Originally posted by Smitty
When you are new to m/cing it does take a few spills to frightening moments to get it into you what you need to do in such cases.
I have this word of KNOWLEDGE which I use each time you scare the 'ell out of yourself, to actually come to an accident. All these hard earned lessons go in with the ones of fright to suddenly you realizing you had gotten away with this error through pure luck or possibly you really woke up to the fact that you were not concentrating 110% on the road & traffic. All of those are KNOWLEDGE almost or actually EXPERIENCES learned the hard way.
So that also makes you into a more sensible rider & when riding you are riding & not thinking of something else or looking at the wrong thing to long. So it comes down to LOTS of EXPERIENCE to get all that KNOWLEDE into your brain. Reason a first or 2nd yr rider is not as experienced as a rider with 5 or 15 yrs of riding experience.
You see you now know what you did to cause the prang.
Um, yeah...I have been riding since I was 18...I am 24 in November, so do the math there...I am no noob, I just bought a noob bike (again).
I filed a claim yeaterday with my insurance. I hope the bike is just totaled out. I was doing some resarch, and a tank is $633, the side cowling is $500+, the dented-up exhaust can is around $188, the gear lever mechanism is well over $100 for the whole thing...plus labor at $30-$70/hour...
I estimate it will be in the neighborhood of $2,000-2,300 when the dust settles...
At least whith this scenario, I can get a check, buy another new Ninja 250R, and just get liability insurance. Let's hope this is it. No matter what, i am gonna pay out the ass. I am not like many of you, I don't make $50K a year...I work at freaking Best Buy, part-time...I make only $700-800 a month, IF I am lucky. Boy, am I ever gonna pay...