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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-22-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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So today is the last nice day for the next 2 weeks and I decided to bring my new Kingpin into the dealer for it's 500 mile oil change and check. A quick detour on my way to work would optimize my time, I decided to bring it in with my neighbors trailer which is set up for motorcycle hauling. Dropped the ramp, got the bike, and without even thinking there would be a clearance problem started the bike and abruptly came to a stop half way onto the trailer. Backed her down to find my ignition module ripped from the front bolts. Although it still ran, my clearance was just reduced by about 2 inches. I won't go through the next 15 minutes of pure comedy and I am fortunate someone did not video tape me, however I did get it up on the trailer successfully including finishing off the job of almost completely ripping it off. Once at the dealers they helped me unload using a curved ATV ramp, which I have 2 sitting in my shed. I hope this lesson isn't expensive!
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Unfortunately those things happen-- you just have to keep your head on and realize there is nothing you can do about spilled milk!!

Those learning experiences are those you will never forget AND will learn from them!!

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Indeed! As my dear old dad told me, "You better learn from other's mistakes 'cause you ain't gonna live long enough to make 'em all yourself".
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Indeed! As my dear old dad told me, "You better learn from other's mistakes 'cause you ain't gonna live long enough to make 'em all yourself".
My philosophy when it comes to learning is learn from others mistakes if you can , doesn't cost you anything.

But if you make 'em yourself , 99.999999% of the time they are remembered and you don't make the major mistakes repeatedly.

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Let me guess. Your KP is an 09 or newer.

I did the exact same thing with my 09 JP the first time I put it on my trailer to take it down for some dealer work.

I was flat pissed because I didn't expect it. I woulda been ok if I had heard the newer bike sat lower so we have to be more careful or use other method to load them.

I didn't tear anything off but did bend the lower module down. On the return trip I backed up to a mound and rolled my bike, under power, over the ramp and onto the trailer and when I got home I did something similar to protect the lower side of the bike again.

Someone later said I could use a car ramp under the trailer ramp to take care of that high side situation I wasn't use to but I haven't had a chance to test that theory yet.

I'd sure like to hear how you fare.

Bob

BTW; I really like how low the bike sits and the handling it gives; I just wasn't prepared for that jolt when I loaded it up on the trailer.

Oh well; live and learn.

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Just so you guys know......
That is a VOLTAGE REGULATOR hanging below the starter
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Just so you guys know......
That is a VOLTAGE REGULATOR hanging below the starter
Voltage Regulator.....................well that doesn't sound as expensive as an ignition module!
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BBob,

There are only 3 Victory Dealerships in the Minneapolis area. Mine is very good however because of the limited riding season and it's year end, I suspect that each try to minimize their parts inventory. When I dropped it off on Friday I was told the bracket will take about 4 days to get. Oh well, it could also be an indication that this doesn't happen often. Hopefully I can pick it up Friday as we are predicting 60's for the end of the week.
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