My goodness, I wish I wasn't writing this post. I purchased my new-to-me K3 DL1000, half blue half yellow, in August of 2011. In fact, it wasn't even my choice! My wife (at the time) pushed me to get a motorcycle. In fact, she called this bike "her gift to me". We were poor college students at the time, and I felt that a motorcycle was a bad financial call (especially given that we lived in northeast Idaho). It was, but as with all my dealings with her, I capitulated. I wanted a Sprint ST 1050, but their rarity necessitated a different choice. I REALLY didn't want the Strom- Ugly, big, ugly, and not a sport bike. However, after my first test ride, I was hooked. The torque was just too much fun. Here she was the day I first bought her: During a Yellowstone trip: Three months later, the wife left me (her reasoning- the life of a student is too much work and not enough play). I moved back to California to attempt fixing things with her, and brought the bike with me, where it became my daily rider. Commuting, twisties, big trips (1000+ mile days!), the big Strom was down for anything I threw at it. I envied my best friend's Sprint ST for its maneuverability and power, but I was never behind in our twisty rides. Here's the Strom and the Sprint on our Christmas Eve ride: And near a lake on the Olympic Peninsula last year on my way back from Canada: Sure, it gave me a few scares. The hot TPS issue frightened me on a number of occasions before I finally figured out what was going on, and about a year ago the fork seals started leaking, but nothing serious ever happened (ran a feeler gauge around the fork tube and that sorted it all out) and I was never stranded. Two weeks ago, on my way to work, a silver SUV swerved into my lane. I was travelling in the #1 lane and attempted to swerve to avoid the SUV, but was unsuccessful. The SUV struck me and sent me flying. I was travelling at about 40 mph before the crash, but I don't know about the impact itself (I lost about 45 minutes of memories). I landed in the dividing island (consisting of 6-8 inch river stone set into concrete), and the bike ended up on top of me. Several men got out of their cars and rushed to pull the bike off of me. A woman, whose daughter rides a bike, stayed with me, held my hand, and tried to keep me conscious during the ordeal. My next memory was being in the hospital. My radius and ulna were both broken near the elbow, with several large "butterfly" chips broken from the ulna. My left knee was severely dislocated (the kneecap was several inches out of place and the MCL was torn), I had a 5" long 1/2" deep gash on my right shin, and most of the muscles in my upper arm had been torn. I was wearing full gear at the time, so the injuries could have been far worse. I have had surgery to repair my arm, with plates and pins inserted, and I may yet need a knee reconstruction. The witnesses with whom I have spoken have painted a picture that seems to place fault on the driver of the SUV. It's a disconcerting sensation to have to rely on the testimonies of others for something like this! I certainly hope I am not found at fault, as I do not carry collision on my policy (the life of a poor student is filled with sad compromises). My dear Angry Harvey (I'm a huge Batman fan, and my Strom always sounded pissed off when I was riding it) did not fare so well. I don't know if there's any hope for this bike. I normally love a good wrenching project, but I don't think Harvey is resurrectable for anything near reasonable money. So there it is. My first faceplant. I already have another motorcycle lined up (a friend of mine laid his Ninja 650R down at 10 mph and the insurance company is calling it a total loss... ...and it's basically just cosmetic damage! My friend is going to take the repair check, keep the bike (clean title), and sell it to me for the salvage price ($1400). Bike has 17,000 miles!!! ). My journey with the Strom has ended, long before I hoped it would. I purchased it with 33,000 miles and it had just turned over 63,000. A DL650 may yet be in my future, but for the time being, my main focus is on recovery and getting back to riding shape again. Stay safe and stay ATGATT, my friends. And watch out for silver SUV's!!!