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Ironicly I put my blue CC on it's side Sunday during the Experienced Rider Course. This is the first bike I have ever put on its side while moving. A few things contributed to the accident, new bike, general stress from being on a course, and learning new techniques. The bike is less than three weeks old and although I'd ridden it quite a bit I still was just learning its quirks and how it handled. This is the first bagger I've ridden and by far the best handling so I know it wasn't the bike's fault.
So what happened? Well I was practicing right hand turns that grew consectutively tighter. I had made a couple of passes and couldn't quite make the tightest curve so I was looking down trying to find the cones and the bike went where I was looking, down on it's side. The bike did what it was supposed too, hit the crash bar and the right saddlebag, and slid about 5 feet or so. The motor was off by the time I hit the pavement. I wasn't hurt very badly, the worst thing is my tailbone where the bag hit me as it slid by. The instructor ran over and with his help we picked it up and set it on the sidestand. After I got my wits back I fired it back up and practiced that turn until I finally mastered it.
I amvery impressed with the crash bar and am even more confident in the bike.I will probably not ride another bike without a crash bar.
Richard
Colorado Springs
2011 Blue CC
 

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Glad you are OK!!
 

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I have had the unfortunate fortune of finding out how well the crash bars work on the CC as well. Lesson learned........never start the bike in the side stand standing next to it when you think it is in neutral. Was on the left side, thought I had it in neutral, reached across the bike and hit start........she took off about a foot, folded the side stand over and layed right over in front of me as I was standing next to it to watch the whole thing! Scrapped the bag and bar just a bit though and unless you were looking for it you would never see it standing there but the bars are awfully sturdy!
 

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fireonice612 said:
I Was on the left side, thought I had it in neutral, reached across the bike and hit start........she took off about a foot, folded the side stand over and layed right over in front of me as I was standing next to it to watch the whole thing!
Unless you pulled in the clutch or you have a malfuctioning switchthe bike should not jumped forward. There is a starter interlock switch that prevents in gear starting.
Pg 67 of the Riders manual
Left Handlebar Switches

Starter Interlock Switch

The starter interlock switch is located on the left handlebar.
This switch prevents the electric starter from
operating when the transmission is in gear and the​
clutch is engaged (lever released).
 

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Yeah my next service I had the shop look at it and they could not find anything wrong with it! They said that it was all working the way that it should have. Guess it was just one of them random things that happen that you can't explain. Haven't stood next to it since then to start it though! LOL
 

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rshives said:
Well I was practicing right hand turns that grew consectutively tighter.
Ahhhh, I remember doing that when I was 16 in the state's driver's ed course. We had Honda Nighthawk 250s. Very comfortable bikes. I wasn't slowing down when I did mine and I started to drag the pegs. When I got done the instructor came over to me and said "Nice job but don't ever do that again. Those are rentals."
 
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