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For your entertainment (at my expense).
My new Harbor Freight bike lift.
My collectable, rebuilt 1974 R90S on the lift doing final tweaking after hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars invested.
This bike is on the lift, in the garage with the lift in the full up position.
I decided it was time to take the R90S off and put the KLT on the lift to install the Ohlins, do the clutch slave thing, etc.
Recent snow storm made shoveling a path necessary.
So..... I hit the garage door button to open the door and turned to start shoveling the path needed to back the bike out.
Some kind of noise made me turn to look.....
just in time to see my 74 R90S fall from the lift (fully raised) and land upside down on the garage floor.
What a f...king bozo.
I hadn't lowered the lift.
The garage door caught the fairing.
The bike was pulled forward off the center stand.
All I could do was watch as the bike fell and landed upside down.
Truly, upside down.
Really.... it landed on the fairing and the tail light.
Destroyed: tail light housing, fairing and windshield (original paint in pretty good condition), the instrument cluster which I had spent many hours rebuilding, and misc. other stuff that's hard to replace with original equipment.
Gotta get some more Ginko Biloba, or something to improve blood flow to my brain.
Jeez Louise......
Back on eBay looking for 74 R90S parts.

Chagrined in the deep south of Vermont.
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post #2 of 15 Old Mar 7th, 2007, 5:08 pm
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OMG!! I am so sorry...you certainly have the right attitude and hopefully you'll get her back to better than it was...man...I know it hurts...wow...

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Truly sorry, Charlie! This definitely does not belong to the humor section.
The R90S is a wonderful bike and I feel your pain...
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Chagrined in the deep south of Vermont.
Charlie, my friend, how many times do I have to tell you to stop acting like me? There is just no future in it.
Man, that's gotta hurt and I feel for you, brother man.

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post #5 of 15 Old Mar 7th, 2007, 5:21 pm
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That's terrible. I am sorry to read the damage. I reckon lot's of time was spent on the bike.

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I am reminded of the time I rode up the K1200RS on the Handy Air Lift and decided to deploy the side stand to get off the bike. It just so happened that my pant leg was caught on the side stand's rubber tip. Lost balance (didn't want going over to the right and fall on the LT) and both bike and I went left and off the lift. Luckily, I was able to get my leg out in the last second and avoid a broken ankle or leg.



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I am sorry about your bike, I have been looking at the Harbor Freight bike lift to add to my garage and I was looking at the garage door room when is up and I thought it could happen and I was thinking about it today I can believe that the first link I read after getting home from work is yours. I hope you find the parts soon and cheep. Sorry We can blame the snow pile but the good news is that this weekend temperature will be to a heat wave 45 F here in Maine and I am sure that is same in Vermont


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Charlie, that's not funny... I am almost sick to my stomach for you.
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Even I fail to see any humor in this, Charlie


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For your entertainment (at my expense).
My new Harbor Freight bike lift.
My collectable, rebuilt 1974 R90S on the lift doing final tweaking after hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars invested.
This bike is on the lift, in the garage with the lift in the full up position.
I decided it was time to take the R90S off and put the KLT on the lift to install the Ohlins, do the clutch slave thing, etc.
Recent snow storm made shoveling a path necessary.
So..... I hit the garage door button to open the door and turned to start shoveling the path needed to back the bike out.
Some kind of noise made me turn to look.....
just in time to see my 74 R90S fall from the lift (fully raised) and land upside down on the garage floor.
What a f...king bozo.
I hadn't lowered the lift.
The garage door caught the fairing.
The bike was pulled forward off the center stand.
All I could do was watch as the bike fell and landed upside down.
Truly, upside down.
Really.... it landed on the fairing and the tail light.
Destroyed: tail light housing, fairing and windshield (original paint in pretty good condition), the instrument cluster which I had spent many hours rebuilding, and misc. other stuff that's hard to replace with original equipment.
Gotta get some more Ginko Biloba, or something to improve blood flow to my brain. Jeez Louise. Back on eBay looking for 74 R90S parts.

Chagrined in the deep south of Vermont.
WOW! So sorry about that little industrial accident! I just changed my underwear reading it. If I ever nutted up like that I'd probably eat my gun. Shit!

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Never done it to a bike but did back my cherished sports car out of the garage once - with the door wide open..... I feel for you.
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post #11 of 15 Old Mar 8th, 2007, 1:57 pm
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That is like being hit in the head with a hammer. Really sorry about the incident.

If you are like me, you are so disgusted that you leave the thing be for a month; or a year! Just caint bear to get back to it.

Which brings up a point about openers. Having a seasoned house, I replaced one of mine recently, and had to deactivate some of the gismos in order to live with it. It was overly sensitive. But it easily stops and reverses at the slightest resistance.

The older door opener would probably push a car out of the way...you really have to hit it to reverse travel. I've got it on the "squash cats and small dogs" setting.

Maybe it is time...

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That is like being hit in the head with a hammer. Really sorry about the incident.

If you are like me, you are so disgusted that you leave the thing be for a month; or a year! Just caint bear to get back to it.

Which brings up a point about openers. Having a seasoned house, I replaced one of mine recently, and had to deactivate some of the gismos in order to live with it. It was overly sensitive. But it easily stops and reverses at the slightest resistance.

The older door opener would probably push a car out of the way...you really have to hit it to reverse travel. I've got it on the "squash cats and small dogs" setting.

Maybe it is time...
Thanks Pete, and all who posted sympathetic replies.

Yeah, old garage door which would decapitate a moose were it in the way.

I chose to post the incident for your entertainment..... and because confession is good for the soul.... or something like that.

I have since set records for obsence bids for old BMW parts on eBay. In garnering replacement parts I have caused thousands of BMW airhead affictionados to wonder: "who is the bone headed idiot" buying 1974 airhead parts?

Gents.... this is funny. I mean, you gotta laugh. In an instant we can make a bad judgement that costs a bundle. But consider... no body is bleeding; no lost limbs or lives. In some cases such a brain-fart does cost life and limb: riding accidents and war zones.

All I have is busted motorcycle parts and a lesson in humility.

Again, thanks to my cyber friends for your sympathy.


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Great attitude you got there...

But this belongs in the HORROR forum.
I'd be kicking myself for who knows how long.

Sorry to hear of the misfortune of your slip.


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....Gents.... this is funny. I mean, you gotta laugh. In an instant we can make a bad judgement that costs a bundle. But consider... no body is bleeding; no lost limbs or lives. In some cases such a brain-fart does cost life and limb: riding accidents and war zones.

All I have is busted motorcycle parts and a lesson in humility.

Again, thanks to my cyber friends for your sympathy.

Chagrined in the deep south of Vermont.
Charlie, you are so right. I believe that a good sense of humor always has to start in the mirror (which, in my case, promptly cracked!). So now, having laughed in the mirror, you are now qualified to make fun of everyone else!!

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That sounds like something I would do. I hope you get everything repaired.
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