Rear ended 2015 BMW GSW - now what?

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by ErikMotoMan, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Crash tester & discount dummy

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    I'm fixing it. So don't tell me not to, ok? That's not what this thread is about.

    So I'm thinking of a latter day version of the HP2 Megamoto except I'm keeping the telelever front. Single seater, CF bodywork and 17" CF wheels. Stripped of everything else. Suggestions?

    Here's what the bike looked like 2 weeks ago: IMG_4100.JPG

    Now it looks like this:

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  2. tinwelp

    tinwelp Professional Idiot

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    Sheeit. Was all that damage done to the car by hitting you? You are one lucky guy if you were on the bike at the time. Is everyone OK?

    Probably the first job is to see if the frame and swing arms are still straight. After that, it depends on where you want to go. A light supermoto is hilarious fun, but I'm not sure a GS is a good place from which to start. At best it'll be a great bike that could be better if it lost another 30kg. Compared to your fully-loaded starting point though, it'd probably feel like a feather...

    So, accepting your desire to rebuild, my suggestion is throw away anything heavy and replace the bare minimum with carbon and light alloy... which I think is the direction you intend anyway! Avoid the the way too obvious 'café racer' and stick with a stripped-out supermoto theme.

    Cheers... Paul
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  3. rally roo

    rally roo Total poser

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    Supermoto all the way! Maybe something like the Touratech Rambler with 17" wheels and sticky rubber?

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  4. Bt10

    Bt10 Been here awhile

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  5. neil w

    neil w Been here awhile

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    With that severe an impact I would be very careful in checking out damage to the whole final drive and that it hasn't transmitted the impact to the engine casings and gearbox , if it has I would say your project might be over before it starts
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  6. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Did your airbag deploy? Are you OK? Your subframe did all that damage to the car?
    If you didn't get hurt. I would say the Gods are looking down on you. They want you to rebuild it .
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  7. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I hate it when that happens.

    Stay away from PipeBurn or your bike will wind up looking like some hipster twat built it.

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  8. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    What's "really " wrong with that bike? I not completely down with the seat/subframe. I always like a bike with an USA flag motif.
    It may not fit a lot of people's personal taste. Overall it's pretty well executed. Functionality wise it's way better than a stock airhead suspension/brakes/frame stiffness.
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  9. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Factory racing colors :deal

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  10. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    OP, sorry for the hijack, I'm just going to say this thing, then I'm done.

    I completely agree: judging a bike is a totally subjective matter, and it's the old saying: opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. :)

    So, my ass... er, opinion is that this bike was built for the sake of building it. If you want a Paralever swingarm and USD forks, buy a bike so equipped. It will be not only cheaper, but quicker and perform better. Don't get me wrong: I'm not above spending many hours and dollars on a project. Aesthetically, I strongly dislike the rear end - it's really awkwardly proportioned. And I agree: the subframe looks to be adjustable... because why? And, the tank reminds me strongly of the '80 r80gs tank. Not that it's bad, but unoriginal.

    And YES! I also love RWB bikes! This was back when I was young and impressionable, and it's just what I think of when I think of RWB colors. It's still a handsome bike.

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  11. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch I'm just a bean, trying to get some sleep...

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    Holee crap!! I got rear-ended on my '08 GS in November, not nearly that badly, but it was still totaled. Wound up getting $13k for a nine-year-old bike, and promptly went and got a new 1290SA.

    LOVE that '86 Nighthawk S!! Had one just like it, RWB and all! Rode the wheels off until I got my '90 CBR1000F. Honda's Nighthawk S might just be the best UJM ever made.

    W.A.
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  12. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    The image posted by rallyroo is the way to go. Rid the bike of all that "BMW" stuff, making it lighter and cooler. Hope you heal well and completely. Photos are expected, you know?
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