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Before it goes to the dealer I would take off any accessories or parts that you may have added. Any chance of refitting the original pipes?
Sage advice right there because you may not get a chance to take stuff off after the process has begun and insurance likely isn't going to give you much, if any, value on aftermarket parts..
 

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Hey guys. On Friday I got rear ended on the bike. Fun times. Young girl not paying attention, probably texting.
I don't want to sound like "that Guy", but this should be a learning experience for you.

First, I'm glad you are okay, that is by far the most important thing. But, the young girl wasn't the only one not paying attention. Any time you stop, or slow down for that matter, you need to keep your eye on the rear view and make sure you have an escape route.

Again, I don't want to make it sound like I am insinuating that it's your fault, because it isn't...not in the slightest, but there are things that we can do to make sure we come home alive, and this is one of them.

I'm guessing this is one you won't forget in the future.
 

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I dunno I'd be looking the rear view mirrors all the time after your experience. I've been bumped at a stop sign and heard a lot of screeching behind me and noticed the car behind me was rocking to and fro on the suspension from it's quick stop. Stupid is always out there.
Being intent on where you are going seems more important than dwelling on where you've been.
When I was run off the road in Utah, the Ins covered everything. The damaged bike, the luggage, the Aerostich, the helmet and even gave me a gob of money for pain and suffering I didn't expect.
Crashing for Profit.
Do let your Dr check you out for the slow to show injuries.
 

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Hey guys. On Friday I got rear ended on the bike. Fun times. Young girl not paying attention, probably texting.

My brand new Delkevic exhaust is smashed, my rear wheel is bent, licence plate light and frame smashed. Crash bars completely saved the plastics but the crash bars and my side case rack are deeply gouged.

The question I have is when you get hit on the rear wheel how far typically does the damage go? Replace the rear wheel and its fine? Or axle, swing-arm, or even frame damage at the swing-arm pivot possible?
if it hit hard enough to dent the rear wheel, i would consider the bike to be written off as far as safety is concerned. Are the fromes on these bikes not aluminum? if so i would 110% never ride the bike again and wait for the cash payout from insurance
 

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WOW so glad you are ok, without question I wouldn't personally try to repair the bike if insurance doesn't total it. You can recoup some money for sure on this forum by selling some removed farkles, put that money towards new farkles on a 14 to current 1000. ;) Best of luck my man.....again very glad you are OK.
 
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Glad you are ok but have you been checked out by a doc? I got rear ended on my Honda about 20 years ago- rolled backwards over the hood of a car and landed in street---thought I was just banged up but by the next morning I could barely walk--went straight to emergency room-turned out ok -one of my knees was hyperflexed so was in an air cast for a few days- Looks like you got smacked pretty hard.
 

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From the damage pictured, and possibility of frame damage, it will probably be totaled. Dont forget to include your helmet and other gear in the list of damages.
Glad you are not badly injured, thats the most important thing.
 

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It's always been my biggest fear is getting hit from behind...I think I spend more time looking behind me when slowing down than ahead.
I had my Honda VFR written off by a rear-ender. My wife hit me on her Suzuki GS500! I was going 10 km/h when she hit me doing 70 km/h. I was stopping (hard) for the yellow/red light as she was merging left.

It was scary, but mostly because of the "what the hell just happened" effect. We are both ATGATT people, so the result was that she had a sore knee and I had a sore foot, but both bikes were done.

She no longer rides.
 

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Insurance is going to total that for sure. Just in the pictures there is more parts damage than the bike is worth, not even figuring labor.
These days the replacement of the electronics damaged in a wreck can tip the cost of repair enough to total the bike.
In most cases, insurance will cover ~loan value.
 

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These days the replacement of the electronics damaged in a wreck can tip the cost of repair enough to total the bike.
In most cases, insurance will cover ~loan value.
I'm not even looking at electronics. I'm looking at a $700 rear rim, $150 tire, $500 minimum in paint work, $70 turn signal, $150 or so rear fender. That doesn't even get into all the damage that is not in the pictures
 

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I don't want to sound like "that Guy", but this should be a learning experience for you.

First, I'm glad you are okay, that is by far the most important thing. But, the young girl wasn't the only one not paying attention. Any time you stop, or slow down for that matter, you need to keep your eye on the rear view and make sure you have an escape route.
I disagree to a certain extent. I pulled up to a stop after driving through an intersection about 10 to 15' behind the car in front of me. Three cars were stopped while one was waiting to turn right. There was space to the right of the car in front of me, and I was in 1st gear with the clutch engaged (squeezed). I was watching the rear view mirrors as a car approached quickly, and I was starting to move forward and aiming for that space to the right when he suddenly slammed on his brakes and squealed to a stop (no abs?). There was no way I could have escaped being his hood ornament had he not seen my aftermarket super bright stop light (before I started moving) and done a panic stop. Yes I was moving, but reflexes and physics only allow you to accelerate so quickly. I don't know if he came to a halt in the space I had vacated or behind where I was stopped. Sometimes you do your best and its only luck that saves you.
 

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Having been hit by a car as a pedestrian and feeling "all right" at the moment I rushed into accepting a small check from the insurance company for "pain and suffering". 6 months later I am in the hospital with a cracked vertebrae from the accident and no help with the bills. Tell the insurance company you are going to wait a bit to settle any physical claim. Please. You do not have to act immediately relative to your health.
 

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-I would not remove anything from the bike. You should have around $3,000 of accessory allowance in an insurance claim.
-Take your time and make a list of every scratch on the bike. These parts will usually be replaced, not refinished, and not depreciated. Point everything out to the adjuster. Same with your gear.
-Definitely see a doctor.
-Expect a settlement check for you to sign a medical release. Wait a few months before you sign a medical release. You can settle on the bike separately. Even if you are fine, $1,000 is normal to sign a release.


Sux you got hit in the rear, would have helped to see her coming but shit happens. At least you were in first gear....kuddos there. Any wreck you walk away from is a learning experience and should be treated as such. The bike can be fixed better than it was or replaced.

Signed.....extreme motorcycle wrestler
 

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You are doing the correct thing by taking it to the Suzuki dealer for the appraisal/inspection. They will absolutely pick it apart - they should anyway. It's in your best interest and theirs. That used to be my job. If I was the least bit unsure, I would list the part anyway which often meant changing several other parts to get to it. If the insurance is covering it, no one will complain if a tiny part, with a tiny scratch gets replaced.

Someone mentioned that it's possibly a write-off. If they are the least bit unsure about the frame being bent, then for sure it is. Otherwise it's parts and labour, which adds up fast. The cost of building a bike out of spare OEM parts, is about 3.5 times what it costs new.

Your insurance company should be replacing your helmet for sure ( a liability thing - if they don't buy you a new one , and something happens to you because the old one was not replaced - the insurance company is then liable. They won't take that chance). They should also be replacing anything you were wearing that had any damage. You usually need receipts, and a good dealer can help you with that.
By the way, these are some of the reasons you spend your money at the dealership - and not just online. That way your dealer will look after you when this kind of thing happens.

But in the end, they are just things. They can all be replaced - people can't.
So if you're in one piece, then anything else can be dealt with.
It is odd though; statistically speaking, the odds of getting rear-ended on a motorcycle by a car are minuscule. You are more likely to get rear-ended by another bike ( another reason to not ride in big groups ). But in your car, the odds of getting rear-ended are extremely high. When you consider the fact that most people really don't, or can't see motorcycles, you would think it would be the other way round?

Also, document any physical issues you might have - no matter how small they might seem. larger things often show up later. Been there, fought with the insurance company for quite a few years.
Glad you're in one piece.
 

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Just want to say what others have - glad you are OK and hope that remains the case.

This is just a FWIW statement - no inferences about what happened.

I installed truly obnoxious daytime running lights on my Wee. They're not overly large and unsafe - but I watch - they work! The BACK OFF light under the license plate is equally obnoxious. Like everyone here, I keep an eye on those behind me. Yeah, there's always 1 a day but the other 99% of drivers keep INCREASING their distance behind me. NO ONE likes that light. One of the first things I had installed on my bike. I will soon have the part installed that will make this light pulse when I touch either brake. Currently when stopping (or stopped) with someone coming behind me, I will tap the brake a few times and yeah, they see it! I highly recommend it.

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Thanks for all your kind words guys. Waiting on a "market value report" before they compare parts cost numbers to the value of replacing it. Been to a chiropractor/accident specialist and have a few visits lined up. I sent receipts of my helmet and jacket and those will be replaced.
 
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Actually - would love to. I can operate the camera and download the images but will have to look into the image posting procedures. BTW... did I mention how much I LOVE this bike?????? Yeah, there are bigger, smaller, lighter, heavier and faster but is there another that can do it ALL as well as a Wee? OK - sorry - I'll get on the picture thing.

Cheers.

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Actually - would love to. I can operate the camera and download the images but will have to look into the image posting procedures. BTW... did I mention how much I LOVE this bike?????? Yeah, there are bigger, smaller, lighter, heavier and faster but is there another that can do it ALL as well as a Wee? OK - sorry - I'll get on the picture thing.

Cheers.

Taidog1
I agree, I bought this bike because I was very restricted to sub $4000 at the time and I figured it would get me by for at least 6 months but I'm really in love with it after the clutch basket fix and a beautiful sounding exhaust.
 

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They are saying repairable so it's going to my local shop. Will know more in a few weeks.
 
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