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"Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance" - they say that between 3k-6k is where all the accidents happen ...

...3600 miles so far in my motorcycle career. rode down to philly today to visit a harley friend and go to the Hot Rod Hoe Down. Wore my nifty new leather pants (fieldsheer used at newenough - $140), vanson jacket (motorcycleleatherexchange - $250 after trading in a 2pc and another leather jacket)...changing into jeans to ride out to get lunch and dropping the monster in a patch of sand/gravel at 5mph trying to pull over for a u-turn...priceless.

it had to happen - broken REI barend mirror, cracked turn signal, chewed grip, the "ducati dent" on the tank, bent the shifter into a "u", a little roadrash on my knee and a almost perfect print of my footpeg imprinted on my calf right above where my boot ends.

that'll teach me to keep my head up while stopping and not look where i'm stopping. i applied the front brake - right in the middle of the street colored sand/gravel...tucked the front wheel, bike went down, i went down.

anyone got a 1999 M900 shifter and linkage for sale and/or an extra turn signal?
:-/

thanks for letting me vent,

cheers!
steve
 

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Sorry to hear that man. Your ok so thats good. Sounds like the bike can be fixed easily. See ... it wasnt that bad. Now your good for another 3600 miles. J/K. Everyone be safe!
 
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Long ride home, huh? Sorry to hear of your mishap. Could have been ALOT worse though.
 

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thanks for all the good thoughts - it really wasn't that horrible (the most painful thing was my pride and breaking in the pants on the ride home).
 

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I can't remember if the 99 has the more square shaped turn signals that the 98 and older Monsters had, or if it is the first year of the newer more pointy style. The old ones can be ordered from any Harley dealer, since they're the same as the older Buell motorcycles used to use. They only cost $5.00 each and are identical to stock Monster signals except that the wires are shorter. They're even made in Italy.

You might be able to bend the shifter back into position. I've done it once on a 96 M900 that I temporarily owned, and seen it done a couple of other times on Monsters that went down.
 

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We all feel for ya man. I myself dropped the bike a month into owning it, remarkably similar situation and damages. The shifter was about 50 bucks IIRC and I had to replace the handlebars. Cost me $300 to have the ding pulled & painted.

At the point I did it I considered flinging myself off the cliff I was riding near. I felt like such a dope... So yeah, we've all been there at one point or another.

[Random question here: since NHTSA has mandated 5 mph bumpers for cars, crash testing, etc. do you think they should mandate no tank dents for a 5 mph crash and levers/foot controls that don't bend for Ducs? ;D ;D OK, prolly not.]
 

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[Random question here: since NHTSA has mandated 5 mph bumpers for cars, crash testing, etc. do you think they should mandate no tank dents for a 5 mph crash and levers/foot controls that don't bend for Ducs?
 

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The reason these parts are tough to find used is that most of us have had to replace them for similar reasons (or because of the suicide kickstand).

I'm still messing with the damage from Daytona. The rear was back ordered at my dealer but is now in. But the dealer is 140 miles away.

Glad you are OK.

Doc
 
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