Sooper Dooper Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
$600 in road rash - sound familiar?
So, I decided to take a ride this morning. Uh oh, the rear tire air pressure is way down. Sure enough, the flimsy-looking staple stuck in my ALMOST NEW rear tire was the culprit, and it was a mistake to pull it out. So I filled the tire with Stopleak and headed for the dealership to have them throw on a new tire before my ride. What the heck, I could have a cigar while I waited and it would be almost a good thing.
I got to the corner of my street and stopped, and decided I had plenty of room to beat the cars coming up the hill from my left. When I started out, the engine was still cold and I didn't have nearly enough engine RPMs up to handle the hill, so the bike stalled almost halfway thru the right hand turn. It stalled and jerked, and the roadway was falling away from me on the right side due to the crown/slope. I couldn't get my foot down to stop the bike from falling over. It laid down on its right side, downhill, and I couldn't pick it up. A guy came by and stopped, and together we got the bike upright so I could look at the damage.
The rear brake lever is bent, the main fairing panel and the nose fairing are heavily scratched, the brake lever ball is ground down, the mirror is scratched, and the add-on handguard is scratched. Luckily, the system cases were on, and I had put the rubber guards on it. The guards are toast, but the case looks OK.
The preliminary estimate for paint repair and parts replacement is about $600. First time the bike has ever been down. It's a black 2003 K1200RS, bought new.
Well, it was my fault and no one else's. My insurance deductible is $500, so I'm not going to make a claim.
My back is tweaked from trying to pick up the bike, and it's embarrassing to even think about the dumb thing I did. Plus, I scratched up MY BABY. This is kind of therapy for me, writing about it.