I was riding on a five lane road, two in each direction and a center turn lane. I was traveling about 40 to 45 mph in the far right lane. It had just turned dark. A lady in a 96 Chevy pulled out of a blind drive way behind a store. She hit me at an approx. 45 degree angle on the exhaust side of the bike. I swerved to miss her and probably would have if she would have stayed in the outside lane, but she was trying to get across both lanes to get into the turn lane. Her cage slammed into the bike and from that point on I had no control. The bike came down hard on the exhaust and the handle bars and then continued to roll side over side until it came to a stop on the exhaust side. I went down over the bike on my left forearm, left hip, left knee and my right hand. I did not roll over, I skidded approx. 75 feet in that position. As SOON as I came to a stop I was up and running after the cage screaming you WRECKED by bike.
My Baby: exhaust destroyed, handle bars destroyed, clutch lever bent, front break lever bent and broke off, both mirrors destroyed, wind shield scratched, shift lever and lower frame bent, left air shock scratched, swing arm bent, frame bent and some other scratches. Overall the V-Rod came out OK for flipping over five times. This is one tough ass bike.
Me: Fractured left arm, fractured left leg, fractured right wrist, road rash on left forearm, left hip and left knee, very sore back and neck.
Lesson learned: Alway anticipate that the other person can not see you and drive accordingly.
Changes: I will not ride with a short sleeve shirt. I am looking into getting chaps to protect my legs. I always wear a helmet (Skid Lid) goggles, full gloves and leather boots.
Hope this helps.
I have know idea why I posted to the forum before going to the hospital. I guess I needed to vent and go to a place that gave me the warm fuzzy feeling that I needed at the time they were unloading my baby from the wrecker.
THANKS to all of my V-Rod family for your genuine concerns.:cheers:
Now it is time to put my baby back together bigger and badder than before.