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post #1 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have a ghost ..

I know this will sound really strange.. But this is true ..

Today I got out the KLR.. unlocked the steering and turned the key to on.. Neutral light bright green.. .. shut off key.. pushed the bike about 25yds to the driveway.. .. down the kickstand.. turn on the key.. set the choke. and start the bike.. .. running smooth after 30 seconds.. I cut back the choke to about half.. showing just under 1500 rpms.. walk away about 10 steps to grab my helmet and BANG.. Bike on its side.. Got it up.. Shifter in 1st gear.. no neutral light showing at all.. Neighbor across the street.. said he heard the bang and looked. didn't see me .. just the bike on it's side.. Possible I could have had it half out of gear toward neutral I guess,, My heart sank.. I know I will get dings and scratches on it. but less than three weeks old was disheartening to me..

Scratched the faring some.. and the balancer on the left handle bar.. broke the Hand Guard.. I guess I was lucky.. has anyone had anything close to this happen to them?
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 07:44 PM
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Arg! That sucks dude! I'm sorry. I've heard of this happening with bikes although never a KLR specifically.

If it is three weeks old and under warranty, I would totally take it back and tell them what happened. They won't believe you, but I would make such a nuisance of myself that they were forced to deal with it. I would get a notarized statement from my neighbor who saw it. I would mail a copy to the dealership and Kawi. I would get them to make this right. Or I would go down trying. Might not be a fight you want, but the squeekier the wheel the more grease it gets, eh?

So, I feel your pain. That has never happened to me. But a girl did break up with me once and then went schizo and changed the locks on all our shit. I had to call the police. I imagine it felt something like that.

Keep looking on the bright side, brother.




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post #3 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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It happens I guess Murphy's law .. LOL I will be visiting them soon and will see what happens.. probably better talking to a wall..

But.. I am sure if you use it like they were intended.. nicks and dings are going to happen..

I just didn't want any this soon.. :P
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post #4 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 09:04 PM
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I agree Gunjunkie, shit happens and we learn from it. I'm all for stretching the warranty to the breaking point when required, but this isn't close to a warranty issue. Your dealer will see right through you and just mark you down as a liar and bad customer if you don't tell the exact truth. They can easily check the warranty records on the computer to see how many kickstand related fallovers were claimed and they'll probably see a big fat zero.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-16-2009, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Yep.. I am sure more damage will come from use it will get.. .. I know I learned no to trust idiot lights.. it won't happen again..
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I'm guessing that the kickstand was not pushed all the way forward and the vibration of the motor made the bike wiggle forward enough to make it fall. When the bike hit the ground the shifter hit pushing it into gear. Just my theory. Sorry ya got it scuffed while still in the honeymoon mode. Now ya don't have to worry about getting that first scratch any more though.
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I'm guessing that the kickstand was not pushed all the way forward and the vibration of the motor made the bike wiggle forward enough to make it fall. When the bike hit the ground the shifter hit pushing it into gear. Just my theory. Sorry ya got it scuffed while still in the honeymoon mode. Now ya don't have to worry about getting that first scratch any more though.
Very True.. Like my buddy said today.. he has never seen a KLR without a ding , dent , or scrape.. unless it's in a showroom..
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OK. I was hoping this would make sense. My first thought was it rolled off the kickstand, too, but wouldn't that push the shifter up?




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Is the driveway level? If not, maybe the KLR was pointed downhill and in neutral? If so, next time use the emergency brake

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post #10 of 13 Old 04-17-2009, 01:35 PM
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A few months after I got my 08 I was getting gas. Pushed the bike over to get air. Kickstand was engaged. I was hunkered down airing up and lost my balance a little and barely touched the right grip...I also barely sensed the bike roll forward, but realized what was happening in time to grab the grip and hold on like hell. I can't believe I held it up. A big audience probably helped. But the grade was almost imperceptible.

I've always left my bikes in gear. Now I don't leave them in neutral unless I am standing right beside them. Especially the KLR with its...ahem...generous kickstand.




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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