Was out riding with the guys yesterday, great ride we were having. Went into a corner and the front end washes out on me...gravel and lots of it. Bike slid on top of me for about 30 feet then let me go which is when I logged rolled for another 15 feet.
Cosmetically the bike made out OK. Cracked the fairing a small bit, broke the brake lever and front signal light. The bad is that she slid on the right side, and the ignition cover and engine case took the punishment. Ripped the ignition cover off and cracked the engine case all to ****. Left a 1 inch wide, 1/2 inch gouge down the pavement for about 15 feet, which I can only assume was the end of the crank. I noticed the timing plate turns oblong now and not true...never good.
I don't know weather or not to get new engine cases and fix it, or part it out? I've spent so much $$ on it now, with the $$ I'd spend to fix it up I could spend an extra few bucks and get a modern sportbike, which is where I'm leaning.
Breaks my heart to see the old girl take this kind of punishment, but all I can say is I was riding sanely and it just happened. Nothing anyone could have done.
My Joe Rocket jacket was a godsend. Got chewed up but did its job. No road-rash anywhere on my body, and Draggin" jeans are worth the $$$ as well. Ground em down to the Kevlar, and with the exceptions of a few bruises lower body is ok.
Joe Rocket gloves on the other hand, no good. Was wearing a brand new pair of Atomic 4.0 mesh/leather gloves and the road tore them apart. The mesh ain't worth crap, and the knuckle "protection" ripped off like nothing. Tore my knuckles up really good, and my right hand is full of big heat blisters.
Going to take a month or two off then start looking for another ride, but man me and that old GPz had some really good times over the past 10 years. I'm really going to miss her.
One of the guys made a half assed comment to lighten me up, it worked, but man I was hurting.