Well I had fun going for a ride and hanging out at Starbucks for a while. On the way home I'm stopped at a light and let out the clutch and start hearing this screaching noise. I pull in the clutch and it stops.
So I'm thinking I'm only a couple of miles from home. I turn the corner and after about a 1/4 of a mile it gets worse. So I'm going slow trying to figure out WTF is going on and if the motor is suddenly going to lock up on me and some guy in a van is riding my ass instead of going around.
So I pull into the next drive and am trying to figure out what I should do with this loud metal-on-metal screeching sound. Next thing I know the bike rolls forward a bit and the kickstand folds and the bike starts to fall. I tried to stop it but it had already gotten to far over and I wasn't positioned right. I broke the fall but the left side panel still got all scratched up and the mirror folded and put a small dent in the tank. I also suffered some minor strains trying to stop the damn thing.
So, I compose myself and manage to pick the damn thing up but the left side panel is scuffed and the stator cover has a big scrape in it.
So now I'm thinking I damn stranded and going to have to push the thing the rest of the way home. My back right hip and left arm are all sore from trying to stop it from falling. Shit, Shit, Shit.
Well I managed to get it home and when I pulled in the damn noise had completely stopped!
I called Elton and had him come and get it. I'm thinking a bolt in the lock-up clutch worked loose and was rubbing the inside of the cover. He seemed to also think it was the clutch and that he could have it fixed tomorrow if it's what he thinks.
However, now I've got scratched panels on both sides and I'm seeing dollar signs with wings. The panels are not cracked so I'm thinking I should see if I can get them painted instead of replaced. I'm also thinking of replacing the damaged stator cover. It's not leaking oil or cracked, but its got a ground chunk and may not withstand another drop.
Damn, sometime this is an expensive hobby!
The dent in the tank is not that noticeable and I'm wondering if Dentbusters could get it out, more money.
I think I'm going to go soak in some hot water to see if I can relax the muscles in my back and leg! I wonder if one of the springs on the lockup clutch broke or came loose. Hopefully I'll know tomorrow. Elton didn't think it was that big a deal but getting distracted and dropping the damn thing again is going to cost $$$.
Man I hate it when I do dumb shit!