I was just in the city indicating right to get into motorcycle turning area (see what following the law gets me) when some kid on a scooter comes out of nowhere and hits me side-on at 60km/h. He openly admitted that he was riding too fast and wasn’t looking. I’m so frigging annoyed because I was actively thinking at this intersection whether I should just turn left with the cars or do it all-legal-like. The impact was so hard that I’m surprised he was almost completely unscathed. I’m pretty certain that my helmet just saved my life and I’m so glad right now that I invested in a good one. I’ll try and post pics later in the hope it will scare someone into buying a proper full-face helmet… the visor is ground almost right down and there are two visible cracks in the hard coating. If I had skimped on buying a full-face helmet I would be in hospital getting facial grafts right now. Fortunately my skin is mostly okay because my clothes (All Of The Gear, All Of The Time) took the beating for me and apart from a very stiff neck and right leg I’ve not come out too badly.
My bike was leaking a serious amount of gas from somewhere so in the interests of safety I called The Law in the hope that they might actually, you know, do something. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Obviously they didn’t do anything and suggested that we sort it out ourselves. I told them to forget it, shut off the petcock and wheeled it to my friend’s garden until the morning.
More distressing than anything, the RZX is in a really sad shape… the front end is so bent up it’s impossible to ride and the brakes, throttle, electrics have all stopped working. There seemed to be transmission oil leaking out from somewhere. The kid was a dozy student so I told him that I was going to ask him to cover just the repairs and a new helmet on the condition that he throws away his toy plastic hat, buys a real helmet and stops riding like an asshole at intersections.