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post #1 of 18 Old May 23rd, 2010, 10:43 am Thread Starter
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worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

last night coming home from a bike night in Mt Clemens MI with my son in-law on the back ( second time he has ever ridden on a bike). I got rear ended by an Aveo. Just pulled away from a light and traffic stopped fast , and boom ,only a 15-20 mph hit. luckily we are OK , but it broke my rear shock so had to call a wrecker. while setting there talking with the cop trying to decide where to take it ( as I was about 70 miles from home) Joel from detroit BMW pulled up. boy was I glad to see him, I was able to have the wrecker take me to the dealer. she is setting in the garage til monday when I can get an estimate and see if my insurance will replace the Wilbur rear shock. NIcks towing was great they had a special dolly to roll the bike into and Joel had some special straps in his truck and show the wrecker driver ( Chris) how to tie down a BMW. I just wanted to give Joel and Detroit BMW a big thanks for coming to the rescue.

question I have for the group, appears that the rear wheel took most of the force . the U-shaped bracket the attaches the shock to the swing arm broke where the shock attaches to the U-bracket ( part of the shock asm). what is the possibility that there is further damage to the wing arm or trans? nothing else looked bent , but was hard to tell late at night.

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

Welcome to the "hitintheass" club not a very prestigous orginization at all but it has a lot of members.
I can't help you much with advice regarding your bike,
you'll have to "wait and see" what Monday brings you.

I can tell you (from experience) that you'll never be "quite the same"
from now on you'll spend a lot more anxious moments "looking in the rear view mirrors"
and chances are "tailgaters" will bother you a lot more also,

I'm "curious" about your avatar picture?
is this the same place? Different year maybe?
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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

I hate to be the bearer of bad new, but I was rear ended March 09 on my 99 LT. The damage was a lot less then yours and they totaled my bike.

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

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the pic is of the Granf Tetons. this is the first parking lot that I came to on the road between yellow stone and the grand tetons. I dont see the split rail fence in your pic. I was out there year before last at the wyoming MOA rally

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

I am a member of "HitintheAss" Club.

I was hit at about 5 mph rolled around on the ground, no physical problems, picked the bike up, the cop sited the cage driver. Insurance came within $1,000 from totaling the bike. The rules of totaling were at the time: if the damage is over 70% of the value of the bike they will total it.

I did all the repairs on my bike but they were mostly tupperware and cosmetic . . . oh yea make sure you have no medical issues before you accept the insurance companies offer!!

Good luck . . .

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Hi Mark , ...Long time no see....good to hear your OK

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thanks Patric. nice to hear from you as well, hope everything is going well . I like the map on your signature looks like you have been all over.

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

Your bike very likely has much more damage that you haven't seen yet. If you hit one hard enough to break a metal mount, it probably bent things as well and cracked some plastic around the mounting points. You're in a pretty unique club now. Not too many people get through a bike crash intact.
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thanks Patric. .
I like the map on your signature looks like you have been all over.
I'll have to say that is an impressive looking map.

I've just one question?

Why would anybody go to all those places
and never go to
TEXAS?


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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

I got rearended by a Harley Saturday. I felt the bump as I stopped and he had hit my right saddlebag and fell over behind me. I was taking off from an intersection and a vehicle appeared out of nowhere over a blind hill. We were on a ride out in the country. It scuffed the paint on the lid of my right saddlebag but it's at the bottom and you can't see it unless you get down on your knees. The Harley got scuffed on the fork tubes and bent his brake pedal. Nothing major............

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

That's what a Harley gets for trying to bump the Beemopotamus!!

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That's what a Harley gets for trying to bump the Beemopotamus!!
That made me laugh... and now I've got this mental image stuck in my head...
well done!

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That made me laugh... and now I've got this mental image stuck in my head...
well done!
Speaking of that, and thanks to Wade for his aviatar, everytime I see a baby, I see a buck-toothed" baby

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

I was rear ended by a very drunk driver on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Doing about 70 on the Speedo when BOOM a no kidding major hit. Bike totaled, very sore neck for several weeks and an increased appreciation for having a backrest. Having the backrest probably kept my hands on the handle bars and this allowed me to not go down. The damage did not appear all that significant but the rear sub frame was bent and thus a total.
Check the bike very carefully because most of the damage can be tough to find.
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Rattler50, in about 9 months we will all know for sure if a Victory Vision is really a love child of an HD and an LT.
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Hi Mark & Hans , ... & All , I figure if I have been there on a motorcycle it counts on my map . I have been to Alaska 3 times , on a '63 R60 with R60/6 motor/gear box , a '91 R100GSPD ,& on '95 R1100GS . On the R1100GS we also went up the Dempster Hwy. to Inuvik in the NWT .

I did get with in a mile or so of Texas once ,... I think we were on the border of New Mexico / Oklahoma on US 56 & I thought of running down that mile or two to say I have been there . But , I really didn't think that would be right , so I gave it a miss .

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I was rear ended by a very drunk driver on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Doing about 70 on the Speedo when BOOM a no kidding major hit. Bike totaled, very sore neck for several weeks and an increased appreciation for having a backrest. Having the backrest probably kept my hands on the handle bars and this allowed me to not go down. The damage did not appear all that significant but the rear sub frame was bent and thus a total.
Check the bike very carefully because most of the damage can be tough to find.

+1 on the back rest. I was hit from behind as I was breaking to avoid a deer. I missed the deer, but the guy behind me was too close. The back rest kept me on the bike and my hands on the controls. I did hit the back rest to break the mount in the seat pan. Felt like someone punched me in the kidney's.

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Re: worst nightmare came true, hit in rear

just got word from the dealer on the damage. he said nothing structural. the car was not going to fast , had just taken off from a traffic light. broke the rear shock and put a little twist in the exhaust pipe ( still useable though ) some minor dings and scratches . total estimate is $5100. not sure what the insurance will say yet. but we have some room to work . only thing it has to have is a rear shock the rest could be used or skipped. a new exhaust is $2200 buck so may try to find a used one in good condition if anybody knows of one. will take about 2 weeks to get a rear shock from Wilbers .......not a good way to start out the summer riding season

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