I go out early this morning for a nice "it's not raining" Sunday morning ride with a buddy of mine. Since I am working on the 996 rebuild, I take out my black beauty 750ss. We take off towards Wickenberg(just north west of my house in Peoria), and hit some tastey twisties jst west of the town.
Nice ride out there and had some fun, saw some other sportbike guys riding too, soaking up the roads.
After we get back into town, we hit up a Denny's for some breakfast and coffee, rest our wrists, then proceed to hit the road towards the homebase. Up to this point, it's a great day. Then it happens:
I immediately think my motor grenades, but the rear wheel doesn't lock up, not to mention my bike spins up to 8K immediately. I pull the clutch, chop the throttle, and proceed to coast. All happened in less than a second, BTW. I look down to see NO CHAIN! I look back to see my chain sliding on down the road. Slightly freaked, I coast to the side of the road. All of you PHX guys who know the road(HWY 60 between Wickenberg and Lake Pleasant), there is NOTHING there.
My riding buddy sees me not behind him and comes back around, but has to go a few miles due to no turn around break in the HWY. I call Progressive and they get me a tow truck(with a motorcycle trailer
) to get me home. +1 so far for Progressive.
My CF rear fender TOAST! My CF mufflers TOAST! Ouch, that hurt. I haven't been able to get a good look at my case yet, but the sprocket cover looks OK from the outside and I don't want to touch the bike until the adjuster get here, to play it safe. I look into the cover at the case and there are obvious scars on the case where the chain hit the engine case.
One things is for sure, I am glad I was doing the speed limit at the time. I was going about 65mph, 5th gear at about 4200rpms-ish, I think. We were on the way home, following a minivan at the time, so I know I was in the ballpark.
What did I learn from this? For one, if you have custom bits on the bike, insure them. I have an additional $10K custom coverage on the SS for this reason, and it only cost me an additional $153 per 6 months. Secondly, I love CF bits. I can only imagine what would have happened if it was the stock plastic. Lastly, NEVER forget your cellphone. If my buddy didn't have his I would've been screwed until someone pulled over to help me. OH BTW, it's monsoon season, so about 100 degrees and like 70% humidity, yum!
I'm guessing the frame may have been safe due to my mufflers being under seat design, so they may have taken the brunt of the chain impact, besides the fender. I'm glad it didn't lock into my rear wheel, or my left leg. That would've SUCKED!
We'll see what happens when the adjuster looks at it this week. I'm guessing, best case scenario; replace mufflers and rear fender, sprockets and chain, about $2200.00. Worst case; replace motor(cases), rear wheel, sprockets, fender, mufflers, $ya, right. I'll be buying her back with a salvage title, pulling the motor and getting to work.