Laid bike down when dogs ran into highway
Late easter sunday, I was taking a nice midnight ride through Birmingham. I was about to take the exit home but decided that since it was such a nice night that I would put a few more miles under my belt. Anyways, two and a half miles later, as I was passing one of the most affluent neighborhoods in town, three yellow labs came bolting down a hill and straight into oncoming traffic. anyways, I locked up the rear tire and began skidding and then put more and more pressure on the front. The timing was perfect. I was on a collision course. I finally locked up the front brake, flipped, and was tossed onto the pavement. Luckily it wasnt concrete because i would be covered in road rash. The surface was mostly smooth quartz aggregate so i made it through with little road rash. After i quit tumbling, I jumped up as fast as I could because i was in the middle lane of Highway 280 and there were cars all around when this happened. I tried to run out of traffic by my leg buckled underneath me. luckily the people who witnessed the whole thing stopped and gave statements and took care of me until the emt's arrived.
The emt's looked me over, loaded me onto the ambulance and took me to the hospital. Ive got a couple of broken ribs and my knee is messed up. Had an MRI yesterday but havent received the results yet. I'm hoping its not too bad because i can already feel my knee getting better. i'm able to put more weight on it than on sunday without it buckling to the inside. I've just been really depressed since this all happened. I keep asking myself my i didn't take the exit to go to my house and why i just wanted to keep going. The whole scenario puts a bad taste in my mouth. Cant describe it
Unfortunately, my bike has a salvage title and I could only get Liability for it. I drove to the tow yard today and when i pulled up, the bike looked great, UNTIL I SAW THE OTHER SIDE. gas tank is dented in something fierce. One of the two brand new Carbon Two Bros pipes is destroyed, left handlebar and controls are destroyed along with blinkers, and all plastics. headlights are okay from what i can tell. I figure that I'll just take off the messed up muffler and weld a plug onto the connection point and run just one pipe. I'm pretty sure that will work. We'll see
Since I'm going to be out of work for a few weeks and recovering for a few months, I figure that I can rebuild the bike myself. It would be a good chance for me to get fully acquainted with it. I already ordered fully adjustable pedals that i paid 200 for. They are billet aluminum and are comparable to products twice their price. The brand is TECHg. type the name in on ebay if interested.
Sorry for the long thread. :/
Last edited by yumyumchef; 04-12-2012 at 04:52 PM.