Crash Sunday Night
Sunday night I was riding home on Hwy 100 leaving Wildwood, MO, and as I was approaching Hwy T there was a car stopped, about to make a left hand turn onto 100. They made half the turn then stopped their car right there on the highway completely blocking my lane. I slammed on my breaks but with a ditch on both sides of the divided highway and no time to turn if I had wanted to try my luck, I hit the car at the front driver's side wheel at appx. 20-30 mph.
No one ever seems to mention that when you wreck a bike, the gas tank is going to slam squarely into your jewels...
I flew 10-15 feet and landed in the street. Shattered my right wrist and broke my right elbow (typing this out has been a ball, let me tell you). Amazingly, my jacket and helmet don't have a scratch on them! Too bad the paramedics cut the jacket off.
My 919 held up pretty well. The forks are history, obviously, as are the instrument cluster, headlight and front wheel. There was also some damage done to the radiator. I joked with the nurse at the ER that it sounded like the crash had only messed up stuff I had planned on upgrading anyway. Mostly true.
Everyone and their mother has been telling me to give up bikes, but the way I see it, I still would have hit them if I was in my pickup truck, and then probably would have taken a couple of them to the hospital with me. Besides, who wants a pretty corpse?
I'll post some pics later. Cross your fingers the other driver's insurance company decides to fix my bike rather than junk it out.
Either way, I'm only out for the season.