Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SoCal (SF Valley) 91343
It was only a matter of time...
Not too long ago, I was working on my baby and in the process of wrenching, I nearly wrenched her right off the side stand. Fortunately, I saw it moving and was able to yank her back into place. I stress the fortunately part because my son was near the left front and I was sitting on the ground next to the left side cover. Would have been painful to say the least.
Anyway, I've finally got her back toether after the recent work and decided I'd fill her up tonight so I could go for an actual ride tomorrow, rather than a test ride to make sure she's running. All the way back from the station, I'm smelling raw gas. Then she starts missing on the left cylinder. I baby her into the driveway and get her turned around so I could back into the garage and turn her off.
As I'm pulling off my helmet, I can really smell gas, not just an after effect of filling up. So I fire it up and look at the carbs. Looking from the left, I can see fuel running down pretty good from the right side. So I kill the engine and gran a flashlight and my stool and get in position on the right side of the bike. I fire it up and it looks like gas is coming off of the choke plunger valve where it attaches to the carb. I try giving some choke and she dies. I fire it back up and while looking at the carbs give her some good rolls on the throttle.
With no warning, I feel the bike start walking away, and all I can do is watch. A little forward and then down she goes, onto her left side. Now hse's laying there, not running, with brand new fuel just pouring out of the gas cap. Some of you are probably aware of what a B it is to pick up this bike alone. I learned that today.
Let me share my level of stupidity so noone feels sorry for me, since I should have known better. My driveway slopes down pretty good, not a steep hill or anything, but enough that nothing on wheels has a problem getting rolling. I know this, just like I know how east this bike is to roll off the side stand. So suffice to say that I should have taken the time to park it at a 90 degree angle to the slope.
The damage: Left blinker toast, clutch lever toast, left mirror sheared the bolt off in the socket - toast, grip is toast, left rear blinker is toast, headlight bucket is a little rashed, speedo bucket is shredded all on the left side, probably toast. I haven't even checked to see if the forks got tweaked, but I rode it into the back yard and it seemed to run fine. Of course the clutch lever was nowhere near where it was supposed to be. More like 45 degrees off of level. There's also still the fuel leak at the carbs to be addressed....
So now I'm at a cross roads. I spent a ridiculous amount of money to get this bike (that I paid less than $1k for) up to par for touring with the wife. And now I'm looking at another nice chunk of change to get her back to where she was about 1 hour ago. I'm really a lot more pissed at myself than the bike. Damn!