I went down today, but given the choices going down was the best option.
I was going down route 1 in maine from Bangor to Rockland, on my way to the north Atlantic blues festival. I came around an right hand corner that is on a small hill. To the left of the apex is a gravel yard so the road was dirty on the blind half of the turn (going south). I was going threw the turn at around 35-40ish and as I peeked the hill leaving the apex their was an suv stopped in the middle of the road trying to turn left into the gravel yard to turn around. I had seen them enter the turn in front of me at the same speed I was going so I definatly wasn't expecting them to be stopped in the road. I braked as soon as I saw them and thought that I had enough time to stop, but I didn't count on the road being dirty as I didn't know their was a gravel yard there. I realized that I wasn't going to be able to stop and have just a close call so instead of trying to slow enough to not get hurt badly by hitting them I leaned the bike over then locked the front wheel (my mistake, I was letting up on the front brake as I leaned but not enough soon enough so it went down hard and slid into the ditch as I rolled to a stop behind it in the emergency lane.
What I Learned.
Don't ride on friday the 13th.
Apparently that turn is well known for being trouble, the EMT's told me that.
Buy a motorcycle rated jacket, leather alone is not close enough. Even if it's not the one you want most.
(my right sleeve pulled up on my arm.)
Icon Gloves work well.
HELMETS ARE A MUST!!!
(but you already knew that.)
If you think you have time to think after you start going down your wrong it's just too fast.
People are really nice after they cause an accident.
Every biker that passes you after a crash makes you feel worse.
You can't predict when your going to go down so always be ready.
If you have ever wondered what you would be thinking when you crash it's some thing like this. (pre-crash) Is all about looking for an exit, enough said.
when I was going down I thought what is happening? I was trying to get my bearings and get oriented, but rolling and sliding weren't helping that at all.
After I stopped rolling these were my first four thoughts,
Am I Dead? no
Can I get up? maybe.
Am I still in the road? no
How bad will this hurt in a few minutes?
(is the bike ok would be in there somewhere if it were a nice one.)
The bike melted/scraped/cracked the right fairing too much but it's still on the bike.
that is the only visible damage.
At 3000 rpm their is a really bad sounding clanking, My thoughts is that one of the friction pads in the clutch dropped off.
here is all I walked away with (thank god).