custom bent rear brake pedal for increased cornering clearance too ;-)

And then try to budget your safety equipment asap.

When you put your fiberglass kit on your blinkers, it will help you 'bond' with your bike!
LOL, my bike would look like a tuk-tuk after that.



After pulling everything apart the right outer & inner fairing need to be replaced, the right lower fairing is fine other than a little cosmetic damage. Bar end is moot since the barkbusters will take care of that. Exhaust shroud buffed out fine. I'm guessing $600 for the plastics + whatever the fleece me for the levers. Surprisingly the signal light is fine, not even scratched.
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sucks but now you can justify new parts and perhaps a paint job?...

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How much force do you sweep with? I have bumped my bike a few times, andgotten scared, but nothing.

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Oh man it feels like getting punched in the guts when that happens.... I just knocked mine over yesterday morning just trying to get out of the garage....

The one upside is I have an excuse to buy crash bars now to protect the new plastics I have to buy...
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How much force do you sweep with? I have bumped my bike a few times, andgotten scared, but nothing.
I'm a big boy, strong like bull....

But seriously, not that hard. Just walking backwards and bumped into it.


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Oh man it feels like getting punched in the guts when that happens.... I just knocked mine over yesterday morning just trying to get out of the garage....

The one upside is I have an excuse to buy crash bars now to protect the new plastics I have to buy...
Sorry to hear brother! But ya, crash bars (givi's for $200CAD) are cheap compared to the plastics ($500) and brake lever ($220 w/matching shift lever).
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Well there goes that new bike smell
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I'm a big boy, strong like bull....

But seriously, not that hard. Just walking backwards and bumped into it.




Sorry to hear brother! But ya, crash bars (givi's for $200CAD) are cheap compared to the plastics ($500) and brake lever ($220 w/matching shift lever).
after neaarly pushing the bike over I got into the habit of leaving it in gear
as far a sweeping the garage goes, my wife is not allowed to do ANYTHING in the garage besides moving her car.
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