Went down last Sunday
I was out with a local riding club this past Sunday, and unfortunately, went down during the ride. This was on my 2012 V-Star 950.
It was on a twisty mountain road. I was in #2 position behind the leader in a sizable group of about 15 bikes. I had scraped the floorboards a couple of times on the ride up to the point of where the accident occurred. I was pushing harder than I should have been - a little past my comfort level, not wanting to hold up the entire group behind me. The floorboard scraping was really getting into my head, and on a left hand sweeping turn, I just simply didn't get into it hard enough. I knew I wasn't going to make it, and as soon as the front tire hit a bunch of loose leaves and dirt on the edge of the road, the bike slid, and slipped out from under me. The bike behind me was unable to stop or go around, and ended up driving over my right leg with his front tire, but stopped before back tire went over. Somehow - my leg is fine. It was stuck under his bike and it took a minute for me to get my leg out from underneath.
Shook me up pretty bad, but almost no injury, just a few bruises and extremely minor road rash.
The bike itself sustained very minor damage. The helmet was scraped on the left side, and I really don't have any idea how hard it hit - so it's getting replaced. The incident was about 40 miles from home, and I was able to ride home without further incident. The handlebars are twisted a bit and need replaced, and the clutch cable stretched and several strands of the cable where it connects at the clutch lever broke, but more than half are still there. A few days earlier, I had just finished painting the batwing fairing to match the bike, and hadn't installed it yet because I'm waiting for the paint to cure so I can cut and polish, so thankfully that wasn't on the bike. The bike is parked and won't be ridden again until repairs are complete which will take a couple weeks because the shop is backed up and won't have the time to get to it until then.
The accident is absolutely 100% my fault. At the same time, I've never been comfortable with the reduced lean angle of the bike, and I very much doubt there would have been a problem if I had been on a different bike. Just the day before the accident, a local HD dealership had a demo day, and I rode a few of their bikes, and just in the little bit that I rode, I knew the available lean angle was there, and I was just much more comfortable.
I'll have to see how I feel when I get back on the road, but I'm seriously considering whether this is the right bike for me. I love so much about the bike. The way I react to the reduced lean angle may make it not a safe machine for me to operate.
2012 V-Star 950 (Ultimate Seat and Backrest, Cobra Slip On, Cobra PowerFlo Intake, Cobra PowerPro FMS, Klevver clutch, LidLox, Batwing Fairing w/7" windshield, Viking HardSide bags)