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post #1 of 19 Old 07-27-2006, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Be careful out there!

Guys and Gals,

It pains me to report that my almost-new Wee is headed for that Great Salvage Yard in The Sky. I had an encounter with that dreaded beast, Motoristus Leftturnus, and got the worse part of the deal. I'm not going to go into too many details now because there may be some "issues" that need to be worked out (my medical expenses, for example). The bottom line, though, is that the left-turner waited until I had almost no time to react. If it had been intentional it couldn't have been timed much better. :evil:

Now I'm getting the "don't get another bike" routine from my wife, my friends' wives, etc. I'm beginning to think that maybe they're right. But... today I wandered into a shop and came face to face with a used Vee that looked pretty nice. I'm still too sore to throw a leg over or I might be in DEEP you-know-what with the aforementioned ladies about now. :wink:

Anyway, I just wanted to say what is continually said: be careful out there! Hopefully I'll get things settled soon. When I do I'll post more of the details so hopefully some folks can learn something from my experience.

Tim

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-27-2006, 10:51 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your crash. Glad you are ok.

but man, get another bike if you want.
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post #3 of 19 Old 07-28-2006, 02:38 AM
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Bad news for the bike but good news that you survived and are conscious. How serious are your injuries ??

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post #4 of 19 Old 07-28-2006, 07:04 AM
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Hope you heal up quick and get back in the saddle soon. How bad were the injuries, to you and the bike? Where did the accident happen? Being that we're in the same general area I'm curious if I know the road.
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Glad to hear you are okay. To bad about the bike though. The important thing is you are okay. I imagine you had on all your ATGATT? Heal quickly and as the forementioned posts said, get another bike if you wish.

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post #6 of 19 Old 07-28-2006, 08:09 AM
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Don't settle too soon- make sure all of your injuries have completely healed. then make sure you demand at least 3 X your medical bills for pain and suffering in addition to the cost of replacing your bike. They Insurance co. should agree to that pretty readily.

People have asked me after each of my 3 other party at fault wrecks- are you going to ride again? Of course! People don't ask that after a car accident...

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After my recent crash, I thought about not getting another bike for a short time. After all, I'm 61 and I had been without a bike for 15 years until I bought my Wee last January. Then I thought about how different my life was since then and getting another bike became a no brainer. Heal your mind and body. Deal with the details. Do your physical therapy. There is an ABS Wee in my future and maybe in yours. That point about there being no question regarding driving a car again following an accident is an excellent one.

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Thanks for your comments, fellow Stommers. I appreciate them.

I subscribe to the ATGATT philosophy, so other that a penny-sized scrape on one arm (not sure how that happened), my injuries are impact-related. I have a few cracked bones and I'm still sore, but I'm able to move around okay. Sitting is uncomfortable as my butt took a good hit. I guess you could say that I didn't "stick" the landing. :lol: I cracked a rib a few years ago and it hurt for a while, but after it healed it never bothered me. I hope that is the case with my current injuries and that I don't have long-term problems.

As far as future riding, I don't know. If I was single there would be no question. I might just have to back away for a little while until the dust settles (and it will, eventually), before I start shopping. I have to admit, that ABS-equipped Wee certainly sounds appealing. On the other hand, reading Stromette's tales of the road make me think that I'd like to do some long-distance work, so maybe I'd go for a Vee this time. We'll see.

If anyone has any experience on handling this kind of deal, I'd like to hear it. Did you get an attorney involved or go it alone, etc.

Again, be careful out there.

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You don't need a Vee to go long distance. I broke my hand and wrist going too fast almost 2000 miles from home after all.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Sorry to read about your misadventure. Hopefully the other party is fully insured? I've been involved in a few fairly minor car to car mishaps where it's the other party's fault and they're uninsured. Idiots! There should be mandatory jail time and heavy fines for such behavior! If you can't afford insurance then you can't afford to drive. My own insurance company takes good care of me, but that's really not the point.

I have to come down on the side of getting another bike. There really is something to the notion of getting back on the horse after you're bucked off.

Great to read about your ATGATT philosophy! It's amazing the number of riders I see on hot summer days in teeshirts and shorts. It would take so little to make hamburger of them. Ouch!

Good luck with your recovery. Now go climb back on that horse!

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