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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dropped my baby

I knew I would do it at some point in time, it just finally happened this morning. I rolled the bike out of the garage and I guess I didn't stop it rolling forward completely before the kickstand touched the ground because I turned around to go back into the garage and BAM! There's my baby on her left side in the driveway. I yanked it back up pretty easily (mostly out of panic) and gave it a once over and everything looked okay. Until I saw a little chrome piece laying in the driveway. It broke the end off my clutch lever. Daggum it! But everything else seems okay. Scuffed up the handlebar grip a little, but it looks like the handlebar and saddlebag kept anything else from touching the ground. Freaked me right out.

I already ordered a replacement lever from ronayers. It's still operable, but it doesn't let my ring or pinkie finger touch the lever.

Oh well, had to happen sometime, right?

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New OEM clutch lever replaced after first tipover
Plan on: changing brake fluid, coastering, lubing splines, relocating R/R, new saddlebags, highway pegs, windshield.
Scratch that...make that getting her ready for sale. Nope, scratch THAT! I'm keeping her!
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 08:16 AM
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post #3 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 08:53 AM
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.... several times

AKA: Tim & 'The Adventure Cycle' VROC #24567, NEVROC, SteelCity VROC

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Me too!

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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Same here bent my handlebars in a bit on the side that dropped was kinda weird feeling.

'09 Nomad e sold
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Originally Posted by hyperbuzzin View Post
.... several times
Same here... Once I didn't even bother to put the kick stand down, just layed Clyde over, now thats when you feel real stupid...lol...
Have a good one...Old Dog...

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It happens. Pick it up, brush off the dirt, get in your gear and go for a ride.

The journey is the destination.

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63160 miles
Mustang seat
R/R Relocate
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Red spark plug wires
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I hope I have all that stuff out of my system.I have spent alot of time picking my dirt bikes up off the ground. So I hope i left that all behind me when i sold them off and started riding on the street.I still have a dent in my rocker panel on the driver side of my truck where my yz 250 fell over and bam!Put a nice dent in it!

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drilled mufflers
splines lubed
Capped (soon to be coaster)
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Sucks dude, we've all done it though. Not to get preachy but one thing I do everytime I stop and put the kickstand down and turn the bars is gently rock the bike left and right. I look at the kick stand and make sure when I rock her left, the stand slides out just a hair further. Once I'm sure she's stable I get off. It only takes like 10 seconds...
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 01:38 PM
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Happened to me too. Replaced both levers with the Kurykyn ones. They're much more comfortable.
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