Thu May 27, 2021 1:37 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Thu May 27, 2021 1:37 am linkquote
It's been a bit of a bitter sweet week for me this week. We got news from the insurance company that my wife's LX was a total loss (not unexpected but sad all the same). She crashed it while we were doing a refresher run before she was to attend a riding course - oh the irony. She broke her right wrist with a distal fracture to the radius which is now plated and on the road to recovery. So, Francesca has left us.
Today Sofia also left us. I bought her 6 years ago and she's the reason I'm a member here. I did about 13500km on her in that time and she was certainly a gateway drug to modern Vespas. Last November I bought a (November) 2017 GTS300 Super ABS/ASR with 3300km on the clock. Gabriella now has almost 9000km on the clock and I love her. These things sure are addictive.


Broken Francesca

Thu May 27, 2021 1:42 am

Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31029
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31029
Location: Bay Area, California
Thu May 27, 2021 1:42 am linkquote
Ooof. Really sorry to hear that. Truly. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to your wife.
Thu May 27, 2021 1:45 am

Ossessionato
1991 Vespa T5 Pole Position, 2008 Vespa S 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3563
Location: Staffordshire England
 
Ossessionato
1991 Vespa T5 Pole Position, 2008 Vespa S 125, 2013 Peugeot Metropolis RS
Joined: 06 May 2011
Posts: 3563
Location: Staffordshire England
Thu May 27, 2021 1:45 am linkquote
Hope your wife gets well soon!

I'm not liking all these busted Vespa pics we're seeing just lately
Thu May 27, 2021 2:04 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6223
Location: Latina (Italy)
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
In garage: Yamaha Tricity 155 Urban 2019 - MV Agusta 125 RS 1956
Joined: 21 Jul 2007
Posts: 6223
Location: Latina (Italy)
Thu May 27, 2021 2:04 am linkquote
Meanwhile, I'm sorry for piglepilot's wife ... but on MV there are only a small number of accidents; on other Italian forums of motorcycles and scooters that I attend not a month goes by that there are deaths and injuries and some I knew in person.
The common denominator is that many are unwitting victims of motorists, usually too old to drive or too young.
Driving a two-wheeled vehicle, also as skilled and careful as we are, involves greater risks and we know this.
Good healing for broken bones.
PS: I have screw and plates in two fingers of my left hand.
Thu May 27, 2021 2:10 am

Addicted
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 889
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Addicted
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 889
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Thu May 27, 2021 2:10 am linkquote
Sorry to hear about your wife (and Francesca). I hope Mrs pigletpilot heals quickly and the accident doesn't put her off getting back on 2 wheels.
fleece wrote:
I'm not liking all these busted Vespa pics we're seeing just lately
Yeah, my thoughts exactly, too many scoots hitting the deck. That's 2 written off and 2 requiring repair within just the last 6 weeks that I've seen on MV.
Thu May 27, 2021 2:20 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7126
Location: New Zealand
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
LX190, Primavera
Joined: 12 Oct 2007
Posts: 7126
Location: New Zealand
Thu May 27, 2021 2:20 am linkquote
What is the insurance company going to do with it? Trademe?
Thu May 27, 2021 6:37 am

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GTS250ie, 1992 BMW K75
Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 2038
Location: Central Pennsylvania
 
Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GTS250ie, 1992 BMW K75
Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 2038
Location: Central Pennsylvania
Thu May 27, 2021 6:37 am linkquote
Sorry to hear about your wife's accident. I hope her recovery proceeds without any trouble.

And hopefully, she's still want to ride with you.
Fri May 28, 2021 6:46 am

Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2097
Location: Minneapolis USA
 
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2097
Location: Minneapolis USA
Fri May 28, 2021 6:46 am linkquote
Total Loss Insurance Designation
It is almost like you total your bike if falls over in your garage.

At the beginning of the time I was in the insurance business, I was a
claim adjuster for Allstate Insurance.

Property/Casualty Insurance Companies have a guaranteed contract
with salvage companies to pay 30% of the market value of the vehicles
damaged in covered losses. So, if the repair of the vehicle approaches
70% of the market value - they total the vehicle. They pay you the
fair market value, take the junk and sell it to their salvage contract
buyer and receive 30% of their pay out back.

You also have the option of accepting 70% of the settlement and keep
the damaged vehicle.

Scooters, especially older ones, get easily totaled due to the + $100
labor rates of repair shops.

Sorry about your wife's injuries. It could result in her passing on
riding in the future. Best wishes and I hope she heals well.

Bob Copeland
Fri May 28, 2021 7:57 am

Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1354
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring, AKA Gigi
Joined: 26 Mar 2018
Posts: 1354
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Fri May 28, 2021 7:57 am linkquote
I'm sorry to hear about that. May your wife recover fully and get back into riding without much delay.
Fri May 28, 2021 8:42 am

Addicted
2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 24 Mar 2018
Posts: 938
Location: south Texas
 
Addicted
2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 24 Mar 2018
Posts: 938
Location: south Texas
Fri May 28, 2021 8:42 am linkquote
Sending good vibes for a fast and full recovery for your wife.
Fri May 28, 2021 10:40 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9924
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 9924
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri May 28, 2021 10:40 am linkquote
Sorry about the crash and that wrist. Hopefully she heals up well and can comfortably get back to riding.
Fri May 28, 2021 5:37 pm

Hooked
Genuine Buddy 125, Piaggio BV 250
Joined: 29 Apr 2021
Posts: 139
Location: NE CT
 
Hooked
Genuine Buddy 125, Piaggio BV 250
Joined: 29 Apr 2021
Posts: 139
Location: NE CT
Fri May 28, 2021 5:37 pm linkquote
Best wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery. I know how much it can suck not being able to use your wrist for a while after taking a bad spill (twice!) on some ice this past winter.

Also sorry to hear about your scoots. It's amazing how attached we can become to mechanical objects. I understand what happened to poor Francesca but what happened to Sofia?
Sat May 29, 2021 1:39 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Sat May 29, 2021 1:39 am linkquote
znomit wrote:
What is the insurance company going to do with it? Trademe?
Auction I believe. Protecta have it. She was still running after Mrs. pigletpilot was pitched off but was switched off quickly. The key is with the scooter. Local agent is confident the motor will be good.
Sat May 29, 2021 1:53 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Sat May 29, 2021 1:53 am linkquote
ScooterWoman9988 wrote:
Best wishes to your wife for a speedy recovery. I know how much it can suck not being able to use your wrist for a while after taking a bad spill (twice!) on some ice this past winter.

Also sorry to hear about your scoots. It's amazing how attached we can become to mechanical objects. I understand what happened to poor Francesca but what happened to Sofia?
Sofia has been replaced by Gabriella. I had thought I should update while I was still riding lots - and I am certainly doing that. I have added in excess of 5000km in 6 months. Gabriella came up on Trade Me, our local eBay equivalent, at 3 years old with a bit over 3000km on the clock. The deal was too good to turn down. I flew to Christchurch in the South Island from Hamilton in the North Island then rode her home over 2 days. Total distance is about 950km, 340 in the South Island, a 3 hour ferry trip then 600km from Wellington to home in one day.
Sat May 29, 2021 2:17 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Sat May 29, 2021 2:17 am linkquote
Thank you all for your kind wishes. Mrs. pigletpilot is recovering well thanks to good care from our public health system. On the night of the accident (Friday 23 April) we visited a local A&E clinic where they X-rayed the wrist and determined it would need surgery at the local hospital, Waikato, one of the largest in the country. They plastered it to stabilise the wrist and the following Thursday they took a CT scan at the hospital before surgery the next day. During that they set the fracture in place and put a lump of metal in there with 7 screws holding it in place. That was then plastered with a back slab to prevent movement. 2 weeks later the back slab was removed and a removable splint put in place. A visit to the “hand clinic” at the hospital gave her a bunch of exercises to do for her fingers and wrist, 10 repeats of each 5 times a day.
Yesterday, Friday 28 May we visited a local hand physiotherapist who was very happy with progress after measuring all sorts of angles. She increased the frequency of exercising and added some massage work to reduce the swelling and flatten the scar.
She’s lucky, but some of that luck she made herself. She had a really good helmet, and had gloves, leather jacket with armour, Kevlar jeans with armour and boots. The helmet is toast having hit the chip seal and grazed the side and visor and there’s a mark on the right side knee guard area of her jeans. That’s it! Unbelievable when you see the damage to Francesca. Most importantly, she can’t wait to get back on the scooter so we are looking out for a replacement. Francesca was on an agreed value insurance policy and the gear is covered. She got 80% of the cost of her helmet back as well.
The other thing she’s missing dreadfully is driving her Alfa Romeo 147GTA.


Metalwork in the wrist from the underside.


Side on with the underside on the left.

Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:59 am

Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
 
Molto Verboso
Gina, 1965 Vespa 180SS, Bella,1968 Vespa 150 Super, Gabriella, 2017 GTS300 ABS
Joined: 21 Jan 2015
Posts: 1409
Location: Hamilton/Kirikiriroa, NZ
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:59 am linkquote
So, yesterday we visited the fracture clinic again at the hospital, then the hand physiotherapist today. Both were pleased with progress and Mrs. pigletpilot was cleared to return to work and is allowed to start some weight bearing in her right hand. That includes being allowed to drive again!
For my non NZ friends here, we have an interesting no fault Accident Compensation scheme that is tax payer funded. Some of that comes from annual vehicle registration, the modern motorcycle registration is more expensive than a car as the cost of fixing broken motorcyclists is statistically higher than broken motorists. It's complicated but generally seamless in cases such as Mrs. pigletpilot. The first week of her income is covered by her employer, then 80% of the rest of her income while not working is paid by ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation). Many employers pay the extra 20%, or take it from accrued sick leave. In our case the same amount of money has turned up in Mrs pigletpilot's account every fortnight and it will all be sorted out between her employer and ACC.
She is absolutely ecstatic at the thought of going back to work, and in particular, driving herself there and home. Scooter riding is a little further away as she doesn't have full enough articulation in the wrist to safely operate the throttle.
Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:22 am

Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31029
Location: Bay Area, California
 
Petty Tyrant
GTS250 GTS300 MP3 500
Joined: 11 Oct 2005
Posts: 31029
Location: Bay Area, California
Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:22 am linkquote
pigletpilot wrote:
So, yesterday we visited the fracture clinic again at the hospital, then the hand physiotherapist today. Both were pleased with progress and Mrs. pigletpilot was cleared to return to work and is allowed to start some weight bearing in her right hand. That includes being allowed to drive again!
Great news!
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