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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well, it happened...I'm a Dumb A#*!!!

Started my BEAUTIFUL Thunderbird up this morning to get ready for my ride into work.

Took her out to the driveway like I normally do. Kept her in neutral, put the kick stand down and went inside to get my helmet and jacket.

I've done this many times before...

I come out and my ONCE beautiful Tbird is on the ground

My Twin T handlebars are bent. My gas tank is scratched and dented. My windshield is scratched. My running board is scratched and my British Custom pipes are scratched.

Oh For The Love Of God...

Upset I tell you, UPSET!

Anyone know of a reputable shop in the Northern Virginia area?
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OUCH.... sorry to hear this...one reason why the first thing I get is an engine guard (or dresser bars) after seeing this happen to a friend. Do you have the dresser bars? If not, I recommend you get them because they are made for just such an incident.
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Oh man....really sorry ! I know how that is ans how upsetting it is. I've had that happen, but not to a bike i loved as much as the tbird. hope you get it sorted ok. But look at the silver lining....you can get a custom paint job. It'll look awesome and unique.
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Sorry to hear that news mate.....been there, done that, posted a thread about it back in July. A fella from Oz replied with:

"Anyhows..... ALL FORUM MEMBERS..... BE WARY OF THIS WITH THE T'BIRD STAND"

Seems the Birds are always a tad "tenuous" on the stands.....hope your bad news is yet another warning.

Main thing: no one got hurt, except the wallet.
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Happened to me,with the T/Bird being two weeks old !! $A4000 of damage. Dented tank,LH pipe,lever,indicator etc. Could have cried !! Was over a year ago and now very mindful of the terrain when parking the bike.
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So what happened, did it roll and fold up or did the stand break? As far as the warning, I've never felt the bike to be unstable or "tenuous" on the side stand as long as I had it parked in a reasonable spot (as with any bike) or is the warning saying that the stands are somehow defective and can break?

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In my case,the road had an "ever so slightly" down hill gradient, I did not even notice it,as I know the perils of a sloping street. !! The side stand on the T/Bird is only slightly forward of centre and the wheel bearings are "very free". Prior to the T/Bird I had A T100 Bonnie and that stand went further forward. Also my Classic 1971 TR6R stand goes a long way forward. Finding a better parking spot and leaving the bike in gear is now second nature !
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My feeling go out to you man... I to am interested in the cause. Was it soft ground/grass, did the stand fail?

I hope you have insurance with a reasonable deductible...

For the parts that are chrome not much you can do except replace them or live with it... The tank though is another story.

If you take the bike to the body shop and have them take it off, it will cost ALOT more than if you take the tank off and give it to them.

When I wanted to have my bike painted... they wanted $1500, if I took the parts off myself it was half that... and you keep your bike at home... instead of sitting outside in a lot somewhere...

If you decide to take it off... its a 10 min job... anyone can do it.

Keep everyone posted... any info you can post here may help prevent someone else from suffering the same mishap...

Ride safe...
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I have never done this myself,but know a bunch of guys who have,and it AIN'T FUNNY!!!.The only advice I could offer,is to shut the machine off and leave it in gear when she's parked on unlevel ground.That way she won't move fowards or backwards.And if she's parked on level ground,then it shouldn't make any difference as she shouldn't move.And when ya restart it,ya gotta pull the clutch lever in anyways,so it's really not an inconvenience.But it might just save ya from a repeat performance. Dave!!!
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I have never done this myself,but know a bunch of guys who have,and it AIN'T FUNNY!!!.The only advice I could offer,is to shut the machine off and leave it in gear when she's parked on unlevel ground.That way she won't move fowards or backwards.And if she's parked on level ground,then it shouldn't make any difference as she shouldn't move.And when ya restart it,ya gotta pull the clutch lever in anyways,so it's really not an inconvenience.But it might just save ya from a repeat performance. Dave!!!
+1 After owning 2 Harleys that are famous for having sensitive jiffy stands, I am very careful about parking my bike in neutral or letting it sit and warm up in neutral. The Tbird stand seems more stable than my last Dyna for sure but the price and aggravation to pay for having the bike roll over is not worth it.
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