I was out riding in the hill country today with a friend i've know since elementry school and one of his friends i've never met before. Both of them on sportsters. We Made a stop in bandera at the hangin' bra saloon to have a few beers. Typical biker bar/country bar. When we parked, I didn't park my bike facing the street, I parked it facing the sidewalk. I typically always Park that way. So long as the road doesn't have a grade. This one had a slight grade, and there was a little uneven and slight gravel on the rd. But I chose to park that way anyhow, BIG MISTAKE! It didn't help that I never have set my bike to my height 5' 7". When I'm sitting on the bike am pretty much only touching the ground with the ball of my foot, not quite tippy toeing. "Need to fix that." drop it 1-2 inches? Maybe 3. Been riding it like that since I restored it. I know. Not very smart. Anyway, I start the bike up and start to back up, it's a little hard to do so, as there's a slight grade and uneven rd and loose gravel. So I'm pulling back and walla I lose my footing and before I know it, the bike is falling to the left and I can keep it from falling over. As it's falling it felt like slow motion and I'm saying to myself this is not happening. All I could do was try and slow the Impact as best as I could. My friends buddy that was with us watched the whole thing happen and jumped off his bike to help me pick it up. My friend didn't see it as it was going down. But got off his bike to help once he noticed my bike laying on the ground sideways. I'm dreading what it's going to look like when we pick it up, and to my surprise, it was barely scratched on the left front wing inlet, scuffed up the left foot peg and and a little scuff on the rear plastic jack spool. I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure the left turn signal and body panels were going to be scuffed up or cracked. What took the majority of the hit was the bar end. I had some aluminum ones on it. It shifted the left side stock clipons about a inch. It probably messed up that pin that lines up the clipons with the forks, will loosen it up tomorrow and inspect it. I felt like a dumbass, especially at a biker bar with all those harleys, not that I don't care for them, it's just the people who tend to ride them think that there shit doesn't stink. Luckily no one in the bar saw it happen, but there was a elderly couple that was walking by that did. So all in all there was 4 people that did. How embarrassing. I couldn't stop talking about it to my friends when we went to get a bite to eat. They damn near were going to start dowsing themselves with gasoline cause I wouldnt stop yapping about it. Hehe. What can u do, it was a healing process as I just lost my pride, and felt totally stupid. Earlier that day i was talking about riding time and bikes with my friends friend, Somwehere in the conversation i said there are 2 kinds or riders. one who hasn't gone down and one who's going to go down. The irony. My buddy was even complementing me on the resto of my bike and how good it looked before we left the bar. My buddy's friend said there are 3 kinds of riders, one that watches his friends bike go down. True, true... So I guess if ever ur bike is falling to the left or right, from a stationary point try and keep those bar ends straight as u go down, as that took the brunt of the fall.