Well, if getting into an accident is the right of passage into the motorcycling community, I've just passed.
Been having a training class in Indy this week, so was heading off in the bright, cool morning. I was stopped at a light, in heavy traffic, for the second light rotation. As I was rolling at ~30mph during the third, I was close to the intersection, and the light changed to yellow. I had space to stop, so I did.
Fortunately, I had the foresight to watch the guy behind me in an SUV (vehicale specification intentional). His front end dipped dramatically, and I could tell he couldn't stop in time. So, I rolled a bit ahead, but stayed straight. Bam, he got my backside, but I stayed up, and out of the intersection (thank heavens).
After we pulled off, he was very apologetic, and explained he assumed I would just gun it through the intersection. We surveyed the damage, traded information, but I opted not to call the police (perhaps a foolish move, but he and his wife were really conciliatory). He attempted to give me $50 for the damage, but as you all know, plastics are WAY more than that.
So, we parted ways, and I had to stop at the Meier (similar to Walmart) that was on the other side of the intersection to get a bungee cord to hold up my right rear turn signal. While leaving, I heard a strange noise coming from the front sprocket area of my bike.
After a peek behind the cover, I realized that the front sprocket screws were coming loose!
To me, someone in heaven must've been watching over me to cause such a minor accident which resulted in me realizing this sprocket was coming off. After all, at highway speeds, if the front sprocket came off, I'd be much worse off. So, I thanked my stars, tightened the bolts, and headed off to continue my journey to class.
I mistakenly turned the wrong way, and so at the next light, I had to make a U turn. When the light turned, I gave it a little gas and started off through the sharp U. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground, and the bike was 10' from me. I had lowsided, in a slow, sharp turn, and the real cause, I suspect, was some oil I hadn't noticed.
Well, my jeans were torn, I got two nasty raspberries, and now there's a significant oil leak from the oil pan (I think). Wife now understands my strong desire for leather pants with armor. Alright, three mishaps in a day is enough for me to throw in the towel. I made my way 40mi home, and emailed in sick with an explanation.
Just got the damage pricing for the bike, and it totals $457.59. Please wish me luck with the guy who hit me, b/c now I'm a little concerned about my incompetence and letting him go w/o a police report. Live and learn.
Ironically, I'm glad all this is happening now, since I bought the bike for $1k, so it's really a minor investment not worth thinking about too much.
Anyone want to see pics? They're not too exciting, but I'm willing if there's interest. One other question. When I lowsided, I completely ignored my own injuries and began to inspect the bike. Anyone else do that before? Seems like I had my priorities a little out of whack.....
Out of commission for a while, kanwisch.