ridin' about 60 mph (speed limit is 45-50 i i think) when i see an intersection ahead w/ the light turnin' yellow, i figure i've got enough time to stop so i start brakin' but realized seconds later that i may not make it. my friend who was right behind me had the right idea in this situation and just gunned it, makin' it through before the red light. i had aleady commited and figured i'd keep goin'... panick struck and i pulled the front brake a little too hard and started to feel weightless in the rear, let go of the brake in time to drop the rear, the shock slips my fingers from the clutch and the bike lurches forward, stalls and drops, sending me a few feet ahead of it.
my friend, who decided not to brake, swore she saw me nearin' an 11 o'clock position from her mirror, although i doubt i rlly went that high it went by rlly quickly for me. but i just wanted to share this experience from one newbie rider to other new riders. panicking sux, but because i was wearin' boots, jeans, leather jacket and a helmet i managed to get away w/ just a single rash on my knee the about 1.5 inches in diameter. my elbow too most of the force, but the jacket had a elbow padding that did its job well. my helmet kind of skipped on the pavement 2 or 3 times on the right side. the bike didn't throw me off that fast but i can only imagine how much more damage i'd receive if i just wore the standard squid-issued attire
the bike is fine, its still running good, except for the right mirror i destroyed, one more thing to add in my get-for-bike list. i've been goin' to a parkin' lot to practice taking turns but i guess i ought to spend some time on my braking as well