Yesterday, I was side swiped by a car and went down while out for a ride back to see my parents in Queens. I was traveling eastbound on the Grand Central Parkway near the Jewel avenue exit and moved from the 2nd to 3rd lane to pass a car slowing down. As I'm passing the car, next thing I know a car moves in from my left side and makes hard contact with me. The bike went into a tank slapper, I lost control, and I lowsided on the left at about 50 mph. I skid / rolled down the road a bit, got up, and immediately ran to the center divider. Luckily, an EMT was following relatively closely behind and provided medical treatment right away. The other driver stopped and now I'm in the process of filing insurance claims, etc.
Some lessons learned:
1. Full gear saved my ass. I was wearing a helmet, jacket, gloves, knee guards, and racing boots. Absolutely no skin to concrete contact. I got up and walked off a 50mph crash with only a scrape on my left elbow from impacting the inside of my jacket, a slight bruise to my left hip, and a sore spot on my inside right ankle from the inside of my boot. I consider myself lucky. If not for the knee armor that I sometimes skip, my left knee would be a bloody mess right now after sliding down the road. I don't want to think about what the rest would have looked like without gear.
2. Ride defensively and never forget that you are invisible to cars.
3. Motovation slides did a great job of preserving the bike but absolutely suck in protecting the left side alternator cover.
I need the recommendations of people on this forum on good licensed motorcycle shops in the NYC or NJ area to work on a 2007 919. The bike is still being held at a towing facility in Brooklyn. Damage is as follows:
- Broken OEM windscreen (took me forever to find one)
- Small scratch to tank
- Grinded off section of tail plastic
- Scratched Yoshi TRS exhaust
- Broken left peg / scratched passenger peg
- Cracked alternator cover
- Grinded rizoma bar end
- Grinded pazzo clutch lever
- Scratched Aprilla shiver mirror
- Some possible oil stains from where all of the oil leaked out of the alternator cover
Thinking about it now, damage doesn't appear too bad, but I have no idea how much all of this is going to cost in terms of parts and labor. The right side is completely clean. I still have my stock mirrors, stock levers, stock exhausts. I imagine then that the most expensive parts to replace would be the tail plastic and the alternator cover. I have every intention to fix the bike and ride it until the engine or frame breaks. I'm just not sure what my insurance (Rider Insurance NJ) is going to do.
What are your thoughts and recommendations on shops to fix it? Thanks.