It was my own fault. I was running too low of pressure in my Pirelli Mt 21s without bead locks. They are on order but haven't gotten here yet. No exscuse though, I know better.
I was cruising at about 65 mph when the valvestem pulled out and let ALL the air out in a hurry. Instantly I was in a skid hard right. Even with full lock counter steering I was going into the ditch. As I left the pavement the rear swapped directions and I lowsided hard on my left side. The bike and I slid another 50 to 60 feet before stopping. It took a couple of minutes to gather my scattered wits!!
The Teknic riding gear paid for itself today as did the Alpinstar Scout boots. The coat's built in elbow and shoulder pads absorbed much of the impact as did the knee and leg padding of the Teknic pants. My left leg and boot were under the bike on impact but the boot saved my leg and ankle. Neither the pants or coat show much damage and my helmet was untouched.
The SW Motec crash bars and rear pannier mounts did a wonderful job of protecting the bike. The only damage I can see tonight seems limited to the roadrash on the leftside crash bar and the highway peg is bent 180 degrees around the bar. Nothing else seems damaged.
I also got off very lucky. My left elbow and shoulder are achey and my neck seems stiff, but that is about it. Tomorrow may be another matter,but at this point the old aircraft adage comes to mind.....Any landing you can walk away from is a good one!
Remember Boys and Girls.....WEAR THE GEAR. Without the proper gear this would have had a FAR worse outcome.
As is I got a buddy to come with a trailer and pick me and the KLER up. I spent the rest of the evening till now helping cut up a moose with him and his family, rather than taking an ambulance ride to the hospital.