Dropped my V1K
A couple of days ago I was out for a 2 hr. ride and on the way back I pulled into a gas station for some water and peanuts. The parking apron at the front of the building was sloped upwards a lot (about 20-30 degrees). When I got back on the bike to leave I slipped back about 10 ft. and instead of going all the way down to level ground, I stopped. I decided to make a hard right forward across the face of the slope by braking and throttling with my right hand and riding the clutch with my left. Less than a second later, I mean really, really fast, the bike dropped down hard on it's right side. I found myself lying on my right side a few ft. away from the bike. I reckon I hit the ground hard because my sunglasses had flown off my head, even though my helmut was still on.
At that point, a young guy who had been filling up his truck came running over yelling "Are you OK? Are you OK?" I assured him that I was. He helped me up and after a couple of minutes I fully realized what had happened. He helped me get the bike up (I'm pretty sure I couldn't have done it alone) and while he pulled outward on the left grip, I straightened out the hand guard brace by doing likewise on the right. He then helped me back the bike down to level ground. We looked the bike over, I thanked him profusely, fired her up and rode home.
I looked the bike over really hard when I got back. Some minor scratching along one edge of the right saddlebag and the screw attaching the right hand guard to the brace was gone. That's it. Nothing else. Evidently, the right hand guard brace took the major hit and stopped my front brake lever from breaking in the process.
BTW, while I was still on that slope cranking the bars hard right, I remember a little voice telling me "Really. Bad. Idea". I didn't listen. I should have.
So...I thought I'd share this little adventure with you guys along with a few afterthoughts:
I fell. I'm fine. The bike's fine.
Listen to that %$*@ing little voice, damn it.
My right elbow and shoulder are glad that I was wearing my armored jacket.
Many thanks to the young fella who helped me (he mentioned that he rode too)
I'm really lucky that there was so little damage to the bike.
That's a tough %$*@ing bike!
For anyone who ever thinks of starting from a standstill on a 550 lb. bike with the handlebars cranked hard downslope across the face of the slope while braking and throttling with one hand and riding the clutch with the other, I hope you make it.
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