June 26, 2002
First of all, I'd just like to say thanks to all of you who've emailed over the past few days to offer advice, empathy, sympathy, etc. about last weekend's accident. If I haven't gotten around to answering your specific email yet, I'm getting through them slowly but surely. I'm trying to go chronologically so that the people who emailed just to say hi back in May won't feel completely neglected. ;)
a quick accident update.
My favorite part of the report: [Driver] admitted that he hasn't had a license since 1996 and that he "just hasn't gotten around" to renewing it. Quotes are the bike cop's.
The other thing that suprised me was that he was cited for "unsafe speed" (to quote the report again: "speed 10mph/safe speed 0mph") instead of some sort of collision thing. I looked over a traffic infractions list, though, and didn't really see any sort of "thou shalt not ram thy car into other vehicles". Given that he didn't actually run the stop sign or anything, I guess the unsafe speed is what they have to get him. Who knows.
I priced the damage to the SVS yesterday, which was educational. Even though nothing is mechanically wrong with the bike now, there are quite a few individual parts which have scratches on them that didn't have scratches before. If we take into consideration every scratched piece on the bike which wasn't at 4:50pm on Friday evening, we're looking at $1363.39 in replacement parts. I read in a bike magazine once that it would cost something like $40,000 to rebuild a mid-90s sportsbikes with all-new parts, and I'm beginning to see why. The stock exhaust can alone costs seven hundred dollars. That's more expensive than aftermarket ones. My.
Moral: Don't go around hitting motorcyclists if you don't have insurance, for god's sake.
a new member of the family.
Name: 1998 Honda VTR1000 (SuperHawk)