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Well. Just off the phone with State Farm and they want me to find a facility for repairs- fork tubes bent, fender, etc. after calling one facility in the area, Im concerned. My trip is just 5 weeks away.

Anyhow, if anyone can relay a trusted mechanic in the Chattanooga area, (Im just north of there) that can satisfy the insur company, Id be grateful. Im calling dealerships now.

Im open to other suggestions for getting this done.

Please PM any info (pos or neg) to help me along.

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John
 

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Just my two cents as a SF Customer too-you get to choose the insurance company that "satisfies" you. State Farm usually has a list of preferred repair facilities. If not, get on one of the Regional Forums on the web and poke around a bit.
 

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I am curious to see who you find. Bought mine at White's Cycle and Marine but have no other experience with them. I'd like to find a good ol' bike shop in Chatt too.
 

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John, if you have bent fork tubes......I assume there is quite a bit of other damage as well. Maybe cosmetic stuff like the cowling panels, etc. My experience with fixing wrecked bikes tells me that if the forks are bent, the bike is probably a total loss as far as the insurance company goes. There could be all kinds of hidden damage, especially in the headstock area of the frame, and the upper and lower triple trees.

If in fact the bike will be considered a total loss, just take it anywhere that has some experience working on motorcycle accident repair. If in fact it is totaled, you want to get this figured out right away so you can get a check and look for another bike in time for the trip. 5 weeks would be unlikely in my opinion for repairs. Takes too long to get many of the parts for instance.
 

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Do you want that shop to fix it or just provide the estimate for the insurance company, then you'll fix it yourself?

Check this, but I think Tennessee law requires totaling a vehicle when the cost of repairs is estimated to be 75% of the actual cash value of the vehicle. If yours might be totaled, take off any undamaged farkles before you take the bike to the shop and put a claim in for any damaged ones. If it is totaled by the insurance company, you probably don't want to fix it yourself then deal with re-titling it.
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Good luck with a good dealer in Chattanooga. I live in Chattanooga and I have had poor results with everyone. My suggestion is RT cycles in Fort O. They seem to be the least of the worst. I will never step foot in Whites Cycle ever again after my repeated experiences there. I have heard good reviews from Suzuki Yamaha of Dalton, Ga but no personal experience there.
 

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Curious why you don't like White's. Bought my bike their and they were ok~
Visited RK a couple of times and they seemed old school, which I liked. Took my wife to look at the white 14 they had this spring and they really did not seem that interested in selling it to me. So I went to Whites and bought a 13.
In the long run, I would like to find a shop that 1] does good work and 2] makes me feel welcome.
 

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Agree with above on farkles. If bike is totaled, they will add little to the value SF will want to give you. Get an agreed value with them taking the bike then ask for the salvage value in case you wish to keep the bike. They should pay you the agreed value less the salvage value and you keep it, if that would be better for you.

Sorry no help on the actual question ref shops....
 

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I got $2700 in damages to my '04 Wee 3 years ago, I think. Only cost $6-700 to make the repairs. I didn't have bent forks though. I ignored the little ding in the tank and kept the original. Head light bucket and bracket were the pricey bits.
A friend had to show receipts for his touratech farkles. All that documentation!
In my case the the adjuster to my house to have the look see.
 

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I have SF. I took my bike to the dealer as that is their method. Dealer charges $75 for their time, which is included in the claim. My 06 (over 3 yrs ago now) ended up being a total. It was all cosmetic. It doesn't take much to total out a used low value bike. My dealer wrote up every factory part that was scratched, even a little. I had to negotiate with SF s bit over value, but ended up with $1,000 additional. You'll probably end up with a check is my guess. Time to go shopping. I bought mine back, but CO does not require a salvage title and it was all cosmetic. Good luck.
 

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I bought mine back, but CO does not require a salvage title and it was all cosmetic.
Each state's law about removing the "branding" on a salvage title of a totaled vehicle is different, and some states make it a big headache even when the damage is all cosmetic.
 
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