Nope, didn't drop the bike, that's the good news!
So my wonderful wife, unbeknownst to me, gets me the ABBA Superbike Stand, all the way from Great Britain for father's day, because I showed her the video and exclaimed how cool it was. Not just the stand, but also the wall mount, the parts tray, and the front wheel lifting extension kit.
I, despite being careful, slow, and methodical unpacking, assembling, and installing it on the bike, manage to leave out the left hand adapter for the swingarm axle. Hey, who knew I needed it. The stock part in the stand fit in the swingarm hole, and around the swingarm nut inside the whole just fine. What could go wrong!
So up goes the bike on the ABBA Stand. It's really a clever design, sort of like a super jumbo size center stand, that you can take on and off the bike.
The bike goes up on the stand, but I noticed at the end of it's upward swing, there seems to be a little more resistance than I anticipated. So I look down, and see this:
So, apparently, the small gold bobbin that I failed to stick in the left side swingarm hole before attaching the ABBA Superbike stand gave me just enough clearance to avoid bending the shifter. Also feels much sturdier supporting the bike with it in place. Good thing my wife made me watch the video again, so I could see what I did wrong. I was about 3/4 of the way to putting it all back in the box and shipping it back to England, but it was a gift, and would have made her sad.
Last known picture of my straight shifter:
By the way, when you are trying to straighten your shifter back out with a deepwell socket, ratchet and breaker bar, you can get it about 80 % straight again, right before you snap it. Ask me how I know!
Kawasaki part #13236-0808, $74.84 with tax, be here in 2-3 business days at Iron Pony, coming from Kentucky. Live and learn!
Well, back to the good news, I didn't drop the bike!
And my back wheel has never been cleaner!