This is definitely one of the cases where "sh*t happens". The bike was 15 months old and only had 21,416 miles upon it (1997 Suzuki GSXR-750). This bike went to scrap yard after this incident.
Looks ok from here.
Well from closer inspection it looks like maybe it dropped an oil line, and burnt a little.
Towing, yes it had to be towed into San Jose.
Removing the covers. Your not meant to see holes in the engine like
Another view of the mess.
I now know why you should have side covers on the bike. Yes that was
part of a piston, it could have been in my leg.
Assorted bits which should be inside the engine, or holding it in.
Yes, the bike only has 21,416 miles upon it.
I wonder where the valve ended up ??
This is the engine after it had been stripped down. The red circle shows the size of the hole. The engine was a total write off. Sold the bike for scrap and went and bought a Honda CBR1100XX when I got back to RTP.
So close, yet so far !