Originally Posted by John06KGT
If it's not too painful share some photos of the damage if you have any.
Yeah, John, I got some photos before it got uprighted. I'm just now looking at them and see if I can figger out this posting photo stuff. Looks like it rests on the fairing and muffler as both wheels are off the ground. It appears the shield may have hit a red car's (parked next to it) door molding and that's why it shattered unless it rocked over more when it fell. Only a small bit of the Cee-Bailey's remains.
We "think" it may have been whoever was parked on the left side of the bike. Maybe they swung wide backing out, or some 500 pounder butt-pushed it over messing with their luggage? Anyway, they were long gone. Seems it was pushed further towards the red car than I parked it. Dunno. Then again, maybe someone from the Denny's next door decided to "sit on it" after their dry-out time after the bars closed? Small nick in tail end makes me and the mechanic think it was a van or pickup. Damage may have been less had the bags been on. I doubt very much if the wind, being as it was between two vehicles, would have knocked it over. I had a small raincover for the seat only so it wasn't a sail.
Insurance responded quick. Got one e-mail and two calls from Markel Insurance (i.e. Bikeline) and their remote LA agency while at the dealer. They will have an adjuster meet me at my house to fill in his report next week. Dealer needs to wade through labor charges as it now has some new electrical gremlins as well. They weren't happy with the selling dealer's wiring either and made some suggestions.
Aside, the update did not fix the fuel gauge issue. There were three things on the update they addressed. Still not working and still only indicates one bar on full tank. They think it is the "fuel strip" inside the tank and will get to it when they tear into the tip-over damage. I'm not too crazy about the slower "return to idle" of the update than what was in the original 6.0. I preferred the harder engine braking of 6.0, but there is far less drive-train slop and the slow-speed bucking is reduced considerably. Time will tell - or I will adjust.
So home it came and I saw the flashing snowflake!
Didn't know about that as I never saw it before. Around 35 degrees it comes on. It got down to 29 degrees at Gorman on I-5 from last night's snow. Cops at the dealer warned me about the I-5 problems and ice on the bridges but I told them "I may as well crash-up the other side to match." Doing 80-90mph on I-5 with no shield on the GT and 30 degrees is a bit much! Add on the 50-90 gusts and it was dang cold! Reminded me of my Harley days. I wouldn't chance lane-splitting around the Hwy. 14 and I-5 junction as the bike wanders pretty good at slow speed with those gusts. At higher speeds it cuts like a knife, albeit a very cold one.
Fwiw, I wouldn't have been able to get it in the motel room. The walkway was narrow and the room itself was just about big enough for the bed. One photo shows the open room door. I always request a ground floor when I reserve as I hate dragging all the bags upstairs and banging them. I question if an alarm would have made any difference. They probably would have sped off before I got out there. It is maybe 50 yards from the Pacific Coast Highway and that alone was noisy enough. Parking near the front desk wouldn't help either as they only come up front when someone comes in so they wouldn't have seen anything and it isn't a 24 hour counter as they had a key drop for early departures. No cameras either. Maybe a guard dog?
A lot of police have their BMW bikes serviced there. I was surprised that maybe 5 different law agencies in the west LA area other than the California Highway Patrol use the RT-Ps. Some are pretty limited (i.e. no Stalker radar units). Some have very elaborate lighting systems. Some are pretty well trashed out at 30K miles. I also was surprised some are able to purchase modular flip helmets (CHP doesn't get to pick theirs). All I spoke with, while they were going "Ouch!" over mine, said you pretty much cannot guarantee someone will not mess with your parked bike - unless you are licensed to carry and standing there.
The servicing dealer does have a Sprinter van and they said they could pick the bike up and not have me bother with the motel anymore. However, it gets expensive at $1 per mile and $85 per hour driver time. Round trip would be maybe $500 and if they return it $1000. Ouch! Van travels are pretty much for state agencies and on their tab. Back to the damn motel soon as the insurance and dealer figure it all out.....if they don't total it first and force me into a Feb. build '07. My deductible is $500 and an estimate for damages runs $170 which comes off the repair if they do it.
As the cops say, "Sh!t happens."