Well here's a long essay about today's occurances.. it's a somewhat interesting story and you can also share any events in recent rides to make this thread have a point.
I left my house around 8am to meet up with about 15 other riders on Rt 23. We left the meet spot around 10 and headed up north. After some general squid-like behavior including ripping through twisties and passing cars on one-lane roads like fuckin MotoGP racers, we stopped at a gas station near Port Jervis. We grabbed some food then left and headed back out. At this point we got on a road that was pretty twisty and not many people had been on before. Most of us slowed shit down and there were also basically no cars on this road. I was about 6th or 7th in line, bringing up the rear of the fast group. I'm spaced out with the guy in front of me but I'm keeping him in sight. Just as I began to enter a right hand turn that curved downhill with a decreasing radius, I see a bike sliding down the middle of the street and the guy tumbling off the road. Since I'm the first guy to stop I quickly parked my bike on the side of the road opposite where the guy laid, and ran over and called 911. By this time mostly everyone else behind me has stopped, and they park on the side of the road, some right behind my bike. I look up the road to the entrance of the turn, and another guy had gone down (not as seriously) as a result of seeing the crash and panicking a little so he basically just dropped the bike as he swerved.
At this point pretty much everyone is at the crash site and somehow an emergency response truck is already at the scene. I turn around, and I see the bike that was parked directly behind mine somehow fell on it's side. My bike is still upright. Then I see the guy run over and pick up his bike, however the asshole somehow knocked my bike over as he picked his bike up because they were so close. Of course he leaves soon after, and I didn't even know him so that sucks. Anyway, I pick up my bike that is nearly upside down because of the curve of the road, and the fuckin front brake lever is completely snapped off, as well as some oil leaking from the top of the casing as a result of being upside down. Also the bar end was jammed up against the throttle making it stick, and when I loosened it, it just kinda stayed loose but it's in no danger of coming off so I don't think I'm going to replace it right now.
Eventually a couple ambulances and a firetruck come and the guy who slid off the road possibly has a broken arm, road rash on his lower abdomen and was complaining about a headache so they take him by ambulance to a medivac chopper to airlift him to Morristown trauma center. His bike doesn't have much damage to it except for scratched plastics and a dent in the gas tank. His frame slider worked great, it was worn way the hell down. For some reason the second guy's bike wouldn't start even though there was even less damage to his bike, so I think that bike had to be towed as well.
I had to leave and head back about 50 miles to the nearest Honda dealer to see if they had a front brake lever... which of course they didn't. Riding with no front brakes is very exciting and something I don't want to repeat. I called up a couple more dealers and finally found one that had a lever so I went there, got it, headed home and replaced it. Now I just have to clean the oil off my fairings and on Monday or Tuesday change the oil.
Last edited by Unas_the_Slayer; 11-05-2005 at 01:46 PM.