Wrecked my bike today :-(
I took a pretty good tumble today. Those of you from the MD-DC area will know that they've been resurfacing I-270 for the past couple weeks. One lane will be ground down into deep grooves and the next lane is resurfaced, with a 2 inch transition between surfaces. This makes it damn near impossible to change lanes. Usually, though, the ground up portion ends abruptly in a lane so you hit the bump straight on. But, today I was in one of those cross over lanes from the local section to the through section and the cross over lane was ground up and the through section was resurfaced. So, I had to try to hit that section at an angle. Well...I tried. I lost all control and took a pretty nasty spill going 55-60 mph.
Fortunately, I was able to roll onto my back during the slide, so the padding in my jacket took most of the abuse, and fortunately, I was able to roll onto the shoulder without anyone running into me. All things considered, I came out pretty well. I was wearing a Joe Rocket Super Ego jacket, with some of the leather zipped off (exposing mesh underneath). The jacket tore at the seam of the mesh and the leather, and I ended up with a small section of road rash on my left arm. I was also wearing kevlar lined Draggin Jeans. They tore just above the knee where the seam for the kevlar section is, so I got just a small scrape on my left knee. I've got a pretty deep bruise on my right calf and my right shoulder is pretty sore and stiff (though I'm sure that would have been much worse without the padding in my jacket).
So, all in all I'm doing pretty well. Thank God for good equipment.
The bike didn't fare so well. Pretty much everything on the left side has been stripped off. The windshield came off, the headlight and speedometer were broken, the fenders were mangled, the gas tank dented and scraped and the fork is pretty jungled. From what I could tell, though, there was no major structural damage and the engine and drive shaft looked OK. So, I'm not sure if they're going to total it, given that it's a 2006. It would probably be better if they did.
Anyway, I guess I won't be finishing those floorboards any time soon!
Be safe out there.