Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Seeking Accident Damage Analysis/Opinions
It's been a couple of weeks since the accident happened, so bruises and pride are just about healed. This is a particularly painful accident pride-wise as it is my first after riding for many years. I was wearing all the gear except hip pads (my next purchase after repairing the bike).
The accident - summary version: Going down a fire trail, I hit a hole between 15-30 mph and went high side. Based on the mud wiped away on the forks during compression, the shocks appear to have compressed 4 inches out of the exposed 6.25 inches. The bike rolled on wheels (I think) approximately 20 feet and fell onto the right side. It most likely slide a little on its side, but I don't know for sure. The main impact was on the right side engine guard, the right side edge of the dashboard faring, the right side Storm hand guards (with aluminum backbone), and brake pedal. The engine block shows no signs of hard impact.
There is significant damage to the rear brake pedal, the engine guard, dashboard faring, and the handle bar is no longer aligned properly. The hand guard is scratched, but otherwise does not appear to be damaged.
Field inspection/ride home shows that the only immediate concerns are the bent rear brake pedal, which renders the rear brakes practically useless, and the handle bars are not aligned. The bike was gradually increased up to interstate speeds on the ride home with no other noticeable concerns.
Long term concerns are damage to rear brakes other than the bent pedal, damage to front shocks not visible to surface inspection, and damage to handle bars other than re-aligning the bars on the triple tree. Rear brake fluid is still full after two weeks of sitting parked in the garage.
More photos following this post.
2013 V-Strom 650 Adventure
2009 Vespa 250 GTS