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Yes, I dropped it.
While I was gone on my trip to Canada (3151 miles total), it happened. I was so pissed!!
To top it all off, it was a stupid mistake.
We rode through lots of twisties, rain, intense fog, heavy winds, and even through gravel and grass and nope, I did fine with all that.
On the 9th day which was the next to the last day of the trip, I dropped it at a gas station.
Here's what happened, like I said, it's stupid.
We pulled up to the gas pump like we had always been doing, side by side, filled up and then we were going to pull up to the front and get a drink and chill a minute before taking off again.
Well, I didn't feel like putting all my gear back on so I just take it easy while I pull forward away from the pump and up to the front of the store.
I put my gloves under my windscreen and had my NEW helmet hanging on my right mirror.
Well, as I'm pulling up, I have to turn the handlebars to the right some to go to the place we were parking.
As I did this, my helmet moved in a way that it got in the way of my front brake lever. Well, I wasn't thinking obviously and I didn't want my helmet to fall and hit the ground so I'm trying to reach for the brake and keep the helmet from falling at the same time while my front wheel is turned. Well, this causes the bike to lean to the right and with me tyring to do too many things at one time, I wasn't able to hold it up.
So, it fell over on it's right side (right when sitting on it) and slightly scraped a car that I was parking next too as well as scratching my helmet up when it hit the pavement.
Like I said, I was really pissed.
Well, after getting the bike standing, it wasn't too bad. There was a scratch on the turn signal, the end of the front brake lever was scratched and the rear brake lever was bent in some. Luckily, I had the saddle bags full of clothes on the back and they kept anything else from hitting and also absorbed some of the impact. So, after all that, I was cool with it, it wasn't so bad and not very noticeable at all.
Well, then we sat down on the curb and I'm looking at my bike on the other side and "WHAT THE HELL?"
There is a huge dent on the left side of the gas tank.
I'm assuming my knee must have went into it and dented it but I didn't feel it and didn't have a bruise or anything from it. But, it wasn't there before and that had to be what happened. So, that really sucks and I'm going to look around and see if there are any dent specialists around that can remove a big dent. The problem with it though is that in the middle of the dent is that raised part along the tank and I'm not sure if it can be fixed because of that.

Oh, and the guy whose car I made a scratch in.....the car already had a huge scratch and dent along the side like something white scraped across it. Well, my helmet is white and when my husband came out and looked at the guys car (who we told BTW), he thought that I did that with the helmet. Well, I knew I didn't, I knew exactly where I hit. Turns out that the other huge scratch on his car was from another parking lot incident but he thinks it was a snow scraper or something. Anyway, he was cool about it and appreciated that we told him. He worked at the store.
 

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Sorry, didn't realize that was so long.

But, I thought I'd post a picture of the dent. You can't really see the scratches though so I'm not worried about that. It's just the dent that bothers me.
 

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Sorry man, that sucks. Do you think a body shop could pull the dent out or will it need a new tank?
 

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Sorry man, that sucks. Do you think a body shop could pull the dent out or will it need a new tank?
That's what I'm concerned about. I haven't checked with any body shops yet but I'm just afraid they won't be able to do it because of the ridge.
I may just have to get a new tank.

I've already taken care of the scratched turn signal. Since I have aftermarket rear signals, I can use one of the ones we took off and replace the front one. They are the same.
 

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Sorry to hear that Amita. I know you must feel sick everytime you look at it. Good news is that everything is fixable and once it's done you'll forget all about it. I feel for ya, girl!
 

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Amita,

I am sorry to hear about the "oops" but glad to see you two made it back from your trip ok.

Let me know if you decide to purchase a new tank.. i will see if any of my Yamaha connections can hook you up.
 

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Bummer, Amita! If it makes you feel any better, I dropped my bike on day one! Stalled it out in the parking lot at work and didn't get my feet down fast enough. A stupid mistake. Fortunately, I was alright and the bike just had some minor scratches on the turn signal, headlight and fairing.

Anyway, I'm really glad that you're alright and I hope it doesn't cost much for you to get your bike back to pristine condition!
 

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that really sucks, hope its fixable. Like FZ6 said at least you had an accident going 1 KM/H instead of 100
 

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I cringe looking at that dent. On the + side, doesn't look like anything else really needs to be messed with. Not sure if techs can take that dent out completely so I'd be looking into another tank....could always cover it up with one of those magnetic tank pads....they cover alot of the tank including sides.
 

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Oh man that sucks! I was wincing the whole time reading. I droped the bike I had before the FZ6 and put a dent in the tank but was able to pull it with one of those dent king things. Your dent looks like it won't come out completely to me ..but I'm no expert. If your knee did that you'd think you'd have a big ass bruise?
 

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I really feel for you!

Sorry, especially with a Ohhhh Sh!t like that. We all try to keep everything perfect, then something like that happens. Try to shake it off, shoot may free you up to start stuntin'. Just try'in to cheer you up?
 

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It's $395 for a new tank, I would take it to a local body shop that does a lot of small custom work on these new Jap cars the kids are customizing.

I have seen much worse be completely repaired for less than $200.

Heck, MAKO will paint your whole car for $400, although I wouldn't recommend them in this instance.

Someone with airbrush experience and the Yamaha paint number and you'll be good to go.

Skippy
 

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Amita, I banged my boot on my tank really good when I first got it. Just one of these things, where it was a cold morning, joints were a little stiff, and I didn't get my leg high enough or in the right spot while mounting the bike. It was right on the crease, just about where yours is. I used the dent king, and pulled it right out. Can't even tell it is there. I just used the large attachment to pull alternating right above and right belw the crease, and then used the smaller attachement to pull right on the crease. Took about an hour.

Anyway, Welcome Back!!!
 

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wow... sorry to hear about that. that mystery dent looks kinda big to be something that was created by your knee without you feeling it. not that i'm doubting you, it's just something that looks like it would've hurt you as much as your bike. good luck getting it back to shape. at least you've logged some serious miles on it.
 

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Sorry to hear that Amita but the important thing is that you didn't get hurt. A bike takes money to fix...bones take time...and time to heal is time off the bike.
 

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Well, thanks for the support everyone!
No, I wasn't hurt at all. But, I do not know what else could have caused
the dent. It happened during the fall so that's the only thing we could think
of that could have caused it.
When it happened, my husband had already went into the store so he
didn't see it.
A guy in the parking lot came over to help me pick the bike up. He kept asking me, "Are you okay?"
I kept saying "YES, I just want my bike up, I'm not worried about me."
 

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I would try those outfits that specialize in "piantless Dent removal" If they cannot do it either live with it or spring for the new tank. I feel for you, my bike fell over about 2 months ago, even dumber than yours, I parked on dirt, and the stand sank, and I could not get it in time. ended up changing the faring and mirror. i was actually supprised that the faring was under 100
 

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Oh geez...sorry to hear about the drop. I'm glad that you are okay and that things are fixable/replaceable. Boo-boos are bound to happen...now yours are out of the way.

So, did you two have a great time? Post some pics of the scenery when you get a chance...would love to see your route.

Peace
 
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