While traveling south from Cedar Rapids, IA to St. Louis I had my first low side. I had gotten off the highway to fill up on gas and grab lunch. As I was getting back on the on ramp all of the sudden I'm sliding on my right side. I was probably going about 25 MPH around a bend so I wasn't going to fast. After sliding to a stop I tried to figure out what caused the accident. Turns out they were repainting the road striping and I slipped on wet paint. There weren't signs anywhere or workers there to let you know the paint was wet.
Some people helped me lift the bike up and walk it to the side of the road. I was fine because of the gear I was wearing, full face helmet, riding jacket, kneepads. I was so glad I was wearing the knee pads. I bought the $25 kneepads on a whim to get my order over a certain amount for free shipping. I ended up sliding on my right knee and it went straight through my jeans. So I made sure I was fine then my attention shifted to my bike.
As far as damage to the bike goes, the initial fall broke the bar end off, dented the tank in 2 places, broke the brake lever and bent the right mirror. As the bike was sliding it ground the end of the handlebar down, cracked the plastic handgrip part of the trottle, the rubber grip and scratched the clutch cover. And because I had the pelican side cases on bike for my trip the right one was scratched up pretty good and the mounting bars were bend in such a way that I couldn't get it off until I was able to bend it back a few days later. One of the worst things is that when I rode over the paint it kicked thick white road striping paint all over the bike. The bike started up fine and got into gear just fine but I didn't have a front brake.
I decided to ride to the nearest Honda shop hoping they would have a lever that would work. I get there and they are closed all day on a Monday. I go across the street to Walmart, grab a pair of vice grips and go on my way. I cant find anyone anywhere around that has a brake lever so I call ahead to Atlanta where I planned to spend a few nights and have them order one for me.
Now for some pictures...
You can see in the next one that the bar end actually sheared off leaving part of it inside.
In this last one you can see white pain on the front tire, engine, radiator cover exhaust... and the scratched side case, dented tank.
I don't have any other more specific pictures because I left my bike in Florida due to Hurricane Irene. I'll get more into that when I type up my ride report, and I'll post more pictures when I'm reunited with my bike.
Atleast now I have an excuse to get a new jacket, boots, handlebars, grips, mirrors, etc...
So for all you guys out there, wear your gear. I am a firm believer in ATGATT. Had it not been for the $25 kneepads I probably would have been in the hospital having skin grafts put on my knee.