Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Plumbers Van "1", Beryl Beemer "0" but soon to change
Well you just gotta ask yerself whatcha gotta do to keep yer bike spick 'n span?
ok....had a day off on Tuesday a couple of weeks ago cos worked all Sat night til 05:30 Sunday, and, as you do, you play tennis on yer day off.
Sooooo down the courts at 08:00, and parked in the middle of a designated space (to avoid dipsticks from opening car doors and banging yer bike). A white Plumber's van parked on one side and my mates new S3 Audi on the other.
Busy playing tennis teaching Federer style shots, (which is why I have to work all night Saturday to 05:30 Sunday morning) right alongside the car park and CCCRRAASSSSHHHhhhhhh....huh?
Chief dipstick Plumber reversed out of the car space alongside Beryl and swung the front end hard around to line up to drive out. Beryl was on the side stand and the front of the van just nicely tipped her over on the RHS....missing the S3 Audi by "that much".
Well that didn't do my tennis composure much good at all after that. Ruined my day....but I'm sure this has ruined this plumbers fortnight or more.
Picked Beryl up, got details of the plumber (as you do) and the obligatory "didn't see yer bike mate..really sorry"...(do people actually do this when they really see a bike I wonder??)
ok...off to BMW dealer in the afternoon for damage check.....
Notified my insurance company next day.
A week later my insurance send info that I need to take my bike to an independant insurance assessor...ok....just down the road from work so no probs.
see the assessor who is ticking off the parts quote list from the BMW dealer and happen to see the end dollar figure.........................
Geeeeezeezzzzzz that sounds expensive....(also includes labour and 10%GST)..hah
The assessor has reduced it down to $3500 with "repairs" rather than replace.
Beryl is in her 11th year....189,000kms on the clock, and insured for around the $16k or whatever....a number of more years down the track and having a tip over from the side stand will = a write off....hahhahahah
ah well the lesson is beware of Plumber's vans ...I suppose....
19XX BSA 125cc "racing" Bantam
1950 Sunbeam 500cc S7 Combo
19XX Royal Enfield 500 J2 combo
19XX BSA 500cc single B33
1960 Triumph 650cc Tiger 110
1970 Honda 750cc four K1
1975 Triumph Trident 750 triple
1978 XS1100E 1100cc "The Tardis" (ret)
1999 K1200LT "Beryl Beemer"
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