Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Maryville, TN, US
Re: New Member of the DA club
Don't know about the warranty claim, but welcome to the club. I've been riding since 1973 without a mishap on a road machine. (several downs on dirt and trail, but hey, that's what they're for, right?) Over 50K on my RT now and last summer dropped my LT at a busy intersection because I got lulled into thinking a guy with a turn signal on was actually going to turn. I had already started letting the clutch out and moving when I realized he wasn't going to turn. The quick stop, even at a slow pace, coupled with a downhill slant and the handlebars turned to the right threw the bike down with unbelievable force. A styrofoam cup full of Coke actually was launched out of my cupholder and into the grass beside the road.
Nothing was hurt except my pride and a quarter size road rash on the right pannier. Don't beat yourself up over it, there are those of us who have, and those who are about to.
Glad to hear you're alright, that's always the most important thing. Bike parts can be replaced, egos will mend, but keeping yourself safe to ride another day is the challenge. I think a good body shop can get you going again with good results. Loaned my RT to a good friend and he dropped it. He felt really bad, but a good body shop and $75 got the mirror repainted and it looks good as new.