So I’ve had a few days to reflect on the crash.
It turns out that there is a flaw in the BMW R1150GS steering system that causes the forks to pinch the brake lines if they go to full lock. At some point in the bike’s past the lines had be compromised, and this caused the loosening of the brake line fittings. When I pulled hard on the front brakes the fitting puked the brake fluid onto the front tire. This applied lubrication, combined with all too much speed due to no braking, led to the front tire washing out from under me.
The damage to the bike was minimal given that the GS Adventure has a lot of aftermarket armour on it already. The crash bars did their job of protecting the gas tank, although the valve cover has a bit more road rash on it now than before. Time to invest in some additional valve cover protection from Wunderlich. The only other damage was some shredding of the Bark Busters (brand new ones too!), and a crack in the right mirror that just makes the bike look that much more authentic as an adventure bike.
Some riders would be very upset at the new scuffs on their ride, but for me, I bought this bike for offroading. It wasn’t cosmetically perfect when I bought it, and it will certainly have more battle scars on it in the future.
The bigger damage was to me. Being an old Harley rider, this is the first time I’ve ever had any “real” riding gear. After the accident I looked at my (again, brand new) Shark Evoline 3 helmet. All the impact was to the chin piece, something my usual Harley beanies do not have. Had I been wearing my older gear, I’d have been visiting the hospital to rebuild my face. I also could see where my knee, elbow, forearm, and shoulder had impacted the ground on my Scott Dual Raid Jacket and Pants. In days gone past my Port Dover, Friday the 13th Souvenir T-shirt wouldn’t have protected me from this one… and I hate the thought of having gravel wire brushed out of my skin.
Now, I did say my arm had been hurt. From what I can figure the slide down the road put my arm in a position that even years of yoga wouldn’t have allowed to put it in.
It’s going to be a few weeks before I’ll be riding again, but I now have a new respect for full body riding gear.