I really wasn't in the mood to work on the Victory. The day before I helped my brother move in NH and had been doing things at home in morning, the sun was full up and it was hot in the driveway. I just wasn't feeling it. But the first tour of the year is fast approaching and I needed to get things done on the bike and was getting pressed for time. I reluctantly jacked-up the bike, which I've done a hundred times, but this day I couldn't get it right. I finally manage to do it...and get to work removing the wheels and air filter no problems...I pulled the rear shock pin to lube it and while putting it back I noticed the jack foot is toughing the oil filter....
f**k!..I have to leave it jacked for a few days while I get the new tires on, so I needed to check this. I get under there to assess if there is any weight bearing on the filter or damage, I push a bit on the suspension to get a better view(thinking the bike was stable since I had done all this other work) and as soon as I did, this happened
Not only did it fall forward but it listed to the left, luckily I had strapped it to the jack which caught the weight and prevented a tip over. But I had a big problem....I tried to get jack under the front(in the pic) but it was too unstable. So I had a buddy come over(thx Durks) with a small lift. With him balancing the bike, I was able to get the rear end raised up(front fender removed to prevent damage) a bit more and ease my jack out, then I used the dirt bike lift to raise the rear tire into position and get it back on the axle. Lower on to the rear tire I was able to jack the front and get the front tire on. From there I got the bike properly back on to my jack and took the tires back off.
No damage was done, thank God, I have plugs in the fork ends for the Kuryakyn covers and they where what hit the concrete, not the fork ends. The oil filter is dented, I ordered a new one which will be an easy fix.
I shouldn't have been doing the job, since I didn't feel up to it to start with, I was sloppy and it almost cost me BIG TIME
"Living life is a great idea, but riding a motorcycle actually gives you a tool to do it..."
2013 Sunset Red
Vic Tri-Oval Mufflers, Lloydz VM1-DR cams, AF, PC-V @112hp/113tq
Corbin Dual Tour seat, Klock Werks Klip Hanger bars, Vicwapz
Avon Contour grips, Kuryakyn Kinetic boards and rear SwingWings
Victory black LED headlight and Touring Pack, Madstad 9" windshield