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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 12-05-2015, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Well; I guess my days of letting friends ride little blue, my Kingpin, are officially over.

The other day I let a buddy who hadn't ridden in a few years but convinced me he knew what he was doing - ride the KP.

He did fine until we were a block from home. Taking a left at an intersection he swung wide and hit the curb. Boom. Down he went. He did his level best to beat up that concrete sidewalk with his forehead but the sidewalk won and blood went everywhere. Poor guy looks like he went up against Tyson and lost big time. Plus he can't be much over 100 lbs soaking wet. Add a broken clavicle to the mix and now he will have to use his non dominate hand to clean the pipes from time to time when he isn't out of it on the pain meds.

I kept asking him how the bike felt to him during the day and if it was like riding, well, a bicycle. He kept saying he was getting used to it. I guess the sun had an effect on the accident because he said it blinded him for a second in the turn. I had just gone through the same turn a few seconds before him with no trouble but then I wasn't looking at the sun. I was looking where I was going.

Little Blue is rideable but does have some injuries too. The worst of it is a big dent on top of the front fender. The left mirror is broken. The mufflers have a scrape or two. The windshield is shot due to some scraping on lower right side where it hit but that's about it. I figure around $700 will have it back to pre-accident condition. Oh; and I had to spend $127 to get it out of jail (impound).

Since the front fender will need repair and new paint and because it would be hard to match the custom Victory paint; I'm going to paint it another color. Probably go with exactly the same color Big Blue is. Solid Imperial Blue. Maybe add some silver in some way or another. I took some pics but the lens had a smudge on it. I will get some more before getting into it.

Years ago when I had my favorite Harley (69' Shovel) I had it custom painted. I might see if I can get it done similar to it. I will miss the tribal flame paint job. The ladies all love it. Even though I call the KP little blue; it's really purple and silver.



All good things must come to an end I guess and my willingness to let others ride one of my bikes is one of them.
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I never realized it before but in looking at these two pics; I see little blue has been transforming into a clone of the 69' Shovel a little at a time over the last few years. I guess I know what I like and the style that works for me personally. Interesting. Soonish; the transformation will be even more complete.




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Sorry to hear this Bbob , that is one beautiful pin . Back in '88 or so I let a buddy take my FZR600 "down the street and back" , an hour later I was like "where the fuck is this guy"? Sure enough he came up the street pushing my bike . Enough said .

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Sorry to hear this happened .. While I have let a few well knowns Ride my Bike this is a very rare thing ..

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Yeah. It's a drag but it can be fixed. I'm more worried about my friend right now. I'm sure he will chip in and help with the repair costs as he can. He will have a hefty bill coming to pay for the ambulance, ER, and 1 day stay in the hospital. Even with Medicare; I bet it will be over $4k out of pocket.

I'm hoping he can get off the pain meds in a few days. He's really out of it right now. Can't really have a coherent conversation with him right now. Thankfully I was able to talk with him on the phone the next day when he was in the hospital and before they sent him home with the pain meds.

Not that there's ever a good time for something like this but this past week my gas furnace went out and was condemned so between a new one with split AC system and labor I'm out over $4k. The crappy Walmart battery went dead in my car the other day so there went $125 for a new Interstate battery. Needed to resupply leather so I took advantage of a sale but still spent a pretty penny. My newest dog is being an escape artist so funds have to go into an electric wire to keep him from digging under the fence and of course the $127 to get the bike out of impound and whatever it costs to make the bike right again. Makes for an expensive month and it's only the 5th of Dec.

I guess I better call the Whaaambulance.

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%&+$ bad luck my friend ... Sorry to hear your buddy got hurt, if you add all these bills then the amount is mindboggling .... Hope you can fix little blue ....

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Sorry about the hassles Bob, sometimes life throws you a curve just to see if you can hit it. Hope your friend heals up soon and well. If you ever get down to Phoenix holler, like to meet up for coffee, tea, Coke, Pepsi, etc, etc. I was whining because mine is in for a bad seal and I have a Patriot Guard mission today and can't go. Your problems put it into perspective.

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PaiN and Booty68 are the only two other then me to ride my bike . Both are excellent riders .

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%&+$ bad luck my friend ... Sorry to hear your buddy got hurt, if you add all these bills then the amount is mindboggling .... Hope you can fix little blue ....

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No medical for your friend ??
Yeah. The police will do that here sometimes. They even put a 30 day hold on it but a nice lady at the sheriffs office was able to convince the sheriff in charge to let it go immediately or it would have been there for 30 days and taken $700 to get out.

Yes. He has what they call 'Medicare' but it only covers 80% of the bill. We don't have the kind of health care system as AU and Europe along with some other countries. Very few doctors would be willing to work at the same pay as countries that have common or single payer health care. America is known for having some of the very best care in the world. It's because doctors can make a lot of money here. Particularly specialists. That's the short version of why anyway.
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Glad your friend didn't get seriously hurt and the bike only got scuffed up.



Man I LOVE the old flat side shovel that one is a beauty.

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