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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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R.I.P. Sweet Versys

5:50 on a Wednesday morning, on my way into work. Almost no traffic - except the kid in the giant Suburban who turned left in front of me like I wasn't even there. I put over 16k miles on that bike in the three years I had it. It was a great bike.
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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 04:43 PM
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Bikes can be replaced, glad to hear you are ok.

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post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 05:55 PM
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I hope you are OK.

I take it that there is not much snow in northern CO? We are praying for it down here.

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post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 07:26 PM
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Hope your OK. Were you injured?

The bike still has a value. If would be worth it to part it out on Ebay.
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post #5 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 09:37 PM
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Glad to hear you are in good shape, I hope you are able to keep riding.


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post #6 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 10:54 PM
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Yeap. As long as you're ok, there's always another bike.

By the way if you're parting out anything, i have my eyes set on the front fender - if it aint cracked yet.

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post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:29 AM
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I hope you are OK. Like others have said, the bike can be replaced. It's things like this that cause me to preach wearing gear all the time. I wrecked my bike about 1 1/2 years ago. Looked alot like yours, It didn't get totaled by the insurance co. Ran about 2700. to get repaired. Time to see how good your insurance is. Good luck. I'f they total it and you are going to get another Versy, there is a dealer in Batesville Ark. that had 2 09's in stock for around 6000.

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post #8 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 07:57 AM
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My initial response should be...'death take them all'! for their are no accidents...only incompetence.
Don't it just makes ya want to SPIT!
BUT..in the end, all I can say is that it's better your "V" looks like a 'dead skunk in the middle of the road' than ...YOU!
Glad your alive and kickin'.

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post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 08:09 AM
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to the sound of Taps. Hope you are not injured.
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post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 10:26 AM
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Hopefully since you posted pictures and typed that means you are okay, sure hope so.

Go see Bruce at MotoAdventures and get you a brand spanking new Versys, just keep your eye out for them Burbs!!

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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 12:10 PM
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I hope that you're alright and that numbnuts has some good insurance. Was he cited?
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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 03:00 PM
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The last 10 days has been rough for bikers, you, a friend was taken out on his Harley Tuesday (he'll be okay, but a 20 yr old softtail is toast), another friend laid his down yesterday to avoid a a motorist that wasn't paying attention. Twice going down I-25 thru downtown yesterday I was almost taken out, by the same c### who was more interested in her cellphone than traffic.

Glad your okay, bikes can be replaced.

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post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 03:31 PM
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Hope you heal up fast from your injuries!

So the dude got the ticket and you got the totaled V?

Hope you get another V!

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post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:14 PM
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Same sentiment as a lot of others- Glad you're ok! Bikes can be replaced, but we cannot.
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post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:38 PM
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I'm not sure they would have helped or not in Mushin's case but I had a crash at ~65kph earlier this fall and suffered relatively minor damage to the bike due to the crash bars (SW-Motech) and hand guards (Barkbuster).

The bike slide ~60ft on it's side wearing on the bars but survived with only a minor rashed upper fairing on one side where it bounced, bent handle bars, a rashed hand guard shield, broken mirror, and a missing rear spool. Watching the bike slide I also believe they prevented the bike from tumbling as bikes often do. They paid for themselves and then some. They have also helped prevent damage in a few tip overs incurred over the few years. I will never own another bike without installing crash bars. I would recommend these products for the Versys again and again.

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post #16 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-02-2012, 11:38 PM
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Glad your ok, for a small country we had 4 motorcyclists die over the weekend and 2 of them on a charity toy run by an impatient driver not giving away.
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post #17 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 03:36 AM
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Make that 5. Sad, bad weekend
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post #18 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-03-2012, 06:09 AM
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Heal up quick. The Suburban driver's insurance should get you new wheels, yes?

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post #19 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 01:20 AM
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Trust you are okay...Sad to see the V totalled.
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post #20 of 34 (permalink) Old 12-04-2012, 09:04 AM
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Are you ok ?

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