Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
I just about lost my lunch
Was at the dealer last Thursday just goofing off and one of the service techs was talking about the GT with the broken ball joint on the front end. I asked what on earth you would have to hit to break the ball joint, and the answer was "a car." They were nice enough to let me back in the *morgue* and there sat a brand new, 2010 GT, that was the stable mate of my GT when it was on the showroom floor. The new owner bought it August 21, and hit a car on August 22. The right side was not scuffed, but the front of the fairing was busted lose. The left side was intact, except the fairing and bag was scratched pretty bad. The front wheel was bent, one of the brake lines was broken, and worst of all, the front fork stuck out in front like either Jesse James or one of the Teutles had been customizing it. It was a low riding, raked out chopper for sure. What really made me sick was the tech turned the ignition on and the odometer showed 246 miles. Not even had a full tank of gas through it yet.
Apparently the rider hit the rear of a car. Why, no one knows yet. The only good news is that both the rider and pillion were ok. It's sad to see a waste of a good bike (or car) in such a short order. The dealer didn't know if the insurance would total it or not, but I'd be very wary of having the steering head and/or frame tweaked after such a hard impact. A good reminder to be careful out there!
"Loud lives save pipes"
00 K1200LT (Emil) 94,840 trouble free miles. Gone, but not forgotten
02 R1150RT (Artie) 109,000 miles. Favorite bike. With me to the end.
10 K1300GT (The Phantom) 10,110 miles. Like flying a T-38 on 2 wheels. Gone.
12 K1600GTL (Johnny 5) 3,500. A great compromise between the LT and GT
A gaggle of Japanese bikes, then I woke up.