Man seems like a lot of crashes this early in the season... I got taken out by a pickup on Grandview this morning. I was passing on the left, he changed lanes right into me. I don't remember much, just the truck coming over, oncoming traffic BAD, then the bike went down hard on the left side and I somehow was in front, foot stuck between the front tire and the lower fairing, sliding down the road.
I was pretty disoriented... I got my foot out, there seemed to be people all around me, someone got the bike off the road and I sat on the curb for a while. My right knee hurt, probably had something to do with the big dent behind the door of the pickup. Still confused... what do I do with the bike? Should the police come? What do I do now? A nice guy in a JJ Bean van gave me his card, said he saw the whole thing, I think he was the one who got my bike off the road.
The driver was still there, apologizing, "didn't see you", I finally decide to call 911 and let them figure out if we need the police, just talking to the nice lady and I hear sirens and a firetruck pulls up. Is that for me? I actually asked if they were just driving by, but no they were called. Ambulance next, nice man walked me through whether I should see a doctor or not. Call work, not coming, call wife, come get me, call buddy, bring truck.
There seems to be a gap in ICBC policy, where a bike that may be technically rideable may not have a willing rider. But we managed to talk the claim center into leaving the bike there overnight.
Anyway the sum up... I have a sore knee (and more parts of me are becoming sore as time goes on) but the doctor says no damage. The bike is beat, the plastic is broken on the left and scratched to match the pickup on the right (interrupted by where my leg took over for a bit). Otherwise ok, I hope they don't write it off, I like that bike! Jeans + Belstaff pants probably saved my leg from more damage, helmet hit the ground so a new one at the bike show (good timing), Belstaff jacket has a very small abrasion on the back at the edge of the back pad.
I'll save the post mortem "what I could have done" stuff for after the ICBC file is closed, but I'm surprised that I was so confused and disoriented. And it's difficult to hit the horn and pull the clutch at the same time. And that little strap at the front of your tank bag? Yeah, you should have that on.
Wow... sorry, long post. Keep the rubber down and the paranoia up!