I must recognize that the minor incident that I'm about to describe is insignificant relative to what has happened to other WT members this year. That said, I'm pretty bummed.
You see, I was prepping my baby for hibernation in the garage and I dropped her.
I was talking to my son while I rolled the bike off of the rear stand. My normal routine is left hand on the grab rail balancing the bike, right hand on the rear stand. Once the stand is out of the way I carefully lean the bike onto the side stand while pulling the bike backwards to ensure the side stand doesn't fold forward. I typically leave the side stand in the down position when the bike is up on the rear stand.
So here I was, going about this simple task, talking to my son and as I started to lean the bike onto the side stand it just kept going, and going, in s-l-o-w motion.
With all my left arms strength I resisted the the falling motion the best I could and I did manage to slow the decent to doom slightly, but not enough. I had the immediate, adrenaline-filled rush of strength and used it to lift my girl back upright as quickly as possible to assess the damage.
Of course, my first check was the infamous dent in the tank from the left control pod impact. My Honda wing decal had a small gouge in it, but there didn't appear to be much of a dent. Then I checked my beautiful Rizoma grips. There was a small scratch on the bar end, otherwise ok. My Chinese, knock-off lever, however, was snapped and lost the last inch. Then I noticed that the engine side case was nicely scratched up.
To my surprise there was no damage to anything on the rear end. I guess nothing made impact. I had thought of my beautiful, shinny Delkevic's having dents and scratches in the second that the bike was on the side.
What a stupid mistake this was. I've heard of others doing that, but I was always so careful in how I put the bike on the stand that I thought it would never happen to me.
So all in all, the damage wasn't too bad. I also had to straighten the shifter that was bent inwards. However, the worst was not yet discovered.
Later, as I was showing my wife the damage I notices a nice dent in the top of the tank!!
All I can think of is that I must have dented it with my leg or hip as I lifted the bike back up in the OMG panic. Stupid!!!
What a crappy way to end such an awesome season. This dent is something that is going to eat at me so bad. Every time I look at the bike I am going to see it. My pristine baby is no longer pristine.