Bailed out... bike possibly totaled
Sad news so soon after posting my forum introduction message,
Last night at 2AM I was riding home, heading down a graded road that leads to a bridge to my neighborhood. It had rained earlier, and the roads were still slightly wet. I was coasting down behind a wagon, when the wagon slammed on the brakes at a green light intersection as I believe the driver made a last minute decision to make a turn. I quickly applied my brakes, entered into a two wheel skid, and dumped the bike toward the left. I was wearing gauntlets, armored riding jacket, and full helmet, so I luckily escaped serious injury and just ended up stoving my hand and getting some road rash on my knee, but my bike slid another seven feet or so. I had not been drinking that night and was completely sober.
The bike took mostly cosmetic damage, but some of it appears severe. Both turn signals were ground down and shattered, the headlight casing was badly dented, and the speedometer housing bent. The rear passenger peg snapped off, and the engine guard and exhaust heat shield were badly ground. The fuel tank also sustained a deep circular dent where my boot hit it. This morning, my insurance adjuster advised me to have the bike towed to their lot, and indicated that I should expect the bike to be totaled. He estimated that if I sign over the title I would get back 2200, plus the value of the jardine pipes and the engine guard, plus sales tax. I had initially paid 1500 for the bike, plus tax and title, with probably another 800 dollars in battery, tires and installation, rejetting, and assorted other parts.
2001 VN750 "Priss
Purchased 10/2010 17,500
Degoated, Jardine drag pipes
Pirelli Route tires
Interstate AGM battery
Clear Alternatives LED board taillight