Nice sunny day, misses has taken the daughter out to a birthday party, some time to meself, so jump on the bike !!
Head down to my usual play area, the Crooked Mile, and am having a great ride, corners are going very nicely indeed. Decide to go along one last time before going out the other end and heading through Epping… overtake a car then sweep into a corner, then realise my current line is heading towards the shrubs at the side of the road at the end of the corner - OH SH1T I think, then in a panic - I KEEP LOOKING AT THE EDGE OF THE ROAD !
Well you can guess the rest, I hit the edge of the road at about 60 odd then next thing I know I’m sliding across the floor on my shoulder and head ?!!
The Bandit is in my lane and I end up in the other lane, luckily no cars coming the other way. I jumped and and went to my bike, in the meantime a couple in their car and some guy on a bike stop to help. We get the bike up and it eventually starts (the old Bandit bulletproof engine) , there’s not front brake lever and the bars are twisted to ****.
Managed to get it home and have a proper look at the damage… front fairing and indicator is smashed, bars bent, no front brake lever, engine casing scratched, tank scratched and a big dent, rear brake lever bent, rear panel scratched, rear grab rail scratched, exhaust bolloxed !
Lid is fcuked and textile jacket has big holes worn in it…
Problem is my insurance is TPFT so repairs are gonna have to come out of my pocket… back on the tube monday AARRGGHHH!
As for me ? Well I feel surprisingly OK at the moment (maybe delayed shock) drinking a very sugary tea. Sore elbow and pulled muscles in shoulder, but I’m OK which is the main thing.
Not looking forward to telling the mrs though, she worries anought about me on the bike anyway…
Thanks a million to those that stopped to help !
OK I’ll stop rambling now…