Well; I guess my days of letting friends ride little blue, my Kingpin, are officially over.
The other day I let a buddy who hadn't ridden in a few years but convinced me he knew what he was doing - ride the KP.
He did fine until we were a block from home. Taking a left at an intersection he swung wide and hit the curb. Boom. Down he went. He did his level best to beat up that concrete sidewalk with his forehead but the sidewalk won and blood went everywhere. Poor guy looks like he went up against Tyson and lost big time. Plus he can't be much over 100 lbs soaking wet. Add a broken clavicle to the mix and now he will have to use his non dominate hand to clean the pipes from time to time when he isn't out of it on the pain meds.
I kept asking him how the bike felt to him during the day and if it was like riding, well, a bicycle. He kept saying he was getting used to it. I guess the sun had an effect on the accident because he said it blinded him for a second in the turn. I had just gone through the same turn a few seconds before him with no trouble but then I wasn't looking at the sun. I was looking where I was going.
Little Blue is rideable but does have some injuries too. The worst of it is a big dent on top of the front fender. The left mirror is broken. The mufflers have a scrape or two. The windshield is shot due to some scraping on lower right side where it hit but that's about it. I figure around $700 will have it back to pre-accident condition. Oh; and I had to spend $127 to get it out of jail (impound).
Since the front fender will need repair and new paint and because it would be hard to match the custom Victory paint; I'm going to paint it another color. Probably go with exactly the same color Big Blue is. Solid Imperial Blue. Maybe add some silver in some way or another. I took some pics but the lens had a smudge on it. I will get some more before getting into it.
Years ago when I had my favorite Harley (69' Shovel) I had it custom painted. I might see if I can get it done similar to it. I will miss the tribal flame paint job. The ladies all love it. Even though I call the KP little blue; it's really purple and silver.
All good things must come to an end I guess and my willingness to let others ride one of my bikes is one of them.