Was on an ok ride Sunday, mostly trying to get some video and set my suspension up...stock is too hard for the twisties. Had 19 riders in the group, about 12 more than I wanted. Some knew how to ride, most didn't, you know how it goes. Tight right hander, gravel, and a GMC truck played right into the hands of fate. My bud ahead of me was riding slower than nomal and I planned on passing him after the turn, he locked the rear brake and went straight, I was going too fast and got a little unsorted, by the time I crossed the double yellow, I saw the truck and had no where to go. I dove hard to the left so I wouldn't hit my bud who had gone into a 2 1/2' ditch full of water. He went in at an angle but I went in straight. Kind of pushed off the bike so as to not get slammed and was then glad that it had rained the whole week before, because the ground was soft, wet, but soft. My buddy on a F4 had no damage, but his shoulder hurt, not broke, but he dislocated it on Monday. No damage to me with the exception of a sore neck. The bike has cracks in the upper, lower left, cracked the top of the light assembly, broke the front tap on the rear, and lost the fast idle lever. Other than breaking the bottom out of the camcorder, and having a very muddy bike and muddy gear, everything else was fine. She started back up, rode straight, and I even did a decent wheelie within 10 minutes of the wreck. I guess the newness has worn off of the bike now, so I am not so worried about wrecking it. Hell everyone said that I did better wheelies after the wreck! [
)]Glad to say that the upside down forks are outstanding since they are straight after a direct hit with the ditch! Hey, at least I got it on video![
)] I will have another friend rip it to the computer so I can post it. Just goes to show that even with a bunch of experience, you can still go down. This was my first on a ride, and probably won't be my last. So you guys that picked the '03 as your first ride, take it easy and learn yours and the bikes limits.
Hey the front flush mounts aren't even scratched and still work! The rear hugger and chain guard I just painted didn't have a scratch on it. But the tank bra that I waited 2 months for was full of mud, and I am having a tough time getting the mud out of my gear. Oh well, have to get it ready for next weeks ride, sans camera[V]
Here are the pics, sorry for you guys on dial up, they are kinda big to show the damage.
All my bodywork, cleaned