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Completely went off pain meds today. Pretty stoked about that.
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Just added up $3300 in aftermarket accessories I can remember. Dang. A lot of that stuff is still good. Only the Cee Bailey windscreen and the mirror mounted lights are squished, as far as I can tell. I think My Area P carbon fiber muffler is still like new. They are way more expensive now. The Skene Design switch under my fairing still works, or the MM10 lights wouldn't come on. Lots of good stuff still.
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Got a call from the other driver's insurance today. (Farm Bureau) The adjuster won't come to look at the bike until the 29th of May. I'm OK with that though. Won't be back in the saddle for a bit. I'm already missing it though.

On another note, I feel like I'm healing up remarkably well. I'm using my left arm/shoulder for more simple tasks, and the range of motion is increasing. The swelling in my right knee is going down. I have some concern about the weakness and pain in my left hand, and it hasn't really been addressed by the docs yet. I'll talk to the orthopedic dude about that on the 23d.

Just a little update for the crew. Thanks for the support, guys. Really appreciate it.
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Got a call from the other driver's insurance today. (Farm Bureau) The adjuster won't come to look at the bike until the 29th of May. I'm OK with that though. Won't be back in the saddle for a bit. I'm already missing it though.

On another note, I feel like I'm healing up remarkably well. I'm using my left arm/shoulder for more simple tasks, and the range of motion is increasing. The swelling in my right knee is going down. I have some concern about the weakness and pain in my left hand, and it hasn't really been addressed by the docs yet. I'll talk to the orthopedic dude about that on the 23d.

Just a little update for the crew. Thanks for the support, guys. Really appreciate it.

Glad to hear you’re healing up well.  Wrist injuries are a mofo.  They take a long time to heal.  It sucks that the insurance adjuster won’t be there until the 29th, since it’s obviously totaled. 
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Glad to hear you’re healing up well.  Wrist injuries are a mofo.  They take a long time to heal.  It sucks that the insurance adjuster won’t be there until the 29th, since it’s obviously totaled.
I bet he won't do anymore than walk up to it, check the vin (If it's readable. Guess I should look) and leave. Not really any hurry. I don't think I'll be riding this season, with this weak left hand, & I think they told my 6 month on the scapula fracture.
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I wish you the very best of luck with that paw but I must be honest: two physicians missed my scaphoid fracture (with clear, crisp X rays taken by both) before the orthopedist caught it. Again, I am not wishing this on you but it is the most common wrist fracture for males, almost always occurs when the hand is open (as opposed to a, say, boxing type of fracture) as yours was when gripping the handlebar.

There is good treatment for it with a pretty good likelihood of a successful outcome, although if hardware is used, the wrist will almost certainly bend up nearly as far as it did before. The good news there is that unless you are doing push- ups, or trying to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, how often do you really bend your wrist very far 'up' anyway?

I am out of a permanent cast, or at least out of it some of the time (it is a hard cast but removable- really, really slick!) and now starting rehab. Man, does that suck. It is an exercise in finding out what hurts and then doing it.... a lot. Am now on pain meds. about 1/2 of the time (OTC Alleve), which I required for only a couple of days after surgery and a few days after the initial break.

So hopefully you are just 'beat up' in the wrist / hand area and all will be well. But the orthopedist will probably make very sure that is the case, and if not, treat it properly now and greatly reduce the risk of advanced arthritis AND a bone repair later.

A couple of years ago, when I had my little mishap on the C-14, the insurance co. was the only group that thought a C-14 was worth anything. They valued the bike at $10,700 (!!! an '08 with 99,000 miles on it!!). The bike was something like $7,000 because they do not recognize mileage as a devaluing factor. Then they gave me the full $3K or $3,500 allowance for accessories. The damage written was $5,500, which is actually amazing considering the bike was ride-able and would actually pass inspection other than a broken right hand mirror!

Brian

Got a call from the other driver's insurance today. (Farm Bureau) The adjuster won't come to look at the bike until the 29th of May. I'm OK with that though. Won't be back in the saddle for a bit. I'm already missing it though.

On another note, I feel like I'm healing up remarkably well. I'm using my left arm/shoulder for more simple tasks, and the range of motion is increasing. The swelling in my right knee is going down. I have some concern about the weakness and pain in my left hand, and it hasn't really been addressed by the docs yet. I'll talk to the orthopedic dude about that on the 23d.

Just a little update for the crew. Thanks for the support, guys. Really appreciate it.
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I wish you the very best of luck with that paw but I must be honest: two physicians missed my scaphoid fracture (with clear, crisp X rays taken by both) before the orthopedist caught it. Again, I am not wishing this on you but it is the most common wrist fracture for males, almost always occurs when the hand is open (as opposed to a, say, boxing type of fracture) as yours was when gripping the handlebar.

There is good treatment for it with a pretty good likelihood of a successful outcome, although if hardware is used, the wrist will almost certainly bend up nearly as far as it did before. The good news there is that unless you are doing push- ups, or trying to communicate with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, how often do you really bend your wrist very far 'up' anyway?

I am out of a permanent cast, or at least out of it some of the time (it is a hard cast but removable- really, really slick!) and now starting rehab. Man, does that suck. It is an exercise in finding out what hurts and then doing it.... a lot. Am now on pain meds. about 1/2 of the time (OTC Alleve), which I required for only a couple of days after surgery and a few days after the initial break.

So hopefully you are just 'beat up' in the wrist / hand area and all will be well. But the orthopedist will probably make very sure that is the case, and if not, treat it properly now and greatly reduce the risk of advanced arthritis AND a bone repair later.

A couple of years ago, when I had my little mishap on the C-14, the insurance co. was the only group that thought a C-14 was worth anything. They valued the bike at $10,700 (!!! an '08 with 99,000 miles on it!!). The bike was something like $7,000 because they do not recognize mileage as a devaluing factor. Then they gave me the full $3K or $3,500 allowance for accessories. The damage written was $5,500, which is actually amazing considering the bike was ride-able and would actually pass inspection other than a broken right hand mirror!

Brian
Damn, Brian. Your injury sounds so not fun. Ugh. I'm glad you're getting mostly better.

On another note, You've been a valuable source of information for me over the years, and that is MF priceless. Thanks Brother. That insurance info is very hope inspiring.

I figured about 8 hours of my time for installing My rostra cruise. You think that sounds reasonable? I charge people 50 an hour for my mechanic services. I figure that's my labor rate for insurance payouts, too.
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Wow, thanks for the kind words. I am just another hack who likes to tinker with things and passes along what info. I think can be helpful because I like to see others succeed and be happy (fulfilled? more content with a production product?).

Yep, wrist is getting better. And it should continue to do so other than lifting the hand in the 'up' position relative to the wrist as I mentioned. Oh well, not a big deal- I <should> be able to ride and operate a clutch correctly.

The thing with motorcycle insurance is that they do not discount or acknowledge mileage, at least a few years ago. That means that those of us who ride a lot really get a break on resale value, at least according to the ins. companies if not the real world of motorcycle selling.

Yeah, I guess if you are familiar with the C-14 and removing the Tupperware 8 hours is possible though on the tight side IMO. I always tell people they should figure on a full weekend, if not a bit more. Besides, this is NOT a job you want to rush, especially around the throttle arm. Beware the old adage: if it can [fail, bind, lock, jam], it will. So extra care if required in the routing of the Rostra cable and the throttle arm attachment. And I always suggest spending some time literally opening and closing the throttle, while trying to get the cable to hook or catch on anything, before calling it a good install. Treat every installation as if the rider's life was in your hands.  ;)

As to the money, $50 an hour for a skilled mechanic is very reasonable. But again, I would beware of counting hours because it may make you tend to work a little faster if you see the end of your time envelope approaching and that is not the best way to handle a cruise control IMO. Perhaps a better way of looking at it is: if you get $400 to do an install, and have ample time available, do as good a job as you possibly can and if it goes over some number of hours, so be it. But take pride in the fact that you did your very best and probably did an outstanding job for the customer. I know that don't feed the bulldog but coming up a little short on dollars per hour while providing a valuable and appreciated, top- notch service is far, far better than making the arbitrary hourly rate and risk a come- back or worse, some type of mishap. Trust me- I am not making piles of money on my couple of silly products I sell but I do believe I may have the happiest customer base on the planet, and to the best of my knowledge, I never caused anyone any grief with my trinkets and that is good enough (I am not trying to make a living this way though, more of extending a courtesy to fellow C-14 riders).

Brian

Damn, Brian. Your injury sounds so not fun. Ugh. I'm glad you're getting mostly better.

On another note, You've been a valuable source of information for me over the years, and that is MF priceless. Thanks Brother. That insurance info is very hope inspiring.

I figured about 8 hours of my time for installing My rostra cruise. You think that sounds reasonable? I charge people 50 an hour for my mechanic services. I figure that's my labor rate for insurance payouts, too.
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Wow, thanks for the kind words. I am just another hack who likes to tinker with things and passes along what info. I think can be helpful because I like to see others succeed and be happy (fulfilled? more content with a production product?).

Yep, wrist is getting better. And it should continue to do so other than lifting the hand in the 'up' position relative to the wrist as I mentioned. Oh well, not a big deal- I <should> be able to ride and operate a clutch correctly.

The thing with motorcycle insurance is that they do not discount or acknowledge mileage, at least a few years ago. That means that those of us who ride a lot really get a break on resale value, at least according to the ins. companies if not the real world of motorcycle selling.

Yeah, I guess if you are familiar with the C-14 and removing the Tupperware 8 hours is possible though on the tight side IMO. I always tell people they should figure on a full weekend, if not a bit more. Besides, this is NOT a job you want to rush, especially around the throttle arm. Beware the old adage: if it can [fail, bind, lock, jam], it will. So extra care if required in the routing of the Rostra cable and the throttle arm attachment. And I always suggest spending some time literally opening and closing the throttle, while trying to get the cable to hook or catch on anything, before calling it a good install. Treat every installation as if the rider's life was in your hands.  ;)

As to the money, $50 an hour for a skilled mechanic is very reasonable. But again, I would beware of counting hours because it may make you tend to work a little faster if you see the end of your time envelope approaching and that is not the best way to handle a cruise control IMO. Perhaps a better way of looking at it is: if you get $400 to do an install, and have ample time available, do as good a job as you possibly can and if it goes over some number of hours, so be it. But take pride in the fact that you did your very best and probably did an outstanding job for the customer. I know that don't feed the bulldog but coming up a little short on dollars per hour while providing a valuable and appreciated, top- notch service is far, far better than making the arbitrary hourly rate and risk a come- back or worse, some type of mishap. Trust me- I am not making piles of money on my couple of silly products I sell but I do believe I may have the happiest customer base on the planet, and to the best of my knowledge, I never caused anyone any grief with my trinkets and that is good enough (I am not trying to make a living this way though, more of extending a courtesy to fellow C-14 riders).

Brian
I was just mainly trying to remember how long it took me to install my Rostra, and what I was going to charge the insurance for it. I don't believe I would take it on as a paying job, since I've only done it one time, and that was what, 7...8 years ago? You might be right about 8 hours being a little on the tight side, but I also don't wanna get more than it's actually worth in the settlement. If there's a maximum $ value the insurance will pay for accessories, I'm probably pretty close to that already.

Also, as far as being a skilled mechanic. I'm retired from that way of making a living, and my, $50 an hour price quote is a way of keeping the freeloaders at bay. LOL

Thanks again, Man. Jamie
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Most jobs like that are calculated at the shop rate for labor, which is normally in the range of $100/hr, give or take. It doesn’t matter if you value your time at $50/hr or $500/hr. They pay what is determined to be the going rate and time the “book” says it should take to do the job.
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Most jobs like that are calculated at the shop rate for labor, which is normally in the range of $100/hr, give or take. It doesn’t matter if you value your time at $50/hr or $500/hr. They pay what is determined to be the going rate and time the “book” says it should take to do the job.
Good point. Thanks!
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I do not know how your ins. co. works but Progressive just assigned a max. value for "accessories", which was around $3000 as I said, and if the bike was totaled, as your most certainly is, they just add that number to the book value of the stock bike. No need to itemize anything. And the adjust looked at my bike and stated outright he would allow the full accessories value (top box, Corbin saddle, windshield, two Garmins, etc., etc.:  there was absolutely no doubt that there were more than $3K in accessories added to the bike.

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I was just mainly trying to remember how long it took me to install my Rostra, and what I was going to charge the insurance for it. I don't believe I would take it on as a paying job, since I've only done it one time, and that was what, 7...8 years ago? You might be right about 8 hours being a little on the tight side, but I also don't wanna get more than it's actually worth in the settlement. If there's a maximum $ value the insurance will pay for accessories, I'm probably pretty close to that already.

Also, as far as being a skilled mechanic. I'm retired from that way of making a living, and my, $50 an hour price quote is a way of keeping the freeloaders at bay. LOL

Thanks again, Man. Jamie
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I do not know how your ins. co. works but Progressive just assigned a max. value for "accessories", which was around $3000 as I said, and if the bike was totaled, as your most certainly is, they just add that number to the book value of the stock bike. No need to itemize anything. And the adjust looked at my bike and stated outright he would allow the full accessories value (top box, Corbin saddle, windshield, two Garmins, etc., etc.:  there was absolutely no doubt that there were more than $3K in accessories added to the bike.

Brian
Cool. Good info. It's kind of convoluted. The other driver's insurance is Farm Bureau. My attorney filed my medical claim through my Jeep's insurance (Progressive) because it was better coverage than what was on the bike (Markel). But eventually, Farm Bureau will be the one who foots the bill. Farm Bureau won't be here to look at my scoot till Tuesday, the 29th. Not really a hurry on that.
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Yeah, I was in the same boat: the person who hit me had some other ins. coverage. After three attempts to work with them (missed appointments, missed telephone calls), I called MY ins. co., which was Progressive, and they could not have been more accommodating. They came to me, looked over the bike, wrote an estimate on the spot and after I agreed to that estimate, cut me two checks from the printer in the car. Slick. Then they back- charged the other ins. co. but honestly, I really do not care about that; my end was painless, professional and smooth.

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Cool. Good info. It's kind of convoluted. The other driver's insurance is Farm Bureau. My attorney filed my medical claim through my Jeep's insurance (Progressive) because it was better coverage than what was on the bike (Markel). But eventually, Farm Bureau will be the one who foots the bill. Farm Bureau won't be here to look at my scoot till Tuesday, the 29th. Not really a hurry on that.
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