Wow - what a freak accident. So glad to hear that you are ok and that your gear did its job.
Best of luck with putting the bike back together.
Best of luck with putting the bike back together.
Wow! What a story...Less than 2 weeks ago, I was the proud owner of a mint 2008 312R with 3500 miles. My first sportbike and my first MV.
I'll be totally honest. The 30 mile ride home, a portion in rush hour traffic, the rest on rural twisty backroads, was the most visceral, aural, exhilerating and terrifying motorcycle experience I've ever had since I first swiped the keys to my roomate's GPZ1100 some twenty five plus years ago and taught myself to ride.
I came not even close to pushing the MV to its potential, never kissing the redline limit or unleashing a quarter of the 183 horses. Exactly ten minutes into the ride home, still in urban Seattle and with the heat rising off the bike, I wondered immediately if I had just made a big mistake. The ergos of the bike were all wrong, my legs and knees and wrists felt contorted as if I was in some kind of medieval rack where they place people who haven't paid taxes to the crown.
It wasn't until I hit the freeway and had a chance to crack her open just a bit, enough to hear those four Arrow trumpets wail like an F1 Ferrari, that I started to smile. Hitting the rural twisties, it felt incredibly odd and unfamiliar to me, same way I felt when I tried to follow a buddy up a muddy clay rutted hill after I brought my Husqvarna enduro out to play in the dirt for the first time. I've been riding a big flat wide handle-barred KTM, and pushing the MV around with my body felt foreign. I probably looked like a total squid (only a well-ATGATT'ed one) taking corners at ridiculously slow speeds. The Husky took me a while to get familiar and comfortable and so will the MV.
Hitting the last few miles to my house, I chanced to pass a few cars and cracked open the throttle cautiously, then a bit more (still nowhere near this beast's limits). That crazy wail began filling up my ear canals and its shriek bouncing off the cars, causing the drivers to wonder where in the hell a Ferrari had suddenly appeared out of thin air.
This bike was twelve kinds of wicked.
By the time I got home, I had become one with the pain in my lower back and wrist, but twisting that throttle past 5k rpm was like pushing a morphine button after surgery...the pain just seemed to fade away.
Less than 48 hours later, the 312R was lying on its side on the freeway.
The incident was caused when an ambulance ahead of me drifted onto the shoulder and a very large object shot out from its rear wheels directly into my front tire, blowing the tire and bending the rim back, locking it against the caliper (thereby locking the wheel), and slamming me on the highway for a nifty slide at 60 mph in heavy traffic.
Thanks to the gods shining on me, other motorists making quick and smart decisions, and my decision to be wearing excellent Motoport gear, I limped away from the crash, nothing broken. The 312R was torn up on the right side where it slid, but thankfully no tumbling. I was happy to emerge relatively ok, all things considered, but really really bummed about the mint 312R now bloodied.
Because I sincerely believe that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, this week I located and purchased a mint 2007 F41000R, with 1350 miles, less than ten miles from where I bought the 312R. I also bought back the 312R, which my insurance totaled.
The 312R is absolutely rebuildable. The frame was ground down a bit on the right side, but not dented or bent. The rest of the plastics (nose, rear, mirrors) suffered predictable rash. The forks look fine, though the bottom features some nice rash.
To get it ship shape as a track bike, the 312R needs:
1. New front rim/tire
2. Right side fairing
3. windshield (cracked)
4. front brake lever
5. rear brake pedal
The question is really what to do with it. I can keep it as a parts bike, as nearly everything is transferable. Or I can add those 5 items, and now I've got a track bike/beater that I needn't worry about crashing.
I had a crazy thought to build it back as a Brutale style naked bike - a true canyon hooligan, with a more upright bar, and leaving the side fairings off, but fitting some sliders, or adding cheap track fairings with a matte-black finish. But the main obstacle seems to be locating a triple clamp, plus new cables, that would accommodate a wider flat bar like the brutale has.
Would appreciate all thoughts about the options and task ahead.
Hopefully these pix will show:
The 312r pre-crash (moment of silence):
The bent wheel:
The replacement F1000R
Funny I just found this thread, I was at Bellevue Kawasaki yesterday picking up my new radiator cap and some new well nuts was talking to the parts guy telling him I might upgrade my bike one of these days and he said hey you got to see this, we just took this 07 in on trade, the guy just traded it on a brutale 1090 RR
Yep that's it, I asked what they were asking for it but he didn't know, (parts guy.) Just spit balling here but I do restore bikes as a hobby maybe we could work something out on your 312 I don't have a project going at the moment what are you thinking on the project bike, I might be willing to swap frames.
Wow, that's a really pretty bike!Well, I'm getting more and more off the fence about keeping the 312R. The experience riding the Brutale has me thinking the 312R is just not for me. I'm not riding it, now with the Brutale. And truthfully, I've got my eye on a Metisse 8v café, a 130 hp hand built bike made in the UK by a friend, Gerry Lisi. Here's the Metisse:
To make way for the Metisse, I'd likely sell the two bikes I never really ride - a mint 56 Matchless café racer, and the 312R.
Question is - sell the 312R intact, or part it out? Other than the frame and easily-repainted nose/tail, it is great condition, but with a salvage title. What's it worth intact vs. parted out? I really can't bring myself to selling it in bits when it otherwise fine.