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  • Offline Pegasus   gb

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    What parts get damaged when placing the bike down....unintentionally
    on: September 02, 2019, 10:19:22 am
    September 02, 2019, 10:19:22 am
    Mutley Down.  :430:

    Had an awesome ride on Saturday, up to Blade Ducati in Abingdon to book the beast in for it's annual service. First time I've had to service the bike...249.99 excl is it more expensive to service my bike rather than than my car!!! I suppose that's the price for luxury bike ownership. Then popped to Blade Triumph in Swindon to catchup with a friend working there and check out the competition. 1200 Scrambler.....does look a little fun. Then down towards Cirencester for lunch.

    Whilst leaving the parents after lunch, I normally go right at the end of the road, but I thought i'd spice it up and take a more fun route back so decided to make a left instead. I was just turning off the drive when for reasons that I am unclear of, the bike went over to my left. Following me completing the Cotswold way walk the week before, i had a substantial blister on the ball of my left foot, so it was a little more painful. Then, as though time slowed down, and my pain threshold grew, i placed the old girl down some how without crushing myself.  :172: Immediately reaching for the kill switch and looking around to see if i had an audience of this rare and unsightly spectacle. Thankfully no one around and my adrenaline pumping, I heaved the bike up (thankfully watched a couple of videos of how to pick a heavy bike up only a couple of weeks ago) and gave the bike a full look over. Aside from my dignity, there was no real obvious damage.  :037:

    The bike is as standard and i have have been looking into protection for it. I now know what parts touch down and where to protect. Hand Guard sliders are a must i think. As i essentially placed it down there was no real impact, however, once i picked it up (surprisingly easy with adrenaline pumping) I noticed a little mark on the wing mirror casing, the hand guard had a little mark on it, the clutch lever has a tiny dimple in it, and the pillion foot peg held the back end up with barely a scratch on it thankfully. No faring damage! I feel like a simple must, is the hand guard sliders. I would have protected two of those components that way. However, i don't think it'll save the mirror. I almost feel as though if i had done the same thing with the engine bars, it would look more obvious and more expensive to fix.....but then i was "lucky" enough to get away with placing it down rather than full on dropping it. I'm just glad i didn't have the panniers on it, as i think that would have been far more expensive!

    I've contemplated the R&G frame sliders, but curious to know if they get in the way of your legs whilst riding? A tough one for people to admit, but has anyone laid a mutley down with the frame sliders on got a damage report?

    Any suggestions on where/how much a replacement mirror case is, and replacement hand guard?

    Will upload a few photos when i remember.
    Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight

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    Re: What parts get damaged when placing the bike down....unintentionally
    Reply #1 on: September 02, 2019, 10:29:24 am
    September 02, 2019, 10:29:24 am
    sorry to hear the story, at least you're fine!

    I've fitted evotech frame guards plus the front and rear spindle bobbins....but hope never to find out how effective they are...

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    Re: What parts get damaged when placing the bike down....unintentionally
    Reply #2 on: September 02, 2019, 02:13:20 pm
    September 02, 2019, 02:13:20 pm
    Pegasus -  no damage was done to bike or person so all's well. It is a tall top heavy(ish) bike so it can happen on tight turning at low speeds

    For me the answer is crash bars (I had the dealer fitted Ducati ones) - there is a school of thought that the crash bungs can dig in and flip a bike whereas a bike slides on bars .Some sort of bar end protection is a must and also front fork bobbins  as well.

    As for the rear end you can go for bobbins again and / or your panniers (a bit controversial that statement ) - the panniers will catch a large amount of damage and keep it away from the bike but a spill will probably write one off

    A careless SMIDSY driver when the bike was new back in 2017 gave me the benefit of experience here