So the update since the accident. ICBC found the other guy 100% at fault (duh) and I'm relatively speaking sorta living. lotta back, neck and shoulder pain but between tylenol and anything else i can find, life is going forward.
the bike is fixed almost 100% it looks great. but it has a small problem. somethings not quite wired right. stutters at 10k rpm as if hitting the rev limiter.
got a nice new helmet. its pretty.
SO.. the funny story.
Today (tues) I decided to get back on the horse (glad i did otherwise i wouldn't have found out about the 10k rpm problem) and i was going to a test. so I'm shooting out along 4th to UBC, and i get to chancellor. two lanes divided by a large grass patch. no turns onto or off of. So I decided what could be more fun than getting to my test on time by stretching her legs a bit. so there i go into a short right turn before the road straightens out. I'm flying top end 2nd moving into 3rd.
then i see a guy in an orange vest ont he side of the road he looks at his radar gun and his face is a twist of confusion and disbelief. he jumps (literally) and runs for the car. thats the last i saw as i went flying past. but i knew i was snagged (actually not true i know i could get away but as i was later told he was already on the radio to the helicopter unit. didn't know we had one of those down here) at any rate i pull over right away. I'm maybe 200 yards up the road in plain view, helmet off, bike off, drivers licence (learners) and lacking my insurance papers.
he asks a few questions and then goes to his car. a second car pulls up blocking off traffic in the closest lane. I hear some talk between the two officers. then the one that just pulled up comes over laughing. I can't help but be in good humor, i pushed the boundaries and i got caught so I'll just pay my fun tax and call it a day. so we joke a bit, laugh a bit. The two nicest cops ever. even let me take a picture of the radar gun reading my speed at 158. this of course was in a 60 zone. yay me.
Like i said two nicest officers ever. they truely inspired me to think great things (at least of our RCMP protectors). They let me ride (as soon as another rider showed up) and even better they let me off extremely light. one excessive speeding, and one failure to comply with my restrictions. total about $600.
not a bad price to pay considering i could have had my bike impounded 800 in fines and a court date to lose my license. The best part was they weren't jerks about it. they simply had concern for my safety and the safety of others. they didn't lecture me, simply talked to me. both seemed to be smiling that they had caught someone going 100km over the posted limit. guess its as good a story for them as it is for me.
so tomorrow the bike goes back to carter for them to take a quick look over and get it all straightened out (on ICBCs dollar)
I'm going to actually get my license this year (after 3 years its about time)
and apart from the back and neck pain I'm looking forward to seeing everyone on the road.
PS- lesson learned, don't ride without your radar detector. LOL