Survived-til-now Posted February 18, 2007 Share Posted February 18, 2007 That was the score after this morning's little tumble. I was riding off to lead our local "Advanced Rider" bike group's Sunday run and had already noted the greasy road conditions. Oddly enough the problem was predominantly on roads heavily salted following recent snow (long gone). The local country roads I was proposing to lead our group down were dry and beautifully clean. A wise choice of route I thought. Nearing the meeting point I came to one of those little suburban roundabouts and backed right off speed to go straight on. I entered the roundabout. Suddenly I was on my bum and the bike was disappearing away from me. The autocom disconnected, as did the heated jacket lead (it wasn't on but what else do you do with a lead but plug it in anyway). The bike slid away from me on its cylinder head, rear indicator and rear drive, but sadly it spun right round before hitting the kerb with the front indicator housing and the top box taking the full force of the impact. The damage I can see includes: Offside front indicator housing and mirror destroyed with damage to the sub-frame so the entire headlight/screen assembly is now at a jaunty angle. Offside cylinder head badly scuffed and engine protector destroyed Offside rider footrest broken off (I assume that happened when the bike started to slide tank and seat first. Final drive unit scraped Offside rear indicator destroyed Top-box damaged beyond repair There is damage to the main offside fairing where a lug that supports the upper fairing has broken. I took the upper fairing off to photograph the damage but could not get it back on. Closer inspection of the road revealed a thin and seemingly insignificant trail of diesel and that appears to have been the cause and start of all the misery to come... Incidentally, I wasn't even bruised and my BMW Streetguard kit was dirtied but otherwise undamaged. What amazed me is the damage to the bike caused in such a low speed spill. Looking on the bright side, I'm OK, no other vehicle or property was involved. BMW Emergency Service are recovering the bike and the insurers are dealing with it. Now I am trying to convince myself that it wasn't my fault, I couldn't have avoided it, couldn't have even seen the spill..... I am not doing too well at that... wondering what I could have done differently. Footnote: As I was picking up the bike from the roadside, amidst scattered debris, I was approached by a young Chinese girl who must have seen the whole debacle. She asked me in very poor English where the nearest telephone was - so I paused and directed her. A minute or so later she reappeared as I was surveying my broken bike - "Where was airport" - she asked. So I put the bits of bike down and told her, ended up getting out a map to show her the way on that. Oh thanks she said and walked off..... never asked how I was..... Surreal or what? Link to comment
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