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Dropped the bike

So I managed a low speed dump of me and the bike today. Nothing drastic and totally my fault. The bike ended up with a bunch of scratches on the left side but it drove home fine. Is there anything I should look for? Anything I should check?

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Always good to check the bike after a fall/crash/tipover, but from what you described, I doubt you did any damage beyond scratches.

I dropped my prior back (Bandit 1200) more times than I care to remember (it's tall and heavy. I'm short. OK, short and heavy :P) and the only damage done was:
- a broken brake lever (once)
- a slightly tweaked handlebar

Obviously you'd know if you broke a lever. Have someone hold the bike vertical and look at it head-on from a distance - do the bars look level? good. The bar on the tipover side of the bandit was slightly higher - clearly it had been bent - but not so much that it affected riding.

If that happened, and it bothers you, try to bend the bar back, or replace it. I'd ride it another 40K miles and not worry about it. In fact, I DID! :P

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The barkbusters took the brunt of the impact so the levers survived. I'll look at the handlebars as well.

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Low Speed Drop Check Stater Cover

This has happened before, depends what you have on your bike, take a close look at your stater cover, a person had this happen and this is the result;

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...4-post422.html
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Hope you weren't grabbing a little too much front brake at low speed as I have been know to do. Hurts the ego more than anything in that I should have known better. But I am ambidextrous having done it on both the right and left sides.

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All my drops have been at less than 10 kph / 6 mph and have only resulted in scratches and major bruising to the ego

The last drop (while off-road) bent my gear shift rod.

Check both locknuts (10 mm spanner) are tight or this might happen on the ride home.

I now have the old one as a spare as a new (straight) one with both locknuts was less than $20.
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So big question I have right now is how to get rid of the scratches. While there's no rush to do that, I'd hate to leave all those scratches there for the years I expect to ride the bike. Right now I have scratches in three spots. The fairing on the side of the tank, the grey plastic piece right below the front indicator, and the dark grey metal cover over the generator. I have a friend who can do the painting but I'm wondering how easy it would be to get replacement parts/stickers.

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Scratches are mostly to the ego, just pick it up and ride. Down in the the dirt in Mexico.
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Scratches are mostly to the ego, just pick it up and ride. Down in the the dirt in Mexico.
I agree with Wingfart - wear the scratches as badges of honour and don't worry about them - you will get lots more.

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So big question I have right now is how to get rid of the scratches. While there's no rush to do that, I'd hate to leave all those scratches there for the years I expect to ride the bike. Right now I have scratches in three spots. The fairing on the side of the tank, the grey plastic piece right below the front indicator, and the dark grey metal cover over the generator. I have a friend who can do the painting but I'm wondering how easy it would be to get replacement parts/stickers.
You could fill the scratches with Plast-aid and repaint. Or you can order replacement plastics from Thailand fairly cheap.
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Did you shut engine off quickly? Nothing worse than a running engine on its side!

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Yep. Engine shut off immediately because the thing was still in gear and I obviously wasn't still holding the clutch.


Some of those parts will help but the US dollar will kick my ass right now.

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Bummer, but glad to hear that the damage wasn't major. Unless it interferes with the ability to ride the machine (doesn't sound like it), I'd wait a bit to see if the dollar rebounds a bit. Shipping costs to St. John's can't be great, either. I was born and raised there...left in '92...so I know how expensive that can be.

Also check eBay for parts for a 2007-2009. (e.g. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/08-Kawasaki-K...RWvUvV&vxp=mtr)

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Yep. Engine shut off immediately because the thing was still in gear and I obviously wasn't still holding the clutch.
The engine didn't shut off because it was in gear, but because the "vehicle down sensor" did its job.

You have to turn ignition off & on again before it will restart. (Page 71 of the Versys Owner's Manual)

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I'd be checking the rear pegs and any bends in the subframe that hold the pegs in place. the paint can crack and rust will set in. Use a rubber mallet to bend them back in line.
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You could fill the scratches with Plast-aid and repaint. Or you can order replacement plastics from Thailand fairly cheap.
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And a new generator cover here.
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The current plan is that eventually I'll buy a generator cover and decals and then clean up and paint the plastic pieces that are scratched. The generator cover took the most scratches so it would be the most work to repair. A co-worker of mine used to do auto-body repair and painting, and still does some plastic/composites and painting here where he works now so he'll help me fix up the plastic pieces.

But, ultimately no rush to do this as I said. The links were a great help, though. Thanks.

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keep the scratches it adds character

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Shallow scratches not through color, just fill with clear and level.

Just through the color, fill with color matched paint.

Gouges into the substrate, believe we used a plastic filler 3M product and matching primer.

Breaks and weak thin spots, fiberglass tape on the back embedded in the plastic filler material.

Have fun!

On wife's bike, which was moderately banged up when we got it, thinking of filling, leveling, and shooting masked off portions of the side cowel and fender with black armoring finish, Rhino? Something like that. Available now in spray cans. Would look interesting!
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Also crash bars probably would have prevented the scratches happening. I dropped mine 3 times (all at a standstill) and the only marks were on the crash bars and BarkBusters
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Also crash bars probably would have prevented the scratches happening. I dropped mine 3 times (all at a standstill) and the only marks were on the crash bars and BarkBusters
Sadly, I was going to buy crash bars but forgot all about doing so. In retrospect I shouldn't have procrastinated and bought the things.

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