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post #1 of 29 Old 07-27-2012, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 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!

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-27-2012, 06:58 AM
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No police involvement? No accident report?
Glad you were not hurt badly.

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I called 911, and they indicated that if there were no injuries that the police were not necessary, just exchange information and drive on. I took many pictures to document the scene, location, and the damages to the vehicles.

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Make sure you're there when the bike gets inspected by the insurance company(theirs). Best to do it at your favorite bike shop as they can find things that you may not see. When I had my Tiger inspected the dealer mechanic found that the headlight bucket bolts were broken off even though the insurance guy didn't see it. I got enough money to fix everything right. The insurance companies all try to skimp.

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post #5 of 29 Old 07-27-2012, 07:56 AM
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Glad you were not hurt. My wee got totalled last friday. (See post)
I got hit by a dingbat making a right turn from the center lane. Unfortunately, I was in her way. But, ATGATT kept me from more serious injury.
I hope it works out with the spouse on the "room in the garage" issue.

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That's really close to home... literally -- I live near Ravensworth and Braddock Rd. :-(

I'm glad you're OK, and I will take your experience as my regular reminder that no matter how hot it gets (and yesterday was almost 110, right?), ATGATT is the way to go.

Hope you can get back on the road soon!
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Sorry about your misfortune and glad to know you didnt suffer any serious injuries. I often wonder about the near misses from the careless motorists and there are many theres no doubt that we weren't even aware of as we ride. Any take aways from this? You had ATTGATT going on which demonstrates your desire to diminish the risk but was there anything else you could have done to have avoided this altogether and to help keep this sort of thing from occurring again? This would be important to address especially w/regard to your wife - to help allay her fears.


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I called 911, and they indicated that if there were no injuries that the police were not necessary, just exchange information and drive on. I took many pictures to document the scene, location, and the damages to the vehicles.
No injury?

"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."

Maybe no major injuries requiring immediate medical response, but you WERE injured by somebody who broke the law. I'm very glad you walked away and hopefully you won't suffer any long term affects from the crash, but you never know. I would have insisted on a police report. The guy who hit you should have been cited and his insurance company should be the one paying all the claims.
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I had almost the same scenario happen to me last year on my Triumph Rocket in Manassas. Take lots of pictures of every bump and bruise and scratch on the bike. The initial estimate I got from Geico was $3500. His itemized list wasn't very complete, but they were good about paying up when other things were pointed out. Almost nothing on a bike is "fixable", everything damaged gets replaced instead. Finally gave up on it after $10,200... There will be more damage than you see right now, I can almost guarantee that. Glad you're OK!

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Good points, but at the time I was hopped up on adrenaline and not feeling anything but fine (albiet shakey.) After a few hours the adrenaline wore off and I began noticing the aches, more this morning when I woke up.

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I thought about that a lot, and the only thing that I could have done better was to monitor my rearview mirror. I was in gear (ready to scoot), but it had been about 10 seconds since I had stopped, and traffic on that road is very heavy at rush hour. I thought that the area behind me was solidly filled with cars, but failed to visually check that fact (that's what happens when you assume.)

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