I figured I'd share my first prangtastic incident on the ex500. For the curious I'm fine and my bike is only slightly less fine.
I'm mostly a lurker here. Posted a lot last year when I was trying to figure out what bike I wanted for my first ride and all that, and I figured I should come by and give my first crash report.
Almost exactly one year, and about 9800 miles since I bought my bike I had my first accident. There's a traffic light on the way home from the office that is timed so that if you rush you can usually make it, and if you don't you're guaranteed to just barely miss it. The weather yesterday was nasty, everything was wet, and needless to say, I was rushing it. I even told myself as I was doing it 'you're gonna crash you asshole!', and yet I did it anyway. I could blame it on the guy thyat cut me off, but it really wasn't his fault. I just wasn't focused and when I tried to scrub off speed for the corner, grabbed a little too much front brake, and instead of relaxing my grip when the front started to skid, I tightened it up, and down I went. I think I was probably only going about 15 when I fell over. To add insult to injury I stopped skidding just barely into the intersection, so there was more than enough space to come to a stop, I just had the wrong reaction.
Moral of the story, stay calm and listen to that little voice that says 'don't be stupid, asshole!'
As for the bike, the front brake lever snapped off. I think the piston is lying somewhere on the road out there too, but I didn't see it when I looked for parts on the road, probably under someone's car or something. Also ground down part of the cowling, but the cowling was screwed up when I bought it, so I don't really care too much about that. The rear brake lever is mangled pretty good, so that needs replaced too, but I think the footrest came out okay. It folded up to let the brake lever take all the damage. Which is awesome, considering the brake lever is only like 4x more expensive! I also ground down some of the metal on the water pump cover. All of that stuff should be pretty easy to replace.
I managed to ride the bike the remaining mile home using just the rear brake without any kind of trouble. On the trip home however I thought it felt like the right handlebar might've gotten bent out of shape a little bit, and I'm trying to decide on whether I should be able to diagnose that before or after I get the rest of the stuff fixed.
Anyway, there's my crash story. I was really looking forward to never dropping my bike, but at least it happened on this guy instead of a nice shiny new one.
Also, I'm looking at getting all the parts OEM from www.ronayers.com,
or maybe from ebay. If anyone has any other parts suggestions. Or suggestions of any sort for that matter, feel free to pipe up. I also ordered the service manual from Kawasaki, along with the supplement. So that should give me a good start for my foray into parking lot bike repair!
Thanks for listening!