Still Not Sure What Happened
This happened last August, and I've replayed it in my head a hundred times since, but I'm still not sure what happened.
I was making a left turn at an intersection, and about halfway into the turn, I felt myself start to go down. I low sided on my left hand side, I skidded maybe a couple yards, and the bike a couple more. It ended up hitting the curb at just the right angle and with enough momentum that it flipped itself upright and landed in some bushes.
I was wearing a full smurf suit, so I was completely fine. The suit needs some of the abrasive panels replaced. Fortunately, I didn't hit any other cars. Unfortunately, this intersection is located right at the courthouse, which is next to the police station, so no slinking off and calling for a tow. A detective immediately throws on his lights and blocks traffic for me, calls EMS, the state trooper, and everything.
Luckily the detective saw the whole thing, and attested that I wasn't speeding or doing anything crazy, so the state trooper writes it up as a non-reportable incident, and even calls a tow truck for me.
- Cracked upper and lower fairings
- Cracked windscreen
- Sheared off the kickstand bolts(still attached by the cable)
- Stator cover cracked with a significant chunk missing
- Shallow gouge in front wheel rim
- gouge in front tire
- broken aftermarket left turn signal
- Dented exhaust pipe on LH side
Not really sure what exactly happened. I remember I was trying to make sure I made the green light, so I may have come in a little hotter than normal, but I've taken that corner a hundred times, and it didn't feel any different when I started my turn in (bike seemed settled, no excessive inputs, lean, etc.). Plus, the cop even witnessed it and said it didn't look like I was speeding or braking hard. There was a little water (or something) in the intersection, but it didn't look like it was in my line of travel (I would have had to cut the corner really close to perpendicular traffic waiting at the light).
My best guess is maybe I still had more front brake input than I realized when I started my lean in, and released it fully in the turn, taking weight off the front, and inducing the slide.