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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-14-2012, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Dropped my bike the other day

I dropped my 05 Vulcan last week the only damage was that the ignition switch is loose where do I tighten it up at

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I dropped my 05 Vulcan last week the only damage was that the ignition switch is loose where do I tighten it up at

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you might have a broken bolt. they are hard to get to without removing the headlight bucket, but it can be done. look up from the bottom of the triple clamp, there are two medium sized allen head bolts, should be zinc plated and kinda gold in color. you can actually remove or install the bolts (unless broken) with a loose allen wrench, a folding set or socket tip ain't gonna fit, it's pretty hard to see them up in there. good luck.

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Wow. Of all the parts I would think of that might get damaged somehow when the bike gets dropped, the ignition switch would likely not even make the list.

You got like 4 lbs of keys on your key ring or something???

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Wow. Of all the parts I would think of that might get damaged somehow when the bike gets dropped, the ignition switch would likely not even make the list.

You got like 4 lbs of keys on your key ring or something???

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Well maybe it got dropped upside down???

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My wife dropped my bike...

Oops! In case she reads this...

My wife dropped OUR bike and bent the clutch handle. No other damage and no real need to fix it other than cosmetic. How lucky am I... I mean... How luck are WE that's all that happened.

She did also hurt her confidence, and that sort of sucks, but we'll get her back on soon. She rides passenger, but she really wants to drive one. She took the MSF class and everything. She's just so darn nervous.

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Thats a shame that your wife had a mishap with the bike, don't pressure her into getting back on let her build up to it again, maybe let her get a little practice on something a little smaller and build up to the 750,
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Hurt confidence is a lot better than hurting something else. Hey, now you two know that the bike can drop and it's not the end of the world and she can build back up to trying it again.

I had the same thing happen with my wife and my bike. Sounds like yours fared a little better than mine did...I had a broken clutch lever and left front foot rest. I think the vn750 is a little top heavy and too tall for many women. My wife is only 5' 2" and even though she is athletic and strong, she still had trouble with the bike.

My wife is starting to talk about wanting to try to ride a smaller bike again. So just give her time and she will come around again.
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Swagman: No worries. I don't pressure. I want her to ride with me more often, but if she doesn't ride on her own, that's fine. And you're exactly right; she's been talking about a Honda Rebel or a scooter - something smaller and lighter.

Deviate: She actually did also get a little bruised and inflamed, but she was wearing jeans so no scrapping or blood. She might have also had a little whiplash. Nothing that makes her leery of trying again.

I don't know what I would have done if the clutch completely broke. I don't know how to fix these things and shops charge way too much. You're right on; I am lucky.

The question I wonder about is, is the bike too heavy, top-heavy, too tall, etc. or is it the lack of experience, confidence, etc.? The bottom line is, if the bike is completely straight up, it takes no strength to hold it there. If it slightly tips, you ought to feel it before it tips so much that gravity gets a hold of it. Besides, my wife weight trains. I don't know if it was a strength thing or a fear thing. In either case, starting smaller will help her overcome.

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Tell her not to feel bad at all...I been riding bikes since the late 60s, and I dropped mine recently....standing still...thought the sidestand was down (really)...



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