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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Not if... when. Dropped within a week. :(

I've heard over and over about it's not an if about dropping your bike, but rather when. I was NOT one of those guys that said it won't happen to me, but I was hopeful.

So, I picked up my new bike last Saturday - been riding every day and feeling confident in the handling but know I needed some practice on stopping smoothly. Well, today I left work and about a km away, noticed a strap loose on my jacket. Rather than trying to fix it while riding I decided to pull over. They had just finished some road work on this stretch and there was a paved shoulder to pull off on. I didn't realize though, that the shoulder had quite a slope to it (wasn't there before the roadwork). I stopped and in that same motion the bike leaned to the right - I couldn't stop it and over it went and threw me clear. A quick roll and I was up on my feet again, but the bike was at about a 10 degree angle past horizontal on the slope... shiny side down. I should have seen that - but I was stopped and over before I knew it.

A guy in a truck coming the other way saw me go over and stopped, along with a guy on a bicycle - both big dudes and both offered to help. It took the three of us to right the bike. The right mirror was moved out of position and I scraped the brake lever and brake fluid reservoir. There's a dent in the tank - right by the Vulcan logo with a couple of minor paint chips, but then a bigger chip on top where I believe the handlebar hit it on impact. AND the handlebar is not aligned now.

I didn't see anything leaking or anything broken so started it up - no problem. Checked it over again, dusted myself off and rode home. Friday afternoon before a long weekend - nothing is going to be open again until Tuesday. I feel ok to drive it to a local shop for a check over but don't want to go too far on it before it's checked out by someone who knows more about it than I do.

I feel like an idiot for letting this happen. I knew better but... lesson learned the hard way and it'll cost me too. Just hope it isn't too much.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 09:20 PM
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It's good that the damage isn't worse than it could have been and that you weren't injured. But if parts like the tank must be replaced, unfortunately they can be very pricey.

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I don't believe it needs replacing. The dent isn't very deep.. more like a depression. I just don't want the chips to get worse. I believe the ones on the side are only in the final coat - not very deep, but the one on top will need some work.
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Ouch. Didn't see this thread till after I posted on your thread about carrying a load. This answers my question about whether you've already got the bike. I dropped my bike backing it out of the garage a few weeks after I bought it. Steep slope and let the bike lean too much on the downhill side. Fortunately I had a friend with me that helped me get it back up. Then a month or two later, riding with same friend I pulled into a parking lot, hit the front brake with a slight turn and went down, in slow motion. All I got was a scratch on my saddle bag cause it popped open and a minor scratch on the crash bars. I hope you get yours fixed up soon without too much expense.
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I'm taking it in to a local guy on Tuesday to evaluate the damage. Fingers-crossed that it won't be much. I'm missing some beautiful riding weather, but on the other hand, all the idiots are up for the long weekend and roads are crowded.


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I don't like to do anything on holiday weekends. Weather here is still a bit hot but better than it has been. But the bike and boat will stay in the garage till all the weekenders are gone. Let us know what the local shop tells you. Good luck.
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Well my handlebar was bent. Handlebar, grip, check and tighten cables, etc., and installation was under $300. The cosmetics are going to cost a little more - maybe $4-500 when all said and done. Expensive lesson, but lesson learned. But.. since then, I've added another 2500kms on the dial so enjoying it to the fullest.

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It can happen to anybody. Last summer, to avoid a signal light with a long line of motor homes and 5th wheels (lots of tourists in North Idaho in the summer) I turned onto a side road and was going to go around it. Just as I was making the second turn, a right-hand turn, I saw the sand covering the intersection. You couldn't see it until right on top of it. Fortunately, I was already going slow, and just as I was almost stopped, the front wheel went out from under the bike and if simply fell over. I bonked my head off the pavement (thank you, helmet!), hit my knee and jammed my elbow, which in turn tore a bunch of tiny muscles on my vertebrae. The bike suffered only a bent mirror shaft and a small scuff on one of the highway pegs attached to the crash bar and one on a saddle bag. Others saw it and helped me stand the bike back up, and couldn't believe it wasn't worse after they saw the sand, which looked just like the grey pavement. The bike ran fine after.

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Well my handlebar was bent. Handlebar, grip, check and tighten cables, etc., and installation was under $300. The cosmetics are going to cost a little more - maybe $4-500 when all said and done. Expensive lesson, but lesson learned. But.. since then, I've added another 2500kms on the dial so enjoying it to the fullest.

Good job pulling over to fix the loose stuff, sorry about the bad location
On the other side of the coin, your baby got scratched bad, ......but You didn't... Thats a good thing.
Now you can see how fast sh-happens with out the full lesson

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Yeah I know the feeling - I dropped mine 2 weeks after I got it (april 2016)... broke off the right mirror.. lol I didn't dent my tank but its scratched.. I call it a rider war wound... growing pains. It's the reason I put the engine guard on... which ironically came in handy as I clipped a curb with the damn guard (right side) and fell over on the left side... engine guard saved my bike but is bent in..... New engine guard is coming tomorrow ($220) and my guy is going to install it for me tomorrow (thank God he's a mechanic and builds bikes). I'll have my regular mechanic give her a good look after the holidays when I get my oil changed

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