Theophilus Posted March 19, 2007 Share Posted March 19, 2007 I just returned from an incredible trip: Houston > Texas Hill Country > Del Rio, Texas > Alpine, Texas > Big Bend National Park > Houston. The only bad thing about the whole trip was that I dropped the RT at a gas station in Alpine the morning of our long return trip. The bike fell on its right side against the gas pump and mashed/scratched the windshield, which did not crack. The pump is fine. The reason for the drop was my poor technique for putting the bike up on the center stand, as was pointed out and corrected by the bike's previous owner, who assisted me in righting the bike. The windshield is now slightly crooked, but you have to look hard to tell. I have several questions more or less related to this event: 1. I plan to polish out the marks from the windshield. They are remarkably shallow. Any suggestions for the proper plastic polish? 2. It is not clear whether the windshield (Aeroflow after-market), the raising/lowering linkage, or both are actually deformed/bent. The deformation is slight enough that I am afraid that when I remove the windshield I will not be able to tell that either the shield or the linkage is deformed. With everything assembled, I think the think that what allows the eye to catch the misalignment is the comparison between the shield line and the line of the top of the front fairing. The old "the best way to tell if a bar is crooked is to lay it beside a straight one" sort of reasoning. Any ideas on how to tell which components are actually bent? (maybe re-install the original windshield and see if the misalignment goes away...hmmm...just now thought of that...seems like a good idea...) 3. Any thoughts on whether the dealer will be able to assess this any better than I can? 4. If the shield is bent, I may buy another, or I may live with it. If the linkage is bent.... I am guessing this is going to run into serious $$$. Any thoughts on what I might be in for or how much of the front of the bike should be involved in the repair should the linkage turn out to be bent? 5. I might try to attempt to reverse the process (minus actually dropping the bike on the reverse side ) by forcing the windshield the other direction. Thoughts? 6. On a different but related subject, some of the little rubber bumpers on which the windshield is supposed to rest when in the fully down position are missing. This has caused some marring in one spot on the windshield, and I would like to replace the missing pieces. Is this a part that can be bought? Or am I at the mercy of the dealer on this? I appreciate any input, especially from anyone who has BTDT. Ride Safe. Link to comment
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