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Sooo long story short, I went on a group ride through Topanga Canyon with my MSF instructor and some other folks who took the class with me. I unfortunately did not navigate a sharp turn as well as I should've (panic braked as a result) and the bike fell and slid on the right side.

First thing I thought was definitely oh ****...but after catching my breath and reassessing what went wrong with my friends, I drove it the 20 miles back to my place without issue. I guess I learned two things: 1) this bike will run and will not fail me if this were to happen (no leaks, no obvious mechanical damage) and 2) I'm lucky and ecstatic that this happened to me at this point in my bike ownership with no injuries.

So now I ask you fellas, what are my options for fixing her up a bit? The bike runs nicely and I still take it to work but I'd definitely like to get the front turn signal + brake + clutch levers replaced as soon as possible. Any tips would be helpful and I appreciate it!
 

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Glad you're ok, and that the bike is still in good working order. I dropped my SCR shortly after getting it: Lost footing on a weirdly inclined back-road and my left signal got a little banged up so I thought to replace it with an LED strip. It was a cheaper option, cleaned up the front since the strips wrap around the fork, and they're even brighter than incandescent. Here's what I used:

Turn signals
Flasher relay
tail light strip in case you want to do a full swap

My clutch lever got bent up a little as well, but I left it since levers can get sort of pricey and I actually kinda like the new angle. I can't personally make a recommendation on new levers but there are A LOT of options out there. It really comes down to what you like and what you think will look good.

Hope this helps!
 

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Glad you're ok, and that the bike is still in good working order. I dropped my SCR shortly after getting it: Lost footing on a weirdly inclined back-road and my left signal got a little banged up so I thought to replace it with an LED strip. It was a cheaper option, cleaned up the front since the strips wrap around the fork, and they're even brighter than incandescent. Here's what I used:

Turn signals
Flasher relay
tail light strip in case you want to do a full swap

My clutch lever got bent up a little as well, but I left it since levers can get sort of pricey and I actually kinda like the new angle. I can't personally make a recommendation on new levers but there are A LOT of options out there. It really comes down to what you like and what you think will look good.

Hope this helps!
Thanks man! Could you walk me through how you went about doing that? I've not done much work on a motorcycle before and I'd be curious as to how much time this would take for someone as mechanically challenged as I am.
 

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Thanks man! Could you walk me through how you went about doing that? I've not done much work on a motorcycle before and I'd be curious as to how much time this would take for someone as mechanically challenged as I am.
Absolutely! I made a write-up of it last year which you can find here. I think it took me about 2 hours in total to complete, and the most time-consuming part was getting the stock parts off. I think I spent the most time taking the rear assembly apart because you have to unbolt the rear fender in order to get at the bolts that hold the assembly on. It's easy and all you need to do is take the seat off to get at everything, it's just time consuming.

Grab a 6-pack, a phillips head, socket set, wire cutters, electrical tape, and a soldering iron (or male/female terminals), and have fun!

Difficulty rating 3/10, but if you have any questions along the way feel free to PM me.
 

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Absolutely! I made a write-up of it last year which you can find here. I think it took me about 2 hours in total to complete, and the most time-consuming part was getting the stock parts off. I think I spent the most time taking the rear assembly apart because you have to unbolt the rear fender in order to get at the bolts that hold the assembly on. It's easy and all you need to do is take the seat off to get at everything, it's just time consuming.

Grab a 6-pack, a phillips head, socket set, wire cutters, electrical tape, and a soldering iron (or male/female terminals), and have fun!

Difficulty rating 3/10, but if you have any questions along the way feel free to PM me.
Thanks for the tips! I might go ahead and purchase these Rage 360 clip ons and have a hand at doing these myself. Do you think these should work fine as long as I purchase a resistor as you did in the tutorial?
 

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Most definitely. LED's are all the same so it just comes down to what you're willing to pay for: A cheap set will do you just as well as the more expensive Rage 360's and last the same amount of time, but any set will wire right into the bike and blink at a normal rate if you install the resistor. That's a must, unless you want to give people epileptic seizures while waiting at a light.

When installing, it's best to warm up the strip with a hair drier or heat gun so the whole thing bends around the fork. The heat will also loosen up the glue and allow it to adhere better, too.
 

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Yeah, it happens. Bikes will still ride you home with a surprising amount of damage. You may have wonky handle bars, but it’s manageable.

As for parts, yeah, turn signal you have to replace, and whatever other scratched up parts you want to. I’d just paint the pipe.

As for the tank, personally I would take the opportunity to cut the sides off, straighten out the dent, and ten add an inch to both sides to increase the fuel capacity.might even add some height to it.
 
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