Let me first say that I am ok, just some road rash..
Laid the Strom down on my way back from Ft. Lauderdale Monday afternoon.. I was 3 exits from home & was in some traffic on I85 north.. The HOV (peachpass) lane had just ended so it was now the "fast lane" traffic was thick and running about 55-60 & the car in front of me just stopped... I tried to stop, but it wasn't happening fast enough so I went towards the shoulder & the front wheel came out from under the bike.. The bike went ahead of me and I tumbled down the shoulder for about 30-40ft. Ended up on my back which was great because I was in a good spot to lay there and talk to everyone.. Driver in front of me was nothing short of awesome, made sure I wasn't critical, called 911, got my phone, called my emergence contact (dad). Seconds later and off duty EMT was there and stabilized me, held my head still for me. Fire/Rescue was there within 5-10 minutes, insanely fast & everyone was great. They put me on a backboard even though I was fine just as a precaution.. The rest is just an ER trip, scrub everything and get some stitches on my knee.
I've since talked with the guy in front of me (bike slid into him) and he made me feel much better about everything. That night and the next day I was beating myself up on what I was doing wrong, or what I could have done differently. He said from his point of view I wasn't following to close, wasn't speeding or horsing around, and that it was just the wrong place at the wrong time, he said I did well by getting off the road & not going into the back of him.. So that's encouraging to me.
I was wearing a Shoei RF100 Helmet, Fieldshier textile Armored Jacket, Joe Rocket Boots, & AlpineStar gloves. I regret not buying riding pants, but I always wore thick Jeans. The helmet was incredible, haven't had a headache or anything & I will never wear a non fullface because the front was scratched up and that could have been my face. It more than did it's job.
The Jacket saved my skin and bones.. My left shoulder is really sore and stiff, but i'm pretty sure it would've been shattered if it wasn't for the shoulder padding and hard armor, same goes for my arms.. the jacket is intact except for where they cut up one of the arms.
My gloves weren't as snug as they should've been on the velcro clasp and one rode up a little and got my palm, the other hand the pinky tore and got a little bit of it..
My feet are fine, smashed a toe, & my legs are very minor road rash except for my knee, something must have jabbed it because it's a deep wound, but stitches took care of it.
I can not stress to everyone enough that you have GOT to wear your gear.. It saved my ass, skin, and probably my life.
Now onto the bike.. I'm yet again more than impressed by these bikes Picked it up yesterday & my jaw dropped when I saw it was parked on the kickstand!!
My dad road it up onto the trailer & then when we got home up the driveway!!! I had just put some Givi crashbars on it before the trip which saved a ton of the bike. Also had sliders on the swing arm, the one that was on the down side sheered off but did it's job..
The worst of the damage is a hole in the radiator, besides that I'm looking at a new handlebar, new engine guards, front left blinker, shifter, clutch lever, one of the fairings, windshield is only cracked, & that body piece right below the headlights. Cosmetically it could use a passenger peg and a new luggage rack, but I've also got Sharpie Markers..
All that to be said I was expecting it to be soooo much worse off
I'm so thankful and so blessed that I am ok, this could have turned out so much worse had I not been paying attention, not wearing gear, etc... I'm not sure what all you believe in, but I had some angels watching out for me, there's no doubt about that.
As soon as I'm all healed up & get some money for new riding gear I will definitely be back on two wheels, with a whole new and even more respect for the sport. :mrgreen:
I'll definitely be on the lookout for any used parts, already found some good prices on ebay for some things.. Anybody ever combined different color fairings with their tank? I've got a yellow strom, & was thinking about looking for some black fairings..
Thank you all in advance for your get well's, and everything else.