I walked away from it. - GL1800Riders
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post #1 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy I walked away from it.

Well, I've only had the bike for 13 months, but it finally happened. I was riding home from a doctor's appointment and got rear ended on the highway in stop and go traffic. The lady driving the car behind me swerved to avoid, but still managed to hit me in the center and left sides. Here's the pics:

I'm gonna be sore in the next few days, but that's to be expected. I'll post some more pics after I get a chance to look the bike over. I know part of the subframe for the saddlebags and trunk is broken (I found the pieces), but the center stand is broken, my trailer hitch is destroyed, saddlebag and trunk are both damaged, passenger foot board is broken off completely, my back rest is bent at about 40* into the passenger part of the seat, battery side cover is broken and who knows what else.

The main thing is I survived and walked away from it intact. My helmet will need to be replaced and my jacket cleaned, but that's a small price to pay for ATGATT. Anyone have any tips on making sure that everything that is damaged is caught in the inspection?

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post #2 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:41 PM
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Wow that sucks, but I'm glad your able to walk away.

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post #3 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:47 PM
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If it's the 2004 in your signature line, I'll bet it will be totaled based on the visible damage and your observation of the broken subframe pieces. Frankly, it looks like you (and the bike) took a pretty good hit. Unless the insurance company is willing to pay to put the frame on an alignment jig, I'd avoid riding it due to possible hidden frame damage.
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post #4 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 08:59 PM
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The only advice I have is based on my personal experience with Progressive...they were over the top helpful to me in my wreck on a GS Adventure in some sand. Couple flips but still rode it home. But they covered things that weren't even damaged from that wreck, damage that was on the bike when I bought it! All I can say is they were excellent the entire process. I hope you get the same help. Glad you're ok.

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Hope you heal fast and glad it wasn't any worse. I feel your pain. I got rear ended on my GL1100 in 2005 and it is not fun to get tossed around and then shoved into the back of my son's van. No doubt it was totaled in my case.

I would be wondering if the header or head is damaged or engine moved with the muffler hit like that from the back.

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post #6 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 09:23 PM
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I would be surprised if it was not totaled. Glad you're ok. Did the car actually hit you or just the bike?


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post #7 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 09:45 PM
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I walked away from it.

Sorry to hear about your mishap but glad you're ok. PIA no doubt. Just take it one step at a time and you'll come through this. I think you'll get some good advice here based on other's experience in similar situations. Hope things work out for ya.

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post #8 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 09:51 PM
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That is nasty glad you walked away from it do yourself a favor and get checked out by a doc if not done already agree with the others looks like its totaled I would not trust it even if was fixed properly
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post #9 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 09:57 PM
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Wow. Glad your gonna be ok. Bike is material thing. Time. For A. New. One !!😉

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post #10 of 111 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 10:04 PM
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Wow, so very glad you are OK. Broken plastic and bent metal can be replaced! Prayers for a quick recovery.

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