My 1st Crash! Wear your gear!
This is something I think newbies and vets would appreciate to hear. When i took the MSF a year ago, the first thing they started out the course with is "You Will Go Down!". At the time, i thought it was a negative way to introduce how to operate a motorcycle, but over time, I've found for it to be very realistic. It seems that everyone will fall off their bikes whether its just loosing balance, being reckless or going through a slow turn at 5mph. In the 1 year Ive been riding, Ive seen/heard some of my friends and riding buddies go down whether they were riding reckless or not and i always though, as long as Im paying attention, that will never happen to me!
Today I fell off my bike in the downtown portion of my hometown. I was doing maybe 10-15 mph before I got to a malfunctioning traffic intersection light where it was stop and go traffic. As I thought traffic was still going my way, the cars in the other intersection jumped from the line as if their light turned green suddenly! (we all know how bad inner city drivers are) I hit the brakes to avoid running into the intersection, but not too hard! Low and behold, plenty of oil residue was present on the ground of this high traffic area. My rear tire comes from under me and down I go! The rubber portion of my frame sliders was torn off but it saved my entire left fairing with no problems except my mirror. As far as myself, I had on full gear to include my jacket w/pads, helmet and gloves. Needless to say, I suffered no injuries but a minor scrape on my knee through my jeans. I got up, picked up my ego and my bike, and took off.
I just wanted to share this with everyone. This is my first crash in the 1 year Ive been riding sportbikes. No matter how experienced you are, you can go down just as easy as someone that is new to this two wheeled lifestyle. Most importantly, WEAR YOUR GEAR. I doubt I woulda suffered much, but Im sure I woulda had some nasty scrapes when I went down on my left arm if I didnt have my jacket on. A lady at McDonalds asked me why do I wear a jacket when its so hot outside. It was around 85 degrees at the time and very hot in full gear. Trying to look "cool" would have surely got me f'd up. Im glad I had it on!
Last edited by hypnotizes; 09-26-2007 at 04:36 PM.