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post #1 of 15 Old 02-03-2012, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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KLR took a nap in the garage today


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.
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Ouch! Falls into the sh*t happens category... Good thing that it wasn't a chromed out hog or a sportbike or it would have been an insurance claim! Plus, you have the first drop out of the way now, so you wont have to worry about it anymore. Not making light of the situation, just trying to make you smile

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Bummer. I hate when stuff like that happens. It's amazing how light the bike is when you're pissed at yourself or embarrassed.

Sorry brother, sounds like more damage than you deserved.




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Sorry to hear that. Guess it doesn't help much, but I've definitely done worse than that and I'm sure a lot of folks on here have, too. You are not alone.

Just tell any guy who asks about the damage that it was sustained on an icy, treacherous stretch of single-track when you were outrunning a rogue mountain lion that apparently had mistaken you for a deer.....

If a woman asks, tell her it was sustained on an icy, treacherous stretch of single-track when a small fawn ran out in front of you and you took evasive action so as not to harm it...



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Ouch! Falls into the sh*t happens category... Good thing that it wasn't a chromed out hog or a sportbike or it would have been an insurance claim! Plus, you have the first drop out of the way now, so you wont have to worry about it anymore. Not making light of the situation, just trying to make you smile
No big deal. I bent the handlebar and brake lever back best I could and they are fine. If I were to dab some black touchup paint on the bar end and brake lever the average observer wouldnt even know its been down.
You mentioned what would happen if I dropped a chromed out cruiser. Before I got the KLR, I had a Honda 1100 Shadow. I sold it to my boss shortly after I got the KLR. He dropped it in his garage a couple of months ago. As it turns out, the aftermarket floorboards on the Shadow will actually keep the bike from going over onto its side. The Shadow took a nap with zero damage. Strange but true. Ive heard Goldwings and some Harleys are the same way.
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If a woman asks, tell her it was sustained on an icy, treacherous stretch of single-track when a small fawn ran out in front of you and you took evasive action so as not to harm it...
The only woman who cares is my wife. She came running out to the garage when she heard it fall. She said she just wanted to make sure it didnt fall on me. I tried to explain how it happened and she couldnt have cared less. She has seen me do so many dumb things that this didnt even need an explanation, she didnt even ask why the motorcylce was tied to the garage wall.

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sorry to hear that. Guess it doesn't help much, but i've definitely done worse than that and i'm sure a lot of folks on here have, too. You are not alone.

Just tell any guy who asks about the damage that it was sustained on an icy, treacherous stretch of single-track when you were outrunning a rogue mountain lion that apparently had mistaken you for a deer.....

If a woman asks, tell her it was sustained on an icy, treacherous stretch of single-track when a small fawn ran out in front of you and you took evasive action so as not to harm it...



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She has seen me do so many dumb things that this didnt even need an explanation, she didnt even ask why the motorcylce was tied to the garage wall.
LOL Glad to hear I'm not the only one who has made my wife immune to my stupidity and accidents by repeated, prolonged exposure to them. I usually get a head shake, maybe an eye roll if it's bad enough, but she long ago stopped asking for explanations.



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Just another thought: I'm assuming you're talking about the balancer chain tensioner, not the cam chain tensioner.

I adjust mine when the bike is warm and I just stand on the right side of the bike and kind of lean the bike over against me as far as I can and then whack the case a few times in that area with a non-metallic dead-blow hammer.

I really don't know if does any good or not. That's what the instructions that came with the kit said to do.

I really don't see much of the hammer blows' energy making it too far into the case to affect the balancer lever. I think a better technique (as noted by others on here) would be to tap directly on the adjustment bolt with a socket and a metal hammer to kind of jar things loose if anything's stuck or binding: nothing crazy, just a few, light, metal-to-metal taps.

I haven't tried it yet, but I think it might be impossible to do with my lean-the-bike-against-me method because I don't think I'd be able to reach down that far.



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Bummer. I hate when stuff like that happens. It's amazing how light the bike is when you're pissed at yourself or embarrassed.
Indeed it is. This has always been one of my favorite KLR-related YouTube videos because it makes me laugh my a** off every time I see it. This guy was a good sport for posting this.

He admits he "went into panic mode" and tried to get the bike up and push it up the hill instead of just riding it.

Haven't most of us been there? Adrenaline is a powerful thing.




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