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    @Ron50 you are probably right. There is a lot that I am still to learn about the inner workings of engines. I would expect that there was some slippage as the obstruction forced it's way in there. @Alltorque the first clutch I destroyed through lack of knowledge and technique for riding in sand. The second clutch failed only a few days after a track day at Wakefield so it is possible that tearing around the track in 3rd gear didn't help the cause. Either that or some over exuberance on my Cotter trips so definitely some clutch control would be timely :)
     
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    Sounds like you should get a sportsbike as well ;)
     
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    Which raises the question of what would be the appropriate manner for the piston and valve to touch!:)

    Sorry, I'm just being a pedant but I couldn't resist it.

    No, the real point of my reply was to suggest that it would be worthwhile just to make sure that there had been contact. Of course, if there hasn't then replacement of parts such as piston and valve - or even pulling down the top end plus gaskets - wouldn't be necessary, with a much cheaper repair bill.
     
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    Shhhh. You aren't helping at all! I really want to try one out and see what it is like but the practical side says that I should stick to owning one bike at a time.
     
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    it's practical to have a spare.
     
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    ^^^^ this.

    Tomorrow I have to take one bike to finish a service, which means I have a spare to go to the accountant & coffee...
     
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    I am supposed to be at Eastern Creek working on the grid for Round 5 of the PCRA series today but all that went a bit pear-shaped after an early morning encounter with a kangaroo on Tarago Road.

    I left Bungendore at 4.00am. It was very cold and foggy but I was careful and made sure to ride to the conditions. After a while the patches of fog cleared a bit and I was able to increase my pace. I had just passed the Taylors Creek Rd intersection when a kangaroo decided to cross the road in front of me. I thought everything was going to be ok cause the roo had made it into the other lane without incident but then it decided to turn around mid hop and come right back at me!

    I was able to wash off a bit of speed but ended up hitting the roo with the front right side of the bike at around 70-80km/h. There was a brief wobble through the handlebars but other than that everything seemed ok. I kept riding on and stopped when I got to Tarago (as this was the only place that had streetlights) to give the bike a visual inspection. The very first thing I noticed was that the roo had impacted with my right pannier and this was now missing. This is because the luggage system latch is designed to allow the case to eject in the event of a hard impact to protect the bikes rear subframe.

    This was all well and good but it now meant that one of my cases was somewhere on the road between Bungendore and Tarago and I couldn't remember if this was the case with all my important things in it (wallet, BGL meter, glasses etc) or if it just had a pair of jeans in it. So I decided that I would have to double back and look for it. Retracing my steps proved fruitless as I was unable to spot the missing bag anywhere. Being now that I was around 60 minutes behind schedule and still having a fair way to go, I decided that I would return to Bungendore.

    In daylight, I saw that the damage to Vera was a little bit worse than first thought. Besides the missing pannier, I have broken the headlight lens, the rear right indicator and some of the upper and lower front fairings. The good news is that the engine guards definitely look like they did their job and kept the damage mainly cosmetic.

    I then jumped in the car and took off back up the road to see if I would have more luck finding the case. I didnt spot a single thing and thought that the case was gone forever. This was until I returned to the scene of the accident. The first thing I found was the body of the roo. He had made it back to the side of the road before he succumbed to his injuries. I was saddended by this as I had thought that he may have survived the impact but now it was obvious that i had hit him with some force :( The second thing I found was my case! It was about five meters further off the side off the road and despite its rather violent removl from the bike, it was in remarkably good condition. The latch was totalled and the mounting rail bent but the case itself was fine. I will have to order some replacement parts for it but it will live to see another day.

    As for the fairings, repairs might have to wait till after the Birthday ride, especially if this turns out to be an insurance repair. Will just have to wait and see what the damage bill is like.

    PS I will post up some photos tomorrow when I get back home
     
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    Glad you are ok. That could have been a lot worse.
     
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    No good to hear. Good work keeping it upright.

    I think the most anxious I've ever been on a motorcycle is riding around Canberra early in the morning. You're on edge the entire time.
     
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    Bugger! Glad you didn't get knocked off the bike.:(
     
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    Oh no :( really glad you didn't come off though.
     
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    Oh dear! Mega kudos for not binning - and recovering your bag lol!
     
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    Bad luck Julian, hope there's no more surprises to find.
     
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    I hope you took a picture with one foot on the Kangaroo and a fist held proudly in the air!

    Glad to hear all is well with you! bikes can be repaired and/or replaced!
     
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    We'll done keeping it upright. Must have been a big o shit moment. Glad you recovered your kit too and that your alright.
     
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    good to hear that you kept the strom upright!
     
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    Well done on keeping it upright. I wouldn't be mourning the death of the roo too much, it kinda asked for what it got. Better the roo than you !!!!
     
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    Glad to hear you're okay…and even better that you found the pannier. Shame about the roo but like Kev said, better the roo than you.
     
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    Good to hear you're ok Julian.. hope the repair bill isn't to high.
     
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    Today Vera went off to get the initial assesment done. There is a lot more damage then even i realised on a second look and it is likely that the repair bill would be over $5000 so its going to be an insurance claim. One thing that was noticed was the possibility that both the ride side engine crash bars and the luggage rack are a little bit bent. As I had not included these items on my insurance coverage, they cannot be included in the claim. So there is a lesson to be learnt for me there!

    Thanks you all for your kind words of support here too! I dont think I realised exactly how pear shaped my encounter could have ended up. Being that that was my first crash with wildlife I sort of thought that it was more common to ride away than not. Conversations I have had with people here and others not on CR seem to indicate that wildlife encounters usually end up a bit worse.

    So now it is a case of getting my claim in and approved and then waiting for the parts to arrive. In the meantime, Vera has been given the all clear to be ridden so time to break out the gaffer tape to stop some of the bodywork from flapping in the breeze. Just have to see if I am as adept at my tape application as @motormouse :)

    PS I know I promised photos but the ones I took really didnt show the damage at all so I am afraid you will all have to use your imaginations instead.
     
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