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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-01-2015, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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I went out to Orient Point yesterday and had a wonderful day of riding until I was almost home and got hit by a car pulling out of the CVS drug store in East Patchogue. That ruined a beautiful day for me. It was a hit and run. The guy took off after hitting me with his BMW. I had two witnesses who stayed and gave information to the police. The impact knocked the front license plate off his car and I gave it to the police. They were going to go after him. I don't know what happened with that.


I am fine, I ended up laying in the street but did not get hurt at all. All my safety gear did its job of protecting me from the pavement but my bike, (Dr. Pepper), is banged up in the front end. The front fender and right lower wind deflector are shot and I don't know about the forks and brake roters. Every thing on the front of the bike is knocked way out of adjustment, mirrors, brake and clutch perches, foot pegs etc. The crash bars and saddlebag protective bars did their job of keeping the bike off the pavement. I was able to ride the bike home after pulling the fender away from the tire. Now I have to wait and see what happens with the insurance company.

OH! the tip over switch shut the bike down for me. I just had to turn off the ignition.


Needless to say, I won't be riding for a while.

I am playing phone tag with the officer working on the case today. I am hoping he has some good news for me.


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I went out to Orient Point yesterday and had a wonderful day of riding until I was almost home and got hit by a car pulling out of the CVS drug store in East Patchogue. That ruined a beautiful day for me. It was a hit and run. The guy took off after hitting me with his BMW. I had two witnesses who stayed and gave information to the police. The impact knocked the front license plate off his car and I gave it to the police. They were going to go after him. I don't know what happened with that.


I am fine, I ended up laying in the street but did not get hurt at all. All my safety gear did its job of protecting me from the pavement but my bike, (Dr. Pepper), is banged up in the front end. The front fender and right lower wind deflector are shot and I don't know about the forks and brake roters. Every thing on the front of the bike is knocked way out of adjustment, mirrors, brake and clutch perches, foot pegs etc. The crash bars and saddlebag protective bars did their job of keeping the bike off the pavement. I was able to ride the bike home after pulling the fender away from the tire. Now I have to wait and see what happens with the insurance company.

OH! the tip over switch shut the bike down for me. I just had to turn off the ignition.


Needless to say, I won't be riding for a while.

I am playing phone tag with the officer working on the case today. I am hoping he has some good news for me.


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Agreed. Glad you are okay. Please keep us updated on the bike and the hit & run.


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Sorry to hear. Good that you came out of it well and hope they catch the POS!
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Agreed. Glad you are okay. Please keep us updated on the bike and the hit & run.


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Thanks and will do. Hopefully I will have some information tomorrow.

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Sorry to hear about going down! Good to know that you are ok!


Do you think that the bars/floorboards protected you from injury?
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So glad you are good to go. It sure pays to dress for the crash and not the ride, cuz I've been there too. When they catch that asshole (yes, BMW drivers have an asshole endorsement) I hope he has insurance. If you are going to work with the claims agents directly, take this piece of advice: Be assertive but polite and take lots of time to settle - months even. Don't threaten to take them to court, they have an army of attorneys waiting to shred you. I hope you took lots of photos at the scene and take photos of your scrapes and bruises. Your bruises will get more colorful with time, take photos then too. They will be your ace in the hole.
Take your bike to your dealer and get an estimate to have them repair it, even if they are not going to do it. The property damage claims agent might come to your home to look at your bike, as mine did, and write a check for the estimate on the spot. I was good with that. Then I did my own repairs and saved a ton of $$.
The personal injury agent is another story, especially since you have no broken bones. Did you hit the pavement hard with any part of your body? If so, get an x-ray and claim that expense. Shoot high for "pain and suffering." I asked for $10K and 5 months later, I settled for $5K, what I was hoping for. The agent only wanted to pay $1500, but dragging it out 5 months and then emailing him one photo of my bruised thigh, stating that this is what a jury will see of a 74 year old (at the time) with over 55 years of riding experience and no crashes, until their insured hit me. And oh, by the way, he's a cancer patient. I got my check immediately. I pulled the sympathy card.
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Talk about lucky! Not about the bike getting banged up but the license plate falling off his car and you not getting hurt.

That license plate will cause a world of hurt for that driver. Wanna bet he has already claimed the car was stolen? Did you or any of the witnesses get a good look at him?
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Wow Richard, I'm sure glad to hear you weren't hurt bad. The bike will be fixed good as new and hopefully you and I will once again share a single malt.
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Whouw, hit and run ?? That is just %&+$# stupid ....

You are lucky and healthy that is the most important thing .... Yes please keep this thread updated so we can follow your progress of the "run away" and bike repair .....

So when the bike dropped a tip-over switch stopped your engine ? Is that also described in your manual ? As my manual does not write that
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Good safety feature if the newer vics have that ......

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