I have finally taken the time to upload my digital pictures off my camera and do this writeup. Last September, I highsided at Barber Motorsports Park. I was coming out of turn 12 when the bike started to step out. It had been stepping out a little in that turn for the last few runs, but this time, it stepped out all the way. What started as a 90mph lowside quickly turned into a nasty highside when the stock right foot peg broke off and dug into the asphalt. My chest hit the tank from the compression of the bike stopping so suddenly,and it knocked me out. The reason i know it knocked me out, is because the next thing i remember, i was sliding down the track on my hands and knees, right down the race line. Out of the corner of my right eye, I caught the image of my bike doing somersaults in the grass, and as I glanced left, back up the track toward oncomming traffic, i could see the corner worker running toward the track with her red flag waving oncomming riders to stop or get off the track.
You've got to hand it to those NESBA corner workers and track marshals, they definetly do everything they can during the course of a track day to keep all the riders safe and send them home in one piece.
Anyway, after i stopped sliding down the track, i quickly looked over what I could see of my body and made sure everything was still attached. I also quickly did a 10-10 check. Moved all 10 fingers and all 10 toes. With that, I quickly scurried off of the track and fell out in the soft grass.
I gave the corner worker the thumbs up to tell her I was okay, but as I was doing it, I realized that my lower back and butt felt like someone had hit me with a 100 pound sledgehammer! So, I quickly transfered the thumbs up to a thumbs down.
She showed up, along with two other corner workers and told me to lie still until the ambulance arrived. I asked her what she saw, and she said the bike stepped out and then highsided. She also added that I flew about 30-40 feet in the air, feet over head, until I landed right on my lower back and tailbone, and my feet and legs slamming the ground right after.
So, to expedite this scenario, the ambulance arrived 1:32 after I wrecked, and I was at UAB Birmingham within 35 minutes. After spending 4+ hours at UAB, and having 19 X-rays, a CT Scan & an MRI, not to metion 2 very nice doses of morphine for the pain, all the doctors coud find was a 1/2" broken tip of my tailbone, with some very severe bruising to follow. I was extremely lucky!
I will quickly add that I was wearing a Knox back protector, and I can clearly see where the back protector took the brunt of the initial impact. NEVER ride without one! NEVER!
So, here's the transformation you've been patiently waiting for:
The first top two photos are of the bike after the wreck and disassembled.
The next one is of the primed Catalyst Bodywork and then the finished product. Also, I did rattle-can this bike for a solid week, just in case some of you were wondering.
The last one is of the bike when i bought it new with 369 miles on it.
Also here's a list of the mods and upgrades I did while in the process:
1. GPR Steering Dampner
2. Stompgrip Traction Pads
3. Annodized Red bar ends
4. Driven Racing 43T Red Rear Sprocket
5. Driven Racing 15T Front Sprocket
6. Vortex Rearsets (Powdercoated Red)
7. Vortex Shorty Red Clutch and Brake Levers
8. Vortex 50mm Clipons
9. Galfer Shorty Red SS Braided Clutch and Brake Levers
10. G-Craft Rear Resivoir (Powdercoated Red)
11. EK Red 520 MVXZ Chain Conversion (114 link)
12. HRC Front Stay
13. HRC Cooland Overflow
14. Speedbleeder Brake, Clutch & MC's installed.
15. Renthal Medium Density Grey Grips
16. HRC 1/6 Turn Quick Action Throttle
17. Micron Full Exhaust System
18. Galfer 1375 HH Front Brake Pads
19. Catalyst Full Race Bodywork
20. Integrated Batery Tender 800
21. Speedo Healer
22. PowerCommander III (w/Resus's Map)
23. K&N Air Filters
24. Pair Valve Mod
25. Flapper Mod
I'd like to give a quick shout out to Brad @ SuperBike Supply for all of his help in providing guidance and parts for this project. Also, to a lot of members on the site for their help and sale of parts to me.
I still have a small list of upgrades to do, like front and rear suspension, upgraded rotors and some others, but at a later time.
If you guys want any info or more pics, I would be happy to oblige.