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A few weeks ago, after we completed a local ride, my wife (riding on a learner's permit) entered our driveway without slowing down enough to accommodate the "mountable curb" at the entrance and lost control of the bike. She proceeded to sideswipe her car, entered panic mode, screamed, went full throttle and tee-boned the concrete porch, taking out the front end of the bike. Insurance payed off okay but, to stretch the dollars as well as get repairs started ASAP, I ordered a salvaged fork assembly, wheel and tire, and new bearings, seals, etc. from Partzilla. The initial estimated shipping date from Partzilla looked good but, after a few days was changed due to one axle grease seal being on back order. As the mechanic said he could most likely scavenge a seal off the wrecked wheel, a Partzilla customer rep agreed to split the order and get the other parts shipped. After several more days, the online shipping/tracking info for the order hadn't been changed so, I made another call and was told they were going through a software change and would not be able to split the order. Since I had been told otherwise, an email would have been nice. Anyway, I just made another call and the rep said, "All the parts are in...I don't know why they haven't shipped yet. They should ship in the next day or two." Original order - March 27, and I don't know if this stuff will be here in time for Friday repairs. We've got to get my wife back on the bike! Sorry, y'all, I'm just venting here. If I had first checked parts availability rather than blindly ordering, I could have probably saved myself a lot of frustration. At least the salvage parts cleaned up well.
 

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Things can be frustrating....but once you've got the bike running, it'll all be forgotten!!

Hang in there. :thumbup:
 

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Hows your wife!!
 

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Do you honestly believe your wife should really be riding a motorcycle? Really?

No offence, but this should be a time for reflection.
 

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All material can be fix, wife not, take care of wife, bike just metal, plastic, rubber.

Hope all ok with wife ! :)
 

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Do you honestly believe your wife should really be riding a motorcycle? Really?

No offence, but this should be a time for reflection.

She is on her learners permit, some allowances should be made here and time given for her to get proficient. I remember I wrecked my first bike in the same way leaving a parking lot before the carb was warmed up and I kept giving it throttle since it wasn't moving and it caught and launched across the road and I hit a curb, didn't mess up the bike too bad though, dented the tank and broke a mirror stalk where it fell but man was my pride sore.
 

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Thanks all, for your concerns. Dena is fine. Her neck was a little sore but, it bothers her in any case (and is the reason she prefers the drivers position to pillion, which gets a face full of air and resulting constant pressure on her neck). I fault myself for her goof. I had instructed her the day before on entering the driveway, by nudging the front tire to the curb, goosing it a little to pop the tire over and essentially doing the same for the rear. On the day of the incident, I was in front of her at the time and, wanting to put her bike in the garage first, instructed over the intercom for her to put her bike in the driveway first. I failed to reiterate the prior day's lesson. So, instead, she attempted to just drive on up. This can be done but, with the bump involved must be done at very slow speed and cautiously. As soon as she hit the curb, (I presume at a slight angle), the bike was doing the driving. Except for that instance, I have been pretty good about giving her reminders, cautions and pointers on the fly, and feel pretty bad about slipping up. As far as the full-throttle response goes, it is certainly not the first time someone has done that and, we've just got to make the proper response second nature with lots of practice. She has been chomping at the bits to get back on her ride :thumbup:
 

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it happens, just take a deep breath and let it go, it will all fall into place in time.

the important part is that nobody got hurt and hopefully it will serve as a learning lesson for your wife, we all make a mistake or two
on two wheels until we master all the riding and handling intricacies of operating our motorized toys.

hang in there....
 

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NormanB said:
Do you honestly believe your wife should really be riding a motorcycle? Really?

No offence, but this should be a time for reflection.
Well, she and I both agree with you, which is why she is on a scooter...it is enough of a challenge for her :lol:
 

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I accept what you say (and accept the humour smilie) but the distinction you make is rather irrelevant when you consider the horsepower available to the right hand on a 400cc scooter. It is sufficient to overcome any attempt to stop a 'bolting' scooter/motorcycle with your feet.

Of course accidents happen to us all, but they also deliver a salutary lesson if we survive them. In this case your wife was not too badly hurt - but she could have been. As long as the lesson is learned and the error not just dismissed as 'one of those things' then her riding future will be more secure.

There was a very similar accident in the US of A a couple of years ago which involved a novice who death gripped a WOT and went through a supermarket plate glass window, unfortunately there was no lesson to be learned on that occasion. :(
 

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It is amazing she is ready to get back on that horse. For most that would have shutdown the driver program. She has the will to learn. :thumbup:
 

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If she wants to get on that badly again, my guess is she knows exactly what she did wrong, kicking herself and confident it won't happen again. If she had no clue, I'd think she'd want out.
Hope all goes well. :thumbup:
 

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Got the bike back yesterday. As we were getting ready, she came out with her Slider jeans on. I said, "I thought we could take the car, and I can ride the scooter home", to which she answered, "It's MY f...ing bike." Not much arguing with that! :shock:
 

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Got the bike back yesterday. As we were getting ready, she came out with her Slider jeans on. I said, "I thought we could take the car, and I can ride the scooter home", to which she answered, "It's MY f...ing bike." Not much arguing with that! :shock:
THE WOMAN HAS.....SPOKEN..AND QUITE CLEARLY.!!!!!! :lol:
 

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We no more than pulled into the driveway and her bike died. I spent half a day trying to interpret the system check info in the repair manual, pulling plastic, accessing switches, relays, fuses, etc. Finally, zeroed in I the infamous side stand switch. I was lucky in at it started working with a few quick jabs. We had some damp weather and temperature drops while it sat outside for three weeks waiting on parts, and I think a little corrosion had formed. Here's hopin' for lots of trouble free miles!
 
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