[IMG][/IMG][IMG]I'm really bummed!
This past Friday I was heading to work with a truck to my front and a Ford Escape to my rear when we came upon a highway feeder street stop sign. Lead truck stopped, allowed two cars to pass and he took off.....I moved up to his spot at the intersection, planted my feet, turned my head left to check traffic and BAM!!! The idiot to my rear decided to continue looking left and noticed there weren't any cars and floored it......the back of my LT was his brake and I was thrown back against my "Back Up" back rest and then catapulted...more like ejected....into the right lane in the intersection....with the good fortune of no oncoming cars in the right lane!! I quickly sprung to my feet and with absolute amazement I was relatively unscathed.....but the bike took it hard. I charged the guy behind me and after about a minute or two of yelling tons of explicatives
that I thought I even forgot, I looked back with pure sadness
at the damage to my spotless bike. The right side container crushed, trunk had scratches, taillight lens cracked, license plate plastic busted, left container scratched, and (since I wound up dumping left) the bumper and chrome (front and rear) were both trashed, my footpeg scratched, and my gear shift bent.......I was fit to be tied! Oh, and it "veed" his front end, punctured his radiator, and crumpled his hood!!
The first call was to the police (figured they needed to get there fast or I was really going to throttle this SUV wannabe that was attempting to apologize)! The next call was to the wife....who quickly stated that if its totaled I wasn't getting a replacement
....the last call was to my insurance agent....begging him not to total the bike!!!
My insurance agent squared me away very quick.....he coordinated to have the bike taken to Lone Star Cycle (BMW/Triumph) down in Austin the very next day for the experts to process it through triage....hopefully the prognosis I get in the next day or two is that the bike will only need plastic surgery and no major organ transplants (drive shaft, wheel, swing arm, etc....)!
I'll update the posting when I hear from the BMW Mechanic/Doctor!!
I'm just wondering if the Kisan or Hyper-Lite flashing brake lights would've helped the cager see me better.....if I get the bike back....that's going to be my next farkle!
I'm attaching a couple of pictures of the damage plus a picture (taken pre-bashing) of what I wear whenever I ride (I've been told I look like a highlighter going down the road!).
Ride safe and watch out for all the idiots that aren't looking for us!