Evening commute; heavy rain falling; strong winds;
2006 Vespa LX150 with Cuppini windscreen, OEM topcase, and RAM mounts on both mirror stems, and on both sides of the bike at the back end of the grab bar.
Nolan Modular N-102 helmet; Corazzo 5.0 textile jacket; Tecnic rain jacket; Tourmaster Caliber riding pants; Icon Patrol gauntlets; Icon Patrol boots;
I had noticed that the brakes were not very responsive; the heavy rain seemed to have affected the grip of the front disk brake, and the rear drum brake as well. The result was that the brakes were requiring more pressure to the levers. Approaching a stop sign, I was having to apply more pressure and the bike seemed to be slowing less than I wanted in order to make a full stop. I applied more pressure. That's when the bike slid out from under me, the wheels sliding out to the right, and bike and I going into a slide on our left side.
Left ankle: quite a bit of abrasion, all of which was absorbed by the buckles on the left boot. Thank you, thank you, thank you Stickyfrog. No damage to my ankle. No damage to the boot other than the abrasion to the buckle; I did not feel any impact to the ankle;
Left knee: In don't recall feeling impact to my knee, at least not on the road side. I have some pain on the inside of my left knee. That impact was the scooter cowl where my leg got sandwiched between the road and scooter. No damage to my knee that I could tell. But there is some dull pain. The damage was only to the Vespa: a dent in the cowl where it compressed on my knee. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the pants. The knee armor certainly did the trick on the road side.
Left hip: I felt the impact on my left hip, and I felt the cushioning effect of the hip padding on the Tourmaster pants. Thank you Tourmaster.
Left shoulder: The impact seems to have been absorbed by the shoulder armor. I didn't notice any abrasion damage to my rain jacket. I have some strain in my upper arm. No bruising. Not really any pain.
Head: I felt a fairly decent impact to the back of my head from the road; No visible damage to my helmet. Thank you Nolan.
Vespa: Lost some paint on the leading edge of the fender. Very minor, nothing cracked or broken there. Windscreen took the brunt of the impact at the headset. Seems merely to be out of alignment. No damage to the brake lever. No obvious damage to the legshield or trim. Amazingly, aside from the dent my knee made in the cowl, there is no damage to the cowl. Why? because the ball fitting of the RAM mount did the job that my non-existent crash bars would have done. How cool is that? No damage to the topcase either. And the RAM mount, though there is a small gouge, is otherwise perfectly intact. The Vespa did not stall. I picked it up and rode off.
Psyche: I think I'm OK. Freaked out to be sure. More experienced now. I don't think that I'll be venturing out in that kind of weather any time soon. In retrospect a taxi would have been a better choice. We'll see how I feel for tomorrow's commute.