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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Flushing, NY
That sucks. I got my bike knocked over in a hit-and-run last week too while parking in the street (rear wheel touching the curb, bike facing out). I take great pains to park at the front end of the street, and on the left side too, to avoid the backed-into-my-bike scenario, so someone must have swerved into it from behind (maybe to go around another car) and clipped it on the front wheel. That may explain why I was lucky enough not to get any cosmetic damage (new scratches or dents), though I did have to realign the front end and replace the fork seals (one of which had ruptured).
Another rider commented that the VN750 has a centerstand, which is rather rare for a cruiser, and that parking it on the centerstand would be much more stable -- "If a car backs into it, unless it's a truck with a very high fender, it's going to push the bike instead of knocking it off the kickstand".
Dunno how true that is but I am now parking on the centerstand when I park curbside! (Unless it's on a hill)
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