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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Beware of very expensive hidden curbs!

I hope y'all can learn from my mistake. During a busy time at a Stripes gas station, I cut a corner driving across a sidewalk handicap ramp and unexpectedly found myself running off a hidden curb drop-off. Bottomed out my '18 GW. There were lots of scars on that curb from others that went before me. My cracked case began leaking 2 wks later. Estimate is $7,500 + one month to repair! DOUBLE OUCHES! No curb markings and no response from the convenience store chain. And no case protection at all on the GW. BEWARE
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-06-2019, 08:57 AM
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Is your insurance going to cover this or the store's ?

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That would right out tick me off! Good luck on the repairs.

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Hopefully insurance will fix it. If not, drain the oil, clean the area well and use JB-Weld to make a patch.
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Well that stinks. Good info though for others.

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Ouch! Sorry to hear that and thanks for the tip.


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Depending on your coverage, I would have your insurance company go after the store chain for the lack of markings on that curb. They should be responsible for the negligent damages the curb caused. Not only yours either.
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Originally Posted by Cantankerous View Post
Hopefully insurance will fix it. If not, drain the oil, clean the area well and use JB-Weld to make a patch.
Or clean it up and have a weld shop that has a TIG welder close it off. TIG welding does not produce the heat that MIG welding does so it should be safe.

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Honda, as expected, refused warranty. My insurance (State Farm) paid the estimate less my deductible. I could not stomach the amount of labor & parts (the maintenance manual shows ~ 20-30 pages) that it would take to get the engine out, disassemble, repair and reassemble. Estimated 4-6 wks for the repair. I do trust my dealer and service manager, but I decided to take the money and put it on a new '18 that they had in stock. Up and riding within a week. It was not cheap but this is my last, and by far favorite MC. Filed a complaint with the convenience store chain and have had no response other than they received my complaint and would respond within 2 days (2 wks ago). Go figure. All those scars on that curb bothers me, probably many other riders have done the same.

I thought about welding the case and discussed it with several guys & my mechanic and decided that there might be internal damage involving main bearings/seats and decided it was not worth the risk or my peace of mind.

Thanks everyone for your responses!
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I don't want to start a war here BUT lets look at the facts as you stated them.

You took a short cut onto a "handicap sidewalk ramp" and found a curb which you drove over and damaged your bike.
The handicap sidewalk ramp is just that. A sidewalk ramp for handicap people to enter and leave the sidewalk. It's not a short cut for wheel chairs or handicap individuals to cut across a corner.
The curb continues on around the side of the ramp on both sides. This is nothing new.
Instead of going around the corner as most people do, you decided to short cut that corner and found the curb that has been there since the store was built most likely. It is not hidden by any means.
I am sorry you hurt your bike but it was your fault that you chose to take that short cut.
We have all done crazy and stupid things but to blame the store for your bad choice is just wrong.
I am surprised that the insurance paid a penny unless your story to them was a little different than the one you laid out here.
Now don't get me wrong, I feel for you and hope others don't make the same mistake. But the real truth here is that you made a bad decision and through no fault of anyone other than you, your bike was damaged. The lesson is , " I bet you won't do it again."
Again, I am sorry for the damage to your bike but I bet that even if you got a lawyer, you would lose.
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