My 950 caught fire...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by brents347, May 23, 2012.

  1. Pete156

    Pete156 I love to eat!

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    I'd have done the same thing. Many of us would, it's human nature. And I've been a professional firefighter for thirty years!

    Sorry to hear of this tragedy, and see the pic of that poor 950.
    You're welcome to ride mine if you're in the Seattle area.
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  2. brents347

    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    So this is the last photo of the 950 pre-fire. Taken 3 days prior to the fir on top of Ebbetts Pass. Good bye old girl!

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  3. sonoran

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  4. ian408

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    Wow Brent, Sorry to hear about this.

    I hope that the family is all OK and that things get better for you soon.
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  5. charlie264

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    SHITE....THAT WAS A HOT FIRE.

    Iron man sproket and disc's look ok. :wink:

    Brent take conciliation it could of been a lot worse, I remember listening to a couple who house burnt to the ground, the biggest loss for them were the memories, photos and keep sakes. Everyone’s OK, car is a new project. Happy Days.:clap
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  6. Iron Horse

    Iron Horse I Make Shit Up

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    Damn. :cry
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  7. Johnf3

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    Brent,
    I saw where you said the insurance company only offered 12K on your 45K Mustang. Once you get it fixed, call Hagerty's Insurance and you can name the monetary value of the car (within reason) and insure it for that without hassle. This is how I have my classic insured, and it is reasonable too. You may already know this.

    Man that was a hot fire right there at your 950. It has to be pretty hot to just make aluminum disappear like that.
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  8. killurtv

    killurtv free range moron

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    WOW!!! Those pictures are amazing!! That had to be one hot fire, I never imagined that a motorcycle could literally melt. As said by all before, I am glad everyone is ok. Keep us posted and let us know if the OC can be of any assistance. Hang in there.
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  9. Baja_Joe

    Baja_Joe Every mile KOTW 2011

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    Brent,

    Man, those pictures look very sad. I am glad you are alright and the family is safe.

    Sorry for the loss and I hope things get better just as soon as they can.

    Peace,

    Baja Joe
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  10. gigeorge

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    Everymans worst nightmare seeing his pride of toys in such a state.. Like others have said , it can only mean newer better things.. I hope youve got good insurers..
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  11. booger1

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    Sorry to hear about your loss's, and glad you and your family are safe. I wish and your family the best of luck at rebuilding your lives and that mustang.
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  12. 7seas10

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    I really sorry to hear that, I wish you the best of luck to you and your family!!

    Take care!!
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  13. hilslamer

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    Oh, man, I feel your pain. That sucks so bad, to have lost all of that stuff...and smoke damage is so damned hard to get rid of, on the stuff that survives...damn, that sucks man.

    Glad the wife and family is ok.

    This...is just one more story I have heard many times. My dad trained to be a firefighter and I never could understand why he was such a nazi about where he stored flammables, how electrical cords were used, putting fuses on anything he installed on his truck - and also about charging batteries away from other things. Until I heard a story like this one, and then another...by the time I had my own stuff to charge and garage to worry about, I was the nazi my dad was.

    When I get a new battery(or charger, or battery tender...), I set it out on a piece of concrete with the charger next to it and let it trickle at the length of the extension cord. If I charge a battery in a vehicle because it is hard to take out, it gets pushed outside on my side patio, locked behind a gate.

    I don't even trust small battery chargers in the house anymore! I had a cheap replacement charger for a cel phone that I bought in a hurry at the airport, and I was walking through my kitchen one day and had the phone charging on it on the end of the countertop. I could feel the heat surging from the phone walking by with my arm! I unplugged it immediately, let the charger cool, and chucked it. Junk. I couldn't even touch the phone, and the battery swelled way up like any Li-po battery does when abused by discharge rate or charger abuse. The phone had to be wiped and re-softwared and all that, and I lost a bunch of pictures, but at least it didn't start a fire...

    That's shocking! Do you know the name/brand of the detector? If you say they didn't work real well, how did you test them?


    So, now the big question: what did insurance cover?
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    660, /tears
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  15. Night Falcon

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    So glad no one was hurt! That looked like one serious fire. Did my eyes decieve me or was the 9fiddies swing arm melted in half! I know they're only machines but seeing those photos made me want to take a minutes silence :devildog
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    brents347 Trusting my Cape...

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    Hilslamer,

    The detectors were a standard issue 120 volt, battery back-up unit (linked throughout the house) sold by Home Depot. I think maybe the brand is Fire Safe but not sure. Talking to the fire chief, apparently there are two types of smokes for residential. One type senses particulate matter and the other senses more like chemical composition. And then of course there are CO2 units as well. When I rebuild the house, I will use a mix of the three types spread around the house and all linked. One goes off, all go off.

    So far, insurance has paid nothing. We are still working on pricing and valuing all the items. But the good news is, my coverage is good, my values are high, and thus far they aren't arguing with me about anything. Today we went through all the items from the garage. Every little piece of minutia. For instance, there are no tires left, but there are balls of cords that used to be inside the tires. When I claimed 8 new, unused M/C tires, they didn't question it at all. Just asked what kind of tires they were. I am not lying to them or fudging numbers, and they are not hassling me on details. It's actually really nice. The 660 will be covered by homeowners insurance (good) and the 950 will be covered by Geico (not so good). The good news is all the 950 and 660 spares and extra wheels and parts will be covered by homeowners. Mustang covered by State Farm, and we are now working on getting an independant classic car value adjustment to try and get the car value more in line with what I think it is worth. I will be quite pleased to get anything more than $20K. We'll see.

    Thanks for all the well wishes guys!
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  17. Rev Kiecker

    Rev Kiecker Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear about your loss Brent, but as you've stated it's just stuff. The important things like your family are safe.
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  19. ghostrider1964

    ghostrider1964 Edumacated Red Neck

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    Lucky, all were ok...Never like losing our toys...Bad thing is I have 3 battery tenders in my garage as we speak...trying to figure out what to with them, I rarely ride my KLR anymore and I try to keep it on so it is charged if anyone wants to buy it. My BMW has parasitic draw and will kill itself in about 2 weeks without a tender. I also keep on our Polaris Ranger. Might need to build an out building for them.Good luck dealing with insurance company:1drink
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  20. AdvGa

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    See Post #48

    Brent,
    Glad things are going pretty smoothly with your Insurance companies. Most are not like what is represented on TV commercials by lawyers.
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