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Survived crash, bike damaged

I just survived a very serious motorcycle crash. Truck makes a left hand turn in front of me which is fine but hes pulling an extra long trailer. I was going about 45 or 50 and slammed on the brakes and swerved to avoid the right rear corner of the trailer which i did, but i lost grip on the front end and went down. The back of my helmet hit the road and the bike and i slid down the oncoming lane quite a way. I remember seeing a shower of sparks and i tumbled a time or two. When i stopped, the bike had jumped the curb and was lying on its side on the sidwalk. The driver disappeared , probably oblivious. Couple guys stopped to check on me. Im unscathed amazingly. Might have a headache later on. Bike started right up and got me home fine. Some kind of weird clicking sound in the cylinder but other than that it seemed ok. When i got it home i saw some dripping oil. Im not sure what im looking at here can you guys tell me what this bent piece is? I fear the bike is finished
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Glad you came out of it OK. Not sure what I'm looking at either except it looks like the valve cover may have a hole in it.

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The bent piece looks like what is left of the crash bar. Looks like the valve cover is damaged. Might have a valve hitting the cover. Maybe a new valve cover will get you by. Is there a lot of plastic damage? Have you seen a doctor? Probably be a good idea.

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there is virtually no plastic damage except the cornering light. i think the sound may be a tensioner pulley. the timing belt cover is cracked, and the piece it attaches to is cracked. but i think i can fix this all myself very inexpensively. it rode me home with zero issues and felt fine, but ill know more as soon as i am up to taking it apart to inspect more.
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or the sound may be the cracked belt cover touching a pulley
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I have nothing to offer about damage, diagnosis or repair on the bike, but congrats on your evasive maneuvers and glad you are alive.
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Oil might be coming from oil filter area, or the drain plug, if had loosen due to an impact.

The noise might be due to the right timing belt pulley hitting the right cover, if the cover rear aluminum piece had been bent.
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Hey just glad you are ok.
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The bike has valve cover killers on it. Motor probably would have been okay except for those.

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