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Old 20th September 2008
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This is my first post. I'm a long time reader and lurker but tonight I went to get the bike out of the driveway and there is a rather steep drop off at the end of the drive and a truck parked way out from the curb on the other side, maybe 15 feet away. The bottom of the bike and the kick stand scrapes hard off the end of the drive and the back wheel jumps around. I ended up bouncing the front wheel off the side of the truck box. Bent the trucks running boards up and scraped his side with my handle bars, then laid the bike down low side. I managed to jump off, have a look, pick it up, park it and go get the owner. I'm paying for the damage on his vehicle and it's going to cost me on this one. Weird thing is, there is not one single scratch on my 08 Sporty. The rear signal lense popped off and the mirror was loose. Snugged it up, popped the lense cap on and good as new, not even a scratch. The truck looked beat up though. Anyway it was in broad daylight in front of my house and I don't know whats worse, the humiliation or the bill I know is coming. I feel like an idiot, but I'm OK. Whats next for me guy's? I wanted to get back on ride but decided that was enough for now.


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If thats the worst that every happens then count yourself lucky have heard of alot worse things happen when someone just gets a new bike. just be thankful no one was hurt. and remember always try and keep the rubber side down and the shiny side up....welcome to the forum there are alot of really great folks here and they will help you with whenever they can. know they have always helped me.
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sorry to hear of your misfortunes!. .. i grew up and now live again in the northeast, i know it's tough negoiating turns out of a steep drive. i worked for siding company and wiped out the ..the bumper..side of the truck..and some trees along with another 16' box truck,that got pushed into a ditch.I couldn't help it ...snow, ice and poor tires i blame...hahaha! pay what you must but don't get HOSED!
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Well consider yerself lucky. You'd feel worse if your new bike was "worse for the wear" after that mishap. Be more bucks too to get yer new scoot back to pristine. I feel for ya, the most embarrassing thing is to cause damage to someone's wheels with your bike. We all try to be in control, smooth and natural wheeling our scoots around.
Personally I like the 'R" models 19" front tire and 13" shocks for clearance. Needs progressives though. I hate scraping anything and my side stand will touch down with 2 up in tight turns...five cent stock shocks! That 1200 FI engine with minor mods is real kick'in for the bucks laid out. So I tend to push more it in the turns when riding one up.
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Well consider yerself lucky. You'd feel worse if your new bike was "worse for the wear" after that mishap. Be more bucks too to get yer new scoot back to pristine. I feel for ya, the most embarrassing thing is to cause damage to someone's wheels with your bike. We all try to be in control, smooth and natural wheeling our scoots around.
Personally I like the 'R" models 19" front tire and 13" shocks for clearance. Needs progressives though. I hate scraping anything and my side stand will touch down with 2 up in tight turns...five cent stock shocks! That 1200 FI engine with minor mods is real kick'in for the bucks laid out. So I tend to push more it in the turns when riding one up.
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]Sorry to hear about that Mike, Hope ya didnt get yourself scratched or hurt.

Today while riding home a rock about the size of a piece of gravel hit my full face helmet right about where my nose was and i heard it smack full force going about 40 miles per hour. Wear the proper gear and be safe

but keep on riding
and its waay kewl that you owned up and went looking for the owner fo the truck



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First off Mike, Welcome to the XLForum from the Bronx, where the House that Ruth Built, once stood.

We all have had our own mishaps where we learn from our own (or someone else's) mistakes. Be thankful that you walked from this one. You failed to mention whether you're a new rider or not. If you are a new rider, consider taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course. It will give you a good foundation on safety and riding skills. If you already took it, or have been riding awhile, pick up a copy (Amazon or Barnes&Noble) of Proficient Motorcycling, by David Hough. I guarantee you'll be putting it down only to practice new skills you did'nt know or understood before.

Again, welcome..
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Welcome to te forum.

+1 on the MSF course.

I think the cheapest upgrade you can make right now is learn how to exit your driveway slower.
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I think I also would be thinking of a way to stop my bike from scraping the ground when exiting my driveway too. Maybe even a special exit ramp just for your bike or maybe roll through the grass, something but I would not like scraping my bike up even if its on the bottom.
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Well things could have been much worse. If I were you I'd practice entering and exiting your driveway. Just about everyone has a strong and a weak direction of turn. Practice your weak direction. Remember to stay off the front brake, that'll screw you up everytime when making slow turns. Would also be a good idea to take the MSF Course.

Oh, and by the way, welcome to the forum from sunny Italy!
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