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Old 11-23-2012, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got rear ended today

Going down the middle lane of a 3 lane limited access highway (NYC's FDR) I got rear ended today doing 40-45. The two cars directly in front of me in my lane suddenly slowed way down for no apparent reason. I hit the brakes too and was about 3/4 of the way through saying, "Whew!" when I heard the sound of metal crunching on metal. The guy behind me just plowed right into me. We were still all moving and I didn't go down but my rear fender and taillight assembly became an exploding diagram of themselves.

The fender folded up under itself (I've never seen that before) and the rear wheel must have taken a lot of the impact. Parts of my frame are definitely warped and my seat will no longer fit on the frame. The left side frame tube under the seat has moved maybe a 1/4 or 3/8 of an inch forward. I notice the battery box and everything under the seat are now canted forward as well. It's all subtle but nothing looks right or fits like it used to anymore.

On the bright side there was a Highway 1 cruiser a few cars behind us and while the officer said he didn't see the actual impact he did keep the guy from doing a runner. The amount of damage to the car that hit me was pretty significant too. His bumper was hanging from the quarter panel and his headlight/turnsignal module was completely smashed. The impact marks on the car bumper line up with the steering wheel on the driver side of the car so I was literally smack dab in front of him when he hit me. I must have been perfectly perpendicular to his bumper in order to not have had my ass end knocked out from under me.

At first I thought this was a good excuse to go with a fender elimination kit, but with the frame warped I worried that insurance will total my bike. Anybody have any thoughts on that?
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm glad you're okay, Boudie. Good job on not going down, too.
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Glad you are okay. You are damm lucky! especially on the FDR. Going down there could be a death sentence..
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The amount of damage to the car that hit me was pretty significant too. His bumper was hanging from the quarter panel and his headlight/turnsignal module was completely smashed.
Nice counterpunch to the "following too close" guy.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I can't explain not going down except for accidental perfect alignment. What would have been better is if he had airbags that deployed and broke his nose, but the Universe gave me all it was going to today.
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Wow. Great save boudie! I'm glad to hear you came out okay.

If the frame is bent you might get a total from the insurance co. I'm no expert but I have heard it is very difficult if not impossible to straighten the frame...cheaply that is.
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yikes that was a very bad deal. Great you stayed upright. Sounds like your bike is badly bent. Prolly best it gets totaled.
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Fok...

From what Ive learned from my wifes lowside is...it doesnt take much for them to total a bike...not much at all...

So...did you ride it home?

Its good that youre okay...
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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rode it about a mile and a half home. taking it in a truck tomorrow up to my Triumph dealer to wait for the insurance people to look at it
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Sorry, glad you're OK but if the frame is bent, the bike is toast. I wouldn't fix it.


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