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It was a beautiful spring day yesterday, so I rode my shiny new Vision to a few estimate calls that I had to take care of. I just had the 800 kilometer service performed last week and the bike is running great.
Upon returning home I parked her at the top of the driveway and set the alarm. I was doing some work in my office shortly after five when my stepson came in and said "Mom needs to see you out front". I walked out on the front porch and my wife just kept saying "I'm so sorry honey". "Sorry about what" I replied.
Then I saw her. Lying on her left side tip overs, and partially embedded in the chain link fence. I just kept saying in my head, "I love my wife, I really do" in order to prevent an emotional explosion from spewing from my lips.
We got the bike untangled from the fence and sitting upright again. There were obvious scrapes on the windshield (to which I replied, "I guess this is my excuse for ordering the Cee Bailey's version). There was green paint transfer from the chainlink along the side of the mirror housing trim and the front left corner of the fairing. And there was a small nick in the rear lip of the trunk where the rear windshield wiper onmy wife'sSUV made contact with the bike.
Of course I had to ask the obvious questions about how she could backdown our long driveway without noticing that the bike was parked where it has been parked many times before when she has returned from work. Apparently she knew the bike was there as she started to back in. My stepson evenmade a point of letting herknowjust in case. Then she and her 17year old son got into a verbalexhcange about chores (as mothers and 17 year old boys often do). The end result was that she became distracted from the task at hand and clunk went my Vision.
A few minutes with some fine polishing compound took care of the scratches and paint transfer from the fence. It even took the scratches out of the windscreen (darn, really wanted to order that Cee Bailey's). I thanked my honey for putting the first scratch on my bike so I didn't have to and suggested it would take a long time for her to live this one down. She promptly reminded me about that time two years ago when I was putting hershiny new C50 into the garage (a month after she bought it) and dropped it on its' side and scratched her shiny new mirror. I guess we're even now.
Be careful out there folks. Even in your own driveway!
 

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Stories like these will last a lifetime. It will bring many tears to your eyes with laughter as time goes by. You will bring this up many times in the future, do you remember when?
Going back 30 years, we had just bought our first house, Saturday morning we had a little spat, I went out to do some painting on the front of the house at the peak, the highest point over the driveway. I was at the top of the ladder painting with the truck parked about a foot away from the ladder, my wife came out climbed in the truck and with it being a standard it coasted forward, driveway being on a downward slant.
My first comment was what are you trying to do kill me, are trying to collect on my life insurance? By the time I had grabed the ladder and look around there she was sitting behind the wheel with tears in her eyes and saying I'm so sorry.
After calming her down and saying no harm done, like 2 hrs. later she went on her way.
Evey couple of years the story comes up, but of course she denies it all now. Still married going on 35 this year and still able to ride.
 

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Great restraint on your part, but these things happen no matter how hard you try to keep the bike perfect. Your wife is more important than the bike, as you know. Sounds like time for a new parking spot.
 

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Good to hear there was minimal damage to your baby, (and the bike too)

The closest i ever came to killing my wife was when in our first house we decided to wallpaper the bathroom together! gee, that was fun !

As OT said, it will be a laugh down the road.
 

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advntrus said:
"Got Distracted"?....Ya right!
Come on Tiger. Just fess up. She caught you doing a Medical Assistant!
"Thank you honey for putting a scratch on my bike"? You need an "EXCUSE" to buy a new windshield?
Man I have to wonder at times if this generation of Men are all practising Hindu's. It's the only reason I can think of for mistaking women (Wives in particular) for SACRED COWS!
Think back to when you scratched her "Shinny new C50". At what point in the conversation did she say to you, "Thank you honey for scratching my shinny new car, so that I don't have to be the first one to do it?" My guess is it was right after she removed her 6" heal from your groin.
Someone explain to me what it is thats turned an entire generation of men into nadless ATM Machines!
Shawn
Actually her C50 is a two wheelSuzuki Cruiser. Gotta be careful with those biker babes. She just might get some of her bikerchic friends to come over andlay a beatin on me if I get outta line!
 

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We're just trying to make him feel better, Shawn. Besides that divorce is too expensive. I agree that you shouldn't need an excuse to buy a new windshield or whatever if you are making money.
 

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We're just trying to make him feel better, Shawn. Besides that divorce is too expensive. I agree that you shouldn't need an excuse to buy a new windshield or whatever if you are making money.
Let's see, trunk rack, trunk mirror, trunk organizer, lower fairing guards, highway pegs, chrome mirror trims, Scorpion alarm system, compact laptop with Garmin PC moblie GPS mapping system all within the last month and before the accountant rendered his bill and the amount I have to donate to big brother to keep him off my back for another year!
The Cee bailey's wind screen definitely falls into the "need a real good excuse" category this time around. Especially when your wife is also the bookkeeper for your business! Damn that polishing compound. You can hardly see those scatches anymore.
 

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I'm not saying you should buy something if you can't afford it. If I couldn't afford it for a while, I would live with the scratches until I could afford it. Yes, I know all about paying lots of taxes to the USSA. You know what you can afford and should stick to that no matter what anyone says and you are doing that. I think Shawn thought it sounded like you wife holds the purse strings.
 

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This story hits VERY close to home. My wife is a very good driver with only one ticket and one "on the road" accident (snow and Mustangs don't mix)in over 22 years of driving.......BUT, she has had 4, yes 4 accidents in the driveway. She drove her dad's car through the garage door, she drove her new Mustang into her old Mazda once, she backed her Honda Pilot into my company car once, then she backedher Hondavaninto another one of my company cars again. Our driveway is the most dangerous place in America.
.......and THAT's why you will never see my Vision parked anywhere near the path of my wife's car.
 

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This story hits VERY close to home. My wife is a very good driver with only one ticket and one "on the road" accident (snow and Mustangs don't mix)in over 22 years of driving.......BUT, she has had 4, yes 4 accidents in the driveway. She drove her dad's car through the garage door, she drove her new Mustang into her old Mazda once, she backed her Honda Pilot into my company car once, then she backedher Hondavaninto another one of my company cars again. Our driveway is the most dangerous place in America.
.......and THAT's why you will never see my Vision parked anywhere near the path of my wife's car.
Ever thought about bolting some old used car tires to her bumpers???
 

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I've got a mother in law story about my Kingpin being dropped that was interesting but no need, doesn't match the fun of these stories.

As for the first scratch comment. Well I did that to myself on my Cross Country last weekend.

Been riding it as much as possible and have gotten rained on a few times. Well she needed a bath so last saturday I gave her a good bath and walked it to the front of garage. Went it in the house to let it dry for a while before I went out on it.

Anyhow 2 hours later the wife and oldest daughter are going out to get some subs for dinner. The daughter comes and says 'do you know your bike is laying on it's side?" WHAT?????

Of course I go out the driveway to see my bike laying on it's left side. Somehow I hadn't put the kickstand down completely or ??

So i go to pick it up, There's no good lift spots like there is on the Vision with the handles. The kids attempts pushing on the side of the saddlebag to help me lift. NOOO it may crack.

So I get it up and start inspecting. Thankfully I've got an asphalt drive and it was warm enough. A little tar on the engine guard that came off with my fingernail. A little tar on the left muffler heatshield. A little scrape on my left floorboard and a 4" 'chip' at the corner of the saddlebag that flares around the exhaust that you can't even see unless you're on your knees looking at it. WHEW.

Not sure what exactly happened, but even though the bike is 5 months old, I've only had it home for less than a month and this happened. I got off pretty lucky.
 

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redpin04 said:
I've got a mother in law story about my Kingpin being dropped that was interesting but no need, doesn't match the fun of these stories.

As for the first scratch comment. Well I did that to myself on my Cross Country last weekend.

Been riding it as much as possible and have gotten rained on a few times. Well she needed a bath so last saturday I gave her a good bath and walked it to the front of garage. Went it in the house to let it dry for a while before I went out on it.

Anyhow 2 hours later the wife and oldest daughter are going out to get some subs for dinner. The daughter comes and says 'do you know your bike is laying on it's side?" WHAT?????

Of course I go out the driveway to see my bike laying on it's left side. Somehow I hadn't put the kickstand down completely or ??

So i go to pick it up, There's no good lift spots like there is on the Vision with the handles. The kids attempts pushing on the side of the saddlebag to help me lift. NOOO it may crack.

So I get it up and start inspecting. Thankfully I've got an asphalt drive and it was warm enough. A little tar on the engine guard that came off with my fingernail. A little tar on the left muffler heatshield. A little scrape on my left floorboard and a 4" 'chip' at the corner of the saddlebag that flares around the exhaust that you can't even see unless you're on your knees looking at it. WHEW.

Not sure what exactly happened, but even though the bike is 5 months old, I've only had it home for less than a month and this happened. I got off pretty lucky.
Of course if anybody does spot the scar and make a comment, you'll be quick to say it happened when you wiped out on an oil patch on a hairpin turn on the interstateat a hundred miles an hour, won't you!
 

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Of course if anybody does spot the scar and make a comment, you'll be quick to say it happened when you wiped out on an oil patch on a hairpin turn on the interstateat a hundred miles an hour, won't you!
nope, i'm heading to Tennessee in a week and half so it'll be carving up the dragons tail when I heard a scrape LOL
 

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It was a beautiful spring day yesterday, so I rode my shiny new Vision to a few estimate calls that I had to take care of. I just had the 800 kilometer service performed last week and the bike is running great.
Upon returning home I parked her at the top of the driveway and set the alarm. I was doing some work in my office shortly after five when my stepson came in and said "Mom needs to see you out front". I walked out on the front porch and my wife just kept saying "I'm so sorry honey". "Sorry about what" I replied.
Then I saw her. Lying on her left side tip overs, and partially embedded in the chain link fence. I just kept saying in my head, "I love my wife, I really do" in order to prevent an emotional explosion from spewing from my lips.
We got the bike untangled from the fence and sitting upright again. There were obvious scrapes on the windshield (to which I replied, "I guess this is my excuse for ordering the Cee Bailey's version). There was green paint transfer from the chainlink along the side of the mirror housing trim and the front left corner of the fairing. And there was a small nick in the rear lip of the trunk where the rear windshield wiper onmy wife'sSUV made contact with the bike.
Of course I had to ask the obvious questions about how she could backdown our long driveway without noticing that the bike was parked where it has been parked many times before when she has returned from work. Apparently she knew the bike was there as she started to back in. My stepson evenmade a point of letting herknowjust in case. Then she and her 17year old son got into a verbalexhcange about chores (as mothers and 17 year old boys often do). The end result was that she became distracted from the task at hand and clunk went my Vision.
A few minutes with some fine polishing compound took care of the scratches and paint transfer from the fence. It even took the scratches out of the windscreen (darn, really wanted to order that Cee Bailey's). I thanked my honey for putting the first scratch on my bike so I didn't have to and suggested it would take a long time for her to live this one down. She promptly reminded me about that time two years ago when I was putting hershiny new C50 into the garage (a month after she bought it) and dropped it on its' side and scratched her shiny new mirror. I guess we're even now.
Be careful out there folks. Even in your own driveway!
PM me when she is out driving on the road and I'll stay home, better yet type a Warning Post that she is out on the road driving and that you will post again when it's safe to hit the roads.
Then leave the posting on the screen so she will read it.
 

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ManWithAVision said:
It was a beautiful spring day yesterday, so I rode my shiny new Vision to a few estimate calls that I had to take care of. I just had the 800 kilometer service performed last week and the bike is running great.
Upon returning home I parked her at the top of the driveway and set the alarm. I was doing some work in my office shortly after five when my stepson came in and said "Mom needs to see you out front". I walked out on the front porch and my wife just kept saying "I'm so sorry honey". "Sorry about what" I replied.
Then I saw her. Lying on her left side tip overs, and partially embedded in the chain link fence. I just kept saying in my head, "I love my wife, I really do" in order to prevent an emotional explosion from spewing from my lips.
We got the bike untangled from the fence and sitting upright again. There were obvious scrapes on the windshield (to which I replied, "I guess this is my excuse for ordering the Cee Bailey's version). There was green paint transfer from the chainlink along the side of the mirror housing trim and the front left corner of the fairing. And there was a small nick in the rear lip of the trunk where the rear windshield wiper onmy wife'sSUV made contact with the bike.
Of course I had to ask the obvious questions about how she could backdown our long driveway without noticing that the bike was parked where it has been parked many times before when she has returned from work. Apparently she knew the bike was there as she started to back in. My stepson evenmade a point of letting herknowjust in case. Then she and her 17year old son got into a verbalexhcange about chores (as mothers and 17 year old boys often do). The end result was that she became distracted from the task at hand and clunk went my Vision.
A few minutes with some fine polishing compound took care of the scratches and paint transfer from the fence. It even took the scratches out of the windscreen (darn, really wanted to order that Cee Bailey's). I thanked my honey for putting the first scratch on my bike so I didn't have to and suggested it would take a long time for her to live this one down. She promptly reminded me about that time two years ago when I was putting hershiny new C50 into the garage (a month after she bought it) and dropped it on its' side and scratched her shiny new mirror. I guess we're even now.
Be careful out there folks. Even in your own driveway!
PM me when she is out driving on the road and I'll stay home, better yet type a Warning Post that she is out on the road driving and that you will post again when it's safe to hit the roads.
Then leave the posting on the screen so she will read it.
Just give South Etobicoke a wide berth and you'll be fine. Oh yes, she is going to be passing through the Hamilton around 6 P.M. tomorrow as she is on her way to pick up her Mommy in Pennsylvannia this Saturday. She should be passing through that area again on Sunday afternoon. Watch out for two woman in a brown Hyundai SantaFe who will likley be arguing with each other by that point in the returntrip.
Boy am I ever glad she doesn't subscribe to this forum. Now where is that delete everything button?
 

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I did that with a Valkyrie. Now I make sure the kickstand is completely down every time I move the bike. I have moved the XC around the garage several times and almost every time the kickstand moves enough that it would be on it's side.
 

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I also forgot to put the kick stand down in my garage. Got off the bike walked away and heard a thump. there was my wing laying on it side. I blamed that on on the wife because a day earlier she was leaving for work and forgot to raise the garage door. Said it was my fault for not telling her to open the door. So I guess we are even.
 

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Order the windsheild...too help you forget. Get a custom paint job...to help you forget. *lol*
 
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