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So the new developments...

I went to meet the tow truck this afternoon. We had a fun time getting it on the truck being that the tranny is seized up (or the clutch is broken). Once we finally get it on the truck and get it to the bike shop the first thing out of the service guys mouth is "Damn...that things totalled". Pretty worthwhile thing to say in my opinion. Then comes the salesman...

He asked me if I wanted the bike totalled. I was like hell yeah I do, I want something bigger and faster, but I need the lien paid off on this one first. He notioned for me to come inside. As we walked in he told me that he could make sure my bike is totalled provided I plan on purchasing another bike from that shop (duh). I asked him what he had in my price range and he has two strong candidates.
1)2002 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R
2)2002 TL1000

Now...I dont know what to do. Of course I am going to get one of the two but I'm leaning on the ZX6R vice the TL because I didnt really enjoy the VTwin as much as my buddy's inline 4 on his GSXR. That and the ZX6R is Black and Yellow with plenty of aftermarket while the TL is blue and white with some aftermarket. So what do I do?

Then onto my next question...has anyone here ever gotten a nominal settlement from a bike accident? I talked with a friend who is dating an insurance adjustor (Not mine sadly) and he had some interesting things to say. He told me to tell them that I had spoken with a lawyer and that my lawyer thinks I am entitled to financial compensation (other than the cost of the bike). He told me to tell them that I was prepared to take them to court if they were not willing to settle, and to make an offer of $10K and then let them talk me down to the $7500 or $5K range. Does any of this make sense to anyone? This is my first accident and I dont know how this whole thing works....any help would be greatly appreciated.

Note: I have been having some pretty nasty headaches since the accident which I plan on going to the doctor for tomorrow. Also my neck which was stiff the whole weekend seems to be loosening up, though its still tight.

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I appreciate all the help and guidance. I wasnt sure what I was going to do...but I am going to the doctor in the morning about these damn headaches. As far as the compensation, he told me to start at 10 because he knew i wouldnt get it. Its like haggling...start high and then work your way down (the opposite if you were purchasing something). I am still a little grey on what I plan to do. As it is they owe me at least the money it took me to get myself back from Maryland to DC and the lost time at work from today having to spend all day messing with the tow truck. I think my bike is totalled without their "help" so I shouldnt have to buy from them to ensure that. Those two bikes while it seems I'm settling, the only reason I brought them up is because I am legitimately interested in them. If I think they are screwing with me then I'm walking. I'll let everyone know about how everything goes.

Thanks again.
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Appreciate that c50...I just hope everything works itself out. I guess the main thing is that if you've read any considerable amount of my posts then you know my family has had a rough year. I guess this 'compensation' that I was told about really just got my hopes up...I really wanted to be able to send some of that home...its selfish to want to get as much out of the other guys insurance, but at least my motives were pure. I'll make sure its fair thats all...but thanks.
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