So, on Wednesday, my wife got her new helmet in the mail, so after work she wanted to go on a quick ride to 'try it out'. About 5 miles outside of town, on a paved but quiet country road, I started to smell a little smoke (it was pretty faint), but thought nothing of it, since a lot of farmers are burning off their fields. About 5 minutes later, we heard a 'pop', and the bike started to fishtail. When the front tire hit the gravel shoulder, I lost control and we both went over the handlebars. The bike rolled twice, my wife flew about 20 feet past it, and I flew about 20 feet past her. I came away with some bruises & a sore neck, but my wife had partial amnesia for an hour or so, and came away with two broken ribs. She had to spend the night in the hospital. The bike was pretty destroyed -- the upper fairing & windshield were destroyed, the handlebars were bent, the trunk was completely destroyed, one saddlebag was cracked and the other was partially flattened. The aftermarket chrome around the saddlebags was ripped apart, and one of the flat pegs was bent. The rear tire, of course, was shot.
End result is that I swore that I was going to give up riding, because I wasn't going to risk my wife's life like that again. Thing is, we are really into riding, and have really bonded over it. The last 3 weeks, I just restored the bike (re-upholstered the seat, replaced the windshield, tune up & oil change, tinkered with the engine, etc... plus we bought/built a headset system and just got my wife a new helmet. Our first 'long' ride of the season was supposed to be tomorrow, we were going 5 hours to see a concert and spend the night in Casper, WY)
Now it looks like I'd be better off getting rid of the bike and getting into something a-little-less-likely-to-kill-my-wife. Any suggestions for something that would fill the same whole? I used to be really into Miatas, but my wife isn't quite so much, so I don't know that it would be as good. Her favorite thing about the bike was leaning -- a trike wouldn't provide that fun.
Alternately, is there a way to make cycling safer?
Oh, also, any advice for the bike? Fix it up, or part it out? Or maybe try to sell it as-is? It's an '81 GL1100I with 77K miles with a really smooth running engine.
Thanks in advance