Had a accident on the V Friday.
I need some advice, I suppose.
Sitting here fairly numb from the pain meds after getting into an accident Friday on the way to work. After getting the police report and searching my memory this is what I can piece together.
I've been riding (finally!) the V to work all week. I work second shift so the weather has been great going in, around 40 going out. I bought a warmer jacket a month ago to deal with the cooler temps and it's been great. I can take a few different routes to work but the shortest involves the HWY and then a stretch of straight road with the SL 55, 45, 35 (into a small town), and then back to 45 before the entrance into the plant. I ran a few errands before heading into work noting the nice weather (70 degrees) and being aware that people were getting out of work on a Friday and in a bit of a rush. As I was approached the light where the SL changes down to 35, I noticed that a truck to my right was slowing to a stop. I know now that he was slowing to allow a car from a side street to turn left... right into me!
I'm going to digress a little here to vent about how this occurs all of the time around here (Michigan) when people think that they are being helpful by letting someone in, when in fact they are setting up an accident. I used to do this myself before I realized the dangers involved.
Ok, vent over.
So I was going slow enough to see what was going on and was able to avoid hitting and being hit by the car. I swerved to left, taking note that I was heading into the left turn lane and then I applied the front brake, not realizing that the front was turned in. A few micro-seconds later I was staring up at the clear blue sky with an intense pain in my left shoulder blade and the sound of squealing tires.
I won't go into all of the rest but after a visit by the EMTs from the local FD and a ride in an ambulance, I'm left with a banged up bike, body, and the phrase, "grabbing a hand-full" circling around inside my head. Below, I'll post pictures, but here's where the advice request comes in. After I get done beating myself up over what I should have done differently, what can I do to the V (aside from getting a 2014 or later with ABS) to improve the brakes or at least find a way to tailor them to me? I know that it was definitely my fault that I grabbed them too hard and it probably would have been all right had the wheel been straight rather than turned. The brakes and lines are stock. Is there improvement to be had in changing either, or both, so they won't lock up again?