I hate when Im trying to do something simple and it turns into a whole big stupid thing that I wouldve been better off just not doing.
I got the bright idea that I should check/adjust the cam chain tension. I read somewhere that its recommended that you tilt the bike over on the right side to make it easier for the tentioner to move. So I get the bright idea to anchor a ratchet strap to a bracket on the garage wall and to the frame of the bike. as I release tention on the strap the bike leans to the right, just a little more, a little more, a little more, then BAM, down she goes, the rear tire actually slipped out from under it.
Not much damage but enough to make me sad because this is the first time the bike has ever been down, slightly bent handlebar, scrapped up bar end weight, bent and scraped front brake lever and hand guard, bent winshield frame (TCI windshield), scaped muffler guard.
Good news is, I found out that I dont have any problem lifting the bike, even with a full tank of gas. Ive heard horror stories about how heavy these pigs are to lift so I was a little concerned about how I would manage if/when I drop it. Im no longer concerned. Other good news, I now know how to remove and install the bar end weights, something I have never done before.