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Old 11-28-2012, 01:10 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I think the only reason I didn't go down was that my rear wheel was perfectly perpendicular to the car's bumper when he hit me. Also I have clubman bars and rearsets so my weight is distributed differently than in the stock upright riding position where the impact might have caused me to flail backwards a la whiplash and pull my hands from the bars. I visited the site today and tried to reconstruct some of it in my mind and realized that we probably moved maybe 2-3 car lengths between the time he hit me and where we both came to a stop. I probably did not grab a handful of front brake which kept me rolling forward instead of tumbling over the bars or doing a backflip into his windshield.

Meanwhile, the dealer is going to cut the neck off my old frame and send it to Triumph in Georgia who will then contact the Triumph factory in the UK who will transfer my old VIN onto a new frame and ship it back to the States so I maintain matching numbers between engine and frame. Let's hope they get it right the first time

My GF and I went a little crazy and I bought the Thruxton, I'll finish cafeing the bent frame Bonnie with the fender eliminator and seat swap out during this rebuild AND this morning we bought her a 2012 Guzzi V7 Racer for Christmas (every girl needs a new tractor at least once in her life)...

So the happy ending is we both bought new bikes we don't need but can't live without and I get the chance to rebuild the Bonnie into something awesome at little or no out of pocket cost. Nobody is in a wheelchair or on crutches. Win-win almost all around!
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:34 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Nice outcome all the way around. Congratulations on the new bikes.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:44 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I think the only reason I didn't go down was that my rear wheel was perfectly perpendicular to the car's bumper when he hit me. Also I have clubman bars and rearsets so my weight is distributed differently than in the stock upright riding position where the impact might have caused me to flail backwards a la whiplash and pull my hands from the bars. I visited the site today and tried to reconstruct some of it in my mind and realized that we probably moved maybe 2-3 car lengths between the time he hit me and where we both came to a stop. I probably did not grab a handful of front brake which kept me rolling forward instead of tumbling over the bars or doing a backflip into his windshield.

Meanwhile, the dealer is going to cut the neck off my old frame and send it to Triumph in Georgia who will then contact the Triumph factory in the UK who will transfer my old VIN onto a new frame and ship it back to the States so I maintain matching numbers between engine and frame. Let's hope they get it right the first time

My GF and I went a little crazy and I bought the Thruxton, I'll finish cafeing the bent frame Bonnie with the fender eliminator and seat swap out during this rebuild AND this morning we bought her a 2012 Guzzi V7 Racer for Christmas (every girl needs a new tractor at least once in her life)...

So the happy ending is we both bought new bikes we don't need but can't live without and I get the chance to rebuild the Bonnie into something awesome at little or no out of pocket cost. Nobody is in a wheelchair or on crutches. Win-win almost all around!
So let me get this straight- you're getting your original bike rebuilt and cafe'ing it for good measure, plus you went ahead and bought a Thruxton, plus you bought the V7??

It seems getting rear-ended was good for your motorcycling!
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:29 PM   #34 (permalink)
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So let me get this straight- you're getting your original bike rebuilt and cafe'ing it for good measure, plus you went ahead and bought a Thruxton, plus you bought the V7??

It seems getting rear-ended was good for your motorcycling!
You know, when you put it that way I'm almost a little embarrassed.

The Thrux was an amazing deal, a 2012 with 2,650 miles complete with performance upgrades, Arrow 2 into 1 pipes, and a new seat for $7500 (83 out the door). I would have bought it anyway. The GF bought her 2012 V7 Racer at a reduced price as well. When I left a deposit on the Thrux I was still expecting the Bonnie to be totaled. We'd been looking for a Racer for a while. It all just kinda happened at once. Now if I could only win the lottery it would be a perfect week...

Most importantly, and I must never ever forget this, there were no injuries when it could have been really ugly! Some other people's lives on this forum have been devastated by recent accidents and my heart goes out to them.
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Jeez, Boudie, you should get rear-ended more often.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:49 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Jeez, Boudie, you should get rear-ended more often.

I know how you meant it. Don't be offended Boudie, it's just how he speaks.
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I guess Boudie started it in the title of the thread.
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