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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Turn that front wheel when parking

Learned this the hard way two days ago. Had the bike fall off the kickstand. Even though I put the kickstand down all the way, I set it near a small crack in the drive that had some grass in it. Started the bike and went to the garage to put some gear on. Bike warmed up and started reving high like it usually does. I went back to adjust the choke. I just touched the choke lever, and down she went. Total surprise because I distinctly remember putting down the stand and seeing where it was on the ground. I figure it vibrated enough to move into that crack, compress the grass and because I didn't have the wheel turned to the side, it rolled forward enough to fold the kickstand. If the wheel had been turned, I don't believe it could have moved forward. Broke the LH step and the support for the PF3 popped out on the left side. Won't know for sure if that's screwed or not until I can take the bike out and see what happens at speed.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 12:16 PM
 
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I my self has had this happen to me so now center stand it goes from now on hope every thing is ok with the bike
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Hope the bike is OK.

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Hope the bike is OK. Don't feel bad. A week after getting my VN750, I parked on a slight downhill (that's right, a downhill, don't ask why), put down the kickstand and started to get off the bike. It started going down and I barely held on and kept if off the ground. Pulled out my back for 2 weeks but it was worth it. I don't always turn the front wheel though when I park, now I will. Good luck with the repairs!

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... Broke the LH step and the support for the PF3 popped out on the left side....
I'm really sorry to hear about your mishap. In a similar incident, I had a close call when I picked up my bike from the dealer. I started it while standing beside it, assuming that the bike was in neutral. It wasn't! (The mechanic had parked it and left it in first gear.) I barely caught it when it jumped forward!

My bike has fallen over twice in my driveway -- once to the left, and once to the right -- and in both instances my PF3 took the brunt of the fall and prevented the bike itself from being damaged. (The wings of the shield are a bit scuffed, but that's a small price to pay!)

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My PF2 is scarred pretty bad on the left side. Did the same thing. Started it and turned around. Was just about to put my pack on it when it fell.

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I always turn the wheel to the lock position (left) when using the sidestand since it dropped a couple times....have not had any new drops since doing this for the last year or so...even when it's running and on a very slight downward slope like my driveway.

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Anyone mind telling me what is a PF2 or PF3 please

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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PF stands for PlexiFairing. It's a windshield that fits the bike. The 3 has lowers that the 2 doesn't.

Thanks for the concerns. Bike should be ok once I replace the step. It's on order and should be here in a week or two. This is a good time of the year for this since the good weather's gone south leaving us with fog/mist in the morning and rain in the afternoon.

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I have this rule. If its not on level ground and on the center stand, it doesn't get started until I'm sitting on it.

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