I was on a business trip on a very rainy morning, when I came to the NY Thruway in Albany. It was pouring rain and I was behind a large semi-truck in heavy traffic as we passed through the toll booths. Stuck behind the truck in heavy traffic, acceleration was slow. Then the trailer of the truck in front of me hit a major bump and there was little distance for me to prepare as I rode into a pothole that consumed an entire traffic lane. The rear of the bike went down, but never returned to my butt. I could smell rubber burning and the bike was slowing rapidly as I made my way abruptly to the side of the road.
The rear suspension had a catastrophic failure. Once I made it to the side of the road, the bike was sitting so low that I could not deploy a kick stand, so I had to lay her down gently on her side. Police arrived and dispatched a vehicle ambulance to take my girl to Max BMW's motorcycle hospital in Troy, NY.
I went to visit Tickets a couple of days ago when the doctors and insurance company told me that she could be saved. Poor Tickets had a broken bolt (the cause), broken shock, a bent swing arm, shredded tire, scraped up fender and a couple of bruises on her right side. My only consolation was that she still remains in a coma because her battery had died when she gave her last remaining energy to warn other vehicles of her traumatized condition along the side of the road on that rainy day. I had to leave. I didn't want to cry in front of her.
At $4800 to repair, I thought they were going to total her since she has lived for 15 or 16 years and traveled 92.5k exotic miles. However, I was informed that her custom paint job and Wilber after market shocks placed her value in the $6200 range.