Took the had-it-for-less-than-a-week VFR out for a ride after work tonight. While I was out I stopped for petrol & there was a small queue, so I'd stopped the engine rather than have it sit there achieving nothing but burning fuel & getting hot. When the car at the pump in front of me moved off I thought "No need to start the engine, I'll just get off and push the bike forward" (it was less than 1.5m). That was when things went pear-shaped. For some reason that I'm sure made sense at the time I decided that I didn't need to put the sidestand down to dismount - BIG MISTAKE. I learnt three things: 1. Once 213Kg of bike tips past a certain point it covers the remaining distance to the ground very quickly. 2. The point at which I can no longer hold the bike upright is not as far off vertical as I thought. 3. I'm an idiot. :roll: The guy behind me was nice enough to get out of his car and help me lift the bike up. The whole time I was struggling to lift it I was thinking "I wish I could remember the instructions in Loz's 'How to pick up a bike' vid" BTW - http://www.thebikergene.com/how-to/video-how-to-pick-up-a-dropped-bike/ - first thing I checked when I got home. The damage: - the thing that sticks out under the left footpeg (does it have a name?) has snapped off. - the clutch lever is bent; still works perfectly well, just looks ridiculous. - small scratches on the fairing just behind the left front indicator. - large scratches on left pannier. All else OK. No trouble starting, or in the 47Km ride that followed. All gears tested & working, and no trouble changing between them. I'll be replacing the clutch lever and footpeg thing ASAP. I could try straightening the clutch lever, but I'd be too worried about it breaking at a really unfortunate moment sometime in the future. I might have to replace the entire left footpeg - the part of the sticking-down-thing which screws into the footpeg has snapped off about 1mm inside the hole, so there's no way to get a grip on it. Fortunately the fairing scratches aren't too bad - you problably wouldn't see them unless you knew to look for them. But the damage to the pannier is obvious. If anyone knows a good place to get the fairing & pannier scratches fixed could you let me know? Thanks. OK, I'm done - now for the bit where you all point and laugh.