Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Well, as I've said before, it will happen sooner or later. I was hit from behind this morning on 101 on the way to work. The SUV in front of me stopped abruptly and I headed left to split the lane to avoid getting hit from behind, but still got clipped by the van in back of me. It took a fair amount of swearing to get the van driver to back up so I could unpin my bike and my leg. The van driver & passengers stood around and watched while another motorcyclist helped lift the bike off my leg. Thank you, whoever you are.
Fortunately, I landed on my left hip (not the one that just underwent $35K worth of surgery), and I walked away covered in oil, but virtually unscathed (as far as I can tell in my adrenaline altered/slightly concussive state) save some bumps and bruises. I have my side case mount to thank for saving my leg. The mount lifted the bike an extra few inches of the ground. Casualties include one oil-soaked down jacket, 1 oil reservoir, 1 top case mount, 1 side case mount, 1 fender, 1 set of handlebars, 2 turn signals, and 1 fairing. Still surveying the damage to my oil-soaked riding gear and helmet.
Will this detour me from getting back on my bike in the near future? Right...