V Fell on it's side?? Time to repair.
Once I dropped me bike on it's side, let it be know it was not willingly, I observed about 1200 US dollars of damage to replace it to a similar like new condition. At the time I was thinking oh crap, and that though lasted about 5 minutes till I photographed the bike in it's fallen condition and scraped my pride up off the ground.
Looking at the scene of the "Collision": I left me V on it's kick stand with the handlebars turned to the left, to warm up, while I finished preping for a ride; which I have done no less than a dozen times. It sat in my driveway at which had a 5% Slope or a 1/4"/Foot of fall which was parellel to the length of the bike. I reached my garage about 25 feet away when I heard the clunk. I turned and saw it on it's side which then shut the engine off.
I observed the following damage consisting mostly of scratches: Footpegs on left side, front forks at black anodizing next to disk brake, engine case, radiator shroud, left body panel, blinker housing, handlebar weight, left miror, bent handlebars and broken clutch lever which if you pay retail is about $1000.00 plus or minus plus labor, tax.
So I began looking at alternates to OEM. I have been taught to not fix anything that is not broken. Of course I justified my TBR exhaust and fuel management as being a "noise maker" so I didn't end up on the front of someone else's vehicle. I have been wanting to customize towards adventure touring. So here I go.
I previously used Protaper bars on my 06 DRZ400S which I really enjoyed, ordered them for the V, 7/8" ATV high in JET Black, through Tucker Rocky, about $70.00 versys $130 for OEM. I can say after a few miles on them, they feel great brought the bars back about a 1/2"+/- and look awesome, I will cut about 3/4" off of both ends to shorten them as they are about 1 1/2" longer on both sides. They do not rub on any body panels but lock to lock are about an inch off of the panels, Note: I have the bars in a stock position.
New bar ends? $50.00 for left side replacement; Instead I ordered KTM black handguards for $60.00, not worried about vibration as the Protapers are thick and absorb vibration very well, discovered on the test ride after installation.
Scratched plastics, for lower plastics I have decided to fill divots and paint matte black to match other black plastic, As others have done on this site.
Scratched engine case, I still uncertain about finish, I'm thinking Line-X or fill and paint to similar color???? Anyone have any ideas.
I have to admit that I have been tempted to powdercoat all the silver on the bike black as I did with my DRZ, but my betterside remembers the 40+ hours of disassembly of the bike and preping it for powdercoat and putting it back together. Still a thought though.
I will be ordering an aftermarket blinker set, looking for LED's that are bright and mount similar to OEM as I still like people to see where I am attempting to go. Any ideas or do you have something installed on your bike you like?
I'm thinking barend mirrors or mirrors that mount to the body as I really like having the handlebars "clear and free" of obstructions.
And for protection so that this doesn't ever happen again! Well, here is the problem I don't like what's on the market. The H&B crash bars are nice but the mounting points are high leaving the bottom of the bike availble for damage and other bars protect the bottom of the bike but not the the upper sides. So I ask has anyone had any custom fabbed bars made? I thinking about using a similar design to the H&B but continuing protection to the front of the bike and possibly tying into a skid plate? This is very preliminary and I have not designed any protection yet. Anyone have any suggestions
I will follow up with photographs as things are installed so keep in touch,