crazycharlie started this crash thread today so I thought I'd add my own recent experience to the mix...(BTW charlie, glad to hear your ok)
This past Monday I was out enjoying a beautiful day on my FZ6. As I started from a red light at 41st and Cambie (southbound on Cambie) I did a quick check to my left, looking for the inevitable idiot running the red. I began to accelerate, looked forward and to my shock, all three lanes of traffic had come to a stop on the other side of the crosswalk in front of me. All I can remember is one moment reaching for the front brake and the next sliding on my stomach and forearms as the bike pushed me down the road. I probably slid at least 20 feet or so, grinding my forearm into the asphalt, wondering when I would stop sliding. When I stopped I immediately jumped up, picked up my bike and pushed it off the side of road. I was so shocked, I didn't know what to think. All these different people stopped to help, which was nice. It was when the one guy brought me my right foot peg that I realized what had happened.
Judging from the skid mark I left, it looks like I locked up the front wheel about one foot from the painted line of the crosswalk. The bike went down, highside, and slammed me into the pavement like a bucking bronco. My frame slider took most of the damage to the right side of bike. Small dent in the brake lever and bar end. Srape on the top of the right fairing and very minor abrasion to the plastic cover behind my seat as well as a small dent in the gas tank on the left side where my knee hit it.
The frame slider got heavily ground up and bent backwards. This is where I am concerned. The frame slider is mounted in the frame at one of the engine mounting points and when it bent, it cracked the frame around it. The FZ6 has an injection moulded aluminium frame, no welds. It cracked it about 1/2 inch around the slider so the frame is still mostly intact at that point. What I'm worried about is whether this has compromised the frame and if it can it be fixed. Pac Yam is bringing in an aluminium welder to look at it and is liaising with a rep from Yamaha (Western Canada) to see what the company recommends. Apparently, they've never dealt with this issue before (another first for me....yeah ). It seems 50/50 whether they'll write it off or not.
As for me, I wound up with badly bruised wrists and hands along with muscle pain in my back and neck. Pretty mild injuries so I'm not complaining. If there's one thing that this experience has driven home, that's wear gear! Fortunately I was geared up from head to toe. I shredded my Joe Rocket Alter Ego Pants, mostly around the groin and front pockets. I hate to imagine what would have happened if I was just wearing shorts! My Belstaff jacket tore around the stomach area and was shredded/melted on the right front forearm. I would have been a road crayon if I was just wearing a t-shirt.
On a happier note, while I was waiting in the fast track emergency room at St Paul's, I met another BCSBer, Zippy Girl. While discussing our injuries (she had a dislocated finger) we discovered our mutual BCSBness and that we had mutal friends/aquaintances. It's always been nice meeting people on this board, especially at unexpected times. Thanks Zippy, you cheered me up.
This happened to me the same day Danimal died so I thought it was best not to post for a few days. The fact that it happend on the same day just drove home how dangerous this great hobby of ours can be and that taking precautions to protect myself is crutial. My bike is just metal and plastic, the gear is just clothing; they can both be replaced. I'm not replaceable. Neither are any of you. Have fun and be safe out there this summer.