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Offline Steve

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Laid in 6 hours...
« on: November 07, 2013, 01:52:22 pm »
Ok, so maybe it's not quite as impressive as it sounds...

I picked up my 2013 C14 two days ago as a replacement/ upgrade from my Ninja 650 (it's my DD).   Quite a weight difference.  The wife and I were about to go out and show the bike off to some friends. I was taking it off the center stand and I'm not quite sure what happened other than pure s*1thouse luck, but it started leaning to the right... I yanked with all 150lbs of myself to try to get it leaning back towards the side-stand, but that did nothing against a 788lb bike... slowly, down she went.  >:( :'( After picking it up and doing a damage assessment (and the wife storming off pissed that I had just dropped my brand new bike :-[) I discovered a small scratch on the saddle bag, small scratch on the mirror, small scratch on the exhaust heat-shield, and a small crack in the lower cowl right next to the engine case.   

Lessons learned:
The center stand on these leaves a lot to be desired.
My scrawny @$$ needs to get to the gym.
When taking off the center stand (when I actually use it...), be on the right side of the bike so I can push it left onto the side stand.
Get crash-cage asap to protect the expensive parts....

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 02:10:43 pm »
Wow, that's rough Steve.  I don't know if this'll work for you, but I always stand astride when I take her off the centerstand (on those rare occasions when I use the centerstand).  At least the tipover bars weren't sitting on a shelf in your garage waiting to be installed - you'd be amazed at how often I hear that!  I'm really glad that you weren't hurt and that your damage is relatively minor, and your incident does qualify you for the CDA Award except for one thing.

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 02:44:53 pm »
I almost did that the first time I took mine off the center stand, but ever since then I mount the bike and lean back then give it a little oomph pushing forward and it hops right off the center stand.  Granted that may be more difficult for more vertically challenged people, but I am only 6' and am able to manage.

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 05:41:20 pm »
The bike is just to heavy to do anything from the side in my opinion.   I walk it around and take it off the stand only while sitting/standing astride over the seat.   I would put it up on the stand that way if I could.

Saw a shop guy grab it and walk it over rough terrain into a shop once.  I would have never tried it myself but he seemed unfazed by it so I guess there are those strong enough.
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 06:36:47 pm »
yep Straddle the bike
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2013, 07:13:50 pm »
yep Straddle the bike
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Always on the bike when I move it.

That's a tough first post. Welcome to the asylum Steve.  :beerchug:

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2013, 07:43:25 pm »
Steve, sorry to hear about this incident. At least the bike didn't land on top of you! (Been there, got the t-shirt, it HURTS...)

One thing I found helps with scratches, if they're not too terribly deep, is Meguiar's Scratch X. You can get it at most autoparts stores and the like. About $7-$8. Will buff out most scratches very nicely.
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2013, 09:39:05 pm »
Should never get mad at a child that drops an ice cream cone. The last thing they wanted to do was drop it. Welcome to the club. Glad the damage was minor.
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2013, 11:06:27 pm »
Should never get mad at a child that drops an ice cream cone. The last thing they wanted to do was drop it. Welcome to the club. Glad the damage was minor.

Where were you when I was a kid? I once tripped and dropped a bowl of mashed potatoes all over the dining room rug. I got the beating of my life for that too!
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013, 03:58:26 am »
Sorry for the late reply... Been working long days the last few days.


Thanks for the tips! I think from here out I'll make sure I have a buddy to help put it up, and straddle putting it down.


As far as dropping it, it's whatever. S#!t happens. (Obviously, as there's an entire forum section dedicated to this! Haha).  Kindof bummed about the minor scratches (I'll look into that scratch repair!) but quite glad nothing expensive was broken, or my wife/ I injured!

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2013, 05:23:56 am »
This is the product: http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g10307-scratchxreg-20/

I don't work for them, I just know something good when I see it. I've used this on my car as well (the indentation behind the door handles gets scratched up over time, this buffs it right out.)

Top that with some good quality polish and wax, and you'll never know the area was otherwise damaged. I had a little bump on one of my saddlebags at the National this year, and when I got home, I sorted out the scratch with this. Can barely see if from 2 feet away.

Hope this helps!
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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2014, 02:37:07 pm »
When i take my Connie off the center stand, I'm straddling it in the saddle. This way I have a leg on each side if she should try to tip. Have never lost a bike off the center stand doing it this way.

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2014, 02:53:18 pm »
When i take my Connie off the center stand, I'm straddling it in the saddle. This way I have a leg on each side if she should try to tip. Have never lost a bike off the center stand doing it this way.

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Re: Laid in 6 hours...
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2014, 11:50:07 pm »
Same here climb on and rock forward. When I move the bike around when not seated, I put the kickstand down and push from the right side. It's either going to fall on me our land on the kickstand. I use this technique when rolling it backwards and push with my hip against the side case.