Ok, so I am back at the house safe and sound. Ill put up some more pics later because they werent taken by me.
So, the full story. Was riding with some friends around the Fort Mountain area in Elijay, Georgia. About 70 or 80 miles into the ride (not sure of the exact road I was on) we were in our groove riding around the hills. Came up on a set of up hill S-turns, not all that technical. I went into the left hand corner a little tighter (too close to center line) than I should have and I knew I had my side cases on the bike. I know where the lean limit is on my right side because I have dragged the box several times, but not on my left. As I started to hit the apex I had a brain fart. Instead of just pushing harder on the left bar, I panicked. I pulled the bike out of the lean, hit the brakes, and just about had it saved.... That was until I hit a good amount of leaves just off the edge of the road. Slid down a steep embankment, both the bike and me stopped by a stump that the bike had caught itself on. Hopped up and started contemplating how to get the bike back up the hill. Luckily my friends had showed up by this time. Helped me pick the bike up and let it down the hit to a level area. I rode around the woods for a quick second till I found a little side gravel road that led back up to the main road. We tied up my Givi and off we went for the rest of the day (about 220 miles) total.
Only damage to me was on my left side. I had a small 2 AAA battery flashlight in my pocket that I landed on. I have a good bruise where it was in my pocket, but other than that I rode away scratch free. ATGATT (except i was in jeans). Small scratch on my Shoei Qwest and I lost a glove somehow.
Also, the crash bars, skid plate, and handguards (with a backbone) without a doubt saved the bike from ANY damage other than the windscreen.
Sorry I dont have any pictures of the bike hung up on the tree stump on the side of the hill, but I do have a few where you can see my line of travel, where I went off the road, and the very leafy embankment.
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Last edited by HotPockets; 11-04-2012 at 08:25 PM.