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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-22-2018, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Slight bump from behind while parked

A very sheepish coworker just let me know that he bumped my '12 T100 in the office parking lot. Didn't knock it over thankfully.

It was parked in first gear, and from the drag mark under the side stand, it looks like it was pushed forward about six inches. I put it in neutral and it rolls back and forth normally.

I doubt it did any mechanical damage, but has anyone known of something bad happening from a bike being forcefully pushed a bit in gear?

Cosmetically, it just kinked my rear fender slightly. I have a friend in the paintless dent removal business who will take a look at it.

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Since bikes are pretty light, it probably just shoved the rear tire forward without rotating it. But, you should have it looked at by your mechanic, just to make sure the hit didn't bung up any swingarm bushings or suspension mounts. You may also want to check to see if your rear wheel is still aligned, if the wheel/tire itself got hit.

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Good idea. I've got a 20 mile ride home, and will see if anything feels weird, and give it a good going over. Good point about rear wheel alignment. I'll put my laser guide on it, most likely not, since the fender took the push, not the wheel, and doesn't look like the fender hit the wheel.

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A very sheepish coworker just let me know that he bumped my '12 T100 in the office parking lot. Didn't knock it over thankfully.

It was parked in first gear, and from the drag mark under the side stand, it looks like it was pushed forward about six inches. I put it in neutral and it rolls back and forth normally.

I doubt it did any mechanical damage, but has anyone known of something bad happening from a bike being forcefully pushed a bit in gear?

Cosmetically, it just kinked my rear fender slightly. I have a friend in the paintless dent removal business who will take a look at it.
I hit my own bike strait on from the rear fender and knocked the bike 15 feet, did a lot of cosmetic damage but didnt knock the wheel out of line, didnt damage any bearings, bushings ......... I cant imagine a six inch shove, even in gear, would do much damage other then the obvious fender crunch that you see, but sure, you should check everything out just to make certain.
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Slight bump from behind

I have push started a few bikes in my time. I have never done it in first gear as the compression stops the wheel rotating. Therefore I would guess the wheel just slid. If it did grip and rotate no damage would be done. Think about how much force goes through the drive train each time you down shift.

I we think about this a bit more, the forces involved to slide a bike forwards are very low compared to hard breaking from 100 Km/H or doing a wheelstand. I could not see any way you would damage a bike by sliding it on a hard surface whilst upright. Otherwise bikes would be getting damaged every day whilst being riddern and a small slide occurs.

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Touch up the rear fender and thank your co - worker for being so honest. Job done.
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Speaking of eliminator kits, there are usually several fenders for sale on my local Craig’s List at any given time. Right now nothing in my color. I like the original look, but was thinking about getting rid of it for a while. Checked everything, it rides fine.

My coworker still feels bad. I mentioned that a bottle of MaCallan single malt might make me feel better.

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Indeed!!

Also, be thankful that it didn't flip the sidestand back and drop the bike.

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