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I am a new rider, bought a 750 (12 miles on the odo), finished the endorsement course- all no problem. I was practicing in the neighborhood to get used to shifting and stopping and starting. I was at a stop sign, no traffic, beautiful weather and somehow I lost control when I tried to go. I don't know what I did wrong but at least I steered it out of the way of the utility pole - barely but I did take out a mail box and a cable TV junction box. Now with 20 miles on the odo.

I scratched up the fairing, I bent my gear shift lever (and now it will only go into neutral if it is powered off), right front turn signal stalk is pulled out a bit, right hand control module twists freely, the exhaust pipe is dented a bit on the side facing the frame with a slight flat spot on the outside (noticeable only if you are looking) and of course my cool points were thrown about. As for injuries, aside from my ego, I have some very minor bruises.

Any advice, comments, or words of wisdom?:crying:
 

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all bikes get dropped at some point. so far with my own 750, i've softly let it down on the exhaust pipe while practicing figure 8s and scuffed the front fender under the tall back bumper of a truck. yes, ego gets crushed each time, but hopefully the damage (to the bike) can be fixed most often and learning from the unfortunate experience to become a better rider helps
 

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I had the same thing happen to me when I first started on the 750 last summer missed a concrete pole and bench got on the side walk and was heading
for a brick wall layed it down in the grass bent the gear shifter and front fender, broke the speed screen, knocked loose the right turn signal and the Harley shop fixed it when I took it in for the 1000 mile service. Was able to fix the screen myself.
Anyway it happens don't let it get you down just be easy with that throttle in first gear and make sure you have the right air pressure in your tires
34 PSI in front and 42 PSI in rear. It could of been some sand, loose rocks or something on the road, oil?
Good luck! Ride Safe!
 

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I haven't yet dropped while moving yet, but I have dropped while stopped (parking lots, in class, at lights and stop signs-with just about every bike I've been on) an embarrassing amount of times. We've all been there.
 

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This happened to my partner the first time he rode his 750 (the day after he finished his course). The XG750 is a sprightly little guy and requires a gentle touch on the throttle to start off. I've been riding since I was 8 and it took me by surprise a little the first time I got on my 750.

While my partner's bike was in the shop getting all the damage from his first attempt to ride fixed I suggested he take the course again to get more confident. He went to an actual Harley course and learned on a XG500 (the first course was with a generic school that had him on a Royal Enfield), long story short he came out of the second class a lot more prepared. I took him down to an abandoned street and let him practice for a couple weeks before we tried an actual ride around the neighborhood. He's now a great rider and we've done a few thousand miles worth of riding across the TX Hill Country.

Keep at it. Practice makes perfect. Don't let these little mishaps shake your confidence.
 

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Well a quick update. I straighten the gear shift lever, fixed the mirror, removed the fairing (looks better IMHO), fixed the turn signal stalk. The exhaust is creating slightly more back pressure and therefore heat, minor but noticeable. I was planning to replace with a slip on anyhow. Ordered a new control assembly housing ($12-score!). I still have not found all my cool points that I spilled all over the place nor have I been able to mend my broken ego. But I won't give up. I have great health insurance (I think I will need that more than I need bike insurance - no worries I have that too)

I have not been able to figure out how to adjust the "Won't go into neutral while on" problem. The service guy said that is normal for this engine and to rock it back and forth but I told him it did not do that before I became Capt MailboxKiller. He said just bring it to the shop as it is under warranty. Thoughts? BTW thanx for sharing guys, I appreciate it.
 

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On the Neutral thing, I will say that problem got much better for me after the first oil change. And it does go into neutral a lot easier if you get it there will still rolling to a stop.
 

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The guy I had a couple of refresher lessons with gave me a tip on finding neutral. He said shift up to 2nd, then give the lever a gentle tap with your boot heel. Works for me - hopefully you haven't damaged something though, so taking it back under warranty is good advice.
 

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the guy i had a couple of refresher lessons with gave me a tip on finding neutral. He said shift up to 2nd, then give the lever a gentle tap with your boot heel. Works for me - hopefully you haven't damaged something though, so taking it back under warranty is good advice.

yep, that works!
 

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The guy I had a couple of refresher lessons with gave me a tip on finding neutral. He said shift up to 2nd, then give the lever a gentle tap with your boot heel. Works for me - hopefully you haven't damaged something though, so taking it back under warranty is good advice.
This is how I always go into neutral. Also, it becomes a lot easier right around the 2500 mile mark.
 

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Had a friend check out my bike. They said it was actually acting kind of weird so as soon as I get the control assembly replaced I will take it down to Harley.
 

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Mine goes into N just by bumping the shift lever. Sometimes a Pain when on rough roads. But after riding for 10 years I know when it happens and can react.
 

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I am a new rider, bought a 750 (12 miles on the odo), finished the endorsement course- all no problem. I was practicing in the neighborhood to get used to shifting and stopping and starting. I was at a stop sign, no traffic, beautiful weather and somehow I lost control when I tried to go. I don't know what I did wrong but at least I steered it out of the way of the utility pole - barely but I did take out a mail box and a cable TV junction box. Now with 20 miles on the odo.

I scratched up the fairing, I bent my gear shift lever (and now it will only go into neutral if it is powered off), right front turn signal stalk is pulled out a bit, right hand control module twists freely, the exhaust pipe is dented a bit on the side facing the frame with a slight flat spot on the outside (noticeable only if you are looking) and of course my cool points were thrown about. As for injuries, aside from my ego, I have some very minor bruises.

Any advice, comments, or words of wisdom?:crying:
Same thing happened to me when I started riding the 750. Hadn't ridden a bike in a while and I wasn't prepared for the torque....I my case I just didn't respect the bike. I turned out (right) onto a 4 lane rode, went a little wide, bumped the throttle and almost clipped the passenger side of another car doing about 45. I was lucky. I immediately went back and practiced and practiced that turn again to get my confidence back. I was pretty shaken. Respect the bike, have fun, and be careful!!
 

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A couple of my Semi Local HD dealers call the Street 750 a "Starter Bike". I argued with them over it. The 500 is a "Starter Bike". Not the 750. I call it an "Intermediate Bike" Because of the amount of power off the line.
 

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For anyone that wants to replace parts on their bike after a little tumble I have used the following websites to get part numbers. I'm going to be changing my turn signals on my bike and would rather not splice the wires so I'm going to use OEM pins and connectors. I used the first link to get the part number and the second for the actual part. The prices are cheaper than what a dealer would charge you and these come from a dealer.

OEM Parts Finder Granite State Harley-Davidson Lebanon, NH (603) 448-4664

https://shop.newcastlehd.com/catalog/parts

I hope these links will help you all get their bikes back to the way they were.
 

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I am glad you didn’t have a serious accident. The damage to your bike gives it some character and will serve as a reminder as you get more experienced.

My friend Karl, told me forty years ago to be careful. Most riders will have some sort of accident in the first year. He said the best you can hope for is that it will be a little one.

Sure enough on a wet street in Tacoma Park Maryland in 1979 I went down avoiding the car in front of me. Broke the kick starter off my Yamaha. Restarted it with what was left of the kick starter and road home.

Best thing to do is to get back on that horse and ride.

JohnC
 

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So let me relate my story and maybe it will make you feel a bit better. Anyways almost 2 years ago (Christmas of 2014) I got a wild hair up my butt and decided out of the blue that me and the wife were going to get a motorcycle and learn how to ride. She had mentioned it for years about wanting to ride but never really talked about it seriously. I’m still not sure why all of a sudden it had to be then. I did all kinds of research (of course it had to be a Harley) and wheeling and dealing and finally settled on a used 2014 Sportster 1200c. It was used with only 17 miles on it (and still does but we will get to that in a min). The story went that they sold it to a gentleman who bought it for his wife. Before he took delivery he ended up getting a divorce. So he traded it in for a bike he wanted. I basically got a brand new bike for several thousand off retail so I thought I was doing good. I even worked in financing on new helmets, jackets, gloves, and even boots for the wife. I setup the safety course and away we went. The class portion was easy and the next 2 days (same day I took delivery of my bike) we got to ride around on the class bikes which were little 250 Yamaha’s and Suzuki’s. I had never been on a bike before and never even driven a stick shift car but by the end of the last day I was feeling pretty good.
I immediately went out and got my endorsement and thought I was ready to ride. Feeling confident, I coasted my bike down to the bottom of my driveway (it’s kinda steep). I started it up and attempted to take off but a went about 10 feet and laid it down. Just a few scratches mind you but scared the crap out of me. I haven’t tried with that bike since.
Awhile back I thought maybe it would help to get a scooter so I could get used to just being on a bike without having to work the clutch, etc. So I bought a scooter powerful enough to keep up with traffic. This worked out pretty well for me and is a nice machine. I recently decided that I could use a much cheaper machine that was lighter, that I wouldn’t cry if it got scratched. After looking at a bunch of different bikes I wandered back into the HD dealer and after much finagling they got me into a used 2015 Street 750 with a couple minor scratches. Just driving around my neighborhood I’m finally getting used to it a little. I just stall starting out from time to time. One thing I had to figure out that when I took the course they said to gently let out the clutch as you slowly roll on the throttle. I was trying to both at the same time and it was causing me much grief. I found that if I slowly let out the clutch as a walk it forward a little bit, when its finally almost completely out, then I can finally apply a little throttle. It’s still pretty jerky in 1st gear though.
 

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Yeah 1st gear is pretty sharp I have to admit but I change up as soon as I'm off and most of the slow stuff is done in 2nd. Not sure if you want to try this but it worked for me. let clutch go to biting point put on a little throttle and keep it there, slowly let the clutch bite leaving throttle where it is until your moving then change up and accelerate, now after a week I'm doing it without thinking and without the steps being noticeable and it has stopped me duck walking it away too. My previous bike a V7 Classic was really smooth away and you could do it in one step but the Street needed a bit of work.


Now my story, my driveway is sloped down to the pavement (sidewalk?) then a slight incline to the pavement flat pavement then a slope down to the road which has quite a pronounced camber. I usually hang around when leaving and the bike mysteriously finds itself parked in the kerb so husband leaves for work early and I have no choice but to get her out myself, turn her on to paddle her down the drive realise I'll need a bit of wellie to get her up the slope to the pavement. So picture this it would make Steve McQueen proud! I release the clutch just a little too fast in an "OH ****" moment I leap forward launching myself up the slope to the pavement, I clear said pavement miss the slope to the road I manage a sharp right turn missing the car parked across the road by millimetres and end up facing sideways across the road. All the while keeping it upright, this earned a round of applause from the window cleaner and a startled look from our elderly neighbour. Now I've been riding for over thirty years and I was still taken by surprise by this so please it happens to all of us don't let it get to your confidence. Change little things your not happy with and eventually you'll find what works for you practice! practice!.


Diane x (Evel Kinevel in training!)
 
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