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First Drop Question....

Being a new rider, I finally dropped my '08 V on it's right side after 2 months of riding, at a stop . After lifting up my visor to defog after spewing a plethora of expletives, I lowered the side stand, picked it up, noticed the new scars on the radiator cover, turned it off/on, cranked it up and rode off frazzled.

Now, after something like a slow/0 speed drop, is there anything that I will need to check that is not cosmetic that could affect the engine since it laid on it's side? The reason I am asking is that after riding for about 20 minutes and parking it in the garage, I noticed a faint smell like the burning oil. I really dunno if it was always there, or I just paid more attention after the incident.

Could there be a problem?

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You will always notice more things after a incident like that. I know that I did after sliding out 2 years ago. I broke my wrist and was in a cast for over a month. At first when having the bike back in my garage I noticed all these little "damages", while idling it or checking over it. But when I was actually looking for the problems I could find them, and if I wasn't sure it had to be a problem.
Since I couldn't pull in the clutch with a cast, I did not ride the bike for over a month. By the time I was able to ride I had realized most of the stuff was there before hand, and I relaxed.

Now I am not saying you have no problems with your bike, you could. Just think you may be over looking for problems.

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Double check your right foot peg. They tend to snap the tip off in a simple drop. Not a show stopper but bothersome and not totally cheap to replace if it does happen.

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Thanks for the tips. You are right, it did tend to make me overreact to every little thing on the bike. Maybe since its my first new to me motorcye. It's strange but my car cost like X times more, but I tend to baby the bike more! What is it about motorcyes?
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Also make sure your bike is tracking straight. After a fall or 3 mine got a nasty shimmy to it when hands are taken off the bars. Disclaimer: If you're not comfortable riding without hands DO NOT attempt this to see if you have a shimmy too. If you do and it's anything like mine it may well freak you out when you let go. You may also be able to feel a bit of a tug with both hands loosely on the bars...


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Being a new rider, I finally dropped my '08 V on it's right side after 2 months of riding, at a stop . After lifting up my visor to defog after spewing a plethora of expletives, I lowered the side stand, picked it up, noticed the new scars on the radiator cover, turned it off/on, cranked it up and rode off frazzled.

Now, after something like a slow/0 speed drop, is there anything that I will need to check that is not cosmetic that could affect the engine since it laid on it's side? The reason I am asking is that after riding for about 20 minutes and parking it in the garage, I noticed a faint smell like the burning oil. I really dunno if it was always there, or I just paid more attention after the incident.

Could there be a problem?

Thanks
Suggest installing a set of SW-Motech engine bars. They will make the bike impervious to damage from drops, especially with added spools on the swing arm and hand guards.
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Suggest installing a set of SW-Motech engine bars. They will make the bike impervious to damage from drops, especially with added spools on the swing arm and hand guards.
+1- Mine have been great and prevented a good deal of damage. I wouldn't say they make the bike impervious, as the handlebars can still take a nasty hit- but as close to it as one can get.


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[QUOTE=goat12;217758]. After a fall or 3 mine got a nasty shimmy to it when hands are taken off the bars.

Sorry for jumping in here but what caused the shimmy and how did you fix it?
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. After a fall or 3 mine got a nasty shimmy to it when hands are taken off the bars.

Sorry for jumping in here but what caused the shimmy and how did you fix it?
Well, it started after the last knockover (stationary, parked)- So i have to assume it was due the handlebar ends hitting the ground. So far as the fix goes- I brought it into my EX shop who lied to me about the front tire being low as the cause. This was total bull****, and the reason they are now my EX shop, as it continues to this day. I've read a few posts indicating it would be easier to diagnose with the front wheel off the ground, but alas I have no front stand. I've also read that loosening the triple tree clamps (I think) and hitting the front wheel with a board and then re-tightening can address the issue, but I have yet to try it...


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All I have to say is, if you have Givi V35s and Barkbusters, you can't touch any part of the bike itself to the ground except the fork, unless you somehow turn it upside-down.

Also, V35s are good for a 40mph slide to a stop on asphalt.

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I'm guessing you've tested that one Jehos? I know my barkbusters and engine guard probably saved me a grand in damages on my Tiger from a low speed high side on gravel.
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Well, it started after the last knockover (stationary, parked)- So i have to assume it was due the handlebar ends hitting the ground. So far as the fix goes- I brought it into my EX shop who lied to me about the front tire being low as the cause. This was total bull****, and the reason they are now my EX shop, as it continues to this day. I've read a few posts indicating it would be easier to diagnose with the front wheel off the ground, but alas I have no front stand. I've also read that loosening the triple tree clamps (I think) and hitting the front wheel with a board and then re-tightening can address the issue, but I have yet to try it...
You don't have to whack anything. Probably nothing's bent. Usually the forks will twist a little in the triple clamps. Just loosen the lower triples and the axle pinch bolts and bounce the forks using the front brake. Try to get as much fork travel as possible. Tighten everything up and you should be ready to go.

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You don't have to whack anything. Probably nothing's bent. Usually the forks will twist a little in the triple clamps. Just loosen the lower triples and the axle pinch bolts and bounce the forks using the front brake. Try to get as much fork travel as possible. Tighten everything up and you should be ready to go.
Nice, thanks. Will try.


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