Almost met the Grim Reaper today
Hello, all. I just want to start off by saying that i'm ecstatic to still be alive today. I had the scare of my life that I would like to share with everyone. It all started on a nice morning ride on my 2001 F4i. I had been riding all morning and I decided to get on a busy 4 lane highway here in Jacksonville. Well, it has an "on ramp" like a freeway. The on ramp is a really smooth right hand sweeper with trees on the inside of the road, which makes it a "blind" curve. Well, anyway I was coming around the curve and onto the ramp at about 50 mph (approaching the acceleration lane). As soon as I cleared the "blind spot", I spot the taillights of a Monte Carlo that is totally stopped in the acceleration lane waiting to get over. I was still partially leaned over as it was the exit of the curve, so all I could do was slam on my brakes. Well when I did this the back tire locked up and the next thing you know the right hand side of the bike was sliding ass-end toward the bumper of the Monte. I countersteered to try and avoid it and my exhaust canister slammed into the edge of the bumper, bouncing me into the traffic lane. I kept the bike upright and luckily there weren't any cars nearby. I pulled over and saw my exhaust canister (the slip on piece) sitting in the road. I still cannot believe that I got this lucky. All that happened was the factory canister got a dent in it where it smacked the bumper, and the underail subframe where the exhaust canister and passenger peg mounts is cracked. Total cost of damages??? Well, I got a 78 dollar ticket for careless driving, undertail subframe is 266 bucks, and I don't know what kind of exhaust i'll be getting to replace the factory one. I also don't know how much it will cost to fix the cars bumper. (it's the new monte carlo with the cheap plastic bumper....all it has is surface scratches) Either way, I got really really lucky. It could have been a hell of a lot worse. Anyway, just thought i'd share it with everyone and ITS GREAT TO BE ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to get back in the saddle!