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Old 10-26-2012, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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mirrors and levers

so sure enough, the first week of having my license, and my speedy, i dropped the bike a total of 5 times all from a stand still while in a parking spot. So finally after having such glorious luck and having no real damage, today, while trying to adjust myself on the seat, i lost balance of the bike and it went over, snapped the head off the mirror and bent the brake lever.

so i know about a bunch of the popular aftermarket sites, but, well I'm pretty tight money wise and am looking on ebay and I have to plead my ignorance. I have no idea what will actually fit and what won't, let alone how to remove the broken mirror/lever.

anyone who could shed any light on anything to do with replacing either part would be much appreciated.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out Kuryakyn long stem Magnum Plus mirrors.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had the same problem. Of course it only happened to me once I have the habit now of only moving the bike while I'm sitting on it even if I do look funny. I also keep my hand on the front brake. It helps a lot.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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would any of the arlen ness mirrors fit the speedy?
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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dropped five times?

Review your procedures....are you riding on the roads yet? Did you have a riding test to pass when you got your licence?
Would you please give me a call and let me know when your taking your bike out for a spin......best of luck but you need to get some practice in.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:18 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You should really take a motorcycle safety course, one weekend of time can improve your ability to ride safely expedentially. Dropping bikes is bad for them and you. Be safe!
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've taken the msf course. I drove to and from work all week, including a 60 miles trek from the dealership. for some reason it's just happening when I'm completely stopped and not in gear, literally happened twice back pedaling out of a parking space at work. 2 of the other times were in succession at a parking space at a convenience store (on an incline) and I couldn't get my side stand to come out and lost my balance. I'm not having any real problems on the road, it's just parking spaces that I'm having problems with.
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Sounds like target fixation, you are thinking that the bike will fall over so it does. Practice sitting on the bike with your feet on the ground, then without looking at the side stand kick it out, then check that the side stand is fully extended and rest the bike gently on to it. While your practicing this with both feet on the ground, find the balancing point of the bike while letting the bikes weight move it from left to right.You should find that the bike will lean over to the right and left and there is a sweet spot where the bike almost feels weightless, and thats the feeling you want before kicking the side stand down.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you don, that sounds like a great idea.
Honestly the sidestand is far from the easiest to grasp and pull out. again though my only other experience is on a kawasaki 250 cruiser with mid controls, so of course it's going to be very different.

this is the stuff that they completely skip in the msf class.
honestly it was a good course and taught me a lot, but I feel there's still alot to learn before someone is ready to go out on the road, let alone a highway (still haven't done the highway yet, and won't until I am 100% confident in my riding of the back roads that I take to avoid them)

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Old 10-27-2012, 05:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Andrew. I still have trouble after 6 months on the speedy finding the side stand. Something I was taught many years ago, before parking the bike, think about how you will leave the parking postion, this should help when you come back to the bike and are ready to leave. A quick check on fleabay indicates that the levers are pretty standard on the triumph.
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