Main Motorcycle: 99 Sprint ST
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Golden CO
Other Motorcycle: Yeti 5
Extra Motorcycle: Cannondale CAAD8 R1000
When "when" happens
It's not a matter of "if" but "when" and last weekend, my "when" happened. After 30k over the last three years on the 99 955 ST I bought for my 50th birthday after not riding for 20 years.
Dark out, downhill wide one lane each way road with no stop signs for me and stop signs at the cross street. No lights at the intersection.
As I approached the intersection in the corner of my eye and with the lousy field of vision on my factory lights, I catch a young girl take off sprinting across the intersection on my left as a car approaching me passes her. I lock the front up, caught some sand and promptly dump it on the right side as she freezes like a deer 10ft in front of me. She's freaked out but comes out of it and crosses and has the look of seeing her maker. I have no idea how I came off but I'm guessing my cat like reflexes and mountain biking background kicked in and I honestly can't tell you if I rolled or landed flat footed.
My gear yields no hints, armored Triumph adventure jacket (the cheap yellow one they have been giving away at Revzilla for a couple of years now), Kevlar jeans, cheapish riding boots from Cycle Gear, FlyLow full leather ski gloves (it was in the 40s) and my trusty helmet. No noticeable signs of wear on the gear yet I have scratches/abrasions on both legs. Go figure.
The aftermath: No less than three different guys stopped to check on me and one helped me right the bike after I retrieved the right side saddlebag from the intersection. I sent the girl on her way with a kindly no problem, nobody hurt (as I successfully kept the urge to throttle her buried deep in my throat). It started right up again and I was able to ride the mile or so home.
Lost my right footpeg, already replaced with an in-stock piece from the good folks at Foothills Triumph. So much for the spring activated folding action.
The bracket that goes into the locking section of saddlebag mounts is sheared off and I will need to figure out that one.
The right side large upper fairing is cracked in a number of different places, lost a quarter size piece near a mount but not in the mounting hole thank god and this fairing looks like it took the brunt of the pain. The brackets got pretty distorted as well from the impact as well as one of the mounting clips from the right front cracking off.
The folding mirror did its job and folded back out just fine.
Last night I started the process of taking off the side fairings and creating my 955 RSish bike with bags. Who knew there was a power plug behind the left mid fairing close to the saddle? Never noticed it before (I'd never taken off the bodywork). I am absolutely positive that I will cross the wiring into the OEM heated grips switch on the left side upon re-install, but I'm an idiot.
I've read a handful of repairing ABS fairings threads including the one from this forum and watched a bunch of videos. I feel armed and ready to tackle this on my own. The left side had scratches already from the PO so it is going to be a paint party once i get the right side all ABS glued up.
For what it's worth I am the guy that takes his bike in for an oil change. But after seeing exactly one already scratched up old replacement fairing on Ebay going for $199 I decided it's time to get handy.
First question, why do you guys do about the foam on the inside, it looks like it's glued in and I will need to tear it out to get to some of the cracks?
Thanks for listening, thank god I have ten days off for xmas and hopefully will have a good start on this winter project.
Any hints, advice, sympathy all appreciated.