Wear your gear. I had Alpine Stars textile jacket, Joe Rocket Alter-Ego Pants, Alpine Stars smx4 boots, Alpine Stars Sp2 gloves. HJC Full Face Helmet. Sure Leather jacket and pants would be better yet, but I still walked away from this with no road rash and just a few cuts and bruises.
I even road the bike home after spending the night in Republic WA, 300 miles from there to Kamloops. Surprised the bike still ran.
I hit the gravel on the shoulder doing 50mph on an 35mph outside corner and low-sided into a metal guardrail on Hwy 20 in WA. Bike went under guardrail and then hit one of the wood supporting posts. My friend that was with me said bike then bounced out and I proceeded to" Ragdoll" down the highway. Bike ended up on top of my head. I was trapped under the bike. I remember the whole accident, never blacked out at all. When It was over my head was trapped under the bike and I could not move it for the life of me. All I could think of what if a car comes around the corner, I am toast. Or what if the bike catches on fire. I undid my helmet and slid out from under it. I then lifted my bike upright and did that with ease like it did not weigh a thing!
I actually rode the bike to the hospital in Republic WA. and was treated for some very very minor injuries. I was wearing full gear. My gear is all destroyed as well. Spent the night in Republic and then rode 300 miles to home yesterday. Cant believe the bike was still working!
My gear did its job! Helmet took a beating and did what it is suppose to as well. Without frame sliders bike would have been done!
I wore right through the butt of my textile pants but the odd thing was I just was wearing some light summer shorts under them and not a mark on them or my butt!
I had just passed a car before the corner and think I must have target fixated on something, I was not going to fast for the corner, in fact my buddy doing the same speed right behind me made the corner with me crashing in front of him. I feel real bad for him, we are very close friends and he thought I was done. It was really hard on him.
Not sure about riding now??? This accident was pretty bad, people were amazed I walked away from it. No road rash to speak off, few bruises and I am very sore. Small mark on my elbow that required a few stitches. I hit that guardrail at 50mph! I am one lucky guy! A guy hit the same guardrail at low speed the day before me and was not so lucky! Broken neck, ribs, internal injuries....
Here are some pictures, insurance people called me tonight and will be sending out an adjuster. Not sure if bike will be written off or not, its is insured for 7k. Bike was mint before this with very low km, its a 2007 fz6.