The Back Story: Earlier this year I took two months off from work and traveled from my home in Scottsdale, AZ through Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. A grand total of 10,000 miles. I was riding my 2009 BMW 1200 GS. Three weeks into the trip Murphy raised his ugly head and swept my steed from under me. I was riding with a friend and fellow rider, Ross, from New Hampshire. We were enroute from the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere in Angangueo to Taxco. We were traveling on Mex Hwy 15. I typically always wear full gear. however, on this afternoon I had just taken my jacket off a BMW Rallye 3 Pro, leaving only a long sleeve cotton shirt on my upper body. Both Ross and I spied the upcoming curves and I turned my GoPro on and I lead the charge. As I entered the 1st curve at 40 MPH the smooth asphalt suddenly became very glossy and shiny, immediately I felt the rear tire release its grip and challenge the front tire for the lead. The bike just slid out from under me as if I was was teleported to the center of a Hockey Rink. As the bike went down and continued it's slide, I released my my grip and begin my wild slide, first on my ass, then on my left side and left elbow, culminating with an abrupt stop in the concrete drainage culvert. Naturally I used my hands to brace my stop as I rolled into the culvert at full speed. <iframe src="http://api.smugmug.com/services/embed/2371978522_RkPZfSw?width=640&height=360&albumId=28073008&albumKey=ZMJ3xK" frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" width="640"></iframe> WTF Just Happened I appeared that a truck had dumped a load of kitchen grease or used motor oil along the road for a distance of a quarter mile. As soon as I came to a rest Ross pulled past me to a stop. He had witnessed the accident and was able to steer clear of the slick by moving to the outside of the lane. In the blink of an eye a motorist had pulled over, gotten out and began flagging traffic, two other Mexicans seemingly materialized from the woods and helped Ross lift the bike from the culvert and get it upright, all the while slipping and sliding on the roadway. We quickly realized our precarious position and decided to ride down the hill before we assessed my injuries and the damage to the bike. We thanked the two Mexicans and headed down to the first turnout we could find. You bet your ass I rode down that hill as gingerly and slowly as possible! Fortunately we were only 45 minutes to the suburb of Toluca and 90 minutes to Mexico City and my choice of 3 BMW Motorrad Dealers. I ended up spending 4 days in Mexico City and working with Munich Motors (BMW Dealer in Santa Fe neighborhood of Mexico City) on repairs and parts. In the end, the Insurance agreed to allow me to get repairs done in the US. A tech from Munich Motors sold me the left control switch and a mirror with installation for $150. Damage Assessment My Gear: Helmet, Schuberth C3 - No damage, my head never touched the ground Gloves, BMW GS Gloves - Pad on the Right Pad Torn off Pants, BMW Rallye Pro 3 - 1st layer of Cordura fabric torn off Right knee Boots, BMW All Round - Scuffs on toes and heels Cotton Long Sleeved T-Shirt - Oil Stained, no tears or rips The Bike: Left Side Control Switch that houses the ABS, Turn Signal, horn etc. - smashed Left side Mirror - shattered and torn off GPS, Garmin Zumo 550 and Mount - GPS Unit torn from mount, mount smashed Z-Tecknik Engine Guards - Left side crash bar snapped from mount and bent forward Jesse Safari Bags - They saved the rear of the bike, left bag tweaked and will not lock, mount and welds broken and snapped in half. Injuries to me: Minor Road Rash on left Forearm - A testament to how slippery the road was, no tearing of my cotton shirt, only oil stains on my sleeve. Wrists - What I thought were two sprained wrists, the left more severe than the right. It was only when I returned to AZ did I get X-Rays and discover that each was broken. The left wrist will most likely need surgery. Before the ride and the wreck: And After...with the new farkles...TT Crash Bars Upper and Lower, TT Desierto 3 Fairing, Garmin 610t GPS and TT Mount, Leo Vince Carbon Slip-on And the only remaining reminder of the wreck, this gouge in my tank plastic from the GPS Mount In the end Fortunately, I did have a full coverage Mexican Insurance Policy in force with a $1000 deductible. After I had an estimate done at my local dealer ($4000) is was able to get all needed repairs done with only $600 out-of-pocket costs, this also included a new set of Heideneaus and the 30K service. The wreck was all part of this wonderful adventure. I wouldn't hesitate in doing it again.