last Saturday was the first day of my Alps tour. We had been on the road for about 2 hours and, near Zell am Mosel, I went round a corner on a wide road and was confronted by a car overtaking another car right in front of me. He was driving into the corner parrallel with the car he was overtaking. sh#t. I managed to swerve a little to the right but hit the front of the car with my left side. I didn't fall off though (weight of the CT helped). I pulled up slowly, but as my left foot was painful and couldn't put the sidestand down, I gently eased the bike to the ground on it's right side. I moved away from the bike and realised I was then in some pain.
Straight to hospital, operation on left leg - bone broken just below left knee crushed foot, but nothing broken. While I was waiting for the ambulance, I rang my wife, told her about the accident, but that I was OK, so she wouldn't get a call from a stranger.
This was my first accident in 33 years of riding - it was close - thankfully, not braking and moving the bike to the right saved my life.
The driver came to visit me in hospital and apologized for his stupidity - I was just glad to be alive. He accepted 100% fault for the accident and I reminded him of what an idiot he was. Like I say, I'm still here.
Got home today, and now I have 4 months of rehabilitation in front of me. sh#t it hurts. A metal plate and several screws will now always be with me, as well as the memory of a car bearing down on me head-to-head, thankfully I wasn't in my car - or we would all be dead.
The bike suffered minor damaged, plastic bits, footpeg ripped off, and the right side has some scratches. She will be fit long before me. Oh, and with DCT you can stop without a functional left foot, keeping control with the bike still in gear, without messing around with a clutch.
I don't think I will be riding again this year, so the the bike will be having a rest.
Why are there so many idiots who call themselves drivers on our roads???
Guys, I'm still here