Anyway, yeah, I crashed a few weeks ago. It was a slow left turn, and it was wet out. The rear began slipping most likely due to some oil, so I decided not to overact because I've had it happen in the past and just stayed steady and it would fix it self. well, it didn't, the rear started to slip off to the right and then would come back in line. It did this about 3 times in 3 seconds and the last one slammed me into the ground with my bike sliding onto the shoulder and me ending up crawling to the edge.
A few people stopped and helped me pick my bike back up, I assessed myself and my bike and told them I would be ok, thanked them and they left. I let the bike sit for a bit while everything began to hurt, and then eventually started the bike and rode the few miles home.
Bodily damage: Smashed middle finger (no wonder it hurt to pull in the clutch...), banged knee, pulled my shoulder, other knee a bit bruised and left ankles got a knot in it. So all in all I got away ok, I was geared up and there's a big gash on the left arm and back of my armored jacket (tecknic freestyle I think?), helmet never hit the ground, gloves a bit rashed but no damage where my finger got pinched. My regular pants had a very small hole in them, I was surprised but they are no-rip ones I bought when I was on a dig on Montana.
Bike damage: Yoshimura left can has some rash, a few small gouges on my swingarm/chain tensioner, left side case has some serious rash but still holds, bar end mirror was snapped, left Hong Kong lever has stress cracks so that has to go, and the Pièce de résistance...
Well that wasn't there before. I guess I'll have to cover it some how...
I did this while I was waiting for my knee/finger to feel better, just so it wouldn't rust. After about a week the swelling on my finger went down (It was rather huge for awhile), and my knee started feeling better I did this.
and then this...
It's not super symmetrical and I know it's electrical tape (it's what I had?), but I think it looks ok...I was going to find some vinyl but I've worked with it before I just don't feel like messing with it, but maybe later when this stuff eventually peels off. I did the side lines to of course cover the dent, as well as the big rubbed off area on the rear fairing. I replaced the left lever with my oem one, and put on my dads old 1980 GS800 mirrors for now until I order some new ones.
I would be riding but my rear wheel bearings are toast, I actually think that's what prevented me from re-gaining control. There wasn't enough lateral momentum in the fall to make them fail, at least I don't think so, so that's what I'm blaming
If I knew they were messed up/close to messing up I wouldn't have been out riding. I don't think my bearings being messed up would have caused the rear to slip would it?
Anyway, anyone have any ideas on how to hide this dent or did I do the best I could? I of course don't have the money for a new tank, or a paint job, but could I order some touch up paint and fill at least the chipped area effectively? I'm thinking of order some vinyl in the spring so I could do a better job/design, heh. I'm all better now for the most part, I just want those bearings to get here so I can ride the last few days that it's above freezing!