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Minor drop = Big Bucks!!!

A few days back, pushed my V out the garrage, flicked out the stand, lent the bike over and turned to go back indoors.... To my absolute horror, I heard a rather solid "THUD"! No prizes for guessing what happend!

Anyhow, picked up my bike, and started checking to see what is damaged! Cracked Screen (dont ask me how, but its got a crack all the way from top right to bottom left)...bent clutch lever....and my best, bent handle bars. From a simple topple over!

Make a few calls, and am astounded at the replacement costs of OEM parts. So off to my friendly bike shop with a my shopping list:

Pro Tapper bars
new grips.
Ermax Screen
Lever
& a few extras...

Managed to replace every damaged item at less than the cost of the OEM screen... HOW's That?

All done and dusted, rides like a new bike and looks smashing too!!!!!
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I'm short so I've dumped it a few times when my foot slipped and I couldn't leverage it back to center. Crash bars have been a great investment!

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I'm short so I've dumped it a few times when my foot slipped and I couldn't leverage it back to center. Crash bars have been a great investment!
Hmm, note to self: Get em Crash bars, pay now save later!
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Wow, I've dropped my bike a couple of times, hell, I've even skidded across pavement; I've never bent my handlebars. That sucks, dude. The rest of the damage sounds familiar.

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I had a 0 mph drop as well, however I was on the bike and could guide it down a bit softer. Scraped the pegs a bit and the clutch lever nearly snapped in half. Only had to replace to lever, like $10. I expected it to be much more expensive...however it wasn't until then I looked up the price of the other parts that could have been torn up...bought H&B crashbars that day, haven't looked back.
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Oh and I have Barkbusters Storms on. Those keep the levers from touching anything!

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I've dropped the Versys a few times, no major damage. I may hold a record for a "tip over" though. I was taking delivery of a new 2003 BMW K1200RS, the lot attendent dropped the bike while pushing it off the showroom. The cosmetic damage was $2339 (dealer replaced everything with new parts). Later they found that the motronics were damaged, another $1500! Almost four grand for a tip over!

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Stop it Dudes! All this talk about tip overs and drops. I have a new 2009. It's like nails on a chalk board!!
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Stop it Dudes! All this talk about tip overs and drops. I have a new 2009. It's like nails on a chalk board!!
It's like we're all a bunch of drunks, can't stay upright.

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Ermax screen works great,worth every penny. Just look around, found one off this site thanks to Steve in PA
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Just so all you guys know it only takes about 3 min to lower your bike.I'm 5'10 and it works great, the tool is right under the seat. any ques just ask
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what, adjust the rear shock?
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Hi Brettp,

Sorry to hear you unintentional dropped your V.

Had a drop myself and could only say the FOUR letter word. My cure:

Zeta handlebar protector
Hepco and becker engine guard
Motowerk's flatfoot


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OEM Parts at bikebandit.com

I got my OEM parts from bikebandit.com. I dumped my '08 Versys last year - actually I think it dumped me, but that's not important. It bent the brake lever which broke off in my hand when I tried to bend it back into position and somehow it snapped off the tip of the footpeg. They still weren't cheap, but better than the Kawi shop. I especially liked that they had the schematics of the various parts and their numbers so I knew exactly what I was ordering.
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You might also check your local dealers website and see if you can order OEM parts on their site. You generally don't have to pay shipping on the orders. The problem I have had with places like bikebandit.com and others is that they have to order the parts for you and then ship them to you after they receive them, which adds about a week. I can usually order parts online through the dealer's site and have them in three days. I do have to go pick them up, but is only 10 minutes from my office.

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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It's like we're all a bunch of drunks, can't stay upright.
Ha.... on my first ride I forgot to use my kickstand. Stand up, get off, walk away.. boom... OOOPS!!!

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Just so all you guys know it only takes about 3 min to lower your bike.I'm 5'10 and it works great, the tool is right under the seat. any ques just ask
OK so I am asking... show and tell Chris B please!!

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OK so I am asking... show and tell Chris B please!!
Yeah chrisb what are you talking about?
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Yeah chrisb what are you talking about?
I lowered mine too.... but can't go anywhere with no air in the tires. CHRISB... tell us... DO EEET NOW!!!

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The BEST place to find OEM Re-placement parts.

Ron Ayers
http://fiche.ronayers.com/Index.cfm/...5/Model/Versys

Lots cheaper than Bike Bandit, & Twisted Throttle

Beat there price by 30% and more.

Dumped my bike twice so far, 14K on speedo, enjoying the crap out of this bike.
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