http://184.108.40.206/conniedown/ Quote: " Fortunately I wasn't on it at the time... I got home from a pleasant ride around PA & MD with Russell and crew about 5:45, Just in time to catch the end of the MotoGP race. We had some neighbors coming over for a BBQ, so I was looking foward to a few beers after a good day on the road. Parked the bike the left of where I'd normally park it (to make room for the grill), and just to the right of where the car normally parks. I don't normally park in this spot... main reason being that if the bike ever tipped over to the right... well, there's a staircase right there. Bet you can't guess what happens next? My wife's not home yet but knew she wasn't far behind as I'd waved to her driving down Georgia ave. I didn't wait for her, went inside to catch the GP (I should have known it was a bad omen when I found the cable was down). A few minutes later My Le's at the door, freaking out yelling at me to come quick... Her driving skills have never been the best, but she's outdone herself this time... I have to take some blame, having not parked in the usual spot... but really, anyone driving with their eyes open would have seen the connie and been able to avoid it. Sigh... So today I'm still traumatized and looking for a tow truck to haul the connie out of her hole. Repairs will be an insurance job, and quite apart from the financial implications it means I'll miss the Boyer ride next weekend. It's hard to tell just how much damage while she's still in the hole, but doesn't look too bad from what I can see. I got the tank and seat (and leaking battery) out of there, and they were pretty well untouched. The next thing seems to be to get it to a dealer to get a quote. The question is (and I'm sure some of you have been through this before), if I have the dealer order the parts, can I install them myself, and if so how does that work out with the insurance company? Will they pay me to do my own installation? Or does it depend on the company (State Farm in this case)? The other question is... if I have to get a dealer to do it, what's a good one around DC?" Poor bastard. Talk about unlucky.