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post #1 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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I wrecked my new bike

Ok well that was a click bait title. What I did was just plain damn embarrassing.

I pull up the market and park next to a trailer carrying two dirt bikes. I take off my new helmet (first ride with it). I go to get off the bike and I get off on the right side. Why you ask? Because sometimes with the grade and the ridiculously long kickstand, I do that. I hadn't yet gotten used to getting off using the pedal but sliding off like you with with a low Harley.

So needless to say, my old leg gets hung up and pulls the bike over and it crashes to the ground as the dirt bikers pull up. So embarrassing. I pick the bike back up... surprised at how easy that was FYI. I mutter something about how my new helmet made me a bit woozy which it kinda did because I'm not used to these dual sport helmets making me feel like I'm in a movie theater watching the show from far away from the scene. AFX-41D I do love the helmet though and only complaint is the chin strap seems too far back so it pushes on my throat a little; enough to be irritating.

Long story short, I bought a welder last night and I am cutting the fk out of that stupid kickstand.


Oh and broke a new mirror. The $20 ones you get on amazon. These are definitely disposable mirrors.
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post #2 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 07:36 AM
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Happens to everyone! Even me (of all people). I dropped mine on a Harley. Broke my fiberglass CB antenna (yes I said CB antenna) but that's another story. All I wanted was a little BBQ but just as I was leaning the bike over on the stand, I heard the recognizable sound of the kickstand popping up. I must have not kicked it forward enough. Then the loose gravel under my left boot got involved and down she went. It fell (in slow motion as I recall) into the first Harley in the row to my left. The antenna hit the saddlebag on Harley #1. I attempted to slow the inevitable fall to the ground while picturing Harleys falling like domino's as crazed bikers looked on out the windows at the guy on the Rice Burner. Thoughts went through my mind of fat bikers in black leathers running out the door followed by chicks with no tops on (that was the only good part). I envisioned myself fighting off 15 bikers using the broken CB antenna as a defensive weapon while attempting to not let the bare breasts distract me from the fight. But in the end, all turned out well, as it never left a mark on any Harley. No bikes fell over (besides mine) and nobody saw anything. No videos were taken and posted to YouTube, no police reports, nudity or biker gangs were even involved. My KLR may have got scratched but if it did, the new scratch blended in with the old ones so I couldn't see any change in the bike. It's all part of the ride. Someday I may tell the story to my grandchildren. I'll embellish the story to make it a little more interesting and throw in a few 9mm handguns and nipple clips between the lines. Grandpas are supposed to be good storytellers.

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post #3 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Haha that would be sketchy. I've never ever dropped a bike so it was a shock.
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post #4 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 08:49 AM
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I feel your pain.

Dropping the bike is a pain, but having witnesses almost always makes it worse. It's like adding insult to injury..
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post #5 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 09:16 AM
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Should get lots of views with that title lol.

Yeah, about every time I park mine out on rides I’m annoyed by the stand length, then pissed at myself I haven’t shortened it yet.

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post #6 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Like I said, I am going to be a welding fool
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post #7 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 10:19 AM
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1) The KLR is part dirt bike......it's going down at some point so don't get too upset

2) use the pegs to mount and dismount (like a horse) from the left side.

3) before deciding to cut the stand (and by how much) make sure you have your sag set properly.

4) Double take mirrors are almost indestructible.....not cheap though. Since most of my riding is offroad, the extra cost is more than offset by never having to buy another mirror


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post #8 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 10:20 AM
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$20 ? For a single mirror? Wow! You are a big spender indeed!

I prefer to spend no more than $12 for at least two mirrors!

Examples:

$9.99 for two:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2X-8MM-10MM...EAAOSwZjJU9C1f

$11.49 for two
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Pcs-Unive...QAAOSwIUxafB0f
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post #9 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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1) The KLR is part dirt bike......it's going down at some point so don't get too upset

2) use the pegs to mount and dismount (like a horse) from the left side.

3) before deciding to cut the stand (and by how much) make sure you have your sag set properly.

4) Double take mirrors are almost indestructible.....not cheap though. Since most of my riding is offroad, the extra cost is more than offset by never having to buy another mirror


Cheers,
Dave
Zero idea what sag is? Going to cut out 3/4 of an inch as many have done. It's stupid vertical on the stand for a motorcycle.

I paid $20 for TWO mirrors.
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post #10 of 62 Old 05-21-2018, 10:34 AM
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3/4”, hmm. I was thinking 1” but okay.

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