I am super sore today and EXTREMELY happy I had a helmet on. If not I would likely not be posting on a forum today.
I was riding with my best friend yesterday (he was on a ATV) in the mountains of NC and I hit a gully to fast and planted it into the bank on the other side then out of that into a few trees, surprised I did not endo the machine. Thank God I had a harness on and my helmet on. There is a big gash in my helmet from hitting hte cage and mirror and my frame is bent big time. The right front wheel is about 1.5 inches above the left and the left is about 1 inch up from where it is supposed to be. You can see how my brand new ThunderHawk Performance front frame gusset is buckled in the middle and the paint popped off. I am VERY lucky and only bruised and a couple of sprained hands and wrists and sore shoulders and breast bone and stomach. Could have been a lot worse...
Will be calling my Farm Bureau of NC Ins man on Monday and seeing what happens.... I pay almost 800 a year for full coverage, it better be worth it...
On to the pics. These were taken with my iPhone and they are very poor quality and do not show nearly how bad this frame is bent and broken, my Canon died in the cold. These photos were taken with the machine up on a lift at eye level. Also, after I crashed yesterday, we pressed the frame gusset with our feet trying to flatten it back out, it was worse than it looks today. I had to drive the machine roughly 3 to 5 miles back to my truck and trailer. In 4x4 I could feel some kind of rubbing and a grinding feeling as I drove and in 2x4 it was less but still pretty much there, I was just happy to get it back on the trailer and get home.
Left side of front frame gusset buckled left front frame is up about an inch.
Right side of front frame gusset buckled, right side of frame is up at least 2.5 inches when you hold a level with the bottom of the machine and where the front is supposed to be.
Right side front frame showing where bend is, right at the factory weld. This is the photo that shows the frame bend. The machine is about 2.5 to 3 inches roughly lower below the windshield measuring up from the ground then it used to be. Both front frame sides are bent like in this picture.
I am posting this to say, that you REALLY NEED to be wearing a helmet when you ride. I shudder to think what could have happened to me without mine. It may very well have been my last ride. My wife would loose our house without my income and you don't want to do that to your families anymore than I would mine. I have an 8YO son as well. Wear your helmets!
I will report back once I have talked to my INS man on Monday.