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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-19-2017, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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The Versys is Dead, Long Live the Versys!

THE VERSYS IS DEAD – LONG LIVE THE VERSYS!
I seriously ‘bent’ my Black 2010 Versys 650 ABS, my “LD ‘bike, on the way to Renmark on 7th April 2017, luckily in company with mate, who just happens to be a doctor (on the forum as “OX-34”).

About 11:30 am, half-way between Nyngan and Cobar, west of Hermidale, just over a slight rise, hit a ‘Roo at approx. 110 kph.
I won’t bore you with the gory details; suffice to say I experienced the full ‘Trauma Team’ at Dubbo Base Hospital, released after four days, albeit in a wheelchair.
“ATGATT” was bloody good ‘Insurance’, and I didn’t begrudge the Team cutting the Klim pants & Jacket off (and Skinz, Merino top & leggings, and socks!).
Swann Insurance paid up the full original purchase price of the Klim gear. Arai XD-3 helmet trashed also, but did it’s job well. Boots worn right through on one side, and sole partly ripped off on the other foot. Gloves RS as well.
Already visited AdventureMoto, new Klim Jacket, Pants and Helmet acquired. Still looking at boots and gloves.
Insurance Assessor rang me from the dealer, and started with “You know it’s a write-off don’t you”?
The dealer had stopped counting at $8,500 in parts, not counting the $1,200 each for the front forks, and not including labour! Looked like a bent main frame as well…..
So, what to do? With Min. War & Finance’s ‘blessing’ (more like “For Better or For Worse, But Not for Lunch”) I started on a Short List, then Peter/Ox realised he had to do a ‘Bike-Count Rationalisation’, so, I now have a 2015 Orange Versys 650 ABS!
Now, once I can walk properly, and get rid of the second cast on my RH pinky, I may get to ride again!
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Glad you came out relatively unscathed, and good color choice!
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This is such a scary scenario. No, there are no 'roos in East Texas, but there are deer some of which can be a little bit on the large side. My fear is coming out of a creek bottom only to top the blind rise and plow into a deer. I can't help but slow down in those situations, curves be damned.
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And I'm really glad 93TigerBill is recovering to ride again. That's the important part to me. ATTGATT indeed.
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Glad you survived bro. Best of luck with your recovery.
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Hitting an animal is never good. as someone stated we don't have roos, but a lot of my friends have hit deer. I've hit 2 with my car, but lucky enough not to hit any with a bike. I've come close several times.
Any way glad your crash wasn't worse than it was, and that you will be riding again soon. Your new bike looks good. Hope it continues to. best of luck.
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Kangaroo, deer, raccoon, stray mutt... at 110 kph, it's not good to hit any such creature! Glad you seem to have weathered the crash OK and hope you're back to 100% very soon. New bike looks great BTW.

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This is such a scary scenario. No, there are no 'roos in East Texas, but there are deer some of which can be a little bit on the large side. My fear is coming out of a creek bottom only to top the blind rise and plow into a deer. I can't help but slow down in those situations, curves be damned.
My wife just destroyed our rental (yes, rental car, obtained when she trashed the family station wagon) when a suicidal deer bolted from the side of the road and tried the 'near miss and I'm in the club!" suicide maneuver. The deer didn't do well. Neither did the car.

Your caution is well noted, and should be well heeded.
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Why can't animals stick to where the crossing signs are?

I have been going through major back issues and a wreck could mean no more walking. My wife wants me to sell them all and get my dream car. Problem is I don't have a dream car.
To please her I have been searching and trying everything from Jeep Wranglers to Corvettes, to Miatas, and Porsches, but nothing compares to riding.
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Holy ****.

Glad you made it !

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Whats that brown stuff on the Air Hawk... Glad you survived Be Careful out there....
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Glad you're okay, and good luck on your recovery!
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Glad you are fine and back on the new ride...Safe Ride
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Man, that's just scary. Glad you are on the mend, and I hope you have a full recovery.

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Sorry to hear about the accident and hope you have a speedy recovery.


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I want to know why your bike had ABS in 2010 while us in the US had to wait until 2014 for ABS!

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