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post #1 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Got hit from behind on my way to work this morning.

I just had my first multi-vehicle accident on my DL650 on the way to work this morning.

I was stopped at a light and a guy came up behind me and hit my rear tire. Luckly it wasn't hard and I did not drop the bike.

The guy in the car said that the sun blinded him as he was coming over the hill and didn't see me.

The only damage was that my mud flap bent up 180 degrees...easly restored to normal position.

My question is...do you think that there could have been some other damage? Tire (he hit that squarely), bearings, etc...?

Now I know what time not to drive into work (sun at about 20 degree angle)!

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Whew, that could have gone an entirely different direction! Glad you are OK. You can check the bearings on the rear wheel by getting it off the ground, center stand maybe and rocking the wheel. Should not be any play in it.

Also check to make sure it did not push the wheel forward and introduce slack in the chain. When you have it in the air also check for issues with the rear swingarm movement.

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I would check the subframe for damage; also the rear tire alignment.

Flashing brake lights are your friend:
Or LED red lights that are very bright and can be seen even when the sun is in their eyes.

I got those but the downside is that I wish I had a way to decrease that light in the evening. The upside is that they are DOT legal.

I wonder, has anyone made brake lights with a daylight sensor?
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I hope you got his information just in case. Now go out and buy a loto-max ticket, it seems to be your lucky day.

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I was stopped at a light and a guy came up behind me and hit my rear tire. Luckly it wasn't hard and I did not drop the bike.
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The only damage was that my mud flap bent up 180 degrees...easly restored to normal position.
The only visible damage.

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My question is...do you think that there could have been some other damage? Tire (he hit that squarely), bearings, etc...?
Absolutely. I would assume nothing until the frame and swingarm are checked by a pro. Aluminum is peculiar; it isn't as resilient as steel.
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Good idea! I am going to get the loto ticket for sure!! Though the brighter lights have now moved up to the top of my list of farkles to install!

I will put the bike up on the stand before driving home. I have about 50km of highway to get home and I don't feel like having a second accident!

After the hit I did check that the tire didn't move forward and the chain seemed to have the right amount of slack in it.

Thanks for the info!
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 04:45 PM
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Good idea! I am going to get the loto ticket for sure!! Though the brighter lights have now moved up to the top of my list of farkles to install!
Check out Hyperlites. Really easy to mount on your bike and don't even require that you cut any wires, simply use the included connectors.
Hyper Lites - webBikeWorld
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post #9 of 17 Old 10-22-2010, 05:08 PM
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They cost more than Ebay lights, but I recommend Hyperlites for the rear. They add light for cruising and are IMPOSSIBLE to ignore when flashing. The PO put an Ebay flasher on the back, but it's half as bright and doesn't stay on for running light. I'm putting the 8-light Hyperlites on as soon as my order arrives.

Too much trouble to steal them from my "for sale" cruiser.
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I'm really glad you're OK. +1 on the Hyperlites. I even managed to install them and electric stuff is not my forte.

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