Glad to hear from John, so sorry you took the tumble. Being not far behind I was totally gobsmacked at the way your bike went from under you, we were making steady progress but in a straight line on a mostly dry road. I've only seen stuff like that on TV with people on slicks in rain! I hope the injuries heal well and as quickly as possible.
My off was much slower, I only slid about 15 yards compared to your 100, but again it happened so quickly. My injuries are only minor; Cuts and bruises to left leg, hip and elbow, but the worst damage was to my left knee, probably due to my instinctive reaction to try and hold the bike up with my left knee despite being leant over at about 75 degrees - Mark Marquez eat your heart out. So my knee is a bit of a mess, nothing broken but swollen up, so painful in places and annoyingly numb in others.
The more painful damage is to my bike
I haven't studied it in detail but here's a brief summary of what I've noticed so far:
- Front left indicator and stem broken (though the bloody bulb survived!)
- Front fairing, LHS part worn away in two places and looks like it's cracked too
- Left hand footpeg and hanger
- Rear plastics scraped and cracked
Clothing ... well the waterproofs aren't any more
Helmet not badly damaged but any damage consigns it to the bin
Nothing of consequence in relation to gloves/boots/leathers
So I consider myself lucky and I'm really appreciate of the help given by TauntonDave - he with the awesome Aprilia 500cc two stroke. He managed to patch up the indicator and modify my damaged gear lever so I could actually get the bike back home. Absolutely top bloke.
The confidence took a bit of a battering and the weather was dreadful so the journey home was horrible, but with Bish riding as my wingman we got back in good time.
Spicy food, lager, hot bath and early night followed.
Left home this morning for Gatwick bound for Italy, could have done without that really! When I get back on Wednesday I'm going to check the bike out and decide if to make an insurance claim, which I think is likely. I'm pretty sure they'll write it off so I'll buy it back and then fix it up again. Probably!
Hey ho, I hope I'll be back for September
but not if there's rain in the forecast