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Yea, you're right - live and learn. I used to laugh when I read others dropping it in driveways etc.. Not anymore.
 

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happened to me once. :doh:
felt into snow puddlew right beside the driway. i didn't drop it on the other side though...
 

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I pulled into a restaurant tonight, Right into the first spot I saw. Thought for a second & went to find another. The slope was not in my favor. Long story short, I'm totally sorry for the misshap. I'm new the bike deal & what happened to you is allways on my mind. Hopefully you get it taken care of !
Good luck.
 

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bikebandit.com for my oem replacements at a better deal than my dealer gets or maybe I just got luck on the type of parts I ordered. Same if you wish to go with the oem turn signal lights instead.
 

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Dropped mine 1 time (my old Kaw) after leaving the house. I was in a hurry and forgot to fasten my chin strap. They had just chip sealed our street and when I took my hands off the bars my foot started sliding and it was all over. Only minor scratches on the engine gaurd and major bruises to my EGO. I lucked out but I probably looked like the 3 stooges falling off a tricycle. (You folks of my generation might rem that one.)
 

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there have definitly been worse inccidents. I watched a woman, after a rally, pull into a parking lot and stop. She forgot to put her feet down and the bike just fell over.
 

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Sorry to hear about that. There's a cardinal rule: Never have the engine running if you are not sitting on the bike. I had to learn the hard way too.
 

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I'm there with you in spirit - been there, done that more than I care to mention.

I bought some extra clutch levers off of eBay over the winter, just for occasions like this. PM me and let me know how to get one to you.
 

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there have definitly been worse inccidents. I watched a woman, after a rally, pull into a parking lot and stop. She forgot to put her feet down and the bike just fell over.
In 1999, we were in a group heading to Boscobel for our second annual reunion. We had been riding through 80 miles of COLD RAIN, and I don't mean rain - I MEAN RAIN!!! You know, they type of rain that makes you want to start getting pairs of animials and a real big freaking boat just in case. And of course, back then money was tight and I was a lot younger so I wasn't prepaired. I'm riding in my leather jacket, half helmet and gloves. At that stage in my life, I could not be convinced to have rain gear or to even use it. So needless to say, I was 100% wet and 100% freezing.

We pull into Boscobel and the weather lets up and I follow the group to the Sands Motel. There is already a big VROC crowd gathered and our little group of 10 pulls in. I pull next to a Green Nomad and stop the bike. I swipe my leg to put down the kickstand and start my lean-to. Well, what I didn't count on was that my lets were so numb that I totally didn't feel that I missed the kickstand alltogether and was now on a sideways fall right into a HOT Nomad exhaust system. Greg, the owner of the G/G Nad was dismounting his bike at this time and I went facefirst into his pointy toed cowboy boot instead of the exhaust. The crowd rushed over, pulled me and my VN750 off his Nad and uprighted us. I was a bloody mess as the boot impacted my head and tore up my left ear pretty good and Greg was so apoligitic to me. I kept telling him that I was gratefull that he "kicked" me in the head as that boot was the only thing between me and burning chrome but he still felt bad. In the end, other then my head, there was no harm done so I was pleased.

That was my only public drop. I think I've dropped my VN750 two or three times. The other time I remember was when I was pulling into a parking lot at my American Legion post and hit some loose gravel with my front brake applied. Skid and flip, I was on the ground with some damage to the mirror and the brake pedal. I was thankful that no one was around to see that one...

But I made sure that I learned lessons from both of those incidents...
 

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I pull next to a Green Nomad and stop the bike. I swipe my leg to put down the kickstand and start my lean-to. Well, what I didn't count on was that my lets were so numb that I totally didn't feel that I missed the kickstand alltogether and was now on a sideways fall right into a HOT Nomad exhaust system.
That one sounds somewhat similar (except for any signs of blood) to my accidently parking the Vulcan up against a Hardley's hardsided sided saddle bag when I somehow didn't get the kickstand down all the way.
I gotta say though, I kinda thought there'd be blood spilling once the owner showed up :boxing:


Hiker, you're not the first and certainly wont be the last. It happens. :doh:
Live and learn, and try not to let it happen again. :smiley_th
 

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I've posted this in here before, but this is a perfect place to do it again. I caught my bike as it was falling after I put it on the kickstand. Turns out the nut on the backside of the kickstand had loosened up, I guess, over the course of riding. The loose nut caused the stand to make the bike lean even more and did not engage the stop. I tightened it up and back in business. Check those kickstand nuts!
 
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