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Feb 8th 2016, 09:10 PM   #1
 PapaTango's Avatar
  Feb 2016
  Normandy Park, WA

  Yamaha FZR600
Went down today...

I dumped my bike at an intersection in Burien today.

As the light turns green the car in front of me turns right (as we both are) and suddenly slams on the brakes. Right before this point I was shoulder checking and when I looked in front me again, all I saw were brake lights.
I stopped hard with the front brakes, rear wheel popped up while the front wheel was turned a little to the right - so slowly but surely the bike went down.

Still can't figure out why she slammed on the brakes like that and then took off!
Scraped my knee, armored jacket saved my elbow but what hurt the most was my ego.

I hit the switch, got up, collected myself and got the bike up.
After settling my nerves and inspecting the bike for damage & ground for leaks, all I saw was my brake lever bent really bad (but still working) and a few scratches here & there. But finally I was on the bike and riding again, mad at myself for not paying closer attention.

The question is - What else should I be checking? Any wheel alignment etc that could be thrown off? Anything really serious that could have happened from something like this?
Feb 8th 2016, 09:38 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Travelling around the NW

  Triumph Bonnezilla
For a basic drop, I wouldn't expect any alignment issues. Since your brake lever's bent badly, I'd do a very close look while you're replacing it and a few panic stops in a parking lot to make sure the master cylinder's not damaged as well. As you've discovered, brakes come in handy. Check the footpeg and the rear brake pedal as well as those are frequent victims. Look real close at your handlebar to make sure it isn't bent or twisted if it's a clip-on.

Glad you're ok. Cagers are unpredictable creatures.
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Feb 8th 2016, 09:38 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016

  Ducati Diavel, Aprilia Scarabeo
Hey, check yourself first, you're the least repairable part of the bike.
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Feb 9th 2016, 05:19 AM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Glad you were not seriously hurt.Your Ego will heal with time,Don't be too hard on yourself it happens!
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Feb 9th 2016, 05:30 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow

glad you are ok, next time give your self a bigger gap
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Feb 9th 2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016

She probably got a new text! MUST. STOP. AND. READ. NOW!!!!
Glad you were not hurt.
Had a bud in the 90's on 188th West bound right before the runway tunnels that 'left shoulder checked' and looked back in time to get hit by a car that had pulled out of the Alaska maintenance road. Sucked.
Handlebar and cracks in the brake housing (if it is the front) would probably be the biggest thing on a slow fall over like that. If it is the rear lever usually just the lever takes the hit. Take the lever out (if it is the front) when you straighten it so you don't damage the housing. Make sure your battery is still full. Check bolts to see if anything loosened up.
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Edited by Parilla125 on Feb 9th 2016 at 08:43 AM
Feb 9th 2016, 08:55 AM   #7
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  Feb 2016
  Normandy Park, WA

  Yamaha FZR600
Thanks for the tips & advice everybody!
Little sore today but feeling more experienced after what happened.

Checked her as well as I could this morning. Rode the bike to work & she seems to be running fine.
I found an OEM lever on e-bay last night for $7 shipped.
(It's on the way).
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