Robbo
I went out for a ride Sunday arvo to a nice custom car and bike gathering and then a quiet beer on the way home.
Perfect day, huge gathering of all sorts of weird and wonderful machines and good company. Including a friend who had a Zero Electric bike that I rode (US built).
Just before getting home I had to stop at the local shop and I overshot the entrance on a bend, cut in late up a steep off camber driveway and laid my bike down on the right hand side. Very slowly and almost gently but still Dark Horse Down.
The motor idled on for a few seconds and then the cut out shut it down. Getting it back up was daunting but I have picked up big bikes before and it is a knack rather than brute strength.
Then came the part I was dreading, inspecting the damage.
Not much at all but some.
* Scratch on the underside edge of the floorboard (already had some of that from scraping on a corner)
* scratch on the mirror stalk
* minor scratch on the exhaust tip
* broken tip of the brake lever.

The brake lever has a groove in it so the tip is somewhat sacrificial. It means they are easily snapped but also I think it acted as a shock absorption point and probably save me from a lot more damage..

Bummer and I think I strained something in my arm slowing the fall but I can mend automatically. I think I dodged a bullet.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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V-Twin
Robbo wrote:
...Very slowly and almost gently but still Dark Horse Down.
Sorry to hear that she went down Robbo.  Glad it was a soft 'landing'... I've done it myself.  I was sitting in a servo with dozen other riders waiting for a pump to free up... my turn came and I started pushing the bike forward... my helmet sitting on the mirror started to roll and then fall... I should have let it go.  No! Instinctively, I tried to grab it... bike wobbled, leaned... to far to recover.  Helmet bounces off the concrete... I am trying to hold the bike up but gravity wins!  Touched down!!  After the sound of helmet made everyone turn around, dozen bikers are watching me!  Luckily, it being a Vintage with engine guard... it was just a one inch scratch on the chrome guard and a perment error code in the ECU.  No animals were harmed in this story!
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Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
Yeh, I am with v-twin - we have all done it but you know, regardless of how many people say it or how many people mention it to you you are never prepared for the event.  There is possible damage (which can be fixed with a wad of cash and some patience) but probably the worse is the ego bruising and the reputation shattering embarrassment that accompanies you through this journey.
I feel your pain.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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Robbo
Thanks guys, the pain will fade (real and emotional).
The reason I knew how to pick it up is because it wasn't the first bike I have dropped. It may well happen again at some point, much as I hate to admit it but the first cut is the deepest.
I am scared about how much the brake lever will cost.
Fortunately all my riding mates for the day had gone their seperate ways so no one saw it. Well as couple of guys in a ute came back to see if I was ok or needed help which was nice.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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crash
I hear ya, I had a service done yesterday and it cost me $760+ - ouch......
I guess that's the price you pay for a top end machine - tell you what though, the service better be good - maybe they charged an extra $100 to clean it [biggrin] it was pretty messy.
Apparently it cost an additional $300 (ish) to change the front fork oil on the roadmaster.
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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Robbo
Ouch a lot.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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V-Twin
crash wrote:
Apparently it cost an additional $300 (ish) to change the front fork oil on the roadmaster.
I assume that is to remove the front fairing and re-attach?  
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Melbourne, Victoria
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V-Twin
Robbo wrote:
I am scared about how much the brake lever will cost.
The brake lever cannot be purchased separately.  It must be purchased with the master cylinder and chrome housing, clamp, all in a nice kit.  Apparently you can just buy the lever in the States, but not in Australia... anyway, the price for the kit is about $1,200 plus GST... now, before you have a heart attack and everyone blames me for your demise, I am pulling your leg for no good reason other than I'm on holiday and have too much time up my sleeves.   [biggrin]
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Melbourne, Victoria
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faceonahead
Could have been worse, at least you are ok....levers are not that expensive, despite the V-Twin comment, that made me laugh pretty hard
2020 Challenger Dark Horse, stage 1 pipes and air and a stack of minor mostly cosmetic mods
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Robbo
V-Twin wrote:
...now, before you have a heart attack and everyone blames me for your demise, I am pulling your leg for no good reason other than I'm on holiday and have too much time up my sleeves.   [biggrin]


On ya! [biggrin]

Sad thing is that this could have been true so easily.
Ride safe on your holidays and ride often.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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DarkScout
Oh that's not good, and pleased that you didn't get hurt dude and you DH is only pissed off with you a little..
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andrew
bummer, not a biggie though
located:  Gold Coast
Darkhorse, stage 2
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Robbo
Thanks DS and Andrew
It could have much worse on all counts.
On the bright side, I now have a nice teardrop shaped momento from the end of the brake lever to smooth off and make into a key ring or something. That is assuming I don't decide to get in tig welded back on because a new lever is too expensive.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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Chief Signguru
Dropped my Dark Horse here in the Colonies in Florida, embarrassing and somewhat expensive. It cost me $170.00 USD for the replacement lever from Amazon.com. It was about $50.00 USD cheaper than the dealer. I put on the front and rear crash bars, and now when it happens it will not fall on it's side directly, but will rest on the bars instead. Glad you're okay.
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Robbo
Thanks Chief Signguru
I had another look and really limited damage, except for that damn lever.
Might be getting the end tigged back on while I wait for the aftermarket accesories to catch up.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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V-Twin
Chief Signguru wrote:
It cost me $170.00 USD for the replacement lever from Amazon.com. It was about $50.00 USD cheaper than the dealer.
Hey Chief... so a lever cost USD$220.  A direct conversion is about AUD$290.

Robbo, did you get a quote for your lever yet?  Just curious on parts costs.
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Robbo
Not yet. I will chase it up this week and let you know.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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Robbo
Be very careful with your brake levers
The cost of a replacement brake lever
Indian Perth $300
EBAY USA - $175 delivered.
To put this in context I can get a set with both brake and clutch levers for a 2016 Harley for under $40 delivered.
The tig welder is looking good.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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V-Twin
Robbo wrote:
Indian Perth $300 EBAY USA - $175 delivered.
Chief paid USD$170 and you are getting one shipped to AU for AUD$175?  You got a super deal mate!!  Your comment about welding is funny!!
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Melbourne, Victoria
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Robbo
I am actually seriously considering getting the tip welded back on, or leaving it broken until the aftermarket parts catch up. Even $175 is a bit rich for a brake lever.
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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V-Twin
Robbo wrote:
I am actually seriously considering getting the tip welded back on, or leaving it broken...
That could look bad @ss!!  You might start a trend.  Next year, every Darkhorse owners would want weld marks strategically placed around the bike!   [biggrin]
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Melbourne, Victoria
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faceonahead
forgot to say earlier, didnt you standez the bike, not drop it?
2020 Challenger Dark Horse, stage 1 pipes and air and a stack of minor mostly cosmetic mods
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V-Twin
faceonahead wrote:
forgot to say earlier, didnt you standez the bike, not drop it?
I stand corrected!  Or should that be, 'I standez corrected'?   [biggrin]
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Melbourne, Victoria
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crash
If you have a spanner, can't you "borrow" one from the dealer [smile]

OMG - what sort of suggestion was that.......... [biggrin]
Ulysses #30673
IMRG #AU100394
Current: RoadMaster (ebony and ivory)
Highett Victoria Australia
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Robbo
faceonahead wrote:
forgot to say earlier, didnt you standez the bike, not drop it?


I was really checking to see if the automatic engine shut down was working and the gear levet just  snapped randomly. Maybe I should go for a warranty claim  on it [biggrin]
2017 Dark Horse  - Stage 2, Rush Pipes

Location - Perth, Western Australia
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