A guy walking across the street said, "Nice bike," and really meant it.
On my way to pick up supper I pulled over and took a snapshot. The bike was beautifully cleaned, even the chain. I pulled back onto Grandview Highway, eastbound.
Ten blocks later, I stopped normally for a red light at Rupert Street. People in the other two through lanes stopped just like I did. One-quarter of a second later: ATTACK FROM THE REAR. Hit by a stucco truck (replete with crud and mixer trailer) and launched 25 to 30 feet. A witness told me I lay there for maybe 10 seconds and then I wandered around the middle of the rush hour intersection, disoriented.
The truck's skid marks start ahead of where I was stopped.
Cops didn't show up for over 40'. The fire guys had to control traffic and remove debris, including my just-a-moment-ago-beautiful bike. The paramedics were good.
Damage? By a quick estimate, at least $3900 in parts alone, everything aft of the tank; maybe the swingarm is okay. Hard not to think about things like hours and hours spent polishing, new exhaust, new tire...
Damage to the truck? Headlight and grille.
Ride it like you stole it but be careful with intersections, driveways, animals...and especially other road users. You never know who's drunk, who's tired, who's distracted, who's got emotional problems...
Please don't jump green lights. If someone had in my case, I'd be dead. And wear your spine protectors. I did and my back is pretty good. Sore neck, though. I also have a lower abdominal injury, presumably I was crushed between the tank and the truck/my back protector. There is a big dent and three small ones in the metal body of a brand new camera (11 days old) that was in my backpack -- it's not mine, either.
Sure glad I worked out before leaving the house. Can't now.
The driver who destroyed my bike and knocked me a good 25-30 feet, figuring he would run a stale red light in spite of everyone else having stopped, is ***edited***. His driver's licence says he lives at***edited*** Coquitlam. His truck (registered to ***edited*** of Poco) is labelled "T***edited***." Initially he did not contact ICBC but an adjuster called me yesterday to say that this guy has made a "cryptic claim" that I changed lanes and stopped at a yellow light. This is a complete lie and someone should tell ***edited***n that lying will result in negative consequences. Traffic was heavy and there was no lane changing. The light was red. All three through lanes stopped at the same time. This driver is anti-motorcyclist to the extent that he will lie to shirk responsibility for the extensive damage he has caused. Odd how at the scene he did not say anything about changing lanes or a yellow light. Everyone there said it was totally obvious it was 100% his fault. Now the ICBC adjustor tells me that when it is obviously one person's fault there are often no witnesses to prove it.
I need to go rest now.