As I write this my right foot is an ice pack and I am counting my blessings. (again)
I had a mate (non rider) visiting from interstate and for years he has nagged me about getting taken for a spin on the bike. I reluctantly agreed this time.
I dont like pillions and novices are generally a NO for me unless they have the appropriate assets which Roger didnt.
Had a great first hour or so though this morning through some nice country.
We come up to a T junction with a stop sign and dutifully pull up to a stop and look for oncoming traffic.
Then BANG!!! Two fuckin hippies in a Mitsubishi Express van run straight into the back of me!
He obviously wasnt planning on stopping and was looking for traffic and not in front of him.
I had the 49lt top box on which hit my mate first but probably saved him from serious injury before it went 10 meters down the road.
The left pannier followed it and the bike and me went down hard on the right side.
Downside: Left panner U/S, Right pannier U/S, Right fairing cowling U/S, tail light loose and a very sore right foot.
Upside: It could have been much worse if anyone had been coming across the intersection at the time.
The visitor got off without a scratch and I am under strict instructions not to tell his wife.