Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Ventura County, CA
Wee Strom Sandwich - Crash report
I have owned my 2006 Wee (first motorcycle for this forty year old) for about a year, and had the misfortune to get pancaked between two cars yesterday on the commute home. I was on Braddock Road in the Northern Virginia area, stopped in traffic at a light about 50 feet from the left turn cutout into my neighborhood. When all of a sudden I am looking at the sky, then looking DOWN on the trunk of the car in front of me watching the OEM windshield snapping off and flying into the grass median, then I am on my right side on the pavement.
I do hope that whatever the gentleman who hit me was doing was important. After determining that I still had the use of all my limbs I got up, expressed some choice words at said driver, then apologized profusely to the lady whose car I had been pushed into.
Got the bike back up to assess the damage a few minutes later: Rear tire guard was very bent, as was the license place, but the plastics snapped back into place (mostly) after being released from the tire. Front end isn't good, windshield mounts snapped, nose plastics cracked and scraped. My Givi engine guards saved the right side (and my right leg) from too much cosmetic damage, although my hand guard snapped off. Also took some bending to the muffler.
All in all I was fairly lucky. Was wearing full gear (as always): XDR Commander jacket (in bright yellow, very stealthy), over-calf Tourmaster boots, Sliders Kevlar pants, gloves, and a EXO-700 helmet. My instructors always impressed upon me to cover any skin I planned on keeping, and its darn good advice. Had a bruised & swollen right knee (I think the bike hit it on the way down before the engine guard caught it), sore left knee (was resting on it when hit), very mild abrasion on the right forearm, and a sore neck. Any crash you can walk away from...
Was thankfully able to ride the bike the last 1000 feet to my house after we had finished exchanging information.
What do I look out for during the insurance processing? Beyond the obvious things to fix (plastics, bent metal, tires) I am concerned that the frame may have gotten torqued/bent and the long-term implications on handling, performance, maintenance. What do I expect to happen from here?
Ride safe out there. Now I just need to convince my motorcycle-hating spouse that there is still a place for the bike in the garage!
2007 Red BMW R1200GS
2008 Black DL650 Wee-Strom (Sidestand and frame snapped by moving company, RIP Jul 2015)
2006 Red DL650 Wee-Strom (Sandwiched by an inattentive driver at a stoplight, RIP Aug 2012)
Last edited by BrokenPoet; 07-27-2012 at 06:55 AM.