Cold tires, cold road, sore hip
Last week I was eager to get a ride in and got out pretty early. The short story is that it was cold (18F), I was on cold tires and got a little too excited coming around a concrete right hander. The V washed out and I ended up on the ground feeling pretty silly.
I was probably doing 15 - 20MPH when I laid it down. I've never dropped a bike on pavement before so I have a few questions.
1) What do I need to check out from a mechanical POV? As far as I can tell I have a bent brake lever, broken right footrest, scratched upper fairing, scratched hard bag, and a scuffed fork end.
2) The bags actually keep most of the hard parts out of harm's way but would you guys recommend frame or axle sliders?
3) My front tire is looking pretty worn. I'm not down to the wear bar but I'm close. I've got a set of Scorpion Trails on order but are these tires safe to ride on for a couple of weeks?
I've got a service appointment at the Kawasaki dealer for a basic tune-up, tire mounting and a safety inspection. I'd do it myself but I figure it might be worth it to have a tech take a look.
Anyway, I'm bummed about the damage but I'll get over it. In 14 years of riding I haven't dropped a bike in traffic so this was probably bound to happen. I'm just glad it was on a quiet street.