Damn I'm Bummed!
(Central Phoenix, AZ)
I'm just 100 miles short of my break-in period and my first service at North Valley Honda/Kawi. So, naturally, I take my bike every place I can on the weekends because 1) I love to ride and 2) I really want to hit that 600 mile mark on my new bike so I can rest assured my bike's broken in for longer road trips.
This morning, however, I didn't even make it out of my own damn driveway. I was backing it out and I hit the grassy center part of the driveway and could feel the bike slowly leaning toward the left....I couldn't hold it up and down it went. I feel stupid. :( The good news is 1) I wasn't hurt and 2) I was able to lift it back on 2 wheels since it's only a 500cc Vulcan. Thank God I didn't have a heavier bike in spite of wishing I did sometimes. Anyway, I broke the hand shift lever and the gear pedal is bent toward the bike (don't know the technical terms for those pieces!) and the bike won't turn over. Argh.
I had to call a bike tow company (that I highly recommend to anyone living in the Valley of the Sun - PBT Towing - good guy) and watch as my bike drove away toward the shop. Clearly I have no business riding a bike if I can't even back one out of my own driveway, which incidentally I've done a thousand times before.
I'm so mad at myself :(