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Just like the title says...that’s right my brand new 650 is gone...totaled beyond repair. I had her for a month, my first street bike. I was riding a very curvy road called the Bagby grade up in Mariposa county, CA. heading north bound HWY 49, went around a 40mph left hand turn doing 25-30, a couple pieces of gravel were in the road, my front tire hit em and it slipped out from under me...was dragged with the bike 5 feet or so until i let go. The road is on a side of steep hill/cliff...200 feet down. I ended up 10 feet down the hill...my bike wasn’t so lucky...it tumbled end over end 80+ feet. But i am surprised that the damage wasn’t more! I did however have full coverage on my bike and will be getting another new 650 here in the next week! Myself however...the only piece of gear i was wearing was my helmet, so i was wearing a t-shirt and shorts, it was over 100 degrees that day, ya i know...there’s no excuse for it. But not i road rash up in down my left side with a dislocated shoulder. Other than that i am fine and hating the pain...but lesson learned...it wasn’t a matter of if i was going to crash my bike it was a when!











 

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Lessons learned I suppose, glad to hear you are not hurt too bad.
When I first read the title, I thought you had flipped it after asking about doing wheelies, so I'm glad also that was not how it happened!

Get back on the new bike soon.
 

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Sorry to hear man!!! I know how it feels to wreck the bike. I was supposed to get mine back this week, but it wont be until next week that I get it back. :(

Anyway, Hope from now on you'll wear all your gear. Helmet, gloves, jacket(at least long sleeves), long pants, and boots that cover your ankle. Glad your not hurt worse. Make sure you heal well before you jump back on the bike.
 

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Ok I'm a little confused...

I just saw the pics of the bike and it doesn't look that bad...Why do you say it is totalled beyond repair?
Well if it has a twisted frame, bentforks or scratched swingarm, usually insurance companies render them wrecked due to the repair costs and safety implications of the repairs.
 

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Update: Got off the phone with my claims adjuster moments ago. Good news they deemed the bike a total lose and will be getting a full replacment value plus my frame sliders value, so i will not be paying anymore money in!!! So then i called up my dealership and they are searching for another black 11 650...problem is they are hard to come by right now. But my dealer will find one in no time...so hopefully if everything goes smooth i will be riding again here in about 1-2 weeks. :thumb:
 

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Good to hear Nor, looking forward to seeing you back on the road!!
 

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Great news! Its been a really quick turn around for your dealer to find one for you!
They must be one of the rare 'good' dealers around ;)
 

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Update: I just picked up my new baby on thursday! its like i never left her. Same bike n color. stayed up till 3am last night installing my targa fender kit and my sport bars, ill have some pics set up soon. GLAD TO BE RIDING AGAIN!!!
 

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@ nor-calian

Glad you're back on the road. I've got a question for you. Is going from 250 to 600cc that big of a jump or complicated after putting in enough miles on the baby ninja?
 

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Don't know if "600" is a typo or not, nor*cal rides a 650 Ninja. A 600 and a 650 are generally two pretty different animals. The 600 being much more of a race insipred bike and the 650 being a more street friendly bike. Both are fast but I think most 650s are more forgiving of the rider's mistakes than a 600.

My 2 cents. With a good amount of experience on a 250 you can move onto just about any bike, but always respect both your capabilities and the bike's. I think people who "upgrade" after putting 300 miles on their bike are nuts, not enough time on the road in traffic learning - by experience - how to ride/scan/see danger/avoid danger/ etc.

Sorry, not trying to speak for you no*calian - and by the way welcome back to the saddle!! I went to a 650 Versys after putting 14,000 kms on my 250 over two seasons. Its been great.
 
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