Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Greensburg, PA (near Pittsburgh)
Another Strom down.
Yep, my riding season is finished. I walked away with nothing except a bump on the back of my left hand. The bike wasn't so lucky.
Here's the scenario. I leave work and take the back way home. The main road is under construction and is bumper to bumper one-lane madness. I come cruising around a bend towards an intersection that I knew was gonna be busy, so I slowed down to about 25. Speed limit was 35. There was an oncoming truck with its turn signal on coming down the hill. It stopped, so I rolled on the throttle. As soon as I rolled on the throttle, he turned left. I panic stopped, locked up both wheels, and slid right into his passenger door. Right before I hit the door I think I closed my eyes, I remember tumbling, then everything stopped.
So at this point I'm just laying on my back, I didn't know where because my helmet had slid up on my head so the chin guard was right in front of my eyes. I didn't feel hurt, so I sat up and pulled the helmet down. I was sitting on an aluminum animal cage in the bed of the kids truck. The cage about filled up the truck bed and was about level with the bedsides. I must have somersaulted over the bike right onto the cage. I looked around, there were probably about ten or so cars that had seen what happened. The kid was standing right beside the truck when I looked down. Him:"Dude, are you ok". Me: "I don't know yet". I moved around a bit, nothing hurt, so stepped down off the truck.
People had already called 911, and everything started rolling in. Ambulance, 3 fire trucks, other firemen, then the State Trooper. Everyone that showed up walked right by me and says,"where's the guy on the bike". Even the paramedics walked right past me. I was just standing there next to the Strom, which we had moved off the road at this point. "Lucky", that was the word that just about everyone used. And I guess I was. We took care of all the official stuff. The 16 year old driving the truck got cited. He's at full fault according to the police report.
Now the damages.
Me: Bump on the back of my left hand. Nothing else. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow though. I had a quarter sized scuff on my helmet, probably from when I landed on the cage.
Bike: Wheel bent, bent axle, both forks bent, hole in radiator, fairing destroyed(headlights still worked), tank twisted, bars bent, engine guard scratched, top box scratched. Probably other things I can't see. It fired right up and purred after the crash. I rode it up onto the trailer.
I am usually almost ATTGATT. I think my Tourmaster Intake jacket saved me from any major damage. I didn't have gloves on, and only jeans.
Lesson learned: I guess I need to practice my emergency braking.