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Doh! Decided yesterday was going to be nice enough to justify riding into work with my girl so we took the new bike out. Nice ride in, nice ride home. Turning onto our road from the direction of work the turn is extremely sharp, heavily banked, and steeply uphill. I've made it before on other (MUCH lighter) bikes with her on the back but it's always been a bit tricky. Add to that the fact that the clutch lever on the vic is poorly adjusted for my riding style (I like engagement to begin VERY close to the lever) and the throttle tube has a ton of slop in it and what we end up with is a slow loss of speed as I negotiated the turn eventually leading to a dead stop on the hill and a tip to the side. No injuries except a minor soreness in both of our right hips from trying to hold it upright. Only damage is some scraping on the bottom of the right side bag guard. So overall not a big deal. Hefted big fat Vicci up on her tires and got her up the hill and into the driveway without further incident.

On the plus side it was a good opportunity for me to remind my girl (who just started riding last year and has had some frustration with parking lot tip overs every now and then) that EVERYONE makes mistakes even seasoned riders.

So my first drop is done and out of the way. Shouldn't have to worry about it anymore and I can get on with the business of riding :)
 

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dropped mine in my driveway day I brought it home. put the stand down, got off and it fell. piiiiiised!!!
 

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Dropped mine a couple weeks ago. Welcome to the Tip-Over Club. I'm still waiting for my shirt.
 

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put me down for a shirt too after my effort a few weeks ago thinking my sidestand was fully down when it wasnt:(
wet boot, wet stand, dark, cold,.....not checking its secure:rolleyes:
only real damage was to my ego and the tip of the clutch lever.
small scratch on chrome mirror and my homemade saddlebag system absorbed much of it.
seriously thinking of crashbars though...double as highway peg and driving light mounts too!
 

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HOnestly I'm just happy the bike had the bag guards on it. I'm decent enough with sandpaper bondo and paint to fix hard bags should they get banged up but I would have been pissed if I messed up the studded leather.
 

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I have dropped 2 bikes. The latest was a few yrs back while i was cleaning my ex-father in laws HD Ultra Classic at work...( i was bike-less at the time ) as i was rolling it forward to finish cleaning the rims...slipped on an oil patch and over we both went. To say i was upset would be an understatement. S++t happens!!
 

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Read your owners book and it will tell you how to take the slop out of the throttle cable. Your clutch is what it is you just have to get used to it.
Heck I have dropped mine five times lucky not when moving
 

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Don't feel bad, the CC does like to be tippy. I've been driving a VTX for a decade, which is as heavy as the CC but is far easier to balance and has a more stable kickstand.

In general, the CC seems more top-heavy than my VTX 1800C. I guess the fairing is to blame. I don't have a trunk on mine yet. The kickstand is also very touchy. Failing to extend it 100% of the way can lead to the bike folding it back under really easily. Frankly, this sucks. Also, the CC doesn't have nearly the lean angle as my VTX, so I'm wondering how it will be parking it on un-level streets and parking areas. Guess I'll have to pay better attention to leaning it downhill than I do with the VTX.

When I first got the CC home I was moving it around the garage and the kickstand was down but had been bumped slightly backwards (and I mean barely). The bike laid itself over to the left just enough to touch some part in the back. Not sure whether the floor connected with the pipe or the bag but it touched something. I was very surprised and happy to see no scratches or marks anywhere.

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Oh Gawd, I hate to have to make turns like Soofle describes. I have to keep telling myself, look where you want your bike to be Ric and I miraculously get through it somehow. Thanks to my Ride Like A Pro DVD.
Yeah, I too had to take up some excess slack in my throttle cables, when I got the bike home the first day.
 

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Read your owners book and it will tell you how to take the slop out of the throttle cable. Your clutch is what it is you just have to get used to it.
Heck I have dropped mine five times lucky not when moving
Don't have an owners book and don't need it to adjust something as silly as a throttle cable. I've done enough bare frame rebuilds on various bikes to figure it out even if it's not a basic cable adjuster like most bikes. As for the clutch, not true. There is an obvious adjustment point behind the rear cylinder. Loosen the jam nut, spin the adjuster in to shorten the cable sheathing and I'll be good to go. Worst case scenario is I adjust it too far in and end up with drag when I pull the lever. Should that happen I'll just adjust it as far in as it can go before I get an unacceptable amount of drag and call it good. I refuse to believe that the factory built these things to have zero freeplay in the lever though. Mine is adjusted WAY too far out.
 

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Vic clutch is almost an on/off switch. seeems a very short throw to me, but as stated, you get used to it. The adjustment is for the cable, not the clutch. If you get it too snug, you'll end up dragging the clutch because it isn't fully engaged. You should have 5mm +/- in the lever, I like mine a little more than that.

That is another point, did I mention it was a short throw? Mine feels like it is fully in right about the time the lever stops. Strange feel for me, but per some dealers and people here (the ones that really know the bike) it is normal.

Embrace the quirks, learn to overcome them in your head and enjoy the new bike.

Cheers
 

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I dropped mine at work as I was leaving. I was distracted by my boot zipper coming apart and forgot to take off the disc lock. Had the bars turned full lock, started to ease out the clutch, went about a foot before I felt a push back and over she went on the right side. I killed the motor, took off the lock cursing, put down the kickstand and stood it back up. Funny how people look the other way.

The clutch takes time to get used to it. I prefer the friction zone to be closer to the grip and actually be a bit of a zone. Not on/off.
 

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This is one club I hope I never have to join. Have not dropped my XR yet but time will tell I guess.
 

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Vic clutch is almost an on/off switch. seeems a very short throw to me, but as stated, you get used to it. The adjustment is for the cable, not the clutch. If you get it too snug, you'll end up dragging the clutch because it isn't fully engaged. You should have 5mm +/- in the lever, I like mine a little more than that.

That is another point, did I mention it was a short throw? Mine feels like it is fully in right about the time the lever stops. Strange feel for me, but per some dealers and people here (the ones that really know the bike) it is normal.

Embrace the quirks, learn to overcome them in your head and enjoy the new bike.

Cheers
I guess I didn't explain clearly enough. I'm not worried about the size of the friction zone, but rather where it occurs in the lever travel. Short throw doesn't bother me at all, it's the fact that it doesn't even begin to pick up until the lever is almost fully released. I like my lever much closer to the bar when engagement starts. I have zero freeplay in my lever right now so I know it's not where it should be. First step is to get some wiggle, second step is to see how far I can adjust it from there.
 

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Ya, wasn't sure I understood, but in that thought, you may be interested in this.
Make sure it is done when the bike is cold.

I like mine a little looser than factory, but not as much as this guy. Be careful, the friction zone is kind of deceiving, but still short IMHO

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Ya, wasn't sure I understood, but in that thought, you may be interested in this.
Make sure it is done when the bike is cold.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_iS2OutTxw

I like mine a little looser than factory, but not as much as this guy. Be careful, the friction zone is kind of deceiving, but still short IMHO

Cheers
Wow, yeah that's a little excessive on the freeplay. Gotta wonder if the clutch actually disengages fully at that point. That's exactly what I was planning on doing though, just haven't gotten to it yet.
 

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There are 2 types of motorcycle riders...Those who are gonna drop their bike, and those are gonna do it again...Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, get back on!
 

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Sooooo, I was putting the ol' motoscooter (2012 XC) in the back of the pickup. Drove her in like a pro! Success, we win. Started to strap her down.... wrong side, and there she lay. I was happy its was only a little ding on the saddle bag.
 
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