Needless to say, I'm a bit hesitant about telling how I dropped my bike, but maybe there is some other new VN750 rider out there who will be saved some trouble and danger, so I'm going for it.
Last week I started her up and went down the the bottom of my driveway, stopped, and started looking both ways before turning onto the street. The engine was cold, but I'd pushed the choke off and it seemed to be idling ok (I bet some of you are already guessing what comes next). I let the clutch out into the friction zone and as it started forward began leaning into a left turn onto the road. Then, almost simultaneously, the clutch grabbed fully and the bike stalled in first gear. I was leaned over and going about five miles an hour--so as I started falling, I managed to get a foot down. But it was too late and the bike hit the pavement, albeit not as hard as if I hadn't gotten one foot on the ground and held onto the handlebars. I then tripped, of course, and fell on my left side (learning to fall in martial arts class helped a bit here, although I did slightly my left ankle)
Like most guys, I first looked around to see if anyone had seen me! Luckily I live on a back road. But by this time, a guy had stopped and gotten out of his pickup truck. He asked me if I was ok, helped me pick the bike up and push it back into my driveway.
Damages: bent clutch lever, some slight scratches on the front and rear turn signals, a couple of scratches on my helmet. Other than that, seems like only my ego was injured.
The lesson: VN750's apparently like to warm up for awhile with the choke on; also, the clutch on my bike is a little grabby when the engine is cold. I've since read that others on this forum have noticed these two problems. In the MSF course, they told us that there is always more than one factor that causes an accident. If enough factors come together, an accident will happen. Pretty much describes my dump.
Good stuff--the road was clear both ways so I didn't stall / fall in front of an approaching vehicle; I had on good protective gear, so no road rash or head injury.
I'm having my local dealer replace the clutch handle and adjust the clutch. If you're going to have an accident, you might as well learn from it, hence this post. And if this is the worst bike accident I ever have, that'll be great.
After it happened, I sat down in my kitchen, had a cup of coffee, went back out and rode around my very forgiving backroad route. The clutch lever isn't bent very far. It was as much fun to ride my Vulcan as ever.
I am not completely without fear however. There is NO WAY I'm telling my wife about this.
Seriously, hope this helps someone else.