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Old 09-13-2006, 12:09 PM   #1
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Just my luck

I Trailered my 640A from VT to Seattle, rode the Alcan 5000 rally, shipped the bike from Alaska to Seattle and then to Kennebunk ME with no damage.

I pick the bike up in Kennebunk on Friday morning and get 100 miles away and some soccer mom rear ends the trailer

11,000 miles in a month and 300 miles from home the bike gets tweaked.
The bars are bent for sure, but I'm not sure how the forks survived yet.
It rides really wierd on loose surfaces and fair on the pavement, but not good. Any words of wisdom on what to look for?

The trailer is a twisted mess and of course the front end was really tight.
I can tell you that it rocked me in the Sprinter pretty hard and my neck is a bit sore still.

I didnt see a cell phone, but I'm sure she was on it
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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Bummer dood. Get her for what her insurance is worth!

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Old 09-13-2006, 01:20 PM   #3
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East test to see if the frame and swing arm are straight: Put the bike on its center stand, or in the absence of one, have some one hold it upright. Stretch a string along each side of the rear wheel just touching the side of the tire to the front of the bike. I usually use nylon survey string and gallon cans filled with something so that the strings can be stretched taut. When everything is straight, evenly adjusted and aligned, the distance from each side of the front tire to each string should be equidistant on each side. This is the same methodology you can use to assure the rear wheel is straight when adjusting the chain in lieu of trusting marks on the swing arm. If the frame or swing arm is tweaked, you will not be able to line everything up without something being obviously out of alignment.
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:29 PM   #4
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I would try to find a bike shop with a frame jig, get it proffesionally tested for straightness. your own insurance company may be able to help you find a shop that'll do it. Or you could contact your local dealer & see if they can recomend a place. Good luck
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:32 PM   #5
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The adjuster was by today and looked at the bike and trailer. I know that the insurance company will just try and give me a hillbilly lottery check in the hope that I take the money and run, but I'm not taking the bait.
I'm dropping the bike off at a good local shop on monday morning to let them
figure it all out.
The bars are so bent it feels like I'm riding a bull
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:46 PM   #6
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Damn, sucks to hear that Aaron. Keep us posted on the progress.
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:51 PM   #7
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Have the shop figure in new radiators. If it got hit that hard either or both could fail in the near future. That gives another cushion and a bargaining chip.
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Old 09-13-2006, 03:59 PM   #8
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Damn, sucks to hear that Aaron. Keep us posted on the progress.
BEEZ! I missed you at CC06.
I need to do a SLUTS ride before winter I'm thinking
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Old 09-13-2006, 05:40 PM   #9
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Max the estimate, get it totaled, get a check and buy back the "wreck".

Glad you weren't on it at the time Cranky me lad.
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