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Had a great ride on my F4 on Saturday. The Alternator light never came on and the turn signals worked perfectly. Then of course I had a moment of stupidity and dropped it on the pavement in the middle of the road.

I was going up a moderately steep incline turning left. I did not realize I was in 2nd gear until I started to let out the clutch. Normally on a flat surface feathering the clutch a bit will take care of this but I misjudged the amount of the incline and the engine stalled. The bars were not straight when it stalled and gravity started doing it's thing. I realized I was screwed and would not be strong enough to overcome the gravity so I stepped off and allowed it to happen. I stood in the road for in a surreal sort of moment still absorbing the realization that I just damaged a nearly perfect bike that had survived unscathed for 11 years before I came around. A guy in a pickup was nice enough to give me a bit of cover while I carefully picked up my machine trying not to make matters worse with it sliding on the pavement.

The Damage was not too horrible. Some scratches on the lower side panel, a broken clutch lever, scuffed bar end and some scratches and chips out of the mirror.

I e-mailed Carl for some parts and he responded back in just a few minutes confirming he had what I needed in stock. I picked them up today and some of the parts have already been installed.

I cleaned the damaged area and it's not as bad as it initially looked. A lot of the scratches never made it past the clear coat but there are a couple that penetrated the paint. I'm going to try some touch up paint but I may end up having the whole panel resprayed if that does not work well. I actually am pretty decent getting rid of small scratches with touch up paint and polishing compound so I'm hoping it will turn out well and be invisible when i'm done. There's a seller on fleabay that's selling premixed Diamante touch up paint. In case anybody's interested here's a link to the auction.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/350358646965

I hate that it happened but at the same time I'm glad I dropped the darn thing. It's sort of forced me to realize that shit happens and shit's usually easily fixable with enough time and money. I think I'll enjoy it even more now and not worry about it so much.
 

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Glad you got off lightly, always I am aware that I could drop mine being such a short arse, but as you said, poop happens, don't let the worry spoill the fun.
 

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Oh Robert,been there-done that.It is not a nice feeling is it.I leaned over once to pick up a news paper on my Ducati,next thing smack hit the ground,and I just stood there thinking how much an idiot I was:stickpoke.Glad the damage is minor.
 

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That's pants. Glad you're OK though. It's the worst to watch in first person as well. i was behind a friend on his R1 and he did the same thing. Slow motion and all you can do is watch and hope nothing serious breaks.

She'll be back to 100% in no time. Batman's Dad said it best "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up".
 

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Two types of riders........them's that been down......and them's that are going down. Glad you're OK. I won't tell Mark you dropped his bike. :stickpoke

Seriously, if you need the world's nicest superstar painter (ask Randrew) give me a call.
 

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Two types of riders........them's that been down......and them's that are going down. Glad you're OK. I won't tell Mark you dropped his bike. :stickpoke

Seriously, if you need the world's nicest superstar painter (ask Randrew) give me a call.
Absolutely. I have done it in the past. It will probably happen again hopefully not with the MV.

Actually that's the big thing that bothers me most. Mark really really loved my bike and took absolutely phenomenal care of it over the many years he owned it. I'm hoping to take care of it at the same level that he did so that the next owner who gets it can feel just as guilty as I did when something bad happens. I'm hoping with the repairs it will be like it never happened.

Your phone may indeed ring regardless of how well the touch up painting goes. I'm thinking about picking up some carbon side panels and belly pan and having them painted to look like originals with just the subtle naked carbon exposed on the belly pan near the rear wheel. I saw Randrew's paint work and sent him a PM to compliment him on it. That's probably THE most beautiful way I have ever seen a carbon done on a motorcycle. Hell MV should hire Andrew to design some special edition 2013 models. :)
 

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Thanks for everyone who's commented. The quotes and experiences are quite appreciated.

I still feel like an idiot. That's takes a bit longer to repair. I'll probably wear out my boots duck walking that intersection every time I ride by.
 

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I've never dropped a bike in my life nor will I ever drop one in this lifetime! :yo:

Now if ONLY that were true :eek: Don't feel too bad Mr Chase we have all (sadly) had things like that happen, I know it doesn't make it any easier to accept but once fixed you chalk it down to experience and use the embarrasment to avoid future mishaps.

Stupidest thing I ever did was that I used to maneuver one of 350's into place from the front holding the clipons so that it was in perfect position, of course if you over balance any bike holding it from front on you have zero chance of holding it. Sure enough, the thing went over and hit the corner of steel (hope) chest that belonged to my mother in the 1930's - put a massive dent in the tank - 2 weeks & $600 later no one knew a thing - OUCH :cry: It happens man - at least no damage to you :)

I suppose I should take my own advice about chalking it down to experience because I am just as pissed off about it (the stupidity) now recounting it as I was 4 years ago when it happened! :eek:
 

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I've never dropped a bike in my life nor will I ever drop one in this lifetime! :yo:

Now if ONLY that were true :eek: Don't feel too bad Mr Chase we have all (sadly) had things like that happen, I know it doesn't make it any easier to accept but once fixed you chalk it down to experience and use the embarrasment to avoid future mishaps.

Stupidest thing I ever did was that I used to maneuver one of 350's into place from the front holding the clipons so that it was in perfect position, of course if you over balance any bike holding it from front on you have zero chance of holding it. Sure enough, the thing went over and hit the corner of steel (hope) chest that belonged to my mother in the 1930's - put a massive dent in the tank - 2 weeks & $600 later no one knew a thing - OUCH :cry: It happens man - at least no damage to you :)

I suppose I should take my own advice about chalking it down to experience because I am just as pissed off about it (the stupidity) now recounting it as I was 4 years ago when it happened! :eek:
Yikes. If its any consolation I probably would never get over dropping a beautiful vintage MV like that.

Speaking of 350's. There was one for sale on ebay that I was really tempted by until I realized I know essentially zero about the older ones and would be flying blind trying to buy it. They had a link to a youtube video and the sound was spectacular.
 

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Hey Rchase, glad your ok and that there is not much damage to your ride.
At least the clutch lever is available these days. When my dad dropped his first F4 12 years ago, it took the MV factory 4 months to get one out to him.
Yea I used that paint company my self to order the paint to repaint my F4, there is also another company that specialises in MV paint I use also in the UK.
Glad your ok mate, I fear the day I drop my MV. There laying road gravel here in the Uk and bikers are always going down on it if not steady . Brando
 

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Yikes. If its any consolation I probably would never get over dropping a beautiful vintage MV like that.

Speaking of 350's. There was one for sale on ebay that I was really tempted by until I realized I know essentially zero about the older ones and would be flying blind trying to buy it. They had a link to a youtube video and the sound was spectacular.
They are sexy little beasts - sound fantastic for a little twin & if you take the baffles out, you won't believe your ears that is is the same bike, the sound drops to a roar that is so deep it boggles the mind. With all old bikes, you need to know a little something because they are forever letting you down, not necessarily anything big but just stuff, a successful ride is one where I return home without hitching a lift to come collect the van - lol. If that kind of thing bothers you then, it's probably not for you -I've pushed that thing nearly 5 miles up & down hills once because I didn't want to leave where I broke down until I returned (I actually have a thread on here somewhere about it) :laughing:

I'd recommend it - you'll learn much about yourself ;)
 

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I am sure there was leather & a whip involved as well Chris :naughty: - but we are talking about motorcycles here :)
Of course, you know me well. ......actually one needs to be very careful to be very precise on this Forum.....I was going to post this pic before saying "I've got one of these.....incredible" ...I would have been talking about the Dainese undersuit of course but would others have seen it that way???????
 

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Hey Rchase, glad your ok and that there is not much damage to your ride.
At least the clutch lever is available these days. When my dad dropped his first F4 12 years ago, it took the MV factory 4 months to get one out to him.
Yea I used that paint company my self to order the paint to repaint my F4, there is also another company that specialises in MV paint I use also in the UK.
Glad your ok mate, I fear the day I drop my MV. There laying road gravel here in the Uk and bikers are always going down on it if not steady . Brando
Thanks for the info on the paint people. I was really happy to find pre-mixed Diamante silver touch up paint without having to box up a part of the bike and send it off to be color matched. I was actually planning on buying more paint than I needed and selling it on fleabay myself just so others could benefit. I really lucked out finding it this time because I have searched for it in the past for that "just in case" moment.

I have had great luck in the past with touch up paint for minor to deep scratches. Never tried a metallic silver color though. Wish me luck. :)
 

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They are sexy little beasts - sound fantastic for a little twin & if you take the baffles out, you won't believe your ears that is is the same bike, the sound drops to a roar that is so deep it boggles the mind. With all old bikes, you need to know a little something because they are forever letting you down, not necessarily anything big but just stuff, a successful ride is one where I return home without hitching a lift to come collect the van - lol. If that kind of thing bothers you then, it's probably not for you -I've pushed that thing nearly 5 miles up & down hills once because I didn't want to leave where I broke down until I returned (I actually have a thread on here somewhere about it) :laughing:

I'd recommend it - you'll learn much about yourself ;)
Yeah. I kind of expected a bike of that advanced age to be a bit more temperamental. To be honest I think it makes them slightly more charming. I'm going to start lurking in the classic section more often to see what I can learn watching your conversations.

I sort of wish I had not passed on the 350 but there will be others in the future.
 

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If it doesn't work out the painter's name is Derick Smith. You've seen his work let me know if you need his number.
 

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I always view these moments with what i hope is the correct perspective. Our favorite hobby comes with certain truth isms.......one of which is sooner or later we commit a boo boo. Occasionally it's stupid.....occasionally it's dangerous......occasionally it's tragic.

We choose our passion for motorcycling knowing these truths.

Robert's pocketbook is hurt a little. His pride is hurt maybe a little more, but his health is just fine. Let's all keep this in perspective and enjoy our hobby. :)
 

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I always view these moments with what i hope is the correct perspective. Our favorite hobby comes with certain truth isms.......one of which is sooner or later we commit a boo boo. Occasionally it's stupid.....occasionally it's dangerous......occasionally it's tragic.

We choose our passion for motorcycling knowing these truths.

Robert's pocketbook is hurt a little. His pride is hurt maybe a little more, but his health is just fine. Let's all keep this in perspective and enjoy our hobby. :)

Fair play ;)
 
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