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post #1 of 26 Old 12-14-2014, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Seeking Accident Damage Analysis/Opinions

It's been a couple of weeks since the accident happened, so bruises and pride are just about healed. This is a particularly painful accident pride-wise as it is my first after riding for many years. I was wearing all the gear except hip pads (my next purchase after repairing the bike).

The accident - summary version: Going down a fire trail, I hit a hole between 15-30 mph and went high side. Based on the mud wiped away on the forks during compression, the shocks appear to have compressed 4 inches out of the exposed 6.25 inches. The bike rolled on wheels (I think) approximately 20 feet and fell onto the right side. It most likely slide a little on its side, but I don't know for sure. The main impact was on the right side engine guard, the right side edge of the dashboard faring, the right side Storm hand guards (with aluminum backbone), and brake pedal. The engine block shows no signs of hard impact.

There is significant damage to the rear brake pedal, the engine guard, dashboard faring, and the handle bar is no longer aligned properly. The hand guard is scratched, but otherwise does not appear to be damaged.

Field inspection/ride home shows that the only immediate concerns are the bent rear brake pedal, which renders the rear brakes practically useless, and the handle bars are not aligned. The bike was gradually increased up to interstate speeds on the ride home with no other noticeable concerns.

Long term concerns are damage to rear brakes other than the bent pedal, damage to front shocks not visible to surface inspection, and damage to handle bars other than re-aligning the bars on the triple tree. Rear brake fluid is still full after two weeks of sitting parked in the garage.

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post #2 of 26 Old 12-14-2014, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Shocks

Based on the clean area vs dirt, the shocks appear to have compressed 4 inches of the 6.25 inches of the exposed shocks. It seems the shocks worked as expected and that is that. However...is there any possible damage that would not be visible? What can I do to be sure they’re good to go? I will be bringing the bike to a mechanic for an inspection, I just want to be able to QA it myself too.
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shocks

Another shock picture:
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Rear Brake

The brake pedal is F’d up for sure, but what else should I check? The brake fluid level is good after sitting for two weeks. I will be bringing the bike to a mechanic to repair the pedal, but what should I be sure gets looked at in addition to the replacing the pedal (and how can I QA the rear brake after repairs)?
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Rear Brake

Rear Brake ... another angle:
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Handle Bars

The handle bars are not aligned. The impact area is clearly on the Storm Hand Guard - which held up very well. (I highly recommend these hand guards by the way.) Is it possible that they can be realigned by loosening the triple tree and aligning the handle bars? What other problems might I have to look for?
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Handle Bars Hand Guard Impact

Handle Bars Hand Guard Impact Photo:
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Handle Bars Hand Guard Impact

Handle Bars Hand Guard Impact another photo. The damage to the dashboard faring is also visible.
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Stock Engine Guard Worked!

The engine guard is bent and I will probably replace it as it is now not as strong. But it did the job in this case!
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The forks are what we call "tweeked" Brace the left side of the front wheel against something solid, a wall or tree, and grab the bars and turn to the left until straight. It will take some pressure. Remove and straighten or replace brake pedal.

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