Went to the Sunshine Coast Saturday, had a great ride. The weather was sunny and not too cold, enjoyed the twisties and was on my way back from Earl's Cove to Langdale.
As I was getting into Seachelt, a car turned left right into me. Hit my left leg, I went down on the right side, sliding to a halt quickly on the shoulder.
First drop ever, almost 55 000 km. Oh well.
Got a bruised and swollen ankle and left leg, but luckily there don't seem to be any fractures.
Gear worked awesomely. If I hadn't been wearing my boots, I probably would have had a fractured ankle. No other injuries other than a couple of bruises and two small abrasions on my left lower leg, probably from having it jammed against the bike. The helmet had some scratches on it, some dirt on the jacket and gloves. Leak from the gas cap soaked my brand new Held summer gloves I had in my tankbag.
As it is, I am only now starting to put full weight on it. I'm still in an air cast. The foot must have been squished up against the engine block and frame because the heel is bruised and swollen as well.
Interestingly, the foot was stuck after the impact. I couldn't get it out until one of the Firemen unbent some part of the bike that was wrapped around it.
Laying in an awkward position for some time sure didn't make the pain any better.
There was a cop right behind the left turner, pulling someone over in the opposing direction when this happened. Cop was a witness and I just found out that the driver got a couple of tickets out of it. At least there should not be any question as to who was at fault.
She must have been turning into either a driveway or a back lane. I am pretty sure there was no real intersection.
No idea about the bike, but considering it was an 06 KLR and had almost 55 000 km on it, I am not expecting them to repair it.
I was going to get a new bike this winter anyway, now I'm going to have to go shopping a bit earlier!
I have thought about the accident a bit since. She started her turn when I was almost right beside the car. I had barely enough time to reach for the brake. I must have swerved a bit because I didn't get hit in the one position, but more like the three. At least I didn't target fixate and ride right into her car.
I wonder if the flashing lights of the cop on the other side drew my attention just long enough to not register her starting to turn a couple of seconds earlier. I can't really think of anything else that could have been done differently. I was following traffic at about 50 km/h and leaving enough distance. I was not hidden by the car in front of me and I was in my usual riding position, the one position.
I wonder if a headlight modulator would have made a difference. I'm going to get one once I get a new bike.
Damn nuiscance, though.