Okay, so I got distracted. The Friday before Thanksgiving, I was headed to meet my wife & son at his daycare (her work). Some fella was cutting grass along the front of a subdivision and shooting it out across the road. Traffic was slow and really busy. I was paying to much attention to the lawn mower and when I looked up the little Chevy work truck in front of me had stopped.
I grabbed everything but I knew it was already to late. The front and rear locked up and I figure I hit his rear bumper at about 20mph. I remember the impact. I'm a little fuzzy between there and the ground.
I remember hitting the ground, rolling on my back and feeling the helmet smack the pavement. You have no idea how good a feeling it is to feel the helmet hit the pavement and be able to think... Wow! That would have really hurt bare-headed! The guy behind me came over and said a quick prayer while I layed there a minute trying to decide if my shoulder was actually broken and did some quick calculations of how much money I had just cost my family. After all the police work was done I had to get back on the bike and ride it another 1/2 mile to the day care. That hurt.
When it was all over, I didn't get a ticket, the guy I hit said he wasn't worried about the few extra scratches on his bumper, I just tore some ligaments in my shoulder, and the bike is not a total loss. I was even able to go to the beach on vacation the next day with my family as we had planned. Those hot tubs at the hotels are wonderful. They say in about 4-6 weeks my shoulder should be fine. I have thanked God many times this week for protecting me. It could have been much worse.
As for the bike, I need a new front fender & bracket, new turn signal assembly, new head light jug and ring (bulb is okay), and new chrome covers for the forks. The Cobra engine guards and exhaust are just scratched. Luckily I work at a place that will allow me to get them re-chromed for free.
Now for a few questions. I intend to repair her myself since there seems to be no frame or fork damage. Mainly chrome and covers.
1 - Where is the best place to buy replacement OEM Kawi parts?
2 - Is it cheaper to get aftermarket parts?
3 - Is there some place to get used OEM parts?
4 - Any other advice from you folks who have done this before.
Thanks for any help you can offer.