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Versys crash survival.

Ok. I've done a quick search and I was unable to find a similar thread.
I was recently (June 16) involved in a single vehicle accident on my V.
At approx. 70 MPH my front tire came into contact with a piece of transport tire debris and that was all she wrote!
I was able to visit my bike at the shop today for the first time and took some snapshots of the damages.
My question: Are there any products that could have helped my bike survive unscathed?
That's a tough job I'd be looking for a product to do but I'm so amazed at how minor the damages are (except for the bent handlebar) that it leaves me wondering.
What have been your real world experiences? Am I asking too much?
Please don't get me wrong I am pleased with how well the V held up considering.
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Ok. I've done a quick search and I was unable to find a similar thread.
I was recently (June 16) involved in a single vehicle accident on my V.
At approx. 70 MPH my front tire came into contact with a piece of transport tire debris and that was all she wrote!
I was able to visit my bike at the shop today for the first time and took some snapshots of the damages.
My question: Are there any products that could have helped my bike survive unscathed?
That's a tough job I'd be looking for a product to do but I'm so amazed at how minor the damages are (except for the bent handlebar) that it leaves me wondering.
What have been your real world experiences? Am I asking too much?
Please don't get me wrong I am pleased with how well the V held up considering.
You crashed at 70MPH and that's all the damage?!?!?!!?
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You crashed at 70MPH and that's all the damage?!?!?!!?
You are one very LUCKY LUCKY guy and so is your versys.

Meanwhile get some crash bar fitted to your V to protect the engine side.

Rise safe and ATGATT.

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And some front fork spools would have pervented that scrape on your fork ends - but yes engine guard and hand guards would have helped it to slide better with less damage - but at 70MPH i would say you came out rather nice!

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Your damages are very similar to ones I sustained after a 45 mph slide when an oncoming driver pulled in front of me. In my case it was the shift lever and block it attaches to, the left handle bar and the left fork. Slides are good compared to high sides amigo. Count your blessings, as I do mine.

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That right side peg stay breaks very, very easily. I broke mine. Lucky part is they are easy to replace. Just check the rear master cylinder operating rod as those bend pretty easily when the stay breaks. Easy fix, but check to make sure it is okay.

I doubt you are near totaled unless the frame got bent. There is a bracket under that cowling that bends very easily (cheap mild steel) and the frame bracket it mounts to also bends easily. Very simple to straighten out with hand tools.

You don't mention any damages to you. Hope you are okay!

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Would an engine guard and have really helped?

Thanks everyone. I am a lucky dude I know. Really the bike is not a huge concern for me at the moment it's simply a distraction....
This forum has been a good place to occupy the mind while immobile and people's stories and pics motivate the soul to ride again.
I only started walking (using both feet and crutches) middle of last week. I was wearing ATGATT as I always have. But have suffered an (unknown at the moment) injury to my right knee. MRI to follow Aug 8th.
My repair is going through insurance and the bike will be returned to showroom condition by a Kawi dealer. Total repair cost? $4,000.00 Shocked? I was. "Apparently" Kawi (and others) don't release their paint code If it was up to me, paint the whole bike. That isn't how insurance works I guess. So it's getting all new parts direct from Japan. Finally I will solve the mirror woes with a set of Aprilia Tuono's though. Can't wait.
Back to my question and title of this post. Below I have attached a photo of the engine area. It is completely undamaged. It's obvious that my cases saved the bike from hitting the ground fully. The engine guards I have seen online do not protrude further than say the rear brake lever. Certainly not like guards for a cruiser style bike. Are there guards that protrude further than Hepco & Becker's or Sw-Motech's?
Please note: I have started this thread for interest's sake. I in no way wish things could have gone any better. Again, I am a lucky dude!
News article if you're interested http://m.lfpress.com/News/London-and-Region/18293021
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That was 70 mph and not 70 kph? I'm impressed that the bike did so well and that you survived well enough to be cheerful about it.

ATGATT has nothing to do with luck. That was your choice, my friend.

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70 kph on Highway 401 == road kill, unless you are accelerating on the on-ramp. Normal speed for the 401 is somewhere between 110kph and 120kph, so 70 mph sounds about right.

Glad to hear that you only had minor injuries, and that the ATGATT did its job. I hope the insurance will also replace the gear?

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You're correct DaveC, 70MPH or 115 KM/Hr was my approx. speed.

When they say "minor" that means no bones sticking out...
I had road rash on my right arm, after my textile coat wore out.
Also, I've possibly torn my ACL at my right knee (that's not very minor) MRI will determine.
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You're correct DaveC, 70MPH or 115 KM/Hr was my approx. speed.

When they say "minor" that means no bones sticking out...
I had road rash on my right arm, after my textile coat wore out.
Also, I've possibly torn my ACL at my right knee (that's not very minor) MRI will determine.
What model textile jacket, out of curiosity?

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It was an FXR XCURSION Jacket...an "inexpensive" 3/4 length.
Pants were Joe Rocket as was the helmet.
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crash damage

You indeed got off easy...my "off road" shunt was costly

fr wheel $400
r fork $276
lt fork $276
fork clamp $225 (steering stem/lower)
handlebar $75

shipping and taxes extra........did the work myself so no labor costs

toal approx $1600

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Glad your OK. Hope you'll do a crash report of you gloves, boots, pants, etc.
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You're correct DaveC, 70MPH or 115 KM/Hr was my approx. speed.

When they say "minor" that means no bones sticking out...
I had road rash on my right arm, after my textile coat wore out.
Also, I've possibly torn my ACL at my right knee (that's not very minor) MRI will determine.
Ouch! I hope the ACL isn't torn, and you have a quick and full recovery.

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These pants stood up as I would have hoped and expected when I purchased them. The wear never made it to the inner liner.
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This helmet did exactly what you would want your helmet to do in a crash. Protected my noggin
But at the price point these sell for I am truly surprised at how well it stood up.
Until JR began carrying helmets (or selling to Canada) I was only able to fit an Arai. (forehead pressure) Considering this JR helmet was 25% of my Arai's price. Couldn't ask for more!
Lost the visor and the top vent, scuffed and scratched but no major failures.
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This helmet did exactly what you would want your helmet to do in a crash. Protected my noggin
But at the price point these sell for I am truly surprised at how well it stood up.
Until JR began carrying helmets (or selling to Canada) I was only able to fit an Arai. (forehead pressure) Considering this JR helmet was 25% of my Arai's price. Couldn't ask for more!
Lost the visor and the top vent, scuffed and scratched but no major failures.
JR helmets are re labeled HDC helmets. You can swap parts like visor, vents, liners, etc.
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