Well it happened. While on our way to the rally, on the back roads to Grants Pass, I hit a yearling deer on my '07 RT doing about 40mph. Needless to say I did not make it to the rally although my riding buddy, Big Dave, stood in for me.
The bike received extensive body damage and is in the shop getting surveyed. I am hoping it is not totaled and I can be back on the road soon.
That is after all the damage to my body mends. I ended up at the local hospital, with assistance from the local emergency services, where I spent 2 days recuperating from surgery on my clavicle and care to 4 broken ribs and various bumps and bruises. Overall I was very fortunate it was not more serious.
I saw a lot of Bm'ers heading up to the rally on my way home and was glad to see everyone of them wearing their full safety gear. It was my safety gear that kept my injuries to moderate instead of serious / major. This was a good lesson to remind all of us to continue to use ALL the gear ALL the time which I am committed to do.
Currently I am waiting on my local shop and my insurance company to give me an estimate on the damage.
Can anyone offer any inside info on situations like this (I have Geico Insurance)?
Damage is to: Cylinder head covers, broken handle bar, damage to lots of tupperware on both sides.
No obvious damage to: suspension, frame, or internal engine components (so far).
The service mgr at my local dealer said, at first glance, that the bike might get totaled due to the expensive cost of parts. I can't see that happening as of yet. But I will find out soon.