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Old July 5th, 2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Tipover damage

Had a fun ride over the weekend despite someone doing me the honor of backing into the bike and knocking it down while I was getting a bite.

As far as I can tell I got lucky and the damage was minimal and cosmetic only. Broken hand guard broken mirror and a small scratch on the front fairing. I did notice a dent in the bumper of the SUV, but that could have been the foot peg catching it as the bike went over.

One thing I found odd is that the handlebars twisted on impact, and I was able to straighten them with a little force. I know the stem has rubber bushings to help with vibrations, but it seems odd that the whole thing would be able to twist. The bike started fine and ran / handled well for the rest of the ride so I think I may have gotten relatively lucky. It looks like the bike came to rest on the kickstand and handlebar as there isn't even a mark on the sliders.

I'm going to have my shop look it over to make sure nothing else was damaged but I'm assuming I need a new handlebar (seems like they usually bend in tipovers). I probably won't bother replacing the scratched fairing (I think those cost $800 anyway) and I'll probably go with aftermarket hand guards since I was thinking about that anyway. I'm really surprised there wasn't more damage.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 12:15 PM   #2
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I'd be interested in a tapered aluminum handlebar instead, if their insurance was paying anyway.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 12:19 PM   #3
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This is SO COMMON in San Fran, but lately, someone may witness and nails the Cage driver ... or if they drive away, leaves a note with Perps license plate number. Knocking your bike over is NOT COOL ... and a crime if they drive off.

I seriously doubt your bars are bent. The rubber dampers are just a bit tweaked is all. Should be fine once everything is pushed back straight.

Parking in The City always a challenge ... especially riding a nice Ducati. A few years ago you could get away with sidewalk parking ... now? Not a chance and I think the fine is now somewhere around $60 to $100 a pop?

If you have FULL cover insurance ... I would file a claim for this. It will pay off when you go to sell bike ... as long as you're paying deductible ... get every single thing you can find fixed all in one go.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #4
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This was actually in Fairfax, I pay for parking in SF because it's just not worth the risk. The driver actually stayed behind and gave me their info. They are paying, not their insurance so I'd like to keep things as cheap as possible. I had renthal bars on my old bike, they were nice but bent each time that bike got knocked over.

Funny thing is I came very close to crashing earlier in the ride when I hit gravel mid turn on a shady section of the panoramic highway, so it could have been me paying for new plastic if I hadn't gotten lucky there!
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Old July 5th, 2017, 01:11 PM   #5
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This was actually in Fairfax, I pay for parking in SF because it's just not worth the risk. The driver actually stayed behind and gave me their info. They are paying, not their insurance so I'd like to keep things as cheap as possible. I had renthal bars on my old bike, they were nice but bent each time that bike got knocked over.

Funny thing is I came very close to crashing earlier in the ride when I hit gravel mid turn on a shady section of the panoramic highway, so it could have been me paying for new plastic if I hadn't gotten lucky there!
Maybe this is a dumb question but why would you not make them pay to completely fix the bike? it isn't as if they didn't cause the damage. Don't go out your way to bring up the cost, but you deserve to have your bike back in the same condition as the moment before THEY hit it.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #6
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Maybe this is a dumb question but why would you not make them pay to completely fix the bike? it isn't as if they didn't cause the damage. Don't go out your way to bring up the cost, but you deserve to have your bike back in the same condition as the moment before THEY hit it.
Yeah I agree. You'll want that fairing fixed if you ever want to sell. As far as the twisted bars, I had the same happen last year when I low sided on some gravel. Tweaked them back into place, no problems since.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #7
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I feel a lot more confident and less worried now that mine has some scratches on it. Think of it as a good thing.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 04:12 PM   #8
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Thought about that angle as well. Looks like someone is selling a 2014 fairing for $395 on eBay, need to see if the stickers are the same (can't recall offhand) but I suppose saving them a couple hundred bucks is a reasonable reward for them sticking around after the knocked the bike over.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 06:57 PM   #9
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Check those foot controls.. they bend SUPER easy and they're ridiculously expensive thru Ducati.
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Old July 5th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #10
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This was actually in Fairfax, I pay for parking in SF because it's just not worth the risk. The driver actually stayed behind and gave me their info. They are paying, not their insurance so I'd like to keep things as cheap as possible. I had renthal bars on my old bike, they were nice but bent each time that bike got knocked over.

Funny thing is I came very close to crashing earlier in the ride when I hit gravel mid turn on a shady section of the panoramic highway, so it could have been me paying for new plastic if I hadn't gotten lucky there!
Sorry, I misread your post! Good they hung around!
Good on ya for not screwing the honest car driver.

So true about SF parking. PAY!

Fairfax! Wow! Hey, that's my backyard too ... hope to see you up there someday. The Strada is great up there ... but not quite as awesome as my DR650 ... which laughs at mid corner gravel! (front off road tire )

I still doubt you bent the bars. They just LOOK bent. You can also have the forks twist slightly within the triple clamps ... which also looks like bent bars. Anyway, good luck.

See you round Fairfax ... probably in about a month once bike is back from Marin Speed Shop.
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