Dropped.

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  1. jethro911

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    Looks like a good time was had by all! Nice smooth lines indicates some excellent eye lead and nobody exceeded their limits or rode too fast to manage the unknown curves. Nice!

    I'm just wondering where all the cagers are? The roads seemed to be deserted! Is it always like that?
     
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    Valid point. I've never taken Vulture Mine Rd before, so don't know if it's always that empty, but that's the one where we opened them up on the straightaway. No cars there. As for the curvy parts later on, I think it was so empty because it was Monday before noon but we did pass three or four. You should come and ride with us sometime =)
     
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    So, I am checking tire PSI. I am on the off side and I think "I can pull it to me and roll it forward just enough to position the air valve." This is because I am too freaking lazy to walk around the bike and push it normally. I pull the bike toward me. So far so good. I roll is forward and I hear a "tink" as the stand pops up. The bike is now off balance away from me and has started to go. It's heavy and getting heaver exponentially. The problem is it is headed for a sure crash into my Norton which will drop it like a rock too. By shear force of will I pulled it back upright. Of course I paid the price for defying the laws of physics as something pulled in my back. I should be fine after a couple of days of ibuprofen but at least the bike(s) are not scratched or dented. I won't be pulling that trick again.
     
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    Ooooops, that blows. Right angle valve stems are the answer, makes adjusting air much easier and gives you a much greater range to get at the stems.
     
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    Angled or straight, the pesky things still always stop under the fender.
     
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    I just had a little mishap on my mint 3rd Gen. Here are some pics.

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    Phew! Can't believe that you were actually able to stop falling VFR!!!! They are so top heavy that I thought it'd be impossible. Good catch, and aw, so, so lucky you are... It's also interesting how, although we talk about them dropping, it still keeps on (or close to!) happening, mostly because of our laziness... Interesting, the human nature...
    And on that note, this morning, I was late for work, but knew I had to add some air to the tires, so instead of sitting on the bike and moving it to get the air stem into the right position, I just grabbed the bike from the side, and moved it back a little. As I was doing it, I realized, AW SHIT, that's the way I dropped it last time, yet, I did it. I promised myself right away though that I will never do it again. And I truly hope I won't, cuz I love my Captain :wink:
     
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    OMG!!! Are you OK?! How fast were you going and what happened? It looks scary...
     
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    I was going about 35 to 40 mph coming out of a tight left hand turn when my centerstand scraped the pavement hard during mid turn. I believe this caused the rear wheel to come up off the ground and spin the rear wheel of the bike outwards. I'm ok thanks to my gear and was just lucky I didn't go any further than 10 feet or so down a very steep 50+ foot embankment. Left side of the bike is trashed and I'm pretty upset because 20 year old plastics aren't easy to find. It's a 1993 model that just turned 13k miles.

    Rollin
     
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    But on the plus side you got some freaking awesome pictures just before you threw it down!

    At lease you missed the muffler.
     
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    First off, yes, The VFR is VERY heavy and it was a kind of mind over matter tug of war (force of wills) between myself and the earth's gravitational field. I won but I paid for it.

    Your new VFR is christened "Captain" then?
     
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    First of all, I'm glad you're ok. We bikers, tend to lose perspective when it comes to crashes: we put our bike damage ahead of our body damage, which is kind of crazy, but true for 99.9% of riders out there. SO, I'm glad that you were wearing your gear, and that it worked, that's awesome.

    Second, yes, crashing sucks. I crashed for the first time a month into owning the Captain, and felt like shit - pissed off, sad, hurting all over (got some bruises and scrapes), and wondering how my insurance is going to handle it. Luckily, they didn't total my bike, although it was very tight ($200 more and it would have been gone). They fixed all the damage, but the color for my right fairing still doesn't match exactly the shade of the left one. Better yet, after they fixed it, I managed to drop it - twice - on the left, and on the right side. Now, that's some serious abuse.
    So, my take on crashing is that it just happens, and you gotta get through it, learn from it, and move on. In the end, even the most beautiful bikes are designed for riding, not for looking at, so don't be too tough on yourself, and look at it this way: you've got some kick-ass photos from the ride, you're in one piece, and the only thing to fix are plastics, which BTW, I do have some from my crash. Probably won't be a big help with your 93', but just putting it out there in case any creative solutions unfold. Glad you're ok. Everything else will get sorted out :smile:
     
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    399738_3734868898499_1595078341_n.jpg Captain, aw Captain, he is, indeed :cool:
     
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    Hey Rollin-again glad your ok, so that was at the dragon? I gotta check that out, I live in Charlotte.

    Patrycja, I caught up on this thread, glad you got everthing worked out. You should be modeling bikes for Honda or something
     
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    "O Captain! my Captain!" Sorry, I couldn't resist!
     
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    Dude you gotta quit biffing your bikes, I don't have any 3rd gen parts to donate to ya!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you came out ok man.
     
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    Oh Rollin, I didn't know that was you I was looking at on Killboy's FB page...good to see you are walking and not injured, other than your pride.
     
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    I pray to God every time I take mine out that I won't drop her because I'm a skinny guy (120lbs for 5'7). So I don't think I'll be able to pick her up! You see, my 1st was a VF500...Dropped (static) her a few times. No plastics to break/crack, other than bent levers she was fine .
     
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    I had a mishap on my Arkansas ride. It was an uphill grade with loose chat. I didn't give it enough stick to start and it died. It rolled back, stopped by the gear I was in and I fell. Over I went in an embarrassing slow motion fall that bent my clutch and shift levers. I was laid out on the ground. It was toward the end of the day and I was tired. I am a big guy and I don't know if i could have gotten it back on its wheels without help.
     
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    From what I have read, if you lay it over on the right, the easiest way is to put the stand down, then with your but toward the seat, reach down behind you, hook onto the seat or what you can get a hold of, then lift with your legs, not your arms or back. More strength in your legs.
     
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