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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 22nd, 2010, 4:03 pm Thread Starter
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Picking up an LT

I had trouble picking up my LT a few weeks ago. The first problem was that it was dumping it's fuel out, turning the asphalt to goo. The second problem was that the bike was resting on a mirror, so I didn't want to pull on the handlebar too hard. Also, the bike was resting on the frame, and if I rocked it a bit, you could hear the fiberglass grinding against the road. Also, it seemed like it didn't want to budge... heavier than my old bike (Suzi GS500).

After a few attempts, I gave up and got help.

I was thinking that adding crash bars would solve one of the problems. But I think the mirror would still press into the ground.
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Thats a good thread. I dropped my old k100 naked twice. Both times the turn signals snapped.

I'm pretty sure the mirrors would still come down even with the crash bars depending on the slope of the drop. They stick out pretty far and once the bike rolled past the bars they would be the next point of contact. It might be lighter damage than without the bars though.

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Thanks, Duck. I'd seen 2 of the 3 videos, and managed to use similar technique (with bonus cuss words added) to right a K75c. The problem with the K100LT was that the mirror was pressing on the ground. The "texbook approach" would be to grab the handlebar near the ground, and pull hard, to make it a good fixed grip point. But in my case, it looked like I would be forcing the (plastic fairing supported) mirror against the ground even harder, and I was worried about it breaking off (in fact, it looks like the PO broke it off once already).

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I'm pretty sure the mirrors would still come down even with the crash bars depending on the slope of the drop. They stick out pretty far and once the bike rolled past the bars they would be the next point of contact. It might be lighter damage than without the bars though.
That's what I was wondering: with crash bars, could you rock the bike back a few inches, onto the crash bar, allowing you to grab the handlebar near the ground, but without grinding the mirror against the pavement?

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I've read that crash bars on the older K engines may not be the greatest idea. It was in the Haynes manual (pg.15). It said that some owners felt that crash bars could do more harm than good. The reason being that the only possible mounting was by using the bolts in the bottom of the crank case. If the bike dumps hard enough, or hits wrong whatever, it could break the crank case and ruin it. Which means in order to repair you have to strip and rebuild the engine and perform expensive welding to the block, or buy and install a new engine. Or not mount them and buy a new mirror if it breaks.
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They mount to the bottom of the oil sump, not the crank case.
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