Following the accident last weekend, my pride and joy (motorcycle!) has sustained damage. Two mechanics drafted into the police station fixed the engine coolant reserve tank to get me on my way; however, there's more to repair. I've found a place to camp in Dakar that has a motorcycle garage next door and is a stone's throw from the beach :)

Here's the damage that the motorcycle sustained:

  • lower right subframe severed close to the join with the frame,
  • right pannier rack, which attaches to the pillion foot peg, snapped and bent,
  • exhaust slightly misaligned.
  • plastic bodywork around air filter broken around bolt,
  • brake lever slightly bent, and
  • rear mud guard touching wheel.

Here are the pictures of the damage.

Lower right subframe snapped on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Scuff on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Scuff and damage on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Lower right subframe and rack damaged on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Lower right subframe snapped on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Lower right subframe snapped on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Lower right subframe snapped on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Lower right subframe snapped on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Exhaust slightly misaligned on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Pannier rack bent and severed on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal.

I spoke to the motorcycle garage and they immediately took the bike a few doors down the street to a workshop. The guy initially started using a hammer and metal rod to whack and prise the bend out of the subframe.

Fixing bent subframe with hammer on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Fixing bent subframe with steel rod on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal.

Sure enough, the bent 3-inch segment of subframe snapped off. The guy reinforced the tube with a thinner tube inside and proceeded to weld it back on.

Welding severed subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welding severed subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welding severed subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal.

I bought a pack of cakes from a nearby shop and shared them with the guys hanging around the workshop. Smiles all round :) Two of the guys offered a taste of their drinks. One was frozen tamarind juice and the other was a frozen green fruit, but not sure what. Both were gorgeous on a hot day. One of the guys was using a stick to clean his teeth, and his bright white healthy teeth were a tremendous contrast to his black skin.

The welding was complete and the subframe intact. This was a huge relief for me! Here are some photos of the welding.

Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded subframe on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Welded pannier rack on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal.

The motorcycle was returned to the garage where I waited until the end of the day for the plastic bodywork to be fixed. They applied fibreglass behind the plastic to strengthen and support it.

Welded pannier rack on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Plastic bodywork repaired with fibreglass on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Repaired subframe and plastic bodywork on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Plastic bodywork repaired with fibreglass on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal. Plastic bodywork repaired with fibreglass on Honda CRF250L after motorcycle accident in Dakar, Senegal.

I managed to fix the minor damage myself. I've left the brake lever bent as it's usable. I like to think the motorcycle is developing character!

As well as the motorcycle, there was damage to my kit and clothing. I patched several holes with duct tape on the waterproof liners of my panniers and rucksack. One (of four) straps used to secure the panniers to the motorcycle was severed, so I have used half a bungee cord with half a strap to secure the pannier.

This work means I can get back on the road soon, once my body is ready.

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