Ouch indeed… Crashed on the A13 on Tuesday (the 13th, strangely enough) – suddenly lost all control of the front whilst going straight on, travelling at around 40-50mph. The stink of diesel on the roads was immense, but I couldn’t see any at that point. Just before, I had been trying to avoid a mile-long slick in the middle of the left lane that I could just about make out – visibility was poor because of the heavy rain. Suffice to say, the driver of whatever vehicle was responsible is not on my ‘most popular’ list at the moment. Enjoy the video…
A very helpful chap stopped and stayed with me also phoning for help (my phone was destroyed), thank you so much whoever you are. Ambulance and police attended, I was breathalised as stadard procedure, bit of friendly banter with the police, who were very helpful moving the bike somewhere safe whilst the ambulance crew checked me out. Afterwards I stumbled into a local hotel to use the phone to call for breakdown assistance (the HondaCare 2 year breakdown cover which you get with a new bike, luckily covers accidents, woohoo!). The staff were so friendly and comforting, offering free cups of coffee. If anything, this has really restored my faith in h[umanity.
Damage to bike: Left footpeg bent/broken, gear shifter linkage snapped, pedal bent, indicators bent/bulb blown, handlebar bent, centre stand left leg bent. Nothing else that I can tell of right now, so not too bad!
Damage to me: Very small graze on my left arm, just below the elbow, sore left arm and shoulder, nothing broken, but will be stiff for a few days. Moral of the story is – always wear your gear! I had an armoured textile jacket, trousers, gloves and boots on, as well as my rain oversuit, which was torn to shreds. Rather that than my skin and flesh!
Now I’m just waiting for parts, has cost me around £80 to get the bits to make it roadworthy again, but that doesn’t include the centre stand and replacement indicators as they’re a bit on the wobbly side now, but not that bad… Still cheap as chips, when you consider what it’d cost on a larger bike, or car with a garage doing the work! This is one reason why I chose the CBF, after all.
Ride safe everyone, especially at this time of year.