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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-25-2007, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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I did it!

About 2 months ago I dropped the bike in a stupid way and broke the tip off the clutch lever. After a huge hassle regarding an ebay merchant, I ended up getting two levers and perches, one even having the cable attached. By studying the one with the cable attached, I knew how it was supposed to go together, and had little trouble replacing the broken lever on the bike. Wahoo.. I've never done anythink like it before, and didn't have all the right tools, but I got it fixed and then adjusted the clutch more to my liking. Now if it the weather would just clear up so I could ride!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-25-2007, 11:07 AM
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Good job kittykat! In no time you'll be lubing the splines and beyond!

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Congrats - one repair, and I bet you've got the bug now.

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It's the little steps that lead to a long journey.
Glad ya got it figured out.
Do you have anything next on the fix/repair/adjust list that you're going to do yourself?


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My next project is to install yet another clutch lever. I came to a stop and the bike was not completely upright and it's too heavy for me to lift past a certain point. It started to go down and I was powerless to stop it. Shoot. At least I know how to do th erepair and I hve an extra part. I feel so stupid.
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Better than being a dumbass (me) and not replacing OLD HARD tires(me) and trying to beat a light (me) in the rain (me) and locking up the front wheel (me) and sliding 30 feet (me).

Happened a while ago - busted a mirror, knocked the circlip on the shift lever, broke the clutch lever and a turn signal...

Crap happens - don't feel bad about it. At least you were at low/no speed.

I'd imagine there's some instruction available for women with less strength to keep a bike from going on it's side if it decides it wants to. I'm fortunate that I'm a big boy and can save it - otherwise I'd be dropping the bike every other day

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I'm reasonably tall (about 5' 8") but still occasionally find the bike a little off-weight for me. One evening last year, I came home late and tried to scoot around the edge of the driveway. Put my foot down on teh just-mowed lawn, and down she went, taking off the bracket that holds the right mirror. Insult to injury, twice when I went to pick her up, she tossed me back into the lawn. My partner said, "I imagine our neighbor was looking out the window, thinking, 'Who's that drunk on the girls' lawn?'" Just me, getting my butt kicked by my bike. Happens to all of us - probably more than once (so I'm hanging onto old parts as well!).

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Cool

Yeah its no fun dumping your bike. Glad your OK.Its great that you are doing the replacement parts yourself.Its builds character.
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Well since we're on the dropping the bike stories, here's mine.

I had only been riding for 3 months. I told myself time and time again, I WOULD NOT ride in Washington DC until I had a year experience, ( and a valid license ).
Well I had a service call north of DC. Nice day, take the bike. During my service call I get another call. In DC. I decide rush hour is still 4 hours away, I can get the call done and get out before rush hour. Well as anyone in the service business can tell you, (or a vulcan mechanic ).

So the service call took just over 4 hours. I'm watching very carefully as I ride out of DC. Some idiot ahead of me decides he wants to mess with the bike. Every time I would change lanes he would wait till I got even with his bumper and jump over, forcing me to brake rapidly. The third time he did this. My front tire was on an oil spot. I wasn't eve doing 10mph, down I went. Scraped up a few parts, but I took the worst of it. Broke my collar bone!

I look back now and am glad to have had my spill in a slow environment, I'm also glad I took the brunt of the damage. It helps remind me to be aware.
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Congrats kat on the instalation. Before you know it you will be able to replace the stator all by yourself. You should look into the rider program they offer us in NJ. I heard from experience riders it is well worth it. After the 8 hours you will sure learn alot. Even keepin your bike upright!
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