Some moron left a camper shell for a pick-up truck on I81 in southwest VA. At least 8 vehicles hit the [email protected]
#$#@ thing with me being the first.
Conditions: Mist, had rained hours before, some mist, and about 1130 PM. Trying to complete an unofficial BB 1,000. Only warning sign was glass strewn across the ineterstate in a bizarre pattern so slowed down.
Theory: Shell separated from the truck landing upside down with the bar that would normally sit next to the truck's cab facing into the flow of traffic. It was a camper shell as comfirmed by a Sherriff's Deputy.
I think I was the first to hit the shell. The shell and the road were very dark from the time of night and moisture. I think I hit the shell at 60 mph or slower (the posted speed is 65 mph and the "real speed" is closer to 75/80 mph).
The shell's supporting bar cut through my front end like a scythe cutting through wheat. Significant damage to the fairing - almost as if a mechanical monster ripped the center out of the front of the bike.
I have some pictures but could not get them to post. Will do so if someone can advise.
Beauty of the GT - stayed balanced, and even without lights was able to get to emergency lane and help out with the other drivers and clearing the debris.
However, Crossroads Trailing and Recovery at Rural Retreat at Exit 60 charged me $300 to tow my bike about a 1.5 miles. They also charged me $35 for storage. No choice as the VA State Police called them due to the multi-vehicle collisons. The VA State Police were great.
Will post the poor quality pictures with guidance.