Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
V down ...
Funny, my surname starts with V Ö anyhow
Home recovering after surgery feeling pretty good today I decided to hop on the bike for few quick errands. Nice summery day, what can go wrong, right?
For Ottawa, ON folks, eastbound Hunt Club to northbound Prince of Wales, left turn.
Two lanes, yours truly in left (avoiding garbage truck on the right), we make the left turn, and I am just about to twist the throttle to get ahead of cager in Grand Caravan beside me when he decides to merge left. Fast! Iím pushed towards the median, Iím boxed in Ö brake, full-on contact fight with the car for a quick second trying to stay upright and donít get run over by SUV behind me Ö driver realizes heís killing someone so he swerves right and I follow but down I go. Lowside, right-side. About 40km/h I guess Ö SUV behind me does not have texting 16yo behind the wheel this time so he stops before he runs me over. I hit the ground with my forearm and helmet, slide a bit trying to protect healing scar on my belly and its over.
I get up, count my toes, check for bleeding and try to control a MAJOR road rage.
Helmet is done, jacket did its job and goes to garbage and so are gloves. I have a bit of scratch on right forearm as the armor twisted around a bit, dislocated left thumb (WTF and how?) and thatís it?
While people stop and push my bike to the curb (Canít lift heavy stuff just yet) the guy who got me is all over me about how he didnít see me Ö sure, say that few more times before all the good folks here and copper when they show up Ö I have (had) hi-viz yellow jacket Ö kinda hard to overlook 165# bumblebee Ö if you cared to move your head or check your BEEEP mirror !!!
Bike: took a slide but boy-oh-boy!, SW-Motech works !!! She does not have a scratch on her apart from mirror, handlebar end and handguard, bended rear brake pedal and Pyramid hugger broke off one mounting point. Shad topcase stayed on with no damage.
After threesome with first responders, paramedics and cops (no fault to me, guy got charged with something like dangerous line change (???)), she fired right away. I tried to run the bike, seems fine, no wobble I was able to detect.
Drove it home, spent nice time with claim agent, calmed wife, took some pics, had a beer.
Now some questions:
I want the bike to be checked by the Kawi dealer for damage and to make sure itís true and straight, what should I ask for? His insurance is covering the bill. Not sure about aftermarket parts Ö ?
Insurance will cover helmet, but not the jacket or gloves. What would you recommend to do? Talk to the driver first try to settle this and if not a small-claim court?
Will you replace the engine guard? Pics to follow.
Anything else am I missing?
Really crappy start of the season Ö.