Hit a deer


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Dojustly
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Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800

Hit a deer

Post by Dojustly » Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:53 pm



2009 GL1800
New to me, haven't really gotten into the fairings, except to replace the windshield. That went OK.
Had a deer jump out in front of me while running about 40mph. Saw she was in the air, and there was no time to do anything but try and hold tight and ride through the impact. Kept it up, and negotiated the curve, and found a driveway to pull into.
Some damage to the front right fairing. Looks like the headlight was pushed back a little, but still burned.
Gave thanks, and headed for home.
First stop sign we came to, I noticed the fan came on. Went back off as we continued on. Started keeping an eye on the temp gauge.
A few miles later, I realized I was smelling antifreeze.
Evidently, the impact pushed the fairing around enough to cause a leak on the right side radiator.
I'm looking for help finding the best way to get the fairing pcs off that will allow me to see if the radiator is leaking, or maybe it's just a hose cut or loose.
Don't have a manual.

What resources should I have, watch, or refer to?
Thanks for the help.



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trike lady
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Re: Hit a deer

Post by trike lady » Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:14 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum.
This may be a good help for you: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/11429 ... l1800.html
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Re: Hit a deer

Post by M61A1MECH » Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:28 am

Dojustly wrote:
Sat Mar 21, 2020 4:53 pm
2009 GL1800
I'm looking for help finding the best way to get the fairing pcs off that will allow me to see if the radiator is leaking, or maybe it's just a hose cut or loose.
Don't have a manual.
What resources should I have, watch, or refer to?
Thanks for the help.
Here is a link that should help, viewtopic.php?f=15&t=42584
Steve K
Edgewater, FL

And the Lord said. "Thou shalt have dominion over all of the animals, except of course the cat."

Big Bob
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Re: Hit a deer

Post by Big Bob » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:01 pm

Dojustly, sounds like you survived the accident better than the bike, that is a good thing. IMO if you are mechanically inclined, and in the mood for a early spring project, get a manual , take lots of pictures and start looking for damage and ordering parts. Or, take to your local/favorite dealer and let insurance and the shop deal with the damage, chances are they will make less mistakes, and won't miss as many problems as you might. Good luck!

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Re: Hit a deer

Post by MikeB » Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:48 pm

If you have good comprehensive insurance coverage, I would suggest taking it to the local dealer for a repair estimate. It might cost an hours worth of labor but the insurance will cover that fee.
If you are mechanically inclined, take the bike home after the estimate with the paperwork in hand.
All the parts needed, and more, will be listed on the repair estimate. You can take the bike apart as you evaluate the needed parts.
Get yourself a service manual, about $125 via online sources, and start taking things apart.
Order the parts needed and start the process of replacing and repairing. I use Partzilla.com ( https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/honda )

If you are not the mechanical sort, you will have to have a repair facility of some kind do the work for you. It is not difficult, just involved.


MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

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