I dropped my 07 GT on a wet freeway onramp at 35 mph - $8500 , all plastics, all paid for by insurance, no injury. Picked the bike up and continued to work. This was the first time I'd dropped a bike in 50 years of riding. Bike was well maintained, tires, Roadsmarts, in good condition and good pressure.
So what happened? It's important to me that I fix the problem - I hate being a little nervous every time I'm in a turn on freeway. Been riding in rain for last 30 years, and can't just chalk it up to bad luck or bad riding (a possibility, I know). I surmised it was oil put on the road by the California metering lights: I was using the cage lane because metering lights were off and it was after car pool time. Good theory, but I watched the road after that cause I ride it every morning to work, and couldn't see anything convincing.
An employee at my dealer said I should look for changes in the slope of the on ramp that could change attitude unexpectedly. This morning I found it - a bump - the kind you go over 10 times a mile. It made me think though - with a wet road and a front strut with excessive rebound damping
, it could put me down.
I ride with the ESA in the normal setting because the bike wallows on the freeway with the comfort setting and the rebound damping is a joke with the sport setting: about a 4 second rebound on the rear wheel
So tomorrow I'm going to install the front Wilber I bought for this bike 2 years ago. (Why now you ask - that's another warranty story.)
The $64K question is - how can I tell if my stock shocks were at fault, and how can I tell when the Wilbers are adjusted properly? I can barely move the front with the stock strut when I jump on the handlebars, and I'm 200#.