Originally Posted by JPSpen
Have you taken the footrest plate off ?
Those are made of cast metal. It would be unusual for it to bend.
Maybe the mounts or the bolts but the plate normally would just break.
Check it out a little further. You may have ordered the wrong piece.
Let us know if it is really bent... And take a pic....
Yeah, I can't believe that metal would bend either, but the bolts to secure it are behind the peg, to the rear of the bike, and there's nothing securing it forward of that, and there's nothing behind the forward part of the plate. If bent, it would be 1/2" or less, imperceptible when looking at it off the bike.
The area the plate mounts to looks to be the transmission, but I'm not sure of exactly what it is because I haven't had to take the tupperware off to take care of this. However, it's as solid as the engine block so it's obvious the plate would give long before the mounting surface would.
Yes, I've had it off the bike a couple of times. Everything looks fine. The seemingly snapping back in place when I pulled on it also leads me to believe it's bent.
Since it was only a mirror that broke when it dropped, I just chalked it up to the price of riding an LT. With the amount of money I've spent on this bike for service since I bought it in 2007, it would be dumb to complain. I had a few issues before it went out of warranty - all seal related. However the guy who sold it to me had 2 Harleys and this, and after he drove it for a few weeks he decided he is a Harley guy and just can't drive anything else. So he put it in his garage for over a year and had to charge the battery the day I came over in answer to his ad on Cycletrader.com.
The leaky seal problems from lack of miles are well documented here, and again, once they were fixed, the bike hasn't given me a nickel of trouble.
Originally Posted by pushin9s
Sorry to hear about your misfortune, but it seems that you're keeping a stiff upper lip and still have your will to live.
Hope you get your LT back on the road and without too much hassle. I hope you at least enjoyed the races?
After we parked the bike I went over it with a fine-tooth comb. Not a scratch on any painted surface anywhere. I have the black rubber BMR strips on the chrome saddlebag trim (an accessory I purchased from experience
) so the only loss of color was a tiny rub mark on the edge of the dash where the mirror touches it - very minor.
So I had a great time at the races (we were there for 3 days and next year we're planning on 4) and didn't know about the bent plate/shifter problem until 2/3 of the way home. Comparing this to any kind of accident when driving 700 miles in 3 days and I consider this a parking lot dent. The tough part would have been picking it up as it lay on it's side, but there were 50 concerned bikers withing 100 feet and they were there immediately. I had to convince them I was OK before they turned to pick up the bike - my first concern, of course! After it was over, I asked if anyone took a picture of it while down and the answer was no - they were too busy trying to help out!!! How cool/lucky is that?
I already got a new condition shift lever on fleabay for $35 and the plates are about $100, so that's no big deal, but as you can imagine, in three weeks a mirror has not come up for sale anywhere - fleabay, beemerboneyard or the MOA site.
I knew it was $350 so it looks like I'm going to have to bite the bullet. I've put back on the RT mirrors I bought for it and didn't like - but it'll allow me to bide time waiting for a cheaper one to come up.
In all, this is minor. And besides, I learned you can't park this on anything but flat, solid ground.
Thanks for all the comments - keep 'em coming.