Hey guys. Iím really bummed out today.. I was at a BBQ less than a mile from my home in a private lake community with terrible rds.
I made a mistake of not locking my helmet down as I thought I was in very good company. I set my helmet down a few feet away from where I was seated, 25minutes later I go to say goodbye and thank the hosts. Go to get my Helmet and it was gone.. I had my comm unit on it and everything.. looked for it for about an hr and a half and it was really late..
Made the dumbest, most illresponsible mistake ever.. got angry and said we will take it up in the morning and got on the bike with just my gloves and went off to ride home...
Halfway home I hit a blind pothole, the bars hit hard left went over and the left side of my face took all the force of my fat self and the bike smearing down the road.. the bike slide and rolled a bit more..
I came to and the first thing I tried to do was crawl to the bike and try to it up and the bike up.. well my brain was telling my arms and legs to move but they wouldnít..
After a few more minutes I full came to and one of the great neighbors in the community were also coming home and stopped and helped me get the bike up, looked and me and was horrified at my lnjuries As I kept saying ďIím fineĒ not realizing how bad my face slammed and smeared the road..
The neighbors wife drove down the street to get my wife and again I thought I was fine at the time.. a little shock perhaps? The nighbhors said the bike is safe donít worry just get to the hospital.
Er #1.. mri just some broken nasal bones in the head, no concussion thank god but my eyelid was split.
ER#2 94 miles away, 12hrs later a specialist and a resident came to repair my eyelid. Your eyelid is 3 very special layers, this took 3 different stitches to put it back together correctly.
Another 6-8hrs and we were finally on the way home. Due to the current opiod crisis and drug addicts I was prescribed ZERO pain meds. Isnít it funny how drug addicts seem to be able to get all they want and more with no psychical trauma yet when half your face is ripped off, your eyelid ripped in half, pain all over (muscle spasms in leg,neck back, broken nasal bones in the skull, a nice tasty non stop bloody drip going down the back of the throat)and just have to suffer like a dog? I look worse than ďSlothĒ from Goonies over here..
My bike had been sitting at the side of the street on its stand with a busted off clutch lever and the keys in it for around 24hrs with the neighbors keeping an eye on it, another awesome neighbor was able to run down push start the bike in 3rd and get it the 3/4 mile home. Thank god..
So I have been here in extreme pain for the past 2 days, an hr to get out of bed, etc..
Today I was able to make it downstairs to the garage to access the damage..
Covered in blood,
Left cowl is toast
New plastic legshield trim I just added did itís job but still have a bend in it near the top, small bends and scrapes down the rest.
Broken off clutch lever
Right side cowl not as bad as the left but small dents, scrapes.
Front fender is tacoed.
New cluster trim and glass I just replaced is cracked.
Wheel handlebar alignment way out.
And thatís as far I I could see via a minute of looking it over with 1 eye.
We all know these bikes arenít worth a million dollars.. My wife keeps saying stop worrying about the bike, etc but I had just got it cleaned up looking and running so well.. it was one of the bikes I have always wanted. After riding all sorts of motorcycles and atcís my entire life I never had anything close to a wreck like this eating terrible road with my face.
I think I have only a few options here to get it back into the shape it was.
#1 have insurance most likely total it and have no idea what they would offer. (Ideally a total out and buy back would probably be best just deducting the buy back from the total) but it seems like many insurance companies these days wonít do that sort of thing..
#2 part it out. It runs amazing still apparently and has many good parts. This is a slow shipping intensive, etc
#3 fix it. I would need to buy 1 new left cowl, new Fender and find a decent body man and all that jazz. That would probably end up costing the most and what do I get in the end? A crashed and fixed Stella that I would have 3 stellas cost wise into.
#4 half ass it and run it as some garbage looking rat bike.. no thanks.
I love the bike and shifty scooters so much more than my 15í GTS but Iím starting to think that with the roads in such terrible disrepair in my area/community and the hilly mountainous area that perhaps a 10Ē or even 12Ē wheeled scoot just isnít feasible or safe around here.. I would love to get into a P200 for the extra hill power as im a big guy but just thinking how it had I been on a bigger adventure/dual sport style bike like a Honda Africa twin or a Moto Guzzi v85 it would of soaked up that pothole like nothing, however much out of budget and the fact that I just couldnít seem to have fun on some same old cheap cookie cutter XR or KDX style bike not to mention those bikes seem to be designed for very lanky tall fellas where is Iím only 5í9.
The host of the bbq said they would look again for my helmet that evaporated but he never responded so itís almost safe to stay it was definitely stolen.. people can be such scumbags, especially when you were just talking and enjoying everyoneís time together..
As they say. Shit happens right?
Sorry for the long rambling post Iím just starting to get all my marbles back here and a lot of thoughts running through my head right now. Everyone always laughs, ďfull face helmet? Ha! Itís a scooter ď. ďItís less than a quarter mile from the house!Ē I never left the driveway without my helmet and the one time I did I laid the price.. always put that lid on.