Rider down (long)
I was checking out the latest posts around here a few hours ago, when I felt a very strong urge to go out and ride. I haven't used my bike for anything else but commuting for a while, so I was pretty excited. However, that excitement cost me dearly, because I tried to take a curve a wee bit too fast and crashed.
During midturn, I felt the tires were slipping, and ran wide until there was no more road left to ride on and fell on a ditch. My first thoughts after I realized I was still alive and with no injuries were about the hassle I'd have to endure to push the bike out of the ditch. Since I didn't sustain any injuries, I hoped the bike was OK as well. WRONG! I almost cried when I saw that the right turn signal had been torn off and my right rearview mirror had dug into the fairing and cracked it and bent it out of shape.
Well, I thought, at least the motor must be running fine and I'll be able to ride back home and further assess the damage. WRONG. The bike would not start at all. Then I remembered that someone once mentioned that some of the fluids would spill and the bike becomes hard to start after laying it down. Fortunately, somebody saw my futile attempts to push it out of the ditch and stopped to help me. After thanking the stranger profusely and back on a level surface I waited a few minutes and tried to start the bike again. After cranking it for a while it complied and I thought that it wasn't so bad after all and that I should be glad that the only damage was cosmetic.
WRONG. I ride away and notice something weird with the bars, they seem to be pointing in a different direction than the wheel. Wonderful! Just what I wanted for Christmas and Santa never brought me: bent forks! Well I can get used to this, at least until I get home; at least I'll be able to return by my own means, I thought.
WRONG. The bike refused to run properly and kept dying on me. I noticed it would only run when on the lower gears, and if I tried to upshift past 3rd gear the rpms would drop and the engine would die. And when I kept it under 3rd gear the ride was very rough and the engine was surging and hesitating (probably this doesn't make sense, I don't know the words to describe engine problems). Well, as long as I go slowly and don't mind the rough ride I can make it home, I thought once again.
WRONG. With all that excitement, I forgot to close my visor, or maybe I had decided to keep it open, because I had worked quite a sweat pushing the bike out of the ditch, I can't really remember what I was thinking. All I know is that it was stupid, because after riding for a few blocks, a mosquito hits me right in the eye! I had to stop to remove it and then my bike died one more time and I was never able to start it again. I pushed it to a nearby Walgreens and called my father. He picked me up in my brother's truck and drove me home. And here I am, telling you guys of my misfortune...
WRONG! That was no misfortune, what happened had nothing to do with bad luck. It was a consequence of poor technique and lack of experience in how to handle emergency situations like it. In my defense, all I have to say is that the only way I knew to learn to ride well was to push myself further a little bit everytime (I ride alone all the time), but this time I pushed it too far and ended screwing everything up. I did not sustain any severe injuries, and the damage to my bike wasn't too bad, but my ego is wrecked. Crashing is not pretty, but I am somewhat glad something like this happened to teach me that accidents do not happend only to other people and the importance of wearing proper riding gear. I absorbed most of the impact with my hands and would have scraped them quite badly if I had not been wearing gloves. The worst injury I sustained is a rash on my right forearm caused by my Atomic jacket rubbing against it.
Well, congratulations! Thanks for reading this all the way to the end. I just had to tell this to somebody who could relate to it (I don't know anybody who rides). Remeber: Wear all your gear and ride safe.
P.S: If you find this post funny, feel free to laugh. I tried to make it sound fun. Since I can't change the past all I can do is laugh it off...