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post #1 of 17 Old 07-20-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Lesson learned the hard way, #1 farkle

I've been so busy with the hiking trail maintenance organization my fiancee and I belong to I haven't had time to post. I've missed spending time in this forum, now more than ever.

The lesson I've learned is that my number 1 farkle should have been a skid plate, even if you never ride off-road. It would probably have saved my cherished Wee.

Two weeks ago I got cut off by a pick-up towing a trailer full of junk, some of which slid off the back of the trailer. I avoided the first piece and in doing so, hit the second and cleared the third. I kept the bike upright but had hit something with my front tire and heard a thunk under my bike. I was riding along a jersey wall so I couldn't pull over to check the tires or anything else. Then the engine died by the time I got to the shoulder. I got off, there was oil everywhere. The flange on the lower engine that the oil cooler line connects to is broken off.

The good news is that I'm here to write the story. The bad news is that the insurance company totaled my Wee. Engine totally locked up, probably trany damage as well. It's a 2009, 19,000 miles, I've got a brand new set if tires sitting in the garage and just bought all the tools to change the tires. I was planning to replace the tires the weekend after the incident.

I can't believe how attached I've become to my Wee, if I could, I'd put it up on a stand and call it art, but I can't. I'm going to have to decide between selling it or letting the insurance company take it. If anyone is interested in rebuilding a Wee or parting it out, I can find out how much the buy-out price is from my insurance company. Other than the obvious, it's in almost show room condition. I'm not looking to make money off the deal, I'd rather it went to some one in this forum. If there's no interest, I'll remove the farkles, offer them up for sale and let the insurance vultures take her.

Even more damaging is what this incident has done to my attitude about riding. If the insurance company had repaired the bike, I would have gotten back in the saddle. As it stands, this is my second "strike" while commuting in Baltimore/DC rush hour traffic. The first fortunately happened at low speed and netted me slight concussion complete with brief black out period (thank Dog for my helmet), a fractured rib and other minor scrapes. My fiancee supports my riding and has made use of the back rest I installed for her. But after 4 years of being engaged, our wedding is finally planned for the end of September and at 52 yrs old, I'd really like to be around in one piece to spend time with her.

Previous ride: Orange Wee Club #34
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-20-2012, 03:44 PM
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That right there is some gooood ridin', glad you made it safely. Only you can decide what's right for you, but I'd go nuts if I couldn't ride. I took 18 years off to raise a family and never regret the commitment, but I sure did miss the open road. Good luck with what ever you decide.

If you choose to part out your bike, I'd bet, if you have the space, that you could recoup a lot of cash from many of the parts you added as well as all the body work and turn signals etc.

In any case, don't let them take the spirit of the ride from your soul; Ride on!

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Sorry to hear. That's some bad luck. I agree about farkles though. First tier farkles,stuff for YOUR safety (gear), 2nd tier is stuff for the bikes safety (crash bats, slider,skid plate, etc). Everything's else comes after. Congrats on setting the date, and keep riding!

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If you stop doing everything that involves risk, you'll never get out of bed (even that has risks). No challenge can be deemed worthy if there is no chance of failure. Get back on a bike and ride...
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My commute is through Nat'l Forest dodging deer and turkeys (sometimes bear). If your commuting in D.C./Baltimore traffic, you've got more kahoonas than I could ever hope to have. My personal max is maybe downtown Roanoke or Staunton. Not to say you shouldn't be doing it. But it's got to be a challenge. I'm really glad to hear you got off without a scratch (to you)! The Strom can be replaced. Maybe you should think about more body armor for the future. I lived up there until I was 18 (1972). I know it's got to be a zillion times worse now.

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Just an FYI, don't stop living! You or your G/F are not ready for matching rockers on the front porch.
My G/F and I both have had our share of boo boos in our lives. But we both keep throwing our leg over the saddles and riding 'em like we stole 'em. That woman loves to go fast! I was 70 in April and she'll be 67 in Oct. We'll stop riding when we can't get our leg over the saddle.
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First off, the most important thing is that you're okay.

I live in NYC, and when I take my VStrom out, I head straight out of the city. Reasons for this range from potholes to close calls, theft, overcrowding, etc. I do like to commute on two wheels though, and for this, my weapon of choice is a Yamaha Zuma. Sure, I'm limited to local streets, but at the lower speeds, there's more chance that I'll walk away should I have an incident, and it's built pretty well for the urban environment. It may not be for everyone, but you may want to consider one for the urban commute.

Only you're going to know if you want to keep riding, and if your heart's not in it, then you know what choice to make, but consider that there are other tools for the commute. Plus, there's a million random things that can happen whether you're riding, driving, or walking...
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Sorry to hear about what happened to the bike, but I am glad that you are ok.

As for the future, let the insurance company pay you for the bike and get that taken care of. Give it a few weeks and see how much you are missing the Strom. If you are still missing the bike, then I would strongly consider going and either picking up something used or even maybe the new 2012. Even if you aren't sure you want to still ride, go sit on one and think about it. I don't think your fiance wants your marriage to her to mean that you are giving up something you have come to love. And in a few years when you need an hour or two of space from each other, the Strom will be a perfect way to go enjoy yourself and unwind. Remember--everyone dies, but not everyone lives. What you make of life is up to you.
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If you really like the Wee, and haven't given up title to the Insurance Company yet, you might try taking the money and getting a Salvage Title. I just had to put a new (used Engine) with 15,625 miles on it because I damaged my Original one. Engine was about $800 plus installation.

Might be worth it to you. Particularly if the body, etc. is still in good condition.

Just a thought.

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