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post #1 of 7 Old Apr 10th, 2011, 12:37 am Thread Starter
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What a magnificent weekend for riding, although I had to spend yesterday (Saturday) organizing the blue slip so I can change over the rego on Monday.

Kate (wife) was upset we didn't go out but was happy that today we would head out to Wollombi for a lunch at the pub.

Forecast was for rain but first thing this morning it was sunny and fine so we started off around 8:30am. Up the "old road" to Calga then on to Peats Ridge for breakfast.

When I parked the bike it seemed to be too upright but I couldn't be bothered moving it to another spot (see where this is going?). We went in and ordered our food when I looked outside to see everyone looking in the direction of my bike.

The wind had strengthened and blown it over!
A couple of guys helped me pick it up and upon inspecting found the mirror had broken it's plastic mouldings, the chrome protection strip on the pannier is badly scratched (chrome taken off in a patch 30mm square), a few marks in the paintwork, the front brake handle is bent and I'm not sure if the bars are straight (could be my bad eyesight).

So I guess I will be on the phone trying to find some replacement parts tomorrow.

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Re: A lesson learnt the hard way

Ahh Greg, feel your pain!
Was it on sidestand or centrestand...?
Don't forget on sidestand ALWAYS put it in first gear, and let the bike roll against the gearing before you put it down onto the stand fully..... otherwise it can roll forward off the sidestand very easily.
BTW, did we tell you about tethering your mirrors?? (the can pop off too easily, a cable tie on each one does wonders at that inopportune moment).

My little TYC went over the other day... all ready to go for a quick dinner bite after we'd parked the trailer, Kerry got on the back but couldn't find her comms cable, so decide to hop off again (without telling me...).
I just let the old girl go over (and Kerry too), then picked her up again in a jif... easy enough to do, and no scratches thank heavens (this time).

It'll happen again, now its happened once.. don't sweat it!
In fact, take the opportunity to show your skills and say, "thanks, but I can do this", and whip it back up in no time on your own... that'll keep em quiet on the sidelines!

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Ahh Greg, feel your pain!
Was it on sidestand or centrestand...?
Don't forget on sidestand ALWAYS put it in first gear, and let the bike roll against the gearing before you put it down onto the stand fully..... otherwise it can roll forward off the sidestand very easily.
BTW, did we tell you about tethering your mirrors?? (the can pop off too easily, a cable tie on each one does wonders at that inopportune moment).

My little TYC went over the other day... all ready to go for a quick dinner bite after we'd parked the trailer, Kerry got on the back but couldn't find her comms cable, so decide to hop off again (without telling me...).
I just let the old girl go over (and Kerry too), then picked her up again in a jif... easy enough to do, and no scratches thank heavens (this time).

It'll happen again, now its happened once.. don't sweat it!
In fact, take the opportunity to show your skills and say, "thanks, but I can do this", and whip it back up in no time on your own... that'll keep em quiet on the sidelines!

cheers
Chris
(in somewhat sunny Port Augusta, SA)
She was on the side stand, like I said, maybe a little too upright? Just needed a good gust of wind to knocked her over.
The mirror had a tether on it but it landed on the mirror and has broken the the inside plastics so I need to find/buy a new mirror and gold plastic bit. $$$$s

I have had it fall on me a couple of times and I've managed to lift as shown in a video I saw from Germany.

You missed a magic weekend here but now we have heavy rain for a couple of days.

Ride safe and hope we can catch up when you get back.

Greg

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She was on the side stand, like I said, maybe a little too upright? Just needed a good gust of wind to knocked her over.

Greg
Morning Greg, aghhhhh painful...I can hear the sound...still....after the Richard Crannium of a plumber reversed his vehicle outta a marked space and just nudged Beryl Beemer over on the right hand side, where she was parked, in gear, on the side stand. That episode cost the cretin almost $3,900 in insurance claim....(yep read that again almost $three thousand nine hundred Australian dollars).... I was off the road for about 3 weeks whilst Frasers at Concord had Beryl.....wouldn't give me a loaner bike either....which just added more to the pain of having to drive a cage to work each day...(pewk!)

I was gonna flick you a "doing slow U turns" bit of "heads up" as I can almost see you needing that "somewhere/sometime".

heyyy Chris, WTF is this pillion stuff jumping off without telling the pilot?????????AAAGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH more pain....Rhonda does this sorta thing when getting on...such that she'll almost do two hops to get on normally...but beware the time when she only does one....GGGGGGRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr quadracep muscles bulge, thank goodness for many years of playing tennis otherwise....well... don't go there.

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Re: A lesson learnt the hard way

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I am now up to number 15 thanks to a bad stop the other day, sorry to hear she's a bit banged up. The one thing I learned with this big bike is not to take anything granted as you just found out. one of my drops I was pushing some thing into the side pannier gave it an almighty shove and pushed the bloody bike over that was funny if you think something is not quite right then take the time to correct it. damn I wish I listened to myself there are cheap mirrors on ebay from china I think

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I am now up to number 15 thanks to a bad stop the other day, sorry to hear she's a bit banged up. The one thing I learned with this big bike is not to take anything granted as you just found out. one of my drops I was pushing some thing into the side pannier gave it an almighty shove and pushed the bloody bike over that was funny if you think something is not quite right then take the time to correct it. damn I wish I listened to myself there are cheap mirrors on ebay from china I think
Thanks Linton, I hope you're not giving me something to aim for although 3 times in 6 weeks is probably a just initiation?
I saw the Chinese mirrors and might consider them some time in the future. I assume that the mirrors and their mounts haven't changed thru the years so I will need to buy paint to match the bike (light yellow is the correct colour)
I have glued the bits together as I have to put it over the "pits" at the RTA to get it registered (very annoying!) and I don't think it would pass without a mirror
I'm not sure how to repair the chrome on the pannier as yet. When I become more financial I might consider buying a complete unit from the US.

As an aside, I paid $1.70 a litre for 98 today! Geez I'm glad our dollar is worth 1.05 on the American dollar. It just amazes me how these guys can continually rip us off!

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the pannier moulding is available here to order no need to get it o/seas and it wont be cheap prob being chrome about double black 80.00 they are held on by doubled sided tape no scews, you have to heat the inside (I used a paint gun) on a low setting and just pull it off after the tape losses grip.
but you no its gunna happen again right. but only after you replace it and dont forget to remove the reflecta.
yeah fuel prices are through the roof here to

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