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Unread 31st May 2015, 12:22 AM
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Well this is neither what I've done to my imaginary car and it didn't happen today, but on Monday I managed to drop (read:crash) my motorbike while in the middle of Auckland rush hour traffic on the Southern Motorway.

You can read most of the details here (ignore the sensationalist title, my editor made me do it) but what I wasn't able to write there was that a woman pulled out in front of me with minimal indication to 'nip into a gap' as I approached said gap. I emergency braked but due to wet conditions the front wheel locked up and down I went.
The bike landed on my leg that appears to have changed colour to a custom shade of purple and my bike is all but officially written off

So I'm waiting for insurance to be finalised and hopefully my protective gear will be replaced as well. Dunno if I'll be buying another bike right away. No idea what I want and will have piss all money once the finance company takes the balance of my loan so a bit in a ****ty situation.

Bright side is it might push up my Forester plan a bit since I'm reasonably sorted on the bike front thanks to work, and my fiancee isn't particularly keen for me to be back commuting daily in the winter weather at the moment.

So fingers crossed that there are no more issues and I can go vehicle shopping soon.
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What a bugger, Mat .

Glad that you are OK, even if shaken and stirred.

Your insurance (actually, hers ... ) should cover your protective gear under the general indemnity provisions of your policy.
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Bummer eh........
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What a bugger, Mat .

Glad that you are OK, even if shaken and stirred.

Your insurance (actually, hers ... ) should cover your protective gear under the general indemnity provisions of your policy.
Thanks RB - My insurance covers my gear to $1000 anyway but that'll basically replace the helmet, gloves and boots and I'll have to fork out for the rest.

Unfortunately the cops weren't involved, I was in shock and the woman who pulled out in front of me was taking her husband in for chemo and rushed off after giving me her name and phone number so it's my word against hers. In retrospect I should have called the cops but it has been a completely new experience I was in over my head.

Now I'm starting to look at 20G powered turbo SF's since they are the most affordable Foresters out there since they are common as muck in NZ. Most have 200,000km or more though so will be interesting how much work I bring upon myself.
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... so it's my word against hers.
So no dashcam in the truck? That's a bummer. Oftentimes it's someone else's dashcam that catches the action.
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If necessary, advertise for the witnesses ...

However, you never know. There are honest people left in the world! I happen to believe that they are in the majority, regardless of the relentless stream of BS we are fed by the media about all the horrors that occur.
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Thankfully one of the chaps who helped scrape me off the motorway offered to be a witness so I presume he's on my side.
Should find out Tuesday/Wednesday what the official call from the insurance company.
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That's good, Mat.

Also fantastic that all those people came to your aid.
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Damn that's not ideal Matt, I can understand how you feel though! Tomorrow I'm off to pick up my Foz and take it to the wreckers. Sad day.
The quote to fix it was $4000 for the body alone, it needs a new RHS from the C pillar back to the taillight (bodywork is actually pushed back into the light) as well as mirror, glass, 2 doors and a fender, plus the plastic trim. As well, the fuel filler has been displaced backwards so all that needed to be cut out and replaced too. Simply not economic to do.
I'll see how much it's worth as a wreck - if it's too little I may consider parting it out myself as the suspension is near-new (apart from the ruined front struts). Damn.

I really can't recommend having full insurance enough, this whole ordeal has left me considerably out of pocket.
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Rotten things happen, KF.

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I really can't recommend having full insurance enough, this whole ordeal has left me considerably out of pocket.
When I was about 40 years younger, I nearly backed into a Silver Shadow Rolls in my Landcruiser deep well ute ...

Just a new driver's side door was about $4,500 ...

Right about then, I was exceedingly pleased that I had third party property damage insurance ... .
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