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Embarrasing drop! Good thing I already installed...

So, I am slowly heading towards my driveway from work last night, thinking of backing the bike in to my garage which is basement level and as I maneuvered it SLOWLY, I get to a part of the driveway where the front tire was higher than the rear, making me unable to reach the ground (I have to tiptoe when at standstill) to support the bike as it moves back. Before I knew it I was letting go of the handle bars and my baby is lying, right side on the pavement!

If anything good came out of this, I was able to "test" the accessories I installed:
Barkbuster storm handguards had a 1 inch scrape on the black plastic cover, the weights were good.
The SW-Motech crash bar did it's job! It sufferred a couple of scratches about 3 - 4 inches each, but I can spray paint it black and it really protected the right side of the bike.
The Motowerk swingarm spools (right side in this case) also took a bruising, but nothing else, except to tighten it again.

The only damage to the bike is the end part of the metal underside of the right footpeg broke off clean-about an inch! Right foot felt OK as usual this morning to work, no effect on the ride at all, but I plan to replace it anyway. The rear brake pedal looks OK, worked fine this morning.
I did notice that there is a wiring connector that came loose, disconnected. Its connection is to the left side controls for all the lights, horn. Wierd, because the bike fell on its right side! I snapped it back on. Does anyone exactly what it controls?

Of course I am saddened, but I am more disappointed in myself and EMBARRASSED! I'm just grateful it happened while trying to park it and not on the road or at high speed!!! I rode to work this morning, but before doing so I did the TCLOCS inspection more deliberately than usual. Everything looked OK so I took off to work and all seemed to be as they should!
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I'm on drop #3 myself with about the same observations you had with yours, though I've not snapped a footpeg yet.


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the plug on the left side is probably the clutch interlock switch. It came unplugged on my V-Strom once when it was new and it drive me nuts as it wasn't easy to see and I was real close to having it towed to the dealer.

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It happens don't feel too bad. I can understand the sadness though, your babes scratched up and bent. We'll all been there, or will be there sooner or later. My Buell hit the ground while warming up 3rd day I had it...walked off the kickstand. Did over $150 damage. BUT so far I have avoided dropping the Versys. NOW my KLR "Takes a Nap" just about every time I go off-roading.

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I have "repaired" scratches to my H-B crash bars with a few inches of electrical tape.

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Welcome to the club. I also had a zero MPH right side drop a while back and didn't notice the missing foot peg tip until weeks later. I too replaced the foot peg. I have the same gouge on my Barkbusters and all.

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Ive pushed my bike over twice now... once while snapping my givi bag in place. Another time, I got off my bike, walked away, 5 seconds later, it fell over.. I guess I didnt have my kick stand all the way down :-/

Great thing is, now I dont care if it is dirty or has a few dings. Its MUCH more enjoyable just riding it wherever than constantly worrying about small scratches or imperfections. Sort of like freedom.

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I have "repaired" scratches to my H-B crash bars with a few inches of electrical tape.

I used Krylon Dual Satin Black (its primer & paint all in one) It worked perfect on touching up my H/B's after getting hit by a car...http://www.shopping.com/krylon-8823-...vA==/info?sb=1

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I dropped mine the day after I fitted the BarkBusters while trying to get on. Funny thing I always use the side stand to get on and off the bike the one time I didn't I dropped it. The front of the bike was on concrete the back on grass. (Yes the front was higher than the back).
Anyway the only damage was a scratch on the Storm plastic and an embarrasing tumble off the bike for me. If not for the BarkBusters I would have at least broken the clutch lever and riding for the day would have been over.
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Great thing is, now I dont care if it is dirty or has a few dings. Its MUCH more enjoyable just riding it wherever than constantly worrying about small scratches or imperfections. Sort of like freedom.
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Thanks to all of you for your feedback! I know that "drops" happen, but it still hurts especially when the bike is new!

When I was shopping for safety mods for the bike and started to add up the cost, I did not even flinch, just pulled the trigger because I knew when (not if) I drop the bike, it will be $ well spent! ... but at the same time I was thinking of buying an ipad tablet instead!

As the knight said to Indiana Jones, "You have chosen well". Indeed, I have.

THANKS AGAIN ALL!
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