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well as the title hints, i had a bit of a fall last night heading to work.
was following a car in slow traffic, and all of a sudden the car jumps on the brakes nice and hard, no worries i usually expect shit like that and had enough room, what i wasnt expecting was the big sheet of thin MDF board laying on the road, and i didnt see that till after the car had gone over it and stopped suddenly, straight away i was thinking "shit this aint gonna be fun" stood on the rear first to kill as much speed as i could as i really didnt wanna be touching the fronts when the wheel hit the board, but didnt have much choice in the end, car had stopped and i run out of room.

so i just barely touched the fronts and yep front wheel slipped out on me like it was on ice, tried to hold it up but wasnt quick enough and hit the deck, smashed my knee on the road, that was pretty sore for a bit but all good now, had all my gear on so hands are fine, bike is actually pretty good, just a few extra scratches and cracks in the fairing to add to my collection.
first thing i did was try and hit the kill switch as all i was thinking was it was gonna starve it of oil and kill it laying on its side running, so got it up right and onto the footpath gave it a checkover, started it, at first it sounded a bit off but im guessing that would just be fuel that may have sloshed around in the carbs or something, came good pretty quick though. checked for coolant and any oil leaks, nothing, all good so off i went.
however today riding home i noticed that my bars and my front wheel dont seem to line up as straight as they were, it still rides fine but it just doesnt look right to me. how can i straighten them?
so the car behind me just sat there waiting, watching me burst a vein outta my neck trying to lift the bike. i thought that was nice of them to at least offer, maybe ask if the reason i was limping was coz i'd broken my leg or something, but nup nothing, surprised i didnt get beeped for taking too long moving it off the road.

i know the story of the initial fall seems quiet long but all that happend in about half a second, just ran outta options.

but im fine, glad i had my gear on or i'd have a bit less skin for sure.
 

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however today riding home i noticed that my bars and my front wheel dont seem to line up as straight as they were, it still rides fine but it just doesnt look right to me. how can i straighten them?
Sorry you had an off.

The clip-on will probably have moved. Check the side you went down on. There should be a groove on the fork and clip-on to show where they should meet. Loosen with allen key, align, tighten.
 

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good to hear there wasnt too much damage to you or the bike =)

the forks or clip ons could be a bit twisted and might just need re adjusting in the triple clamps.
just loosen up the bolts that hold them and try twisting it back.
i doubt you would have bent them from a small drop like that.
 

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the fork tubes can twist between the upper and lower triples, all you need to do is to put the bike on a head stem stand and undo the clamp bolts on the top triple...

If you don't have a head stem stand then the next best option is to get somebody who's comfortable with bikes to sit on the bike and tell you when the bars feel straight, then you stand over the front wheel, with the tyre between your shins and pull the bars around until the wheel is pointing forward when the bars are.

Do not at any point decide to undo both the top and bottom triples at once, the bike will collapse onto the ground.
 

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sorry to hear man but at least its all fairly minor by the sounds of it. guess it was better that it didnt happen at 80kms and a a nice piece MDF showing its face from know where.
 

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bad luck mate, and yeah I had a similar experience when I came off, people just kept driving through the round about while was picking my bike up. at least one guy stopped and helped me, but he said he also rode.

sounds like you were prepared for the worst, bad luck about the mdf though.
 

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I almost always stop for riders broken down or had an accident, last guy i saw broken down on a GSXR had run out of petrol and was walking the bike to the petrol station, was only 100m away from the petrol station at that time and was downhill but still asked him and was very happy that i stopped to offer help. When the trumpy battery died on the side of the road only one person stopped to ask if i was ok after 30mins of waiting, people just aren't as concerned anymore which is understandable with the things that have happened in the past with people offering help.
 

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crazylegs are you a lady? 250s are quite light. There are some videos that demonstrate proper technique to pick up a dropped bike if you haven't already seen them.

Glad you're okay, bikes can be fixed. I despise it when the cars ahead of me brake massively for some unknown reason. Unlucky that there was an actual one.

As far as stopping goes, I stop if I see a bike with no rider or someone obviously in a bit of a jam, but if they're up and on their mobile / give the thumbs up then I continue on my way.
 
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Good to hear that your okay. It's pretty scary when something pops up from under a car. I had a small dead wallaby pop from under the 4wd in front, but I had no time to stop.

I hit at 110klm, got airborne, wobbled, landed and I was fine. My arse cheeks were sore though from trying to suck the entire seat and the sub frame though from fear.
 

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mewnz said:
crazylegs are you a lady? 250s are quite light. There are some videos that demonstrate proper technique to pick up a dropped bike if you haven't already seen them.
well actually no not a lady but still not a big bloke either, and no i havent seen the videos but i'll have a look thanks, turns out it seems to be a handy thing to know lol.
 

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Haha, that's the way mewnz. Kick em while their down.
 

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Glad to hear you came out of it okay!

As for your issue, like everyone said, you need a headstem stand so you can loosen the bits to get them back in line. Shouldn't be a biggie.

Do you have a head stem stand? A very good investment if you don't - it will ALWAYS come in handy...
 

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na i dont have the stand, been wanting to get both, stands but can really afford it right now. i'll just have to try get it straight without it for now.

i'll check it out tomorrow.
thanks guys.
 

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in penrith dude, that would be great if i could, or better yet i could come by with the bike if you dont mind givin me a hand? that way you wont be without your stand thats all.

and i can go for a ride :)
 
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