Gorgeous day for a ride yesterday, took the bike up Lougheed and out to Harrison. I was about 15 mins from Harrison when the accident happened. An ambulance was heading towards me in the oncoming lane. I was following a series of cars. The car two infront of me, slammed on his brakes at the last minute, the car directly infront of me did the same. His tires locked up, smoke and all. I hammered the brakes as well, and realized I wasnt going to have the room to stop in time. The shoulder was not an option as the car infront of me had already swerved over there. And oncoming traffic was not a choice either. So, rather than hitting the car with my bike, and in turn...me, I chose to dump the bike. I laid it down on the left side and let it slide away from me. I was sliding on my side and back, and ended up on my stomach. My helmet did not touch the ground. When I came to rest, I quickly got up, as I didnt know how close cars were behind me. And ran over to my bike. Adrenaline flowing, I heaved the bike up like it was a 125cc dirt bike and put the stand down. I managed to ride it home, after I had collected my thoughts. I had to shift with my hand, since the toe piece of the shift lever is broken.
My gear did its job, the textile jacket is shredded in a few spots, as are my jeans. My gloves and riding boots are scuffed, but are otherwise ok. My jacket shifted a little when I was sliding, so I have some road rash on my elbow, but its not too bad. My knee has some rash on it as well. All in all, I am more sore and achy than anything. I am just amazed at how fast it happened. I was up, riding, enjoying the scenery, and then wham...I was down.
I'll be taking the bike off the road and repairing it over the winter. So far, from what I can see, the parts I'll need are: front faring (nose), left faring, left turn signal, engine crankcase cover, rear faring stay, and a left rear-set. I'll post pics when I get a chance. I can't even look at the bike right now.
If anyone can offer and help, links, or knows of parts I could have, buy, etc...please let me know. Ride safe guys! I guess I'll be driving to the BBQ this weekend, damnit!