Jeep VS Hack

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by DirtyDR, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    It has been over 30 years since I tangled with an automobile on a motorcycle but my streak ended yesterday going home from work. I was going through a roundabout and I saw the woman in the Jeep wasn't going to yield but I couldn't quite get out of the way and she clipped the back of the sidecar. I am glad I was on the GS rig and not the solo bike or it would have been a lot worse for me. I am also glad I had the cargo tub on and not the fiberglass Friendship II body, as it is she caught me square in the rear gas can and punched in the right rear of the tub and pushed me across both lanes of the roundabout.

    The offending Jeep:
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    Damage is minor:
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    And she got a ticket:
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  2. sh1bby69

    sh1bby69 Been here awhile

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    Glad it wasn't anything worse! Tough rig!
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  3. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Glad you're OK...and nothing serious except a few metal bends. These can be handily repaired while us Humans not always so. I am sure you had a lump in your throat :eek1....ride safe my friend.

    cheers...
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  4. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Congrats on surviving!

    Damage may be minor, but the insurance settlement will be based on how much it costs to get it fixed at a "professional sidecar repair facility" (which we know there are lots of those in everybody's neighborhood!). But really, even if yer gonna do the repairs yourself, you should try to get a repair estimate from a couple of different shops factoring in labor cost at around $100/hour. And don't forget to get your local BMW shop to check the forks, paralever, telelever and the rear subframe on the bike to make sure nothing got tweaked. Her insurance is paying for everything so you might as well be thorough.

    By the way, did she give you or the LEO any explanation?
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  5. Montague

    Montague UDF Adventurer

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    Glad to hear you are okay, everything else is just time and money, hopefully the Jeep driver will be paying for those.
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  6. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    We have the same insurance and actually the same agent, not a lot of choices up here for insurance agents, so I don't think insurance will be an issue.

    As far as an excuse it was the old "I didn't see you" defense, of course she said the sun was in her eyes at first but since she was headed due South and it was around 1700 the sun was way in the West so I knew that wasn't it. After we chatted a bit while waiting for the police officer I mentioned I was heading to the farm stand for some fresh fruit and veggies and she said that she was checking out the signs for same and may have not been paying attention.

    What she said to the trooper I have no idea as I was headed out and all I heard was some protesting when he started explaining why she was receiving a ticket.

    As far as repairs I guess since I built the thing to begin with I will do the repair work. I needed a Winter living room project anyway so it looks like rebuilding the "Adventure tub" will be it. I am just so glad I did not have the fiberglass Friendship II body on it.
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  7. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy Dana,

    Glad your not injured, it could have been nasty.

    Just because YOU built the rig doesn't mean YOU can't be compensated for its repair, she hit you there's no reason for you to take any sort of loss on this, I agree with Drone, get the entire rig checked out to make sure the Beemer didn't get bent by being pushed sideways. :deal
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  8. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    Glad you didn't get hurt.

    It always surprises me when people are suprised when a cop starts writing them a ticket (or multiple tickets) for being at fault in an accident. "But officer it was an ACCIDENT, why are you giving me a ticket?"
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  9. Leaf

    Leaf Been here awhile

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    I am impressed by how little damage there seems to be!

    What did the jeep look like?
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  10. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Don't worry Dave I will get compensated. I checked things out pretty good yesterday evening and took a run on the highway to make sure all is well but I will have it looked at. If anything I would worry more about the final drive getting pushed sideways but it really wasn't violent just a nice shove, I have done worse power sliding it, minus the impact of course.

    I dodge people all day in the roundabouts and there was no way she would get out without a ticket if I could help it.

    I am impressed more and more with that body and how well it takes abuse. Jeep did have a nasty dent in the bumper as she hit right above the rubber and dented the metal.
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  11. ridenfly

    ridenfly Been here awhile

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    There is a lesson here.
    Labrador, Alaska, Coeur d'Alene, Tooele, Sipapu, Then you get within 40 miles of home. Statistics don't lie, designate "home" as someplace you never go.
    Glad it was no more than a fender bender.
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  12. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    Lots to be thankful about, Dana. You didn't get hurt. I'm sure glad about that.
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  13. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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    This is why I have a hack.
    It is nearly impossible to ride faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.
    Glad to hear you escaped with minimal damage to the rig.
    A testament, not only the rig being well built, but the skills of the pilot as well.
    Well done and glad you are OK.

    Cheers.
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  14. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    Glad you are safe, I agree never go home.
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  15. RidingDonkeys

    RidingDonkeys Purveyor of Awesome

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    WOW! Glad to hear you are OK. I just settled up the insurance claim on my trailer that some dude rear-ended last week. It was purchased when I lived in Germany, and there is nothing comparable sold here, so they had to treat it like a "custom build". I ended up coming out OK on it, but like mentioned before, I used the standard $100hr labor rate to settle the claim. I will probably be able to fix it myself, but my time is worth money like any other mechanic. I imagine your time is worth money too, so don't be afraid to fight for the labor costs.
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  16. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Thanks guys. For what it is worth she hit me about 2 miles from my house so I guess it is true that most accidents happen close to home.

    I swapped tubs yesterday and put the passenger body back on since I am taking the GS to our BMW club's rally on Thursday. When I opened the rear lid on the cargo tub I found out the lid was keeping tension on the side and keeping it square, with the lid open the side pretty much just folded in and I am not sure that the box can be repaired. I guess I will have to see what the adjustor says.
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  17. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Insurance adjustor came by yesterday and settled with me on the tub so I guess it's time to build a new adventure tub.

    I was looking through ebay for boxes this morning and first page had these:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/70-ALUMINUM...737&pid=100015&prg=1006&rk=1&sd=150774894718&

    May have to go with the same design and fix a few things that I found that I should have done different. Sometimes you can get a do over.
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  18. ridenfly

    ridenfly Been here awhile

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    <CENTER>[​IMG]</CENTER><CENTER></CENTER><CENTER>A fellow came thru the campground with this as his hack tub. It rained that night so he slept in the carrier put the contents on the ground under a tarp</CENTER>
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  19. DirtyDR

    DirtyDR Dana

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    Had a guy at Hotchkiss one year that was pulling this trailer that he used as his RV.

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  20. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    Is that a mountain bike wheel? :huh
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