So, about 830pm this last Monday, went for a ride. Great weather, sun was going down. Holiday weekend, personal danger radar was set to max. Went to take a benign 90 degree turn I have taken a million times. From Three Notch Road onto Shangri-La.
I noticed wetness where there normally isnt any, outside the center of the lane, in the right lane where I was making the turn. I assumed this to be water, from a boat being towed home. We live on a peninsula, lots of watersports going on.
Nope, it was oil or diesel, not sure what, but once I initiated the turn, it was done, like a special effect, back tire went to the left, bike and I go down. Four or five vehicles stop, while I am getting to my feet, rattled. Speed was maybe 5-10mph. A corvette whips an illegal u-turn, guy parks his car to shield me and the bike, hops out, unlike anyone in the other cars. Asks if I'm okay, holds the bike while I attempt a quick restart.
No joy, she's flooded. Guy helps me to the parking lot, makes sure I'm okay, heads out. I, cursing the bugger who left that stuff, pull of my helmet and take stock. Stain on right knee, pain in right shoulder, thats about it. Walk over, examine the stain, it was oily, still damp with whatever the fluid was.
Examine bike, bars bent, brake lever and pedal bent, scraping on bottom of fork, fairing, and passenger peg mount, handlebar, and mirror. Fires right up, I run a quick controlability check in the parking lot, drive home.
Some pics of the damage, I'll find out how much its worth come Monday when I meet insurance lady. Same day I meet the ortho guy about my shoulder. Hit right on the forearm, Tourmaster mesh jacket did its job, just bruising there, but the shock loads did a number on my shoulder.
So, whats the best way to check the fork to se if its bent? Lay a laser down it? Straight edge? If its not bent, I might just smooth and paint that bottom edge.