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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-30-2011, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy 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.

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Take the money and use it as a down payment on a new bike.

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Originally Posted by Knifemaker View Post
Take the money and use it as a down payment on a new bike.
X2 on that... Oh, and I'm experienced (about the totaled bike)...
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Sorry to hear about the bad spill ! Its sad when our girls get hurt. X3 take the $ and put it on a new bike or atleast a newer one.

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Originally Posted by knifemaker View Post
take the money and use it as a down payment on a new bike.
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Sorry to hear about your spill unclebadass, but I'm glad you made it through fairly unscathed.

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Take the money, first try to get more money, they will always lowball you to see if you take it. ask for more, what can they say but no.
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Glad to hear (or read) that you came out of this basically ok--after all, that's what REALLY matters anyway.

You've unfortunately found one of the real weaknesses of this bike--it doesn't have anti-lock brakes.

In a "panic" situation, it is sometimes all too easy to grab too much front and/or rear brake. Depending on the available traction and the other dynamics of the given situation, the bike can then slide out from under you. This has also happened to me (albeit not in wet conditions--at least, not yet).

Take a lesson from what has happened to you here, and don't let it happen to you again.

How's that, you may ask? Make sure your next bike has anti-lock brakes. Then, if you later grab too much brake, the electronics will bail you out (assuming the bike isn't leaned over much). Thus, it's just another ride--and not a crash.

Let us know what you end up with, regardless.

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thats what I was thinkinking, buy it back from the ins, company and pick up parts here and there and buy you another bike!

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