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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-20-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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need advice crashed bike on low water bridge

I have been reading and learning from this site for about a year now. I have a 2010 versys which I had the misfortune of putting down on the right side yesterday crossing a low water bridge. Not a lot of water flowing, 5 inches. The biggest problem was slick as snot algae growing on the concrete. After righting the bike, no easy task, I pushed it out of the stream, rested, checked the bike, and out of necessity tried starting it up. It fired up normally, rode home fine, about 15 miles. Beside having a bent rear brake pedal and having the mirror pushed back, scratches, I haven't found anything else significant. What should I be checking, plan to do an oil change this afternoon. Thanks for your help.
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IMO if you were going slow the damage is most likely only comestic. But that's only a guess. When I was a low time rider I dropped my first bike and it tweeted the forks a bit relative to the handle bars. If your concerned and have the money let a authorized dealer inspect it. Unless the bike was submerged, I don't see a good reason to change the oil unless it's time to anyway. I have dropped my dual sport bike a half dozen or so times. I just pick it up and keep on going.
I assume you were talking about a concrete lined stream bed at a road crossing. They can get you especially with street bike tires.

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I would check your handlebars and front brake lever these tend to bend fairly easily. Also if there was a risk of water getting into the engine, changing the oil is a good move and also check your airfilter to make sure it didnt get wet.
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The main thing is that you were not hurt... I hope
I personally would have the dealer inspect the bike even if it is just for peace of mind.

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Thanks for the response. It was a low water concrete bridge and yes I did have road tires on the bike. I was wearing full riding gear. I was moving slow and steady. The only thing hurting is my wrist, my back from lifting I think, and my confidence in trying a stunt like that again. I'd crossed that bridge various times before with no problem. Did a few other water crossing before with only the natural stream bed under me, following two track roads. My biggest concern is whether or not I may have hurt the engine. The bike was revving as it lay on its side in the water. I leaned over as quick as I could and hit the kill switch. Picking it up was a bear, hauling it slightly uphill out of the water, tricky, because of the slick algae. Anyone else think I need to do more to check out engine? Or?
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Remove your brake pedal and use some heat from a propane torch and a vice grip to bend it back. Don't try to bend it back on the bike or bend it while the metal is cold.
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Your v should have stop when it was down as the V has a down switch that kills the engine when its down.

Better to have the air intake checked and oil changed to be on the safe side and get professional help if you unable to check it your self.

Hope you will heal fast on your wrist.

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The V's Down-Switch doesn't always work.

Don't ask how I know...
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The V's Down-Switch doesn't always work.

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OK wont ask how, but why doesn't it work when the bike is down

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... but why doesn't it work when the bike is down
I donít know... I was more concerned with picking the bike up than troubleshooting the down-switch
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bike on side still running

Forgot about that feature on the bike. It would have been nice if it had worked. Scary to think what could happen to an arm or foot with the bike revving like it was. Glad I didn't lose my balance and fall back into it. A lot to be thankful for I guess.
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downed kill switch

Ive been down twice on my Versys. The bike stayed running both times.
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The V's Down-Switch doesn't always work.

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I can verify that little fact also
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Actually Iím content that it doesnít shut things off while Iím up
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You would think a tip switch isn't rocket science, but I had an auto repair shop for may years and I've seen some wierd things happen to vehicles.
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You would think a tip switch isn't rocket science, but I had an auto repair shop for may years and I've seen some wierd things happen to vehicles.
....you mean like possessed


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Just curious, were you runing any protection bars at all?

I'm up to 4 lowspeed offs atm..doh, and I've had both the H&B bars and currently the SW Motecs they have without doubt saved me a bundle of cash on damage repairs.

Bark busters or similar are a great investment too.
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