Until a few weeks ago, I did not have an accident in more than 45 years, when I got rear ended on my Vespa in my last year of college.
On Election Day this year, I was on my way to Upstate in New York, when the following happened...(crash photos at the end of the message
Came over a hill, big truck coming the other way, and of course the deer jumps out in front and just misses being hit by the truck. Now, the deer was square in my path. I had braked down, but in order to miss the deer, I swerved to the right and went off the asphalt onto the dirt shoulder at 20 mph or so.(Couldn't go left as the truck was opposite me in the other lane!)
I did a quick swerve to the left, to get back on the road, but the bike had started to wobble . I saw the deer's eyes, so I just lay down the bike on its left side and got off before it hit the dirt.
I picked myself up and walked over to the bike that was now mostly off the pavement in the dirt.The truck was now out of sight. A passing driver stopped and gave me a hand picking up the bike. It started up immediately OK and all systems were working.
Most of the tupperware on the left front and left side case took a beating. The side case did come off when it hit the ground/dirt and has only light scratches. I was able to remount it. The left front side panel, leg panel and left edge of the outside of the fairing look real bad. The left motolight mounted on the caliper popped out of its fitting. The left side mirror is scuffed on the edge. The passenger grab rail is quite worn down where the bike slid. Not a scratch on the windshield. The edge never touched the ground. A slight scratch of the rubber part of the footpeg.
I got hardly a scrape. My leather jacket is torn on the elbow The pants have a very slight tear and I have a slight bruise on my hip.
I always wear all my gear all the time.
I got quite shook up,. I was 120 miles from home. I got back on the bike and drove 90 miles (most of the way home) and dropped the bike off at Cliff's BMW in Danbury, CT . The bike ran perfectly all the way and everything worked as normal.
The bike took a hard one, but will back in action along with me very soon.
Oh, the deer got away without a scratch !
Motto ! ATGATT
Blue 2006 KGT