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Bad day riding

Postby seelyark1 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:27 am



Went south looking for some parts for my VT500, and then headed back to Ocala. Back in town and riding 45 instead of the 70 on the interstate, a woman decided that she needed to pull out in front of me. Tore the front off of her car, and the right front side of my Wing. Amazing how fast it happens. I went through the bike windshield, across the hood, and on my back onto the pavement. Thank God for a good riding jacket, (Joe Rocket) and a good helmet. Got to see about a new one as I have tested this one. Put both knees through the panels in the fairing. Got sore knees with a few holes in them and a broken bone in my left wrist, though both wrists hurt. Was really lucky! She said she didn't see me, then later she thought I was turning left but there is no turn lane for 200 yards. Worst part was watching the wrecker driver hook a chain to the front forks and drag my bike onto the truck. Guess I will be shopping for another Wing. 72000 on this one. Luckily I hadn't had a chance to install last months prize (Feb) yet.


Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby rescue1042 » Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:42 am

That is the worst nightmare of mine I have is someone pulling out! My friend I know sad to see the bike going away but that is much better then you! So glad to see that you will be ok!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D .... on bright side you get to shop for your next New to you present?? I wish you luck and heal quick!!!
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 03, 2014 8:13 am

That's terrible, I hate to hear of your bike, but I'm glad to know you came out relatively unscathed. I had the exact same thing happen to me many years ago, with pretty much the same result, albeit a few more broken bones. Helmets and protective gear work! I wouldn't be here now if not for my helmet.

Incidentally, insurance (in this case HER insurance) will normally cover the replacement of destroyed riding gear/helmets.

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby thrasherg » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:53 am

As wingadmin states, her insurance will cover damage to riding gear, but keep all the damaged gear until the claim has been settled. The insurance company often want proof that the jacket was a certain make and was damaged to the point that it needs replacing, etc.. Insurance is a long slow process, but you can come out of it without too much of a loss (You never break even or make a profit) but hopefully you wont lose too much..

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby OnPapasWing » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:31 pm

Oh Cr@p! That truly is a bad day. But I share the sentiment, glad to hear you are OK, as OK can be given the circumstance.
Didn't see you?? Really?? It's not like you're on a minibike. Good grief. Happy shopping. Of course you probably had yours well maintained and just about where you wanted it.

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby Mag » Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:38 pm

Unfortunately insurance will not give a lot for a bike with 72k miles will they? Fingers crossed, get all healed, and enjoy shopping for a new(er) ride.

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby littlebeaver » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:00 am

I am thankful that you are not dead.... :D I think you can always get another bike but there is only one of you, you have a great attitude about this whole event,, I bet that women will think twice about pulling out in front of someone ... :shock: Glad you are going to be fine and thanks for the post.... It's proof that this can happen to any of us.... :D

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby redial » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:48 am

Heal quickly and well. And may all your future days riding be Good Days Riding.

I think you did a thorough test on that helmet and jacket, and good to see that they stood up reasonably well to the testing.

Keep smiling, or grimacing :D .
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby amsoilguy » Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:19 pm

So glad to hear you are ok...
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby RoadRogue » Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:51 pm

Im glad to hear that you are in relatively good shape after your accident, it could have been so much worse. Heal well and heal fast. 8-)
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby seelyark1 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:29 am

Hope to hear from the insurance Company today to see what they say about the bike. Going to go and get a good look at it when I am not still in shock. Will try to get some pictures. Hate wearing this splint, but a lot of the pain is subsiding. Still haven't heard from the bone Dr. Crazy thing is that while I was in the emergency room we got a call from my daughter, and she had broken a bone in her right hand. Together we can open a can of Pepsi :lol: . If they total the bike, I want to see about buying it back as salvage. There are lots of extras on it as well as new tires, brakes, battery, that I would hate to lose in this mess. Had just synced the carbs too, but have the tool to do that again. Mine uses mercury and works real well for all my bikes. The more I think about the luckier I feel.
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby Mh434 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:17 pm

I feel for you, my friend! Been there, done that, for sure. In my case, the only really big one wasn't a car, but a deer. Large buck, trying to leap across the road (it was being chased by dogs), didn't hit the bike, but got me right in the chest Buck was killed instantly). Broke pretty much everything above my waist, concussion, inner ear damage, etc., but the bike just wobbled, righted itself, and went on down the road. Then, off a short cliff.

When I got out of hospital, I went home & started wrenching on the bike immediately. Only had one arm to work with (broken collar bone, torn rotator cuff, etc. etc. on the left side), but I could NOT stand to see my bike like that. In my case, of course, insurance wasn't of much help (deer strikes, VERY common hereabouts, are considered "own damage").

Take heart, my friend, your stoicism will be rewarded, and you'll be back in the saddle soon enough!

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby seelyark1 » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:03 am

Went back yesterday and got a good look at the bike when I wasn't in shock. The frame in the right front is bent, and the motor took most of the hit. People there said the woman had been there with her husband and she said I was "hauling a$$" :shock: They had totaled her car. Insurance had been there to look at the bike and they let me get some of the extras off it. :) Still lots left on it, but Geico has accepted 100% responsibility. Will see how this all comes out in the wash. Hope I don't lose out too bad. Med bills are covered and they mentioned pain and suffering. I want my bike taken care of! Even though I can't ride for a while. :( Sure miss looking at it down stairs... big empty spot :(
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby seelyark1 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:20 am

My insurance man called yesterday and told me that they totaled my bike too. However the policy I have covers all the extras too, :D so not so bad a feeling about it all. Shopping for another and got a couple in view... Now if I can get my wrist healed up where I can work the clutch. Will see how the insurance Co's fight it out.
Ride safe, and smart. Asphalt is like #1 grit sandpaper. Dave

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Re: Bad day riding

Postby Fatwing Chris » Sun Apr 20, 2014 1:15 pm

thrasherg wrote:As wingadmin states, her insurance will cover damage to riding gear, but keep all the damaged gear until the claim has been settled. The insurance company often want proof that the jacket was a certain make and was damaged to the point that it needs replacing, etc.. Insurance is a long slow process, but you can come out of it without too much of a loss (You never break even or make a profit) but hopefully you wont lose too much..

Gary


Not entirely true,here at least.My 84 Int got written off by a cager.I had paid $3800 for it and when it was all said and done they paid me $5700 for it.All of my gear was paid for(even my jacket that was in the trunk at the time.I didn't need it,but if I had to hire someone to look after the household that would have been paid for also.I was out of pocket for nothing and I actually made money on the bike.Word of advice don't take their first offer on the bike as they will low ball you right off the bat.Find out what it's worth and stick with what you want.They'll come around eventually.
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:57 pm

Dont forget to check out the low mileage 1500 that Stu ( newday777) has for sale here on our very own forum, when its time to go shopping. 8-)
Ride safe, Todd
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Re: Bad day riding

Postby landisr » Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:37 am

You might be surprised what they will pay for your bike. I got sideswiped on my 94A in 2007 (145,000 miles on it at the time) and they paid for over 4,000 dollars in repairs without batting an eye. Bought me a new helmet to boot.

Glad to hear you're on a short road to recovery my friend.

Ron in AZ

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