That'll buff out! (Or, Death of a V-Strom)

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by aTuWitty, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. aTuWitty

    aTuWitty Adventurer

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    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:

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    During a Yellowstone trip:

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    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:

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    And near a lake on the Olympic Peninsula last year on my way back from Canada:

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    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.

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    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...

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    ...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!!! :deal ).

    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!!!
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  2. purplepeopleeater

    purplepeopleeater The Official VW Nut

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    Glad you made it, that's a pretty nasty sounding face plant.

    Perhaps the ex will have a change of heart now?
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  3. Jocassee

    Jocassee Petrolhead

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    Man looking at that damage I think you're lucky to be alive. Especially given that it ended with the bike on TOP of you.
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  4. 4wheeldog

    4wheeldog Long timer

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    So, did the other driver stop? Glad you didn't get hurt worse.
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  5. Hohmie

    Hohmie Been here awhile

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    That looks like a bad one, glad you're ok.
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  6. xhungus

    xhungus Misadventurer

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    ^ What they said... by the looks of things you are lucky to be alive!

    Nice replacement too... EX650's are fun :clap
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  7. NesquikNinja

    NesquikNinja Been here awhile

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    You are awesome.

    :freaky
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  8. Import

    Import Been here awhile

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    Best of luck to you......easy does it..
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  9. rico2072

    rico2072 Been here awhile

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    Glad your around to tell your story!
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  10. aTuWitty

    aTuWitty Adventurer

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    Recovery is proceeding apace. My knees are constantly sore if they're even bent a little, which has made going back to work a very painful endeavor (but a necessary one- I need money!)

    I don't have full use of my right index finger or thumb yet, and my right arm's mobility is severely limited. The torn muscles in my shoulder and upper arm are very painful as well, but are getting better.

    The claim process has been started, but I have no word as to whether his insurance is accepting liability.

    Here are xrays of my arm, for your viewing pleasure!

    First plate in (you can still see the butterfly chips in the ulna)

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    And with both of them in.

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    Overall, I'm grateful for what happened. It could have been a lot worse, and it's better to be glad for it not being worse than to be angry that it wasn't better :)
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  11. GoGoGavin41

    GoGoGavin41 Isn't this that guy?

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    It was a very similar story when my wife and I got hit. Driver was apologetic and accepting of blame at the scene, then when the police report came out/talked to insurance, his story changed (which included a number of lies). Luckily we also had a good witness.
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  12. PT Rider

    PT Rider Been here awhile

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    Good luck and speedy recovery.

    There look to be several good parts remaining on the strom for you to sell unless his insurance company buys it from you...wheels maybe, shock, engine, skid plate, maybe the frame with good title, whatever else isn't bent or bruised.

    If you don't get the good news from his insurance company very soon, contact a lawyer. You may need solid statements from the witnesses while their memories are fresh. Do you know about subrogation? If your medical insurance is paying your medical bills, they will get paid back from his car insurance or from a legal settlement you get from him. Subrogation surprises many crash victims.
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  13. Ayedoc

    Ayedoc Adventurer

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    Glad you're making progress. Hang in there.

    Doesn't that "he came out of nowhere" line make you crazy? In addition to being a motorcyclist, you're also a magician!
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  14. HunSolo

    HunSolo Mad Monk

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    Heal well, Brother. Good report.
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  15. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    Isn't lying on the police report a crime? Why not start prosecuting a few of these folks

    Rod
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  16. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    glad you came tru, like others said looking at bike you were lucky.

    going back to work as soon as your ready (or alittle sooner) is good. I did a yr in theropy one time & really didn't start getting total movement till I got back to normal activies. the longer ya put it off the harder it is to get back.


    ps. good score on the ninja
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  17. jimhaleyscomet

    jimhaleyscomet Adventurer

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    People seem to lie AFTER the police report all the time. A lady swerved into my daughter and was all apologetic at the accident. I can only figure she was illegally texting as it was the middle of a sunny day. Then after the lady got home (and every time she talked to the insurance company according to them) she changed her story. Luckily the officer at the scene wrote down what she said.

    THANK YOU Rochester police officer!!!!!!!!
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  18. Gerd

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    I'm glad that you came out more or less ok!
    You 'mericans please elighten me on this:

    My insurance covers only damage to third party vehicles in case of accident. That's the most basic type of insurance around here, and is mandatory for everyone.

    Now, how can an insurance company decide that a bike with only a few scratches is a 'total loss'??? is that good for you? you get a new bike? Thats completely unheard of around this parts... how does it work? :huh
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  19. aTuWitty

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    That was an oversimplification of what actually happened, but I don't type well with just one hand so I shortened it. Now that I can type with both, I'll try to explain. My friend has collision insurance on his bike, which goes along with his liability insurance. Liability will pay for damages to OTHERS, collision will pay for damages that YOU cause to your own property. My friend let HIS friend ride the bike, told him NOT to actually get it into gear but just to play with the clutch activation point. Friend of my buddy didn't listen, and laid it down. The insurance company deemed my friend not at fault and valued the bike at $4500, with a salvage value of $1400. The max they would pay out for a repair would be $4500 less the salvage value=$3100. Friend just wants it gone, so he'll throw it to me for the salvage value and then purchase a new bike. Sweet deal :)


    Helmet update (haven't posted pics, thought y'all might like a look). I got a concussion, but never got much information on it. They said I had one, but they weren't worried about it. The helmet was a G-Max 78s 2XL that I purchased in April. It is a bit looser fitting, as in April I weighed 285 and today I'm 225, so I've lost a good bit of fat in my face. It was still semi-snug, but not ideal. I was planning on asking for a Shoei Qwest for Christmas, as the Gmax started falling apart after a month (vents breaking off, the sun shade button broke, pads got squished). It did about as well as I'd expect a $125 helmet to do.

    I'm ordering a Shoei GT-Air AS SOON AS THIS IS SETTLED! Cannot wait.

    Pics: (keep in mind there was NO damage to this helmet, so every scratch is due to this accident)

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  20. r60man

    r60man Been here awhile

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    Bummer to hear about your faceplant. I know what you are talking about with the memories. I was in a car accident in '88. I had no memories of it, and neither did the other two drivers that hit me. But there were a lot of witnesses that came through and did me right when the time came.
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